This course is built around an extended, self-initiated design project, the aim of which is to make an original contribution to the field of graphic design. You engage in critical analysis, identifying new types of problems and researching ways of solving them. The course attracts graduates, practising designers and mid-career professionals from a variety of communication design disciplines.
MA Graphic Design
-Concentrate your energies on one in-depth personal project over 12 months
-All students are assigned a personal tutor who is a specialist in their chosen project field
-Superb academic and workshop facilities and a creative and energetic environment for the exploration, development and cross-fertilisation of ideas.
The objective of the programme is to foster a reflective approach to the design process, within which you develop a design/research project. Approximately three-quarters of the programme is devoted to developing and completing your subject-specific personal project, comprising creative work with an accompanying research report and presentation. This work is supported by regular group seminars and reviews and by a system of personal tutorials in which individual projects are discussed with specialists in the field. The remaining quarter of the curriculum addresses issues common to all design disciplines including the foundations of post-graduate research and the dynamics of professional practice. These aspects of the programme are discussed during the early stages of your project and provide a forum for discussion and debate, shared with students from related design specialities.
Full-time students attend one day a week; devoting the remaining time to self-directed study. Part time students attend one day a week over two years.
Final assessment is based on your research project, supported by a written report. The work should exceed, in terms of depth and scope, that which would normally be expected at undergraduate level.