This flexible course provides students with the opportunity to develop their individual design interests in a wide range of specialist areas, whilst fully reflecting external trends and global design needs. The course provides students with a broad knowledge and in-depth understanding of research methodologies and methods, the range of software tools, design-project planning, and the provision and presentation of design solutions. Students receive training in relevant generic skills including problem solving, reasoning, and information and communication technologies.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
The School of Design, which has its origins in the Department of Textile Industries, is one of the largest university textiles departments in the UK, and has a correspondingly large postgraduate school. The School is located in a number of specialist buildings at the heart of the campus, which house a wide range of modern textile processing equipment.
Today, the School of Design has excellent studios and resources to facilitate a wide range of design subject studies. Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Multi-Media and Animation, Textile Design, Sculpture and Painting. The Centre for Visual Communication houses some of the best software and hardware components available and is one of the main centres for design research in the University. As a postgraduate design student you would become a part of this centre.
The School offers several taught Postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses, and is particularly well known for its research. Currently dozens of research projects are in progress, covering many aspects of Design Process Management and Technology.
What you study
The course has been structured to enable students to focus on their chosen design specialism. It comprises three related elements: a choice of taught modules to develop a range of conceptual and practical design tools; a specialist design project chosen by the student and negotiated with staff in which the tools and skills are applied; a reflective report or dissertation in which students critically reflect on the design project and the application of the design tools.
The wide range of specialist areas studied through the negotiated project includes fashion design, structured textile design, graphic design, multi-media design, design management, product design, fashion marketing and printed textile design.
How you study
The course is delivered through formal lectures, seminars and workshops, practicals, case studies, problem solving and tutorials