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MA Design Writing Criticism

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  • Objectives
    This MA course explores the impact of writing and criticism on contemporary design thinking and practice. It takes as its starting point the way in which text, image and a combination thereof, may be used to carry a 'point of view’. This course examines conventional written forms of design journalism and criticism and the nontraditional forms of the 'new visual journalism’. Divided into three main phases you will be introduced to design history/theory, professional practices and undertake a self-initiated major project. The course enjoys strong links with editors, journalists and critics working nationally and internationally in magazine, newspaper and publishing industries as well as established relationships with many of London’s museums, galleries and other relevant art and design institutions. The staff team is comprised of experienced design writers, practitioners and specialists in design history/theory, architecture and curation. Students will benefit from a guest lecture programme of visiting scholars and leading professionals.
  • Entry requirements
    Further to the general entry requirements, a good command of English is essential. Overseas students must have an IELTS qualification to a minimum of Level 7. If you are applying directly from a BA Course, without experience of professional practice, you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of graphic design practice which will be supported by a good degree and portfolio of work - either written or practice-led.
  • Academic Title
    MA Design Writing Criticism
  • Course description

    There are three main stages to this programme:

    Stage 1 which explores through a series of projects and assignments a set of fundamental questions focusing on defining concepts such as 'what is design’ and 'what is criticism’ in contemporary professional practice. It will also introduce you to a general overview of design history and theory, research methods and the theories and principles of journalism and criticism.

    Stage 2 examines, in more depth, the profession of design journalism and criticism examining the nature of professional practice and the position of design within contemporary debates and the role of criticism. You will explore multicultural perspectives and rhetoric in design and writing as well as examining how new technologies are creating new venues for design journalism/criticism.

    Stages 3 and 4 allow for the development of an agreed, self-initiated major project, either a traditional written thesis or one with supporting practical work.

    Course Length 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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