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  • Objectives
    We offer the most intensive input of information, skills and ideas at the beginning, gradually allowing you to develop your project independently. Our staff team includes practicing professionals who exhibit work in moving image, typography and contemporary art as well as guest lectures from contemporary practitioners. Workshops are available in design for print, photography, video, and letterpress typography. We also use London as an expanded learning environment for creative and critical interaction, with study visits to exhibitions, production facilities and creative environments. You define and develop your own project, to combine your ideas, experience and interests and connect with a particular audience or group of people. Examples of our students’ projects include: . Interactive Magazine: involving viewers in the production of meaning . Freedom and gender identity in London and New York . Poetry and Science: education for sustainable development in Chile . Balancing Eastern cultural tradition with Western technological development. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues. MA Graphic Design is part of the postgraduate community at Camberwell and there are a number of ways in which the MA courses interact, most notably through research skills and career development. There is also a shared lecture programme, which draws upon the richness of research within the College and the University.
  • Academic Title
    MA Graphic Design
  • Course description

    This course challenges the idea that visual communication is a neutral activity. By studying here you will take issue with the content and the context of your design work. Our aim is to help you develop research skills and generate concepts to support visual communication. This course is truly international, not only because students come from around the world but also because we critically engage with visual culture as part of a dynamic, global process.

    Course Highlights
    The MA in Graphic Design at Camberwell helps you prepare for high-level professional practice. With a research oriented and socially engaged ethos, the focus is on delivering outcomes in the public domain. We encourage you to collaborate with external organisations and we help you realise your potential to get the best results.

    MA Graphic Design Staff
    The course is led by David Cross, who studied Design at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Arts, then moved on to establish a collaborative practice in fine art as one half of the partnership Cornford and Cross. Practicing professionals who contribute to the programme include film and video maker Sigune Hamann; environmental/cultural activists Platform; artist and curator Gavin Wade, and typographic artist and designer Sam Winston.

    The critic and curator Paul Tebbs, whose writing regularly appears in Sourse, Afterimage and Art Review leads the
    Postgraduate Professional Development unit.

    In 2003, the quality of postgraduate learning at Camberwell was officially recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency, the higher education standards authority. The spirit of challenge engendered by the college’s postgraduate community and its capacity to incorporate both traditional and new technologies won special praise. The QAA found our teaching to be current, responsive to students’ needs and informed by staff research and professional practice.

    Postgraduate Professional Development Programme
    Your MA at Camberwell includes the chance to improve your research and career development skills. You’ll have access to workshops in IT skills, individual and group tutorials for discussions on professional issues, and tutor-led seminars. This unit is an integral part of all MA courses at Camberwell, providing a critical perspective on research and practice. It introduces the students to key principles of research and equips them with the skills necessary to pursue their professional development.

    Career Prospects

    Successful graduates from this course have won awards including a silver, gold and Grand Prix at the Communication Exhibition APR in Brazil, exhibited work at the Barbican, been awarded scholarships and won places on the Student Associates Scheme of the Institute of Education in London.

    Entry Requirements

    -A good honours degree in a related subject
    -Portfolio and/or slides of supporting work
    -International students must show proof of IELTS level 6.5 or above in English on enrolment
    -Project proposal

    Project Proposal
    Application for MA courses is by proposal. You’ll need to include with your application form a short proposal outlining your project, the research question it will address, its context, your methodology and the resources you would like to draw upon. Your project will need to be sustained to completion by a combination of independent study and tutorial advice. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.

    The Project Proposal should outline:
    Research Question - What are you proposing to discover or explore?
    Context - What work, both theoretical and practical, relates to your project?
    Methodology - What methods will you employ to research your project?
    Resources - What equipment, facilities and expertise will you require to carry out your research?

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