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  • Objectives
    he philosophy of the course is to provide talented students with an environment in which personal and professional ambitions can be achieved. The MA celebrates the broad parameters of graphic design practice. It embraces the many aspects of graphics, i.e. new media, motion graphics, illustration, branding and graphic arts. Essentially the course is open-minded and does not seek to define graphic design but to look at the possibilities. The MA places itself as a centre for exploration and development in relationship to contemporary society. It enables students to understand their own creative position within this context. At the core of the MA are ideas; it integrates theory and practice within design. We are committed to the development of international influences in cross-cultural exchange. We aim to recruit a diverse range of talented individuals to meet and discuss ideas, giving the course an international global perspective.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements All candidates should demonstrate their commitment to the discipline of art and design. Candidates should possess an advanced understanding of their subject through theory and practice, the ability to sustain research at MA level and an open, imaginative mind. We seek: * graphic design graduates who wish to develop as designers * graduates from other disciplines that can demonstrate an ability to appreciate and manipulate concepts of design, theory and practice * educators who are looking to extend their experiences of graphic design both theoretically and by practice * professional designers in the industry who wish to reposition themselves within the design industry. Prospective applicants should be (or about to become) graduates of a British university or equivalent institute of Higher Education. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered. Applicants are also required to show a professional portfolio of work.
  • Academic Title
    MA Graphic Design
  • Course description
    Course content
    The course is full-time and is delivered through structured modules and based on a credit scheme within three stages:

        * Postgraduate Certificate, 60 Credits (Weeks 1 – 14)
        * Postgraduate Diploma, 60 Credits (Weeks 15 – 28)
        * Registered Masters Degree, 60 Credits (Weeks 29 – 42).

    This modular structured MA is designed to offer a framework for advanced study. The core skills developed amongst others are in:

        * research methodologies
        * the Contextualization of Work both Professionally and Culturally
        * practical Project Experimentation
        * critical and Reflective Evaluation.

    All skills developed progressively equip students for the culmination of a major MA Individual or Group Research Project.

    Modules are delivered to encourage inter-disciplinarity. The Research and Methodology module for example is delivered to the entire postgraduate community, thus giving students the opportunity for an exchange of ideas and analysis. This form of dialogue is crucial for the development of new thinking and new directions in art and design.

    Coursework assessment at the end of each phase.

    Resources and facilities
    The MA is housed within the School of Art and Design, which gives students access to a range of excellent dedicated facilities within the School ranging from traditional media through to industry standard digital technology centres. Skilled technical personnel supervise the facilities.

    Study routes
    The course is one year full-time, and commences each September.

    Special benefits
    The School of Art and Design has developed excellent links with the design industry. The visiting lecture programme will put students in touch with design professionals and most importantly assist in making contacts, in the industry.

    We aim to provide:

        * a fully supportive framework for skills development
        * a multi-specialist environment
        * collaboration
        * a real experience
        * a realisation of students’ design strengths and weaknesses
        * a space to inspire and invigorate student practice.

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