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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Applicants must normally hold a second-class honours degree or better in a relevant art and design discipline from a recognised institution or an equivalent qualification or demonstrate evidence of exceptional ability appropriate to the programme. We also welcome applications from practicing professionals who might wish to extend their knowledge base by pursuing a particular practical design research path. The PgDip/MDes aims to meet these needs by offering both full-time and part-time attendance modes.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma/MDes Design Communication
  • Course description
    As a result of the broad thrust of developing technologies, the range of creative options and combinations available to designers are growing almost daily. Designers are now free to combine previously specialist activities (sound, video and animation) within their portfolio of activity. The course directly addresses the dynamic challenge of this new creative and technological environment within a professional business context.

    The PgDip/MDes in Design Communication addresses the deficit of Masters level design study in N.Ireland. It aims to foster growth in the creative industries. Our philosophy also recognises the potential to exploit meaningful links with our educational and professional colleagues within the island of Ireland and internationally.

    Practical research proposals from candidates interested in Graphic Design, Image making (illustration/photography), 3D Design and Moving image (animation/video) will form part of the application process. However, applications that envisage an interdisciplinary activity are particularly welcome.

    Duration and Mode of Attendance

    Full-time

    Postgraduate Diploma - two semesters (one academic year)

    Master of Design - one semester (one calendar year, including PGDip)

    Part-time

    Postgraduate Diploma - four semesters (two academic years)

    Master of Design - two semesters (two and a half calendar years, including PgDip)

    Structure and Content

    Semester I Modules

    Design Research Proposal - 30 points
    Exploratory Design Practice - 30 points

    Semester II Modules
    Developmental Design Practice - 30 points
    Design Entrepreneurship Awareness - 15 points
    Design Entrepreneurship Applied - 15 points

    Semester III Module (Master of Design) Masters Design Implementation - 60 points

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