Postgraduate coursesGraphic Design

Outline of our MA Course

MA Graphic Design represents an exciting opportunity for you to challenge and build on your previous achievements and to study at an advanced level.

The course provides specific discipline-focused project work aimed at enabling you to take the right path towards your chosen career in industry or progress to further study at doctorate level.

The first unit, Strategies for practice: Materials, methods, contexts, encourages you to dismantle practice and to identify the assumptions on which your practice is based.

The course is designed to help you develop a keen intellectual understanding in the application of critical reasoning to your existing practice and this unit introduces you to theoretical frameworks appropriate to your discipline and to a range of methods used in practice-based experimentation and research.

Innovation, collaboration and communication are key skills taught by professionals and academics in this unit, along with an understanding of the trans-disciplinary nature of contemporary creative practices.

A Professional Development Portfolio is produced over the period of study providing a means to gather evidence in support of your career aspirations and as a way of documenting your practice.

We are highly aware of, and very responsive to, the needs and professional aspirations of graduates as they progress to meet the future demands of the professional work-related environment. In this respect we are committed to the maintenance of currency and constantly alert to the trends within graphic design and its allied fields.

The Master’s project 1: Investigate, propose, experiment unit marks a shift from a predominantly taught, toward a supervisory mode of study. In this unit you will engage in experimentation and primary and secondary research around a focus of study.

This exploration is directed toward the development of a Study Plan which defines the project that will be refined and implemented in the final unit: Master’s project 2: Resolution, presentation and evaluation. This unit sustains and fuses your engagement with theory, research methods, experimentation and the context of your focus of study through practice and presentations to students and staff.

Set within a community and culture of makers, students engage in dialogue and debate with their peers irrespective of their preferred discipline. This experience provides dynamic and interactive sessions, which are vital to the enhancement of new thinking and ideas generation as well as offering a critical arena for discussion of student work.