Full-time: 1 Year, Part-time: 2 Years
£660 per 20 credits* (2018/19)
£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)
Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
Redefine and develop your individual personal direction in a rich learning environment
If you have a passion for Graphic Design, Illustration or Animation this course will enable you to extend your knowledge and ambitions to Masters level. You will redefine and develop your individual personal direction in a rich learning environment, using traditional and advanced new technology facilities at the Markeaton Street site.
You will be able to gain high-level professional experience in your field of practice learning alongside like-minded creative individuals. Your lecturers are practicing professionals involved in research and scholarly activity.
This is a studio practice based course that enables you to extend your potential at postgraduate level as an innovative practitioner in graphic design, illustration or animation.
You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, which includes the latest developments in graphic design, illustration, publishing, web design, branding, advertising identity, the internet, screen based and moving image and contemporary practice in communication arts.
You will be supported in rethinking, refining and developing your visual thinking to establish new directions.
You will complete an in depth, challenging and original creative project during this course, which will give you an individual and advantageous view of the creative freelance and entrepreneurial world. You will have the freedom to explore a personal direction in your work.
You'll also look at the demands and longer term strategic developments of the professional creative industries and your place within it. We encourage and develop emerging creative enterprise in the development of your major practice project.
“Black dog” by Virginia Hussey, “The cul-de-sac” by George Scowby, “This way up” by Matthew Kel, MA Visual Communication graduates 2018.
You will study modules such as:
During this stage you will explore contemporary debates and design experimentation, as well as appraising your practice strengths and potential.
- Personal Practice and Methodologies:
During this double module you will actively explore, critically review, and develop your personal practice and methodologies. You will delve further into your interests, philosophical concerns, and ethical stance as a designer and consider your practice from sociological, philosophical, commercial, professional, ecological, and cultural perspectives.
The module takes as its starting point selected academic texts, which will be used for initiating debate. Through them, you will stimulate and expand your knowledge and understanding of visual culture.
This process of critical scrutiny and debate will provide you with a platform for developing your scholarly understanding of concepts such as ideology, identity, ethics, and aesthetics, and an appreciation of how these might be associated with issues relating to gender, globalisation, sustainability, taste, and consumer culture. This module will encourage you to examine your own practice in relation to the ideas and contrasting theories you have studied.
This stage will see you developing a major in-depth personal project and research for a supporting dissertation.
This double module is the first phase of your masters practice project. It covers a significant period of time in which you will extensively research and explore your personal area of focus in your practice. You will conceive, explore, formulate, and propose a considered masters project plan, which you will carry out during the final Realisation module. You will be assigned a supervisor to support you throughout the module.
You will plan a personal programme of research on a negotiated topic relevant to your personal practice. Your topic will be carefully selected and honed to ensure that it successfully informs your project. The individual methodologies you develop during this module will inform your practice based final project. You will develop a coherent argument, informed by your own research, which will drive the structure and logic of your dissertation.
This final stage involves the completion, testing, and evaluation of your masters practice project through a final practice module called, Realisation:
This triple module is the culmination of your masters practice project. Through it, you will carry out the practice concept that you formulated, researched, and developed during the Concept module, and will create an extensive body of highly developed practice in response to the challenges you set yourself. You will work with independent scholarship and with an enquiring and questioning approach to test, analyse, and critically evaluate your work throughout the process of concluding your masters study.
The programme will culminate in a degree show exhibition to promote and disseminate your work.
Real world learning is incorporated into this course, through ‘live’ projects, field trips and working with employers. We also have guest lectures throughout the programme.
Assessment of all modules is by 100% coursework reflecting the practical nature of this creative, practice-based discipline. The coursework will focus on and around the range of projects and assignments you undertake throughout the programme, including studio work, industrial liaison, presentations, written and oral reports, seminar reports and your dissertation.
You'll usually need an undergraduate degree (at least second class), in a related subject, or an equivalent qualification and a portfolio of your practice.
If English is not your first language, you'll also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£660 per 20 credits*
£660 per 20 credits*
£13,500 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
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Scholarships and bursaries
We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.
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When you’ve completed this course you could move on to a career in areas such as design, consultancy, illustration, animation, production, media, web design, publishing or computer games, or work as an exhibiting artist or teacher. Alternatively, you could continue your studies to PhD level.
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