While digital technology plays a significant role in all our postgraduate provision, this programme provides the opportunity to focus on the development of a high level of digital expertise in your chosen area.
Digital practice lies at the heart of this course. It seeks to build an understanding of current and emerging technologies and their application, as well as specialist expertise in your chosen area of digital art or design practice. You are also encouraged to work in collaboration with others where appropriate.
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In Stage 1 you undertake professional skills development to build your digital expertise and skills in research. Stage 2 culminates in a feasibility study for a negotiated major project. Finally Stage 3 enables you to complete major project work, supported by regular tutorial contact and studio interaction.
You expand perceptions of the nature and process of art and/or design and explore areas of commonality across discipline boundaries. You work to a common theme of mutual interest and use advanced techniques to develop your ability to gather information, conduct and use research in order to enrich the creative process. You explore the discipline boundaries - artists and designers interact to: investigate possibilities, research the theme, create individual responses, make proposals and identify sites and formats for the display and dissemination of your work. Alongside this project work you explore the philosophical contexts of art and/or design and consider how ideas and issues relate to current and future practice. You are learn study skills for academic research, with consistent use of referencing systems and ethical, accurate citation of sources.
You develop an understanding of the practical and strategic uses of digital arts and design used within the professional workplace. You extend and deepen your digital skills and expertise and understanding of how these skills are applied in your chosen area of creative practice. You can extend your own studio expertise by identifying challenges, exploring innovative solutions and advancing your understanding of the concepts underlying your work and the context in which it is produced. You also address a range of other pivotal factors that relate to professional skills development and enterprise success in the creative fields.
You bring your design project ideas to your fullest fruition, taking into account all aspects researched and developed in the preceding Research and Development module. You are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your projects and have a deep understanding of the social and philosophical context in which you are practising. You are also expected to realise the enterprise potential of your ideas and to understand the future possibilities and contexts in which your ideas will exist.
You explore and define the parameters of your own professional practice and research interests. You are encouraged to: develop understanding and gain experience in research as an academic discipline and as part of the creative process; define and develop ideas through creative exploration; consider and evaluate the potential of project proposals for future realisation; engage in activities, projects and networking appropriate to plans and aspirations; gain relevant experience; explore local, regional, national and global opportunities; research and reflect upon the social, philosophical and professional contexts in which you are working; test possibilities and develop the enterprise potential of your ideas.
Modules offered may vary.
This programme is structured to enable you to build progressively upon your knowledge and experience. At MA level it is vital that you take an active role in structuring your own learning, and engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of your discipline.
Teaching and learning is a student-centred, activity-based process which integrates the content, sequence and development of student learning. The development of knowledge, skills and practice is matched by appropriate teaching and learning strategies. The methods employed, and the philosophy behind them, are under constant review and appraisal to ensure they remain relevant, rigorous and progressive.
The use of a variety of methods, including tutorials, seminars and workshops, enables key learning principles to be applied to the day-to-day interaction between participants. Individual support, provided by a personal tutor, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. An intrinsic aspect of your main study area and its supporting subjects is research.
Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles:
Various assessment methods are used throughout all of the modules and are specified in the module handbooks. These are primarily what we call in-course assessments, where you submit work during the delivery of the module, rather than sit timed examinations at the end.
The modules are generally project based and primarily assessed through appraisal of a portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Art & Design work is largely developmental and you will be assessed on the process by which you achieve your solutions as well as the result, so it is essential that you provide clear evidence of your development work.
Graduates have the opportunity to go on to a range of design-related employment requiring specialist digital knowledge and skills.
Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in an arts discipline, relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Applicants will be interviewed.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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