Postgraduate study
Art & Design

MA Digital Arts and Design

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.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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  • Facilities

    School of Design, Culture & the Arts facilities

    The School of Design, Culture & the Arts enjoys purpose-built, industry-standard facilities including 4,000m2 of studio space, a convergent newsroom, broadcast news studio, multimedia publishing studios and computer suites.

 

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.

Modules

Core modules

Creative 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.

Professional Skills

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.

Project Realisation

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.

Research and Development

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.

How you learn

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:

  • the development of professional responsibility and autonomy in learning in order to ensure the integration of theory and practice
  • the enabling of active and co-operative learning
  • the provision of flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context
  • resources which match programme outcomes and needs.
  • practical workshops introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques.

How you are assessed

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.

Career opportunities

Graduates have the opportunity to go on to a range of design-related employment requiring specialist digital knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

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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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

Contact details

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