Postgraduate study
Design

This course is available for January 2019 entry

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 developing a high level of digital expertise in your chosen area.

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break

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2018 entry

Part-time

  • September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks

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2018 entry

  • Typically one day a week
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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Digital practice lies at the heart of this course. It builds your understanding of current and emerging technologies and their application, as well as your specialist expertise in your chosen area of digital art or design practice. You are encouraged to work in collaboration with others where appropriate.

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. Stage 3 enables you to complete your major project work, supported by regular tutorial contact and studio interaction.

Course structure

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 on your knowledge and experience.
At MA level it is vital that you take an active role in structuring your own learning, engaging 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. You develop your knowledge, skills and practice – we match this with appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Our methods, and the philosophy behind them, are under constant review and appraisal to ensure they remain relevant, rigorous and progressive.

We use a variety of methods including tutorials, seminars and workshops – this enables key learning principles to be applied to your day-to-day interactions. Individual support, provided by a personal tutor, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. Research is an intrinsic aspect of your main study area and its supporting subjects.

Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles.

  • We enable active and co-operative learning.
  • We provide flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context.
  • Our resources match programme outcomes and needs.
  • Practical workshops introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment methods throughout the modules, as specified in the module handbooks. These are in-course assessments, where you submit work during the module, rather than sit timed exams at the end.

The modules are generally project based and primarily assessed by appraising your portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Design work is largely developmental – you are assessed on the process you use to achieve your solutions as well as the result, so it is essential that you provide clear evidence of your development work.

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

You need a second class (2.2) honours degree or higher in an arts, design or other creative discipline. We also consider relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Applicants are normally interviewed and are required to present a portfolio of work.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break

More full-time details

2018 entry

Part-time

  • September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks

More part-time details

2018 entry

  • Typically one day a week
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information