Do you have an eye for design? Would you like to help influence the future of visual communications? Southampton Solent University’s MA Visual Communication programme is ideally suited to students who wish to better understand the academic theory that underpins a range of visual mediums.
This intensive master’s degree helps students to improve their creative skills and build a solid understanding of visual communications theory. The curriculum covers the latest innovations in visual practice, examining the way technological and cultural changes contributed to contemporary academic thinking.
Topics of study include editorial design; art direction; interactive multimedia; information design; image creation; illustration; typographic design; print-making and photographic technique. Students may have workshop sessions with the letterpress, screen-printing, etching and relief printing facilities, as well as the wet darkroom and photo studio. Depending on their creative background, graduates will be well prepared for a range of careers in the creative industries.
Critical research papers and final master’s projects are supported by the University’s expanding research base, encouraging students to make an innovative contribution to visual communication academia.
This master’s degree delivers the skills you’ll need for a wide range of visual design fields including animation, art direction, web design, publishing, branding and typography. The course includes time to develop hands-on creative skills. Students are encouraged to create work for their professional portfolio.
Aimed at those with a relevant honours degree, or with extensive experience in marketing, design or digital fields, this master’s degree is well-suited to those who are looking to develop their career into art direction, web design, publishing or branding.
Visual Communication Practice
Visual communication practice and specialisms such as editorial design, interactive multimedia, information design, image creation, book design and typographic design. Print-making and photographic techniques including letterpress, screen-printing, etching and relief printing, wet darkroom and photo studio practice.
The advantages and limitations of digital media and its delivery across a range of devices, from desktop to mobile.
Developing the appropriate design language to apply to your research findings.
Masters Project Proposal
Students will write a 3000 word proposal for their chosen Master's project.
On this final project you’ll bring all your skills together to design, execute and present an individually demanding piece of work that demonstrates systematic and in-depth understanding of your particular discipline of study.
To help with creative projects and portfolio documentation, Southampton Solent provides a comprehensive media loans scheme. This scheme gives students free access to high-end photographic equipment and accessories.
Students will have access to a range of specialist facilities throughout their studies. These include Mac computers, professional creative software, digital printing facilities and traditional printing presses.
You’ll have access to a full range of print-making facilities including letterpress, screen-printing equipment, etching and relief printing, and digital resources.
Suitable roles for graduates include:
There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.
Students will work on competition briefs for organisations such as the Design & Art Directors Association (D&AD) and the Young Creative Network (YCN). Through this course you’ll develop valuable and appropriate skillsets through engagement with the wider profession, design community and industry.
Work-orientated assignments will be offered alongside appropriate ‘live’ projects from local and national organisations. There will be opportunities to visit museums, galleries and design studios, both nationally and internationally, as part of the course.
The teaching team maintain strong links with industry, providing students with the chance to participate in live briefs, networking events, and guest lectures.
You’ll be able to engage directly with employers by organising your own work placement or work-based project, supported and encouraged by the course team as required and students will work on competition briefs for organisations such as the Design & Art Directors Association (D&AD) and the Young Creative Network (YCN).
Graduates in the Master of Graphic Design may work in the areas of editorial design, packaging, typography, information design, generic design for television or cinema, illustration, art direction, branding, multimedia design and production of graphic design. In the advertising industry can be a creative pairs, for print advertising or television.
In the audiovisual industry, these skills can also be applied in the conduct of generic or other products where typography is applied. The teaching profession is also a professional output as well as academic research in the area of graphic design.
The Masters in Graphic Design ESAD.CR aims to provide students with the conceptual and practical skills of a high professional level in specific areas of graphic design and communication for multiple platforms, which feature contemporary visual culture.
The Master of Graphic Design ESAD.CR focuses on preparing students with a set of theoretical and practical studies in contemporary graphic design, typography applied, graphic design for contemporary means of communication and branding. Courses are complemented by seminars and research methodologies that explore the communication design conceptually and operationally, approaching simultaneously experimental and professional dimensions. The last two semesters focus on the preparation of sustained practical design work that could be replaced by an internship.
All information related to the international student application should be consulted on our International Students webpage.
Further your professional practice in graphic communication. Learn to challenge preconceived ideas and develop a truly innovative approach to your work. You'll be supported by practising designers and work on self-directed and industry-driven projects, while also honing your research skills.
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.
Full time - Tuesday & Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Part time - Year 1: Wednesday 10am-5pm; Year 2: Tuesday 10am-5pm
Whether you’re a new graduate or an established, professional designer, our course will help you to engage with graphic design and typography at an advanced level.
You’ll explore working practices in graphic communication and look at issues that designers - and the industry - face. As well as furthering your professional understanding, you'll also be sharpening your academic knowledge and research skills.
Undertaking both self-directed and industry-driven projects, you’ll learn to challenge preconceived thinking and develop innovative approaches to your design work. You’ll also develop your creative thinking around the professional, business and social contexts of graphic communication.
Throughout the course, your project work will be supported by collaboration and dialogue with staff, visiting professionals and fellow students.
Our Master's course will equip you for professional employment or self-employment in graphic design and design consultancy, as well as related fields like brand development, art-editorial design, publishing, typography/typesetting, advertising, and media design.
It will also give you a basis for a teaching career in higher education. You might decide to move on to a research degree, like our PhD Graphic Design and Typography.
You’ll also benefit from our links with industry, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Sony, and a number of independent design practices and consultants.
Process and Practice as Research
Interpretation and Origination: Modes of Graphic Authorship
Master's Dissertation Art and Design
Master's Project: Art and Design
You’ll show your progress through a combination of portfolio work, evaluative commentaries, blog participation, group critiques, one-to-one tutorials, presentations, log books and analytical reports, and a 6,000-word research essay.
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
The Critical Writing in Art & Design MA programme in the School of Humanities provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills in the setting of one of the world’s most dynamic art schools. Combining workshop models of teaching and learning, and ‘live’ projects with leading arts organisations, the MA provides the skills required for a successful career in the arts or a research degree. For 2017/8, we are introducing some exciting new areas of specialisation within the programme.
The programme is committed to the idea that writing – of all kinds – is a creative practice that requires imagination as well as good literary skills and expert knowledge. Students on the MA are presented with many opportunities to develop and apply the skills required by various writing formats from the review and catalogue essay, to fiction and other forms of speculation. The unique structure of the programme allows for specialisation and the freedom to explore novel approaches to writing.
The Critical Writing in Art & Design programme combines lectures, specialist writing workshops and ‘crits’ as well as live projects with external partners. Previous partners have included the Royal Opera House, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and Turner Contemporary in Margate. Recognising that the media is undergoing considerable change, the MA also offers opportunities to work with professionals working print and online publishing, broadcasting and podcasting. Students on the programme enjoy opportunities to share classes and to work on shared projects with other students across the RCA including our sister programme, the Critical Practice pathway in the Contemporary Art Practice programme in the School of Fine Art.
Founded in 2010, the Critical Writing in Art & Design programme will launch a set of new specialisms in autumn 2017: Publishing and New Media; Creative Writing; and Art Theory. Students follow a shared, core programme as well as their chosen specialism. This will enable students to develop focused and expert skills within the RCA’s new 15-month MA framework. The specialisms allow a close focus on the particular needs of individual students, delivered through small group seminar teaching and one-to-one tutorials.
Graduates of the Critical Writing in Art & Design programme have published their MA work as books for publishers around the world including MIT Press, China Machine Press, and Zero Books. Others write regularly for the art press (including titles such as Art Monthly, Frieze and Eye Magazine). Some graduates of the programme have gone on to doctoral study at the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Goldsmiths. Others work in editorial positions in art and design magazines, or as curators and programmers in galleries and museums and other arts organisations in Europe, China and North America.
Critical Writing in Art & Design students have a strong track record of producing ‘live’ publications with the support of the programme. These include the Albertopolis Companion produced by the graduating class of 2015 or ARK: Words and Images from the Royal College of Art Magazine 1950–1978, an anthology from 2014. Other live projects include Of and For Turner Contemporary, a series of texts exploring a remarkable building on the Kent coast. Students on the programme are encouraged to publish their writing on a dedicated Critical Writing in Art & Design website during their studies.
From 2017, the programme is primarily located in the RCA's newest facilities in White City.
Study in the studio, classroom and professional environments alongside like-minded students on a dynamic course that explores the theories and new ideas in contemporary art and design. You could choose to specialise in areas such as curating and sound art, and you will be encouraged to debate current practice with your peers during project work, weekly seminars and artist workshops.
You will develop your professional relationships taking part in projects and events in the region and beyond. We have forged close relationships with the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, which will provide opportunities for you to develop your creative skills in professional settings and promote your work to influential organisations.
The majority of your time will be spent in the studio, and you will have the chance to showcase your work at an end-of-course exhibition. Previous students have also taken part in exhibitions and collaborations at Leeds Art Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery in London, the European Exchange Academy and Another Vacant Space in Berlin, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the British Art Show.
The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
The course utilises global networks by entering into relationships with art institutions, magazines, embeds course projects in major exhibitions and collateral art and design projects. Senior Lecturer, Peter Lewis is a professionally acknowledged international curator with world leading research, invited as artist and curator by major international galleries and museums. Through these connections students' practices are introduced directly through the art and design industry.
The course welcomes visiting lecturers and students are encouraged to meet with artists after the lecture to discuss their work. Also the journal /seconds, edited and published by Peter Lewis, with an editorial board of world leading researchers, provides students with access to the debates and theories that will enable their developing practice.
You will have access to the studios and workshops of the award-winning Broadcasting Place building, equipped with everything from the latest Macs and software to letterpress and printmaking workshops, photographic darkrooms, a digital print unit, animation workspaces and 3D construction facilities. You will have access to a range of cameras, lighting, video and sound recording equipment. In addition the course is supported by the virtual spaces of a dedicated e-portfolio web site that students use to upload work, gain feedback from their tutors and to interact with other students.
With your communication and entrepreneurial skills nurtured alongside your creative abilities, you will be well placed to pursue a career in public or commercial galleries, museums or design studios. You could work as an exhibiting artist, publisher, critic, designer, photographer or curator. You could also continue your studies by working towards an MPhil or PhD.
Designed to support your professional development within the fashion industry, you will gain a thorough understanding of industry design, technology and commercial practice in an environment designed to support your creativity.
•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Develops innovative fashion practice through guidance with businesses and entrepreneurs involved with the industry
•Interdisciplinary, flexible and modular programme of study
•Extensive opportunities for networking and collaboration within the fashion and related industries
•Additional funding available via Susan Cotton Travel Award and the Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy postgraduate study awards
Designed to support your professional development, the MA Fashion Innovation and Realisation degree at Liverpool John Moores University will encourage you to push the creative boundaries within fashion design and communication.
You will be encouraged to think differently, innovate and realise appropriate design solutions within a studio culture designed to support your creativity.
MA Fashion Innovation and Realisation offers a blend of theory and practice and will enable you to focus on your own specialist area of design, in disciplines such as fashion communication, editorial, branding, trend prediction, fashion photography, fashion design, garment production, textiles and fabrication development.
Developed specifically for those with a design background or relevant qualification, this modular programme will allow you to develop your knowledge of fashion practical skills and theory, and explore your individual style whilst being challenged to innovate through a series of taught components including studio and collaborative practice before completing a major project around your chosen specialism. You will also have opportunities to undertake field trips to further enhance your learning experience. You will be part of the School of Art and Design’s thriving interdisciplinary creative community, which brings together students from varied subject areas to promote collaboration, share ideas and expertise.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
-Fashion research methods
-Fashion research project
-Final major project
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email [email protected] if you require further guidance or clarification.
The EdTech Master is an international interdisciplinary program dedicated to learning science and digital practices. It aims at training creative and talented students to become the future change makers of education by providing them with a global and strategic understanding of the digital transformation in education and to help them design relevant and impactful projects.
Hosted at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity in the center of Paris, it benefits from an outstanding environment where creators, entrepreneurs and researchers converge in a think and do mindset to prototype relevant scenarios for a positive change.
You are a entrepreneur in the making, willing to challenge the digital transformation happening in education?
You are a natural-born teacher who enjoys testing and prototyping new ways to engage the students?
You are a lifelong learner willing to make of this passion a professional exploration and an entrepreneurial plan?
You are a maker convinced that “opening the box” is not just an expression, and that the challenges of today call for collaborative design of solutions and knowledge sharing?
You are a doctor, a biologist, a researcher, interested in alternative tools launched in the area of Arduino, 3D printers, laser cuts and other nomad technologies to participate in inclusive and transparent resources for common good?
Then our program is made for you!
Our current program is divided into two years.
In Master 1, you access a panorama of courses and visions that define the learning science of the 21st century. You acquire knowledge in structural fields such as game design, learning by doing, cognitive science, history and critical approach of the concept of innovation in education, open science basics and technologies for learning. Through a pedagogy impulsing collaborative projects in classes, you learn quickly from your teachers, peers and mentors who give you precious feedbacks and you become keen on building rapid prototypes, designing original learning scenarios and documenting your work to share it with the community through analytical papers, blog posts, open talks and public presentations.
The second part of your M1 year is dedicated to a full-time internship of 5 months that you can spend in a company, a startup, a school, an association, an NGO or a scientific lab. Thus, you extend your network, train yourself to understand the current ecosystem structuring educational issues at a local or a global issue and improve your expertise in field analysis, assessment of the existing resources and drafting recommendations for a desirable future.
In Master 2, you can design further your own learning experience and expertise by embarking in two new internships for the whole year: it can be in France or abroad. On a regular timeline, you have courses and workshops in order to dig the research basis of their experimentations: it means acquiring further knowledge in reading and commenting papers and articles, get used to leading and extracting data from interviews, records and all kinds of open platforms, building a research protocol and testing it, analyzing publically its results. And just like your research profile is being strengthened, your entrepreneurial self is challenged as well… In M2, you’ll learn to stimulate your creativity, will be aware of the design basics and accelerate your projects!
Note that if your profile fits the eligibility conditions, you can enroll directly in Master 2 and choose between two possibilities: either to enroll in two internships one after the other, either to catch back the content of M1 courses in the first semester, aside from the M2 courses of course! If it’s indeed a pretty full experience for one year long, it’s also for sure the opportunity for already trained students to live the experience of being in an incubator to test further their projects and benefit from the inputs of our community!
At the end of the two years, no doubt that your three researcher, creator and entrepreneur’s selves will be trained, whatever you’re willing to make out of them!
We prepare our students to be the future change-makers of education. We believe that the learning transition is transforming the present jobs in education (teacher, pedagogical designer) but also creates new jobs in this field. These new jobs are inside the education system (e.g. fab manager in the university) but also “outside” the system, in the third places (public libraries, co-working spaces), in the administration (chief digital officer) and in companies as lifelong training is turning into a big challenge. Above all, there are many professions that do not exist yet or that are currently in progress. In one word: we prepare our students to be the ones who prepare and act for the world to come.
Our alumni are currently working as education designer, editorial manager, project manager, consultant, entrepreneur, teacher or PhD student!
If working with inspired people, all connected to the idea that 21st century problems require 21st century skills and new means for education, apply to our Master Program!
Roadmap to apply:
Please note that you will be asked to attached some documents:
- your curriculum vitae
- 2 letters of recommendation
- ID photo
- a copy of your last diploma
- a copy of your last grades transcript
Over a second phase and if your application is selected, we’ll have an interview which can be set up through Skype if you’re currently abroad. The final admission results will be broadcasted over the course of June 2018.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us: [email protected]
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Study is practice-based and students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of appropriate professional and commercial contexts for their work. NUA has gained a strong reputation in the field of advertising, fashion and editorial photography and is strongly linked to industry and professional bodies including the Association of Photographers.
Taught components will consider a range of contextual and theoretical aspects of photography including collaboration, aesthetic/anti aesthetic, technological determinism and the impact of emerging technologies. A series of seminars and workshops will encourage you to explore the complex relationship between individual approaches to practice and client-led work.
With access to outstanding studios and digital darkrooms, you will be encouraged to develop a strong individual voice within your visual practice, and to explore the possibilities for moving image within the context of contemporary photography. In addition, you will have further opportunity to engage with industry professionals through a professional mentoring scheme.
Creative thinking and innovation are at the core of the MA philosophy and you will engage with students from across the postgraduate community to share opportunities and debate contemporary issues.
We encourage our students to engage in critical discourse through course specific seminars, lectures and critiques; larger NUA symposia such as Dialogues (Fine Art) and Cowbird (Design); and attendance at national and international exhibitions and conferences.
24 workstations. Software includes Aperture, Capture One and Adobe Creative Suites. Data projection is installed for reviewing and critiquing work. High quality flat bed transparency/reflective scanners are installed, as well as a photographic quality Inkjet printer.
Equipped with a range of professional studio equipment from tabletop still life work to full-length model photography. The studios include a full blackout studio with flexible options for configuring the layout to suit the varied requirement of individual and taught study. Professional camera kits with specialist lenses; medium format digital camera kits and a full range of professional studio lighting, camera supports and accessories are provided for use in the studio or on location.
General Technical Sessions
Optional software inductions available to all students introduce you to a wide range of creative possibilities and output options.
Media Resource Centre
For digital cameras, tripods, 35mm DSLRs, 35mm film cameras and lighting equipment.
The largest specialist are, design and media collection in the East of England including 32,000 books, 1,300 journal subscriptions and 3,000 DVDs.
The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award. Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons)/BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study.
Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application.
The majority of applicants to courses at NUA will be invited to attend an interview. This provides an invaluable chance to meet face-to-face and is the major factor in determining the success of your submission. The interview is an opportunity to assess your work and the suitability of your application and also provides you with a chance to assess NUA’s staff, campus and facilities and ask questions. The key focus of your application process is on your portfolio. Some courses may require additional entry requirements or passes in specific subjects.
For further information on this course, please visit our website - MA Photography.