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A unique Masters programme in which YOU decide the focus and subject of your postgraduate studies in the diverse area of Arts and Creative Technologies. Read more
A unique Masters programme in which YOU decide the focus and subject of your postgraduate studies in the diverse area of Arts and Creative Technologies.

It is impossible to describe this course, because it is different for every single student. You are the person who decides what you want to do (as long as it’s at a postgraduate level of study).

All you need to get started is a project that you want to tackle over the course. This could be a book or film project, it could be compiling a portfolio targeted for a specific job, it could be work for an exhibition or it could be something you always wanted to find out more about (and these are just a few examples).

Armed with your proposal we will find you a subject-specific mentor, who will help you put together a Learning Contract, which is your own bespoke course design, which will allow you to complete your project. You can use your own experience and interests to explore a subject through work-experience. You can also use the resources of the faculty –whether it be teaching and research expertise or workshop facilities – to help you. You even pick your own title for the course.

Most of the content of this award is up to you. There are two shared core modules, in which you design your Learning Contract and learn about research methods, and everything else is negotiated by you.

Course content

-Approaches to Flexible Learning
-Research Methods Seminar
-Negotiated Project 1
-Negotiated Project 2
-Negotiated Study Masters Project
-You will also be able to choose two options from our range of postgraduate courses

Other admission requirements

Students who have a 2:2 Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification or work-based [or other experiential] learning or who have applied through the University’s ‘Your Experience Counts’ programme will be considered for the Diploma programme, with the possibility of continuing onto the Masters subject to satisfactory progress and the agreement of both the student’s subject tutor and the course leader. Satisfactory completion of a Programme Proposal prior to interview and the interview itself. IELTS requirements are Level 7 and above.

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A unique Masters programme in which YOU decide the focus and subject of your postgraduate studies in the diverse area of Arts and Creative Technologies. Read more
A unique Masters programme in which YOU decide the focus and subject of your postgraduate studies in the diverse area of Arts and Creative Technologies.

It is impossible to describe this course, because it is different for every single student. You are the person who decides what you want to do (as long as it’s at a postgraduate level of study).

All you need to get started is a project that you want to tackle over the course. This could be a book or film project, it could be compiling a portfolio targeted for a specific job, it could be work for an exhibition or it could be something you always wanted to find out more about (and these are just a few examples).

Armed with your proposal we will find you a subject-specific mentor, who will help you put together a Learning Contract, which is your own bespoke course design, which will allow you to complete your project. You can use your own experience and interests to explore a subject through work-experience. You can also use the resources of the faculty –whether it be teaching and research expertise or workshop facilities – to help you. You even pick your own title for the course.

Most of the content of this award is up to you. There are two shared core modules, in which you design your Learning Contract and learn about research methods, and everything else is negotiated by you.

Course content

-Approaches to Flexible Learning
-Research Methods Seminar
-Negotiated Project 1
-Negotiated Project 2
-Negotiated Study Masters Project
-You will also be able to choose two options from our range of postgraduate courses

Graduate destinations

The course will qualify you to embark on further academic study at PhD level or move into a creative environment in the commercial and employment sector depending on the discipline followed.

Other admission requirements

Students who have a 2:2 Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification or work-based [or other experiential] learning or who have applied through the University’s ‘Your Experience Counts’ programme will be considered for the Diploma programme, with the possibility of continuing onto the Masters subject to satisfactory progress and the agreement of both the student’s subject tutor and the course leader. Satisfactory completion of a Programme Proposal prior to interview and the interview itself. IELTS requirements are Level 7 and above.

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Our DProf is designed to enable high-performing professionals to stimulate organisational development and contribute to wider debates in their field. Read more
Our DProf is designed to enable high-performing professionals to stimulate organisational development and contribute to wider debates in their field. Participants become active members of our research community. Members of this community are true practitioner-researchers who aim to develop strategic practice and contribute to wider debates associated with the contemporary issues impacting in their field.

Why Study DProf - Negotiated Studies with us?

Our DProf participants become active members of our research community. Members of this community are true practitioner-researchers who aim to develop strategic practice and contribute to wider debates associated with the contemporary issues impacting in their field.

The Faculty has a strong track record of facilitating organisational development across sectors. You can fast track your doctoral journey by getting recognition for your previous Master’s-level achievements. You can target strategic workplace issues and challenges for organisational and even sectorial change and benefit. You can contribute to and engage with our growing doctoral and researcher community. You will be able to network with researchers recognised as creating world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

It is expected that participants will apply for the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning for the first stage of the doctoral course: A Master’s award related to the expected area of research.

What will I learn?

Our researchers engage in research training to negotiate and build their expertise before undertaking a major study. Specifically, you will focus on a negotiated research theme related to your Master’s (DProf).

How will I be taught?

In order to become an effective practitioner-researcher who is able to develop strategic practice and contribute to wider debates, you will undertake a combination of workshops, high-level critical refl ection and sustained independent self-directed study.

How will I be assessed?

This will be negotiated with the tutor but generally involves a portfolio and written assignments. There are no written examinations for modules.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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The structure and choice of the content you negotiate as part of your award, is congruent with a philosophy of adult learning. Read more
The structure and choice of the content you negotiate as part of your award, is congruent with a philosophy of adult learning. As a student you will embrace responsibility for your own learning, using initiative and insight to discover what you need to learn with learning intrinsically related to your personal context and experience. Within this process, you will learn to reflect upon experience, developing new concepts, attitudes and behaviours to apply to future decision making and judgements. Through negotiation of learning activities and outcomes prior experience is valued and as a student you will become personally engaged in learning in a way that is personally motivating and significant to you.

In recognition of the uniqueness of experience, the individuality of journey is central to the award philosophy with students able to:
-Study at your own pace and convenience
-Negotiate aims and learning outcomes tailored to experience and context
-Negotiate the nature and form of your learning activities
-Negotiate an appropriate method of assessing your learning

In order to facilitate this individual journey a Negotiated Learning Advisor will support you throughout your award, enabling you to develop a Learning Contract that demonstrates at least 25% of the Award is achieved through negotiated learning modules.

Course overview

The aims of the award reflect the University values of widening participation, providing a programme of study that reflects individual needs and diversity in that the award is devised to:
-Offer bespoke programmes of learning to meet the needs of students and employers.
-Provide an award to support the Faculty’s engagement within health and social care career pathways.
-Maximise opportunities for independent and work- based learning.
-Provide individuals with the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications through negotiation.
-Offer flexible entry and exit points; PgC, PgD.
-Provide opportunities for students to build upon prior learning.

Although the individual nature of learning on this award has been stressed, it is recognised there may be groups of students whose learning needs are so similar they may form a cohort. Such cohorts could be supported by an employer, or sponsor who has identified a number of common learning outcomes and who share learning experiences, or they may be a group of individuals who have a shared health or social care work-based or career orientation.

Graduate destinations

Working in health and Social Care.

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It is now possible to study for a Master of Research (MRes) by Negotiated Studies at Harper Adams. The individual programme and title are negotiated with the MRes Award Manager to achieve specific aims and outcomes. Read more
It is now possible to study for a Master of Research (MRes) by Negotiated Studies at Harper Adams. The individual programme and title are negotiated with the MRes Award Manager to achieve specific aims and outcomes. Modules can be taken from any taught Masters (Level 7) or Honours (Level 6) modules at Harper Adams as long as they add to a coherent programme to achieve the agreed aims and outcomes.

You can study two short research projects (60 credits each) or one long research project (120 credits), supervised by any member of Harper Adams academic staff with appropriate research background. Research projects can be conducted in the workplace and can be co-supervised by industry experts.

The MRes includes a Personal Development Programme to develop employability skills, devised in conjunction with the Personal Development Planning Adviser.

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Designed for health professionals, to award academic credit for a student-negotiated area of ultrasound practice that address individual professional needs. Read more
Designed for health professionals, to award academic credit for a student-negotiated area of ultrasound practice that address individual professional needs. Examples of topics include Gynaecology & Early Pregnancy Ultrasound and Carotid Artery Ultrasound. Personalised work-based learning and lectures in underlying theoretical concepts will enable proficient performance of specified ultrasound examinations.

Key Benefits

- The programme has been accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

- Students can undertake work-based learning of an individually negotiated topic demonstrating proficiency in a specialist area of ultrasound practice

- Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/specialist-ultrasound-practice-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Students attend lectures in Fundamentals of Ultrasound (science, instrumentation and professional issues related to ultrasound) and undertake work-based negotiated learning in their specialist field. Clinicians, midwives or others who wish to attain specialist scanning knowledge focus on the ultrasound proficiency required to develop their professional role.

- Course Purpose -

For health professionals, this programme is designed to award academic credit for a specialist student-negotiated area of ultrasound practice to meet individual professional needs.

- Course Format and Assessment -

This course involves a mix of classroom and work-based learning. The Negotiated Learning topic requires the demonstration of ultrasound scanning proficiency and this is assessed.

Required Modules:

- Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice (unless a qualified sonographer).
- Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency.

-Optional Modules:

The Negotiated Learning module can be taken as a stand-alone module for sonographers who are already qualified, to gain academic credits in a proficiency based topic that will advance their practice. Alternatively other professionals may study the Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency and Fundamentals of Ultrasound modules to gain a CASE accredited PG Certificate. They may subsequently add further modules to achieve the PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Career Prospects

This programme has been taken by healthcare graduates in various fields, e.g. stroke, early pregnancy and emergency medicine, to develop the use of ultrasound in their professional roles.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The MA is specifically designed for theatre practitioners to develop critical and creative skills in a supportive environment leading to a postgraduate qualification. Read more
The MA is specifically designed for theatre practitioners to develop critical and creative skills in a supportive environment leading to a postgraduate qualification.

Using, reflecting and building on your own practice, you will develop your own learning trajectory throughout the programme in order for you to nurture your own creativity and innovation, and develop key skills in your own area. You will have the chance to develop your own critical and creative skills either through our mentor approach or through time on campus at various points in the year. Our tutors come from the theatre industry and are aware of the challenges that undertaking postgraduate study can present and flexibility is built into the fabric of the MA.

At the heart of this award, your personal and career development will be placed centre stage, supporting your growth as a theatre practitioner whether you are new to your profession or have a wealth of professional experience.

Course content

The award consists of a series of core modules, which allow you to design and negotiate the content of the assignments so that you can tailor your award to meet your specific career goals.

Compulsory modules
-Approaches to Flexible Learning
-Research Methods
-Creative Industries Professional Practice
-Negotiated Learning Modules, including a final Masters Project

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Ceramics aims to develop individual abilities within the subject, whether through practice or historical or theoretical study. Approaches range from sculpture and installation to studio ceramics and design for products. Read more
Ceramics aims to develop individual abilities within the subject, whether through practice or historical or theoretical study. Approaches range from sculpture and installation to studio ceramics and design for products. The course is distinctive in offering you the opportunity to specialise in ceramics as a medium allied to a breadth of possibilities, and establishing negotiated individual modes of practice.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

We offer Ceramics full or part time, lasting one year (3 trimesters) FT, 6 trimesters PT. Your first two trimesters is made up of taught sessions and assessed projects, the Master’s Project in the final trimester is by negotiated project only. Completion of the first 2 modules on the course lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, completion of the first 4 modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Subsequent completion of the MA double module leads to the award of MA.

In the first trimester you will undertake a module in research methodologies in conjunction with students from other design disciplines. You will be establishing and initiating your studio based creative practice through individual and group tutorials and critiques. This teaching covers issues of technique together with aesthetic and design ideas and their interpretation and context within contemporary practice. This approach to studio work will be further developed in the second trimester, alongside an individual analysis of the relevant theoretical, cultural and social context for your work. The four modules taken in the first two trimesters lead to the postgraduate diploma (PGDip).

The final trimester, leading to the MA, comprises an individually negotiated and self-initiated body of work building on knowledge and skills already acquired. You will be supervised by tutorial through to completion. The project will be selected from options giving an emphasis either to individual expression or a more design-based approach.

DISTANCE LEARNING ROUTE

Students may opt to take some or all of the modules on this course by distance learning. Teaching and tutorial support will be delivered via a combination of computer-based learning and campus visits, with assessment matched to the particular interests and needs of individual students.

This route is open to all students on the course. You may pursue both practice based and/or historical approaches to the study of ceramics by this means. The route will be of particular interest to those geographically distant from Bath, or who would find attending campus regularly difficult. The technology used is simple and accessible. You will need access to a computer linked to the internet as materials are delivered through a standard web browser. We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in this option, and will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

MODULES

Research Methodologies - This module is intended to provide students with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking in, through and about their practice. Research Methodologies will outline established models of academic enquiry - both practical and intellectual - proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate a wide range of data and ideas.

Initiating Creative Practice - A practice module, where students produce work based upon a programme negotiated and agreed with staff, designed to set an agenda and working plan.

Developing Creative Practice - A practice module, where students make work based on visual research on a programme negotiated and agreed with staff to develop studio work, awareness and understanding of relevant concepts.

Analysis of Contemporary Context - A module where the practitioner engages in a contextual consideration of their work by referring to cultural, critical, theoretical and historical perspectives employing advanced research methods alongside development of a proposed programme for the final MA module.

Advanced Studio Practice - You are expected to submit a comprehensive body of creative ceramic work which meets the agreed objectives, accompanied by documentation of visual and other research. It should include a written evaluation of the ‘journey’ and outcomes of your project, and aspirations for future developments.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

Theoretical elements will be delivered as a concurrent contextualisation of your practical work along with study of the relevant research methodologies. In this way your practical work is firmly based in the theoretical and critical awareness of its context and potential market.

Ceramics students have workspaces in well equipped workshops, including CAD facilities. There is an excellent glaze laboratory and a range of electric and gas-fired kilns, including outdoor firing facilities for salt and raku. There is also a dedicated space and kilns for large-scale work. All students have access to workshops in photography, sound and video, etching and litho, as well as the specialist Art and Design library.

TUTORS

• Jane Gibson Mdes RCA (design and ceramic production and curating)
• Keith Harrison MA RCA (time-based installation)
• Nick Lees MA Cardiff (tableware, ceramic sculpture, critical writing)
• Jo Dahn MA PhD UWA (history and theory)
• Graham McLaren PhD RCA

These staff will be supported by an extensive team of part-time staff, whose wide range of expertise is available on a regular basis. There are also 3-4 visiting artists each year.

• Marion Brandis MA (public art, commissioned projects)
• Steve Brown MA (ceramic print)
• Ian Byers BA (ceramic sculpture)
• Helen Harris BA (photography)
• Simon Hulbert MA (gallerist, potter)
• Penny Grist BA (printmaking)
• Aimee Lax MA (ceramics)
• Malcolm Ross-White (drawing)
• Zeita Scott MA (tableware, studio ceramics)
• Sasha Wardell MA (tableware and giftware)
• Professor Takeshi Yasuda (tableware, studio ceramics)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Typical career destinations include exhibiting, ceramic design and museum work, arts administration, public art and research.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The four taught modules in trimesters one and two are assessed through studio exhibition of work with a supporting statement, or the presentation of a document, accompanied in both cases by evidence of appropriate research. The final module for the MA is assessed through exhibition or exposition, according to the nature of the work, of all work for the module or a record of it, addressing the issues agreed in the initial proposal. There are no written examinations.

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We've developed this course with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateways programme to help you to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status if you are working in the engineering profession. Read more

About this course

We've developed this course with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateways programme to help you to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status if you are working in the engineering profession. It offers a work based route to the academic qualification and professional development that you need to demonstrate for registration as a CEng. You’ll acquire professional competences and an MSc without taking time off work. Because thecourse is flexible, it can be adapted to almost any work situation, engineering industry, or location.

There are three phases to this course:

Phase One: Entry Gateway
The personal development audit (PDA) is a reflective summary of education, qualifications, experience and competences to date.

Phase Two: Study Programme (Learning Contract)
This is your individual study programme which matches your PDA against PEI/UK SPEC requirements so that you can study as below.

Phase Three: Exit Gateway
This is either a reflective summary or an engineering project depending on your skills and needs. It also includes a viva voce.

You’ll study modules such as:

Research Methods: Application and Evaluation
Negotiated Advanced Technical Module
Negotiated Module (Environmental and Ethical Responsibility)
CPD and Strategic Management
Negotiated Module (Commercial and Technical Leadership)
Negotiated Module (Innovation in Technology)
Negotiated Module (Solving Engineering Problems)
Independent Scholarship

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The MA by Creative Practice is designed for professional practitioners, recent graduates and professionals who wish to update and re-establish their own personal development. Read more
The MA by Creative Practice is designed for professional practitioners, recent graduates and professionals who wish to update and re-establish their own personal development. The MA is based on an individually negotiated programme of practice and research rather than a pre-arranged programme of teaching. There is a strong emphasis on supervised independent learning, personal responsibility, reflection and evaluation. It is a practical course for the practical student.

Study Details / Module Information

The programme consists of four taught modules, one of which is formally timetabled and the others taught through tutorial contact. You must complete 180 credits to graduate with the MA and each module will be assessed. Assessment methods will vary and may include written papers, practical outcomes such as exhibitions, performances and presentations, market research and other aspects of professional creative practice.

- Theoretical Research and Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Negotiated Creative Practice (30 credits)
- Autonomous Creative Practice (30 credits)
- Creative Practice Final Project (90 credits)

Assessment for Theoretical Research and Professional Practice takes the form of three 3000 word written assignments, other modules are assessed on practical outcomes, supporting contextual work, marketing strategies etc. Negotiated Creative Practice and the Creative Practice Final also include a viva voce.

All staff teaching on the MA by Creative Practice are professional practitioners in their respective disciplines and research interests reflect this. Recent publications include chapters in books such as Introduction to John Godber Plays 3 (London: Methuen, 2003); conference papers such as Interventionist Theatre: Theatre in Conflict Resolution (University of Leeds, Bretton Hall, 2004); Living Place Project and its Impact on Regeneration and The Application of CAD/CAM in the Production of Abstract Sculptural Form, presented at the 2005 International Design Conference, Yunlin University, Taiwan. Staff also have works in a wide range of public and private collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and exhibit at exhibitions including Collect at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Music compositions by members of staff have been performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Members of Fine Art and Design staff held a group exhibition Staff and Alumni ’08 as part of the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, as well as having solo shows in Liverpool and beyond and taking part in international sculpture workshops. Throughout the year, Visiting Professors Joanna MacGregor and John Godber contribute to events within the Deanery, including the annual Cornerstone Festival.

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This course is only available to Falmouth academic staff. The MA in Creative Education recognises that teaching is an inherently creative activity and draws on the current contexts within which design, media, art and performance education operate. Read more
This course is only available to Falmouth academic staff.

The MA in Creative Education recognises that teaching is an inherently creative activity and draws on the current contexts within which design, media, art and performance education operate. You'll be encouraged to reflect on the innovation and creativity of your subject area to inform your approaches to teaching and learning.

Acknowledging that the best teachers are also learners, you'll be taking a scholarly look at teaching and reflecting on the literature, practices and contexts of the creative curriculum. This course also addresses a need to develop informed professionalism to support the teaching and learning of an increasingly diverse student group.

Delivered in three distinct stages, this course aims to develop confident, professional teaching within a context of both creative and academic practices. The stages are:

- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) creative contexts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Education
- MA in Creative Education, research project

The Certificate stage (year 1) offers you a stand-alone qualification for teaching in higher education. The Diploma and Research stages (years 2 and 3) introduce pedagogic scholarship and educational research methods and provide opportunity for you to engage in a negotiated research project relevant to your own educational context and sector.

We anticipate that you'll achieve the Certificate stage within one year of study, the Diploma within two years and the Masters after three – though this may be negotiated within the maximum period of registration (six years).

Visit the website https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/creativeeducationma

Building professional experience

The MA in Creative Education allows you to reflect on your teaching practice and subject context, in order to explore this in relation to current thinking and research in learning and teaching. The course is founded on the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. It explores key areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values, and explores these within the context of the creative disciplines. The PGCHE offers a route to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Participants have the opportunity to engage with technical and digital innovations relevant to their subject teaching, as well as inform their approaches to teaching through an understanding of creative pedagogy.

How the course is taught

The PGCHE offers a taught model with sessions delivered weekly plus a week-long summer school in July.

The Diploma offers a blend of taught and online components, including three two-day taught events supported by a range of online activities and discussion.

During the Masters research stage, you'll be supported by both a supervisor and regular research forum meetings.

The course is further supported through the online platform, The Learning Space, which hosts course information, readings and resources to support your scholarship.

Course outline

The course comprises three stages across three years, though each stage may be taken as a stand-alone unit (depending on application criteria).

- The PGCHE comprises three modules of 20 credits each. Assessed through a series of assignments, you'll build a teaching portfolio evidencing the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning.

- The Diploma comprises three 20-credit units intended to extend your professional engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning.

- The Masters research stage offers the opportunity to engage in a year-long negotiated 60-credit supervised research project into an aspect of teaching and/or learning in creative disciplines.

Facilities

- Excellent library resources include a wide range of journals and current publications (on and offline)
- Career and further study support
- Access to teaching, IT and study facilities

Assessment

- Teaching portfolio comprising individual assignments, designed to provide a relevant and meaningful resource for future reference

- Scholarship and research assignments at Diploma stage

- Final MA research project and dissertation with the opportunity to publish

Careers

The PGCHE is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and graduates of the course will be able to apply for Fellowship of the HEA, indicated by the post-nominal FHEA. This is a nationally recognised indication of professional status. Potential careers and further study opportunities include:

- Doctoral study
- Subject specialist tutor
- Curriculum designer
- Educational researcher
- Senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Interview and selection process

Interviews are arranged for all those applying to the course and are held with one or more members of the course team.

Masters research

The MA in Creative Education provides a continuing professional development opportunity for those in existing teaching and/or learning support roles. It is also a platform for participants to engage in action research and reflective practice. It is possible to take each stage of the MA in Creative Education as a separate entity, or to use each part to progress through the whole course and engage in a Masters-level education research project. Past research projects have included:

- Exploring failure as a pedagogic principle
- Models of assessment through online peer review
- A comparative study of open educational resources
- Students' understanding of visual plagiarism

Such research projects reflect the interests and subject contexts of the researchers and provide pilot projects that allow participants to investigate their subject area and apply appropriate research methodologies. Participants may also progress to further research, either through funded learning and teaching projects or through undertaking a professional doctorate in education.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/apply

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Fashion and Textiles aims to develop the creative process for designers in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills. Read more
Fashion and Textiles aims to develop the creative process for designers in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills. The course is aimed at ambitious designers, designer-makers or textile artists who wish to develop opportunities within the profession and who may wish to set up on their own or with others in small teams.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year (3 trimesters) in duration in full-time mode or 6 trimesters in part-time mode. The first two trimesters comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, while the Master’s Project in the final part of the course is by negotiated project only. Completion of the first 2 modules on the course lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, and completion of the first 4 modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Subsequent completion of the MA double module leads to the award of MA Design: Fashion and Textiles.

You will be introduced to research skills and methods, product development, design management and methods, with marketing and business skills. The emphasis of the course is learning how best to present ideas, and where and how to place them in the market.

The course is developed through seminars, lectures, tutorials, visiting speakers, group critiques, market research and personal research. You are encouraged to trial a product in the market. This may be through first hand experience, or through working with studios and agents for designers, shops and craft markets (for designer makers), or with galleries or public spaces (for textile artists). Students propose a route of study through the course to explore and research a chosen area of textiles in knit, print, weave, or embroidery for fashion or interiors, or in fashion design.

MODULES

Research Methodologies - Part One introduces generic methodologies with Part Two considering subject specific data retrieval analysis and evaluation techniques.

The Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas - Developing ideas technically and aesthetically, in-depth investigation into techniques and researching to market.

Marketing Skills - Marketing and Business skills – developing an understanding of marketing requirements for textile designers and artists.

Product Sampling and Development and Research - Initial product sampling techniques and investigation. Developing and progressing ideas to enable the creation of new products. Range planning.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

The first trimester (PGCert) consists of two modules. Research Methodologies consists of a taught programme of lectures, seminars, group critiques, and assignments. You will also negotiate a programme of study for the Product, Market Research and Product Ideas module. The emphasis at this level is on ideas. During the second trimester (PGDip) you will take two further modules: Marketing Skills comprises of lectures, seminars and research; the Development of Product and Product Ideas is negotiated by each student. The final trimester, leading to the MA, involves a negotiated study which you will propose. The study will be research based resulting in a body of work for assessment.

Specialist facilities include computer studios with over 70 Macs, as well as flatbed and transparency scanners. There is a recently re-equipped digital media studio. Fashion and Textiles students benefit from specialist studio spaces for both digital and screen printing, knitting, weaving, embroidery, laser cutting and pattern cutting, using the latest digital technology for CAD/CAM. All students have access to workshops in photography, sound and video, etching and litho, as well as the specialist Art and Design library.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The main aim of the course is for students to identify their own employment opportunities. Other possibilities may include textile design, product or fashion design, retail or sales and marketing opportunities, teaching, trend prediction and promotion, or further research in industry or education, and exhibiting in galleries as a textile artist.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The PGCert is assessed by studio exhibition and/or portfolio presentation with a marketing report. The PGDip involves a written report including market analysis of your chosen product field. Practical work is presented by studio work and/or portfolio. For the MA you will present a cohesive body of creative work, supported by written work.

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On this unique illustration course - the only one of its kind with a specific academic focus on authorial practice - you'll develop your own voice. Read more
On this unique illustration course - the only one of its kind with a specific academic focus on authorial practice - you'll develop your own voice. You'll learn to see your work as an evolving practice rather than as a response to an already defined concept or brief, as you challenge and re-evaluate your work with the help of teaching staff who are experienced practitioners.

As your authorial voice develops and you learn to identify your audience, you'll also be encouraged to take an entrepreneurial approach, thinking creatively about the outlets and options for your work. This professionalism is aided by the course's close relationship with independent publisher Atlantic Press, offering you opportunities to gain direct experience in the many aspects of producing and publishing graphic literature.

At the heart of this studio-based course is a belief that there is a need to reassert the characteristics of personal origination, ownership, storytelling and literary ideas within the medium of illustration. We'll help you gain the confidence to take ownership of your work, you'll develop new ideas and concepts driven by your desire to create a distinct, original, authorial voice.

You'll explore narrative and storytelling as defined by your developing voice, working on longer-term projects across a variety of mediums that suit your interests – including children's books, graphic novels, digital work and screen-based production. The course will also engage you with current ideas and thinking related to notions of authorship, encouraging you to draw inspiration from a diverse range of influences, providing further personal insight and direction for your practice.

Visit the website https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/illustrationma

Building professional experience

A unique feature of our MA is our relationship with Atlantic Press (http://www.atlanticpressbooks.com/). The specialist publishing house, based in Penryn, was founded 15 years ago by course leader Steve Braund. The partnership enables you to learn about the whole publishing process, from concept to realisation – as well as the practical aspects of printing, distribution and marketing. The close proximity of a publishing press also means that internships to students on the course are offered on a regular basis.

The course will give you a grounding in all aspects of professional practice related to the work of an authorial illustrator. You'll also be encouraged to consider entrepreneurial approaches to your practice. At the end of the course, you'll mount a professional presentation of work from your negotiated MA project.

How the course is taught

Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, group critiques and workshops, supported by high-profile guest speakers. The Illustration Discourses lecture series considers authorial positions, related theories and their contexts. Both lectures and seminars will help inform your negotiated practical projects, whilst recording your studio practice in a research journal will aid self-reflection.

- Typical workshops

Research Journals
Creative Writing
Screen Printing
Life Drawing
Listening to Images
Book Art
Printmaking & Collography
Etching
Composition
Professional Practice
Table Top Book Binding
Visual Thinking
InDesign I
What are Archives?
Professional Practice, Networking & Entrepreneurship
Visual Narrative
Perspective
Book Design, Layout & InDesign
Bookbinding
Graphic Design

Course outline

This is a one-year course delivered over 45 weeks and divided into three 15-week study blocks. Alternatively, you can study part-time over two years, totalling 90 weeks.

Over the course of the year you'll be required to produce a sequence of three negotiated practical projects based on personal authorial illustration work.

The lecture and seminar series Illustration Discourses supports the practical work, running concurrently with a research journal, which builds connections and the opportunity to reflect on practice. You'll be expected to demonstrate progression; indicating the research, analysis, reflection and investigation necessary for the development of a successful and distinctive authorial illustration practice.

You'll also produce two analytical essays and deliver a presentation exploring areas of personal interest within the authorial context relating to your practice. These will show a consideration of audience awareness and the processes and development of your practice. In order to develop self-reliance the course allows you a good deal of freedom to develop your projects.

Facilities

- Individual studio space
- Full IT facilities
- Print room
- Comprehensive library facilities
- Access to specialist equipment

Assessment

- Assessment takes place at the end of each module
- Combination of visual, verbal and written assignments
- Final assessment takes place in September

Careers

Potential careers include:

- Commissioned or self-published illustrator
- Art director or creative director
- Illustration residencies
- Curatorial roles
- Teaching
- Further study

Interview and selection process

When you apply to join the course, we'll ask you to send us a study proposal and either samples of work or a link to your website or blog, if you have one. At interview we'll look for authorial illustration potential or capabilities, illustration ability, graphic skills, drawing skills, creative writing/storytelling potential, ideas and concepts. We really value meeting you in person but we can hold a telephone or Skype interview if this is not possible.

Falmouth Illustration Forum

Our respected annual Falmouth Illustration Forum recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with the publication of the world's first book devoted to the subject, The Authorial Illustrator (available from atlanticpressbooks.com (http://www.atlanticpressbooks.com/)). Each annual forum explores different aspects of authorial illustration and includes internationally renowned guest speakers.

View information about our forums here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/content/ma-illustration-open-forum-2014-witness-reportage-documentary

Find out how to apply here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/apply

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Our Masters in Fine Art or Design offers a comprehensive programme of advanced study in art and design. This supports and mentors you in developing your work in creative, cultural, collaborative and professional contexts. Read more
Our Masters in Fine Art or Design offers a comprehensive programme of advanced study in art and design.

This supports and mentors you in developing your work in creative, cultural, collaborative and professional contexts.

The course enables students to:
• Apply creative practice in a contextual setting, developing flexibility and knowledge within professional creative environments.
• Manage live projects and develop integrated research strategies.
• Work with a variety of stakeholders, networks or community environments.
• Develop a sustainable, individual and professional practice that can be maintained post-graduation.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/art-and-design/study-options/postgraduate/master-of-fine-art/master-of-design

Course detail

The course offers two distinct pathways to best suit your individual requirements.

Please note: This course is dependent upon a sufficient number of students participating.

Studio Practice

This study option guides you in the development of your personal creative practice, based in a studio environment (on or offsite), which is supported by, and aligned to, subject specialist staff.

Contextual Practice

This study option is tailored towards a more collaborative and contextualised practice, where you can be based offsite but working in a negotiated professional environment and supported by our specialist staff together with an external professional mentor.

Supported specialisms:

• MDes: Ceramics, Jewellery, Product Design, Fashion and Textiles Design, Communication Design, Graphics, Illustration, Photography.

• MFA: Fine Art, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Contemporary Practice, Public Art, Curatorial Practice, Moving Image, Photography.

Modules

• Studio or Contextual Practice 1
• Research Methods and Critical Enquiry
• Studio or Contextual Practice 2

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through the development of your own personal individual practice supported by specialist academic staff and technical facilities. You will also learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. You will work primarily as an individual practitioner but also when required as part of a collaborative team on developing projects, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Studio Practice Pathway students will be sited in a negotiated studio practice environment in relation to their own individual practice.

Contextual Practice Pathway students will be sited in a negotiated professional mentor environment in relation to their own individual practice.

Lectures, seminars and workshop sessions are group activities and held either at Gray’s School of Art or contextually related sites.

Part-time Study

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face tutorials with tutors and attendance at a related number of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access outwith the School to learning materials. Elements of social media are also used in communicating with students.

Careers

This course will enable you to work independently as a creative practitioner as well as within any cultural and creative organisation. Target roles would be artist, designer, curator, exhibition manager, project manager, studio manager, institution director, educator and researcher.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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The course explores the potential of collaborative practice. You will experiment with approaches to collaboration, challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries, subjectivities, roles and hierarchies. Read more
The course explores the potential of collaborative practice. You will experiment with approaches to collaboration, challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries, subjectivities, roles and hierarchies. You will develop a personal line of enquiry that will be negotiated and applied through a collaborative project. Collaborations may involve communities, collectives, pedagogies, interactive arts, networks, environments, health, ethics, participation, public arts, cultural activism, anthropology, sustainability, spatial or sited work, politically or socially engaged practices and more.

Students will come from a range of disciplines and share a commitment to the exchange of ideas in a creative forum, as a powerful way to learn. Collaborative practice students will negotiate marginal positions, gaps, fissures and conflicts within existing structures, enabling them to innovate, propose critical interventions or radical solutions. You will be supported in the articulation of your ideas, development of working methods and the realisation of personal projects through a regular taught seminar series, individual and group tutorials, visits and guest speakers.

Course Content

The MA Collaborative Practice is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is practice-driven and focused on the development of your existing practice. It will enable you to identify and explore new concepts and approaches negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, archives, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Collaborative award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

The course is taught by practicing artists and maintains active links with an international network of art professionals and organisations.

You will have your own spaces within communal studios, with full access to the Faculty’s workshops and other resources.

There is also a regular programme of artists talks and studio visits from professionals working in the field.

You will benefit from a regular programme of talks by visiting artists organised in association with The Whitworth Art Gallery.

The University library has outstanding Art and Design holdings, including a special collection of artist’s books and ephemera.

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