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This programme takes graduates from many disciplines and provides them with the skills to plan, design, build and promote effective websites. Read more

This programme takes graduates from many disciplines and provides them with the skills to plan, design, build and promote effective websites. It is designed for people who manage corporate websites, those who wish to start their own web business and those who would like to build a career in the web design industry. The design of excellent websites presents a notable intellectual challenge and, during the programme, students develop a contemporary, professional and 'real-world' approach. Our objective is to provide a balanced education in the three main aspects of web design: technical, functional and aesthetic.

The technical aspects provide an understanding of the tools, technologies and principles used for the design and development of contemporary websites. This includes the creation of semantically correct markup, the separation of presentation from content (HTML and CSS) and compliance with web standards (W3C).

The functional aspects focus on the creation of websites that provide a good user experience. Principles include, information architecture, content strategy, accessibility, search engine marketing and optimisation (SEM/SEO).

The aesthetic aspects of web design are considered in relation to graphic, artistic, typographic and business objectives, including corporate identity and branding.

The Department is based in a new state of the art building designed by the award winning architects Heneghan Peng; it is equipped with fourteen rooftop landscapes, cutting edge digital workshops, extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces.

Our building is located in the heart of Greenwich, the newest addition to a suite of magnificent buildings that occupy the UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the Greenwich Prime Meridian.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To equip students with a professional level of competence in web design and content management
  • To provide students with the opportunity of creating a live website and to measure its success
  • To help students become familiar with the growing and fast-evolving body of knowledge within the web design discipline.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework, a portfolio of project work and their involvement with online activities.

Careers

This programme offers enhanced skills for use within the applicant's current career or a new career in web design. Graduates from this programme are now working as front-end developers, user experience designers, SEO consultants and project managers in digital media.

For more information on the MA Web Design & Content Planning, please visit the programme's website.



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The key theme of this course is its focus on a user-based approach to designing websites and on implementation through standards-based, accessible code. Read more
The key theme of this course is its focus on a user-based approach to designing websites and on implementation through standards-based, accessible code. It is also suitable for those wishing to develop a personal project.

The programme offers practical workshops taught by commercial developers and users, encouraging you to work creatively within an online culture. By the time you start the final module, you will have acquired the skills needed to design and produce a professional website that is both usable and accessible, and that conforms to international standards and guidelines.

Sessions focus on learning the skills to evaluate, design, develop and maintain personal or business interactive projects. You will have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the medium and will use internet tools to create web-based portfolios and projects. Documenting the process of development in your final assignment will demonstrate your progression during the course.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Targeted at people working in business, training, education, human resources, publishing, marketing or associated media development.
Develop a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical skills needed to plan and implement websites that work.
Undertake a project, which can be work-based and supported by your employer.
Programme materials available online.
Birkbeck's computing facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, although you will need your own computer and internet access for coursework and projects. The programme uses a commercial internet service provider to host student projects, and learning resources will be available online.
We offer a range of resources, help and support while you're studying with us.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

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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. Read more

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

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.

What you will study

Units include:

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.

Digital Media

The advantages and limitations of digital media and its delivery across a range of devices, from desktop to mobile.

Project Development

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.

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.

Facilities

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.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Design consultancy
  • Publishing industry
  • Advertising – agency side
  • Multidisciplinary design 
  • Web design
  • Television
  • Film and multimedia
  • Freelance practice
  • App design. 

There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.

Industry links

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.

Placements

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).



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If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials. Read more

If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials.

These certificates offer a specialization in a specific field—in business, art, design or behavioral health sciences—and practical skills that you can apply immediately.

Our certificates offer as much academic rigor as a graduate program but can be completed in less time. In addition, certificates allow you to focus on topics most relevant to your career and avoid the extra coursework required for graduate degrees. Most of our certificates can be completed within one year.

Courses are offered in evenings and on weekends in locations in San Francisco and Berkeley, communities very close to Silicon Valley's creativity and innovation. Take courses and network with U.S. professionals, and immerse yourself in California culture.

Learn to design digital products that solve business challenges and satisfy user needs.

If you're not designing your product to meet your customer's needs, somebody else will. The need for qualified, trained user experience (UX) designers is growing as businesses increasingly invest in UX design. Knowing this skill is mission-critical for success. In this program, you get the training needed to develop a portfolio and prepare to enter the field. Our instructors are experienced designers who present real-world challenges to show the theory behind UX. Learn essential user-centered design principles, interactive design techniques for multiple interfaces, prototyping software, content strategy, and decision making based on user research and user feedback. Ultimately, you learn to design digital products that solve business challenges and satisfy user needs.

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The MA Graphic Design course at The University of Central Lancashire encourages the diversity of design study that is possible within the wider field of Graphic Design. Read more
The MA Graphic Design course at The University of Central Lancashire encourages the diversity of design study that is possible within the wider field of Graphic Design. The course focus is rooted in visual communication research, underpinned by theory and with an emphasis on the development of a very personal body of practical work. Throughout the course students are encouraged to pursue a unique personal line of inquiry within any area of contemporary graphic design practice or explore the potential of design diversity. By the end of the course all students should have completed a cohesive body of work to a professional standard and be able to clearly articulate a sound intellectual rationale and a broad critical viewpoint.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Practical work is carried out within our extensive and very well equipped studios and workshops.

Full time and part time students will be required to attend the Friday morning lecture programme throughout semesters 1 and 2. Full time students will also attend weekly seminars and tutorial sessions during the week. Part time students are scheduled for their practical sessions on a Friday afternoon, so that their commitment on campus allows for day release from their place of employment.

Evening tutorial sessions may be available from time to time for some students who are unable to attend in the day. Many of the Friday morning lectures are filmed for supporting distance learning or those who miss sessions.

Study is further supported by a lecture programme of visiting practitioners from a variety of design disciplines.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Graphic designers can work in many different areas, from traditional print for book design in the publishing industry and packaging design for the food and drink industry, to the digital arena of web design and new media. Often, the career path of an artist or designer does not take a particularly conventional route. Some graphic designers work on a freelance basis, whilst many work for design agencies or as part of in-house departments of larger companies. Life as a graphic designer can be exceedingly fast-paced and challenging as well as highly exciting.

A design related masters degree can provide a platform from which to enter employment in a range of other exciting sectors, such as: Art & Design; Teaching & Education; Advertising, Marketing & PR Media Culture; Music & Performing Arts; Management Consulting; Business & Admin; Hospitality & Tourism; Retail & Sales; Recruitment & Human Resources; Charity, Not-for-profit & NGO.

The MA course exists within the context of the University module scheme. The theory and practical modules run alongside in order to inform each other. Design Research 1 and 2 are theoretical modules that provide an opportunity to explore research methodologies appropriate to Graphic Design and the broader area of visual communication. A special feature of the course is the Friday morning lecture programmes with lectures from subject specific academics, guest speakers and practicing designers who are at the top of their profession. Graphic Design Practice 3 incorporates a theoretical element to summarize and complement the final practical body of work.

Throughout the programme students will continue to explore the links and concerns between theory and graphic design practice. The practical modules (Practice 1, 2 & 3) are designed to allow students to pursue their own specific individual design research project, which is a major investigation into a particular personal area of study. A key element of the practice sessions are to facilitate the opportunity to generate, investigate and test new ideas. The programme then culminates with a final public exhibition of student work.

OPPORTUNITIES

The MA Graphic Design programme is also delivered at our partner University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Students are able to study there for one semester. The MA will help further career opportunities in the field of Graphic Design and Visual Communication, giving recognition to each student’s individual practical and intellectual abilities.

The opportunity for a structured work experience will be provided for every student who requests it. This is a major commitment by the University to help our graduates to reach their potential and thrive in their careers after graduation.

Study trips are an essential part of research activity that brings design to life. Throughout the programme, students are introduced to contemporary influences with International city trips and study visits to exhibitions and museums - Manchester, London, Berlin and New York have been regular trips in recent years (students will be required to pay for overseas trips/visits and are therefore optional).

With an MA in Graphic Design, there are many other opportunities to explore and career options worth considering that require the broad range of skills gained at masters level and related to graphic design / visual communication / art and design.

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If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials. Read more

If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials.

These certificates offer a specialization in a specific field—in business, art, design or behavioral health sciences—and practical skills that you can apply immediately.

Our certificates offer as much academic rigor as a graduate program but can be completed in less time. In addition, certificates allow you to focus on topics most relevant to your career and avoid the extra coursework required for graduate degrees. Most of our certificates can be completed within one year.

Courses are offered in evenings and on weekends in locations in San Francisco and Berkeley, communities very close to Silicon Valley's creativity and innovation. Take courses and network with U.S. professionals, and immerse yourself in California culture.

Study timeless design principles and gain an appreciation of historical and current design trends to build a comprehensive portfolio and advance in the field.

Graphic design shapes the visual and social culture. The fundamentals of graphic design—exciting ideas, effective communication and historical context—are essential to everyone working in the field. In the Professional Program in Graphic Design, you study timeless design principles and gain an appreciation of historical and current design trends. Learn from industry professionals to build a comprehensive portfolio and advance in the field.

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Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you'll learn the art of bringing ideas to life—from conception to design to construction. Read more

Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you'll learn the art of bringing ideas to life—from conception to design to construction.

Choose one of three majors—Industrial Design, Media Design, and Culture+Context Design—in this industry-focused, professional qualification with the School of Design. Assess new technologies and investigate the social, cultural, environmental and economic implications of design on our world.

Through a combination of coursework and supervised research you'll gain a greater understanding of the process of creating value through design.

Design Research Innovation Labs (DRIL)

You'll do much of your work in the Design Research Innovation Laboratory (DRIL), giving you a stimulating and supportive environment for inspiration and discovery. Choose a research group with DRIL that fits with your current knowledge and career goals, and your intended thesis or research portfolio topic.

Work with commercial and cultural organisations on applied research projects, build your communication and collaboration skills and get ready for an exciting career in design.

What you'll study

In the first trimester you'll study the 30-point Research Methods course. Examine a variety of design research techniques to help inform and guide your thesis project. Gain the skills you need to identify a design research topic, frame a research question, define the scope and develop your proposal.

You'll further develop your knowledge and expertise in design research in the second trimester. You'll join a Design Research Innovation Laboratory (DRIL) and nominate a supervisor so you can begin your 90-point thesis. You'll also complete one 400-level, 30-point course in your major subject area while continuing to work on your thesis project within your DRIL.

In the third trimester you'll focus on completing your design research thesis project with the guidance and support of your DRIL stream coordinators and supervisor.

Design Research Innovation Laboratory (DRIL)

DRIL research groups receive support from government, industry and external grants. They produce a range of commercially viable solutions that contribute to the advancement of design research.

You'll choose from one of five research groups within DRIL:

Through DRIL you'll work closely with staff, students and industry collaborators on research projects that address a wide range of contemporary design challenges.

Duration and workload

The MDI can be completed in three trimesters of full-time study or in six trimesters if you are studying part time. It usually takes full-time students between 13 and 18 months to complete.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

You'll have opportunities to attend events, seminars, workshops and social functions. The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

You'll be ready for a career in many design-oriented fields within the public and private sectors. You might work as an industrial, interior or product designer, an art director, visual effects artist, jeweller, exhibition designer, digital animator or a web designer.

Because you'll gain a broad range of skills during your studies, you'll also be able to find opportunities for careers beyond the mainstream profession.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Practical, hands-on course with live briefs and workplace visits. Ideal for careers in social media management, SEO, and e-commerce. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Practical, hands-on course with live briefs and workplace visits
  • Ideal for careers in social media management, SEO, and e-commerce
  • Opportunities for internships, fieldwork and engagement with industry experts

Digital Marketing and Analytics at Winchester advances your knowledge and skills in creating digital content, helping you to ensure your target audience sees and responds. The course also refines your skills in using data analytics, equipping you to develop and use appropriate digital marketing strategies to reach consumers, clients and partners.

You gain an overview of the evolution of marketing and the impact of digital technologies on the theory and practice of marketing, evaluate consumer behaviour models applied to the digital consumer, and monitor changing trends in various industries. You also develop integrated digital marketing communication plans and gain a critical understanding of how to mix traditional and new marketing research tools to obtain relevant and meaningful data. The course also covers the development and management of websites, with incorporated blogs, and how to use social media as a marketing communications tool.

Modules include Digital Consumer Trends, Integrated Digital Marketing Communications Web Design and Analytics and Social Media Marketing and Analytics. For the final dissertation/consultancy project, you are given a live brief from an external organisation facing digital marketing-related issues. You collate, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data to identify issues and provide a report with a set of realistic recommendations and solutions. As you learn the practical skills required for success in current and future business environments, there is extensive interaction with industry experts and there are optional, non-credit bearing, fieldwork and internship opportunities. Throughout the course, you are provided with live briefs from businesses facing issues currently or with recent case studies.

The programme makes extensive use of industry experts and practitioners as visiting speakers in order to enhance the currency and relevance of the topics discussed in each module. Module tutors adopt practical forms of study such as workshops and workplace visits wherever possible.

Graduates enter roles in marketing, customer relationship management, pay-for-click, e-commerce, search engine optimisation, digital account management, web design, copyrighting and social media management.

Careers

Graduates enter roles within marketing, customer relationship management, pay-per-click, e-commerce, search engine optimisation, digital account management, web design, copywriting and social media management.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

The programme makes extensive use of industry experts and practitioners as visiting speakers in order to enhance the currency and relevance of the topics discussed in each module. Module tutors are encouraged to move away from traditional lecture and seminar delivery modes and to adopt practical forms of study such as workshops and workplace visits wherever possible. Students are provided with live briefs from businesses facing issues currently or recent case studies.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.



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Are you passionate about the web? Would you like to help businesses reach and implement creative online solutions? Southampton Solent University’s MSc Digital Design programme teaches students a wide range of industry relevant skills including user experience design, front-end web development and digital marketing. Read more

Are you passionate about the web? Would you like to help businesses reach and implement creative online solutions? Southampton Solent University’s MSc Digital Design programme teaches students a wide range of industry relevant skills including user experience design, front-end web development and digital marketing.

As a conversion course, this master’s degree is well suited to students from diverse academic backgrounds. The course will help you to develop sought-after digital skills and prepare you for a range of careers after graduation.

Students are also able to tailor the course to their own personal career ambitions through a research project. Many use this piece of work to springboard the start of their career or a further research study.

Students are supported to gain a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, critical thinking, organisation and presentation skills. The professional issues and practise unit helps prepare students for the workplace by looking at the wider computing industry and the contexts in which digital skills can be used most effectively.

Learning is aided by a range of industry standard equipment. Facilities include high-spec computer labs, device testing labs and a usability lab with eye tracking facilities.

What does this course lead to?

The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge towards desired careers, or act as a springboard for PhD study.

Who is this course for?

This conversion master’s course is ideally suited to students from a number of academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in learning web design and digital development technologies.

The course is also suited to those with extensive industry experience in the digital field, and who wish to gain an academic qualification.

What you will study

Core units and CATS points:

  • Research Methods (15)
  • Professional Issues and Practice (15)
  • Pilot Project (15)
  • Research Project (45)
  • Digital Design Fundamentals (15)
  • Digital Design Management (15)
  • Web Technologies (15)
  • Usability & UX Design (30)
  • Digital Marketing (15)
  • Computer Fundamentals (15)

Facilities

Students have access to high-spec computer labs and make use of the latest design and development programs.

Students will test applications in our new device laboratory - a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. This arrangement allows you to test your website designs and apps on real equipment, ensuring they perform as expected on the target platforms.

Your future

Graduates from this course would be well-suited for a range of digital roles. These include:

  • Project management
  • Front-end web development
  • Web and digital marketing
  • SEO
  • Web analytics
  • User experience design

Industry links

Course content is developed with input from a variety of sources including an industrial liaison panel. This ensures that your studies include the latest technologies and working practices.

You’ll also have the chance to work directly with real-world companies on live briefs, events and projects, while regular BCS meetings hosted at the University help you to build professional connections and secure valuable work experience opportunities.



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This updated master’s degree program in instructional design and technology will teach you to build quality education and training experiences using employer-recognized Adobe technology. Read more

This updated master’s degree program in instructional design and technology will teach you to build quality education and training experiences using employer-recognized Adobe technology.

Those who can analyze learning or training needs and design technology-supported instructional materials have seen double-digit career growth within the past four years. In this master’s in instructional design and technology program, you'll learn to apply theory, research, creativity, and problem-solving skills to a variety of technology applications in order to help reshape the way information is created, integrated, and delivered. You will also develop the skills to assess, create, and manage training materials. The combination of these skills will help you to support technology-based training in educational institutions and corporate training environments. Through your coursework, you will gain the experience needed to efficiently and effectively use technology and multimedia tools, including Adobe Captivate and Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

A Relevant Instructional Design and Technology Degree

When you choose to earn your master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Walden, you will gain career-focused training from a leading online university that uses the tools of technology to develop cutting-edge curricula. You’ll benefit from Walden’s own experience in online content development and instructional delivery. Plus, you’ll gain firsthand knowledge of a learning management system and how it is used to provide engaging and content-rich instruction.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Design and implement conditions for learning by applying principles, theories, and research associated with instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
  2. Develop instructional materials and experiences by applying principles, theories, and research related to print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
  3. Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to media utilization, diffusion, implementations, and policy making.
  4. Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles, theories, and research related to project, resource, delivery system, and information management.
  5. Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to problem analysis, criterion references measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate equitable access to instructional materials for all learners.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply common technology tools to create innovative learning solutions and materials.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

MS in Instructional Design and Technology Degree Specializations

Choose the General Program or a specialization that meets your personal and professional goals.

Career options

Technology is rapidly changing the way people learn throughout higher education, businesses, and government agencies. With the advancement of emerging technologies, the dynamics of how people learn, both onsite and online, is much more accessible and interactive. The Web, social networking applications, online applications, and mobile learning are redefining the way we communicate information. 

Realizing this, organizations are focused on hiring and developing talented and knowledgeable personnel to help reshape the way information is created, integrated, and delivered. Instructional designers are becoming a very important part of the curriculum-development process. Those who can analyze learning or training needs and design technology-supported instructional materials have seen double-digit career growth within the past four years.

Technology-enhanced earning trends will continue to open doors to job opportunities in explosive growth areas such as online learning in P-12 and higher education. Earning an MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden can prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to excel in a number of positions, including:

  • Instructional designer
  • Training developer
  • Online instructor
  • Performance improvement consultant
  • Manager of e-learning delivery
  • Information architect
  • Course editor
  • Desktop publishing, Web design, or multimedia specialist
  • Educational technology specialist/consultant


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This course is for designers who want to pursue their passion for particular areas of design, at an advanced level and with professional support. Read more
This course is for designers who want to pursue their passion for particular areas of design, at an advanced level and with professional support.

Course overview

This Masters is built around your personal design interests and aspirations. It allows you to push the boundaries of creativity, within a framework of academic rigour and contextual research.

You can choose to study any of the following areas:
-Advertising
-Animation
-Calligraphy and lettering
-Creative computational design
-Design thinking, innovation and ideation
-Design leadership
-Fashion, product and promotion
-Graphic communication
-Graphic design
-Illustration
-Interactive media
-Motion graphics
-Typographic design

Other specialised design disciplines will also be considered. Our specialist tutors will work with you as you create a portfolio of creative designs that will excite and impress potential employers.

The course includes a theoretical element which contextualises your chosen areas of study within the broader field of design.
By the end of the course, you will have completed a major project that has evolved from your practice and research. The project will be supported by a critical evaluation report.

At Masters level, the specialisms of tutors are an important factor. Our Department offers a wide range of research expertise within design. For example, we host the International Research Centre for Calligraphy (IRCC) which promotes and supports the development of calligraphy both nationally and internationally. We have excellent engagement with industry, locally, nationally and internationally and have several academic partners overseas including Hong Kong, Malaysia and the USA.

Graduates from Sunderland have gone on to work throughout the design industry around the world. A Masters qualification not only opens doors in the workplace but also helps you progress more rapidly once your career is underway.

This course can also be taken part time - for more information, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/artsdesignandmedia/postgraduate/design-part-time/

Course content

The content of the course is shaped by your personal interests with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors and industry speakers and visits.

Modules on this course include:
-Design Studies 1 (60 Credits)
-Design Studies 2 (60 Credits)
-Design Studies 3 (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this MA Design programme requires a higher level of independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods, which include lectures, seminars, critiques, workshops and practical demonstrations. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support.

Facilities & location

Our Design Centre allows you to develop your creativity while taking advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and, importantly, your own workspace. We provide well-equipped facilities and industry-standard design software so it's easy to make a seamless transition from your studies to the workplace. The Design Centre also attracts international exhibitions and conferences, and it provides a highly stimulating environment.

Facilities at the University include:
-Five computer suites incorporating the latest Mac Pros
-Digital design suites using industry standard software like Adobe Creative Suite, Maya and Toon Boom
-Digital SLR and HD video cameras
-Fully equipped Photography studio
-Fully equipped printmaking studio
-Laser cutting machine
-Large format colour printers
-Access to 3D printers and scanners
-Large format digital fabric printer and full garment design and making facilities

Arts and Design Library
Our Arts and Design Library has a specialist collection of over 120,000 books, videos, slides and one of the largest electronic information networks in the sector.

Journals and research
We subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date articles. Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-Art Full Text + Art Abstracts, which is a major resource for media and arts information
-Design and Applied Arts Index, which covers journals featuring both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century
-British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), which provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
-Screen Online (BFI), which is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television, featuring clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive

Employment & careers

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the creative industries.

Potential roles include animator, graphic designer, illustrator, calligrapher, lettering designer, typographic designer, interactive designer, lecturer or broad-based designer.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies, such as MPhil or PhDs.

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Over the past few years, career opportunities in the digital media sector have increased dramatically. The interactive media industry is reaching maturity and needs qualified professionals able to offer a diverse range of expertise. Read more
Over the past few years, career opportunities in the digital media sector have increased dramatically. The interactive media industry is reaching maturity and needs qualified professionals able to offer a diverse range of expertise. This course addresses those needs and is designed to provide you with skills in interactive media content creation, interactive design, digital media production,social media management, digital media project and account management. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

This professionally-oriented course will appeal to graduates with an interest in digital media, experienced professionals from the design, media, public relations and marketing sector wishing to retrain for a career change or promotion, and those wishing to progress towards research and PhD studies. The Masters in Digital Media addresses issues in interactive design, interactive media, the internet and its applications, digital solutions for the industry and the public sector, usability design, effective digital media project management, digital audiences and audience research, social media management, digital media strategy, digital interactive television, mobile communications, and new media ownership. The course will provide skills in the relevant multimedia software.

You will learn how to:
-Assess and select the appropriate tools to produce a digital media project
-Produce digital media projects using the appropriate software applications
-Research and analyse the current issues and future developments in digital media, social media, media communications and e-solutions
-Manage digital media projects and production teams
-Produce digital media and social media strategies
-Appreciate the complexity of the international digital media and creative industries and communicate effectively in a media professional environment
-Apply research, design and management skills to the production of new media projects

Assessment methods include interactive projects, design portfolios, presentations, essays, examinations and reports.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Digital Media Project Management (core, 20 credits)
-Principles of Digital Media (core, 20 credits)
-Digital Media Dissertation (alternative core, 60 credits)
-Digital Project (alternative core, 60 credits)
-Accredited Work-Based Learning in the School of MCC (option, 20 credits)
-Advanced English for Masters Studies (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Media Strategy and Consultancy (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Storytelling (option, 20 credits)
-Digital Video Production (option, 20 credits)
-Globalisation (option, 20 credits)
-Interaction Design (option, 20 credits)
-Multimedia Journalism (option, 20 credits)
-Web Design (option, 20 credits)

After the course

The course is particularly suited to students looking to work in: web design; UX design, interactive media production; digital video production; new media project management and account handling; consultancy and policy advice in the area of digital media and communication technology; social media management; digital media strategy, training and research in related fields; electronic publishing; online journalism and broadcasting; administration, management and research in digital media, digital advertising and marketing and digital information industries.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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We're passionate about web development - an industry which continues to boom. Our course will enable you to keep pace with this constantly changing sector, giving you the expertise to specialise in the design and development of online applications. Read more
We're passionate about web development - an industry which continues to boom. Our course will enable you to keep pace with this constantly changing sector, giving you the expertise to specialise in the design and development of online applications.

In recent years there has been a strong demand for software engineering skills in building websites, requiring a high standard of programming knowledge. We'll provide you with a thorough grounding in web development programming techniques.

You'll already have professional experience in web or software development, or you could be a graduate from one of our computing courses. We'll give you the ability to develop applications that can easily be displayed across different platforms.

You'll study e-marketing, security, e-commerce solutions, payment systems, web standards, web application architecture and web page design. We'll also improve your understanding of website development technologies and content management systems.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/webappdevelopment_APD

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

The web development industry is thriving - we know this because it's one of the biggest recruiters of computing graduates from our university. Web-based applications are now essential to support business and major organisations around the world, and your skills will be much sought after.

- Web Developer
- Web Designer
- Web Master
- User Interface Designer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

If you're a busy professional already working in computing, our course enables you to benefit from learning the latest theories and techniques in web applications development in the space of just a few months.

Experts currently working in web applications development are invited to give lecturers and you'll also meet like-minded students from different industries, allowing you to debate current issues, share ideas and benefit from alternative insights.

Modules

Responsive Web Development
Responsive websites aim at providing optimal viewing experiences across a wide range of devices. You will study the tools and best practice to design, develop and publish data-driven responsive websites.

Design Pattern for Web Application Development
An opportunity to look at the principles behind web application development. You will examine alternative design patterns and frameworks, evaluate and apply them to a case study.

Meg Soosay

Senior Lecturer

"You'll study e-marketing, security, e-commerce solutions, payment systems, web standards, web application architecture and web page design. We'll also improve your understanding of website development technologies and content management systems."

Meg has extensive background in designing and evaluating positive user experiences using computing devices. She applies e-learning methods in her teaching, having worked on a number of JISC and EU-funded projects such as PC3 and EuroPlot. Your teaching team also includes Patrick Ingham, who has been working with android development since the first handsets arrived in the UK. Patrick is a great believer in mobile offering new ways of doing things and crafting better user experiences.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Our Digital Media Arts MA is taught both at the University of Brighton and at Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is a digital culture agency where a key part of its work is education and professional development (PPD). Read more

Our Digital Media Arts MA is taught both at the University of Brighton and at Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is a digital culture agency where a key part of its work is education and professional development (PPD). Through short technology labs and courses they help empower the digital artists and creative engineers of tomorrow. 

We have developed the course in the context of Brighton’s status as one of the main centres of the media economy, adopting an interdisciplinary approach that allows you to use and develop your existing skills in an environment that encourages both innovation and high-quality production.

The course provides excellent training for artists, designers and arts professionals wishing to seek a career in the creative industries, offering expert education in the areas of interaction design, social media, programming, digital film, installation, public art and interactive art. You will learn core digital media production skills, explore a broad range of creative digital practices, and access the most up-to-date developments and critical debates in the discipline.

While our professional studio environment enables you to explore the full creative potential of digital media arts practices, we also encourage live project work so that you gain direct experience and develop valuable links to the digital media and wider cultural industries.

The course offers a suitable route and an appropriate academic grounding for PhD study, as has been evidenced by recent student progression on to PhD programs at the University of Sussex, Goldsmiths, Plymouth University and The University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Areas of study

The course is designed to support your individual development and creativity as an artist and producer and is based around an essential core of practice-based learning, underpinned by a programme of theoretical lecture series, artist talks, seminars, workshops, tutorials and independent study.

You will learn core digital media production skills. Specialist workshops have included processing, motion graphics and sound art.

The course supports an interdisciplinary approach that enables you to develop existing skills and experiences in an environment that encourages both innovation and high quality production. Live project work in modules throughout the course will help you gain direct experience and develop valuable links in the digital media industries and wider cultural industries.

Modules will be relevant and up-to-date in this fast changing and evolving digital climate, allowing for flexibility to expand into new areas of development. Examples of theses areas include screen based web design, social media and interactive installations and also including using data analytics, coding, programming and hacking.

You will be taught by a diverse and experienced lecturing team, all of whom are creative practitioners. 

The course offers a flexible mode of study for students, either as a part-time route (two years) or full time (one year). 

Modules

  • Cultures of Media Authoring and Web Design
  • Virtual Culture and Network Practices
  • Practice based Research Methods
  • Beyond the Screen: Interactive Installations
  • Presenting a Body of Work
  • Critical Theory: Media Concepts Research Paper

There will be an increasing emphasis on engaging with script and code, which is particularly pertinent to practical modules as they include the building blocks of developments for creative design, and web applications. These include the following languages - CSS, Flash, Processing, Pure Data, ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0, Wordpress, PHP, HTML5, Javascript, jQuery. MFC, C, OpenGL, Java and Lingo. 

We encourage students to create work through the use of open source data and engaging with hacker ethics, which are concerned primarily with sharing, openness and collaboration, rather than using commercial software. 

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Student work

The Digital Media Arts MA at Brighton develops your production skills and unique artistic approach. Over the course, you will build a substantial body of digital artwork that will help you get ahead in the fast-moving and competitive new media industries.

You will create your art and design work using a range of digital technologies, producing screen-based work, interactive installations, social media interventions and soundscapes. All students produce work for the assessment show towards the end of the course.

Careers and employability

The Digital Media Arts MA is a practical course that teaches a range of skills in digital development and design that you can apply outside of university. The course aims to empower digital artists and critical engineers of tomorrow, in exploring the creative thinking that is critical to working effectively with technology.



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Programme description. This is a unique programme of study that addresses the growing need for professional education in digital technology applied to design, including its social, cultural and philosophical implications. Read more

Programme description

This is a unique programme of study that addresses the growing need for professional education in digital technology applied to design, including its social, cultural and philosophical implications.

Based in a lively studio environment, the programme develops wide skills in digital techniques and a critical framework to appraise the application of these technologies to design.

The programme addresses the needs of practitioners, managers, decision-makers and educators who want to be informed by first-hand knowledge of the technical possibilities of digital technology and an awareness of social, cultural and business contexts.

Our programme is design and technology led and there are significant demands on our students to create innovative work across a range of creative contexts including visual design, user interface and experience, interactive media, mobile web applications, animation, gaming and virtual environments.

Programme structure

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and studios. Projects encourage original thinking and independent achievement within a framework of team-working and creative ability.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • acquire a broadly based foundation in design technologies
  • develop their ability to work cooperatively in groups in the context of design
  • develop understanding of the potential for new technologies and their new creative uses
  • enable the use of existing digital design techniques in a creative way
  • develop skills in entrepreneurial thinking and business planning
  • find an analytical and critical framework to develop fresh thinking in design

Career opportunities

The prospects for employment are diverse. Recent graduates are now working in multimedia and web design for architectural and urban design practices, computer system design and management, and tertiary-level teaching. The programme is also ideal if you are considering continuing on to advanced research at a doctoral level.



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