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Applied Technologies. Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies is a cross-disciplinary programme for creative practitioners interested in research into digital-making and manufacturing. Read more
Applied Technologies: Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies is a cross-disciplinary programme for creative practitioners interested in research into digital-making and manufacturing.

The aim of the course is to allow you to evaluate and engage with how emerging technologies such as rapid prototyping, generative design, 3d scanning and multi axis machining are changing creative industries and could help you evolve your personal practice. You will benefit from access to Ravensbourne’s state of the art digital prototyping facilities as well as tuition in computer aided design and manufacture and how these skills can be integrated with traditional making methods.

As well as practical techniques, students will have the opportunity to explore:

- Social impacts of increasingly decentralised & automated manufacturing
- New form and aesthetics
- Material innovation and sustainability
- Intellectual property and authorship
- Potential for new industries or businesses
- Automation of design and making
- Development of new manufacturing platforms
- Future technological scenarios

The course offers the opportunity to develop and manage an individual area of enquiry and creative development in digital manufacturing, culminating in the realisation of a final major project fully informed by professional and industrial contexts and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

You will receive regular support from tutors, peers and subject-specific group tutorials as part of a constant dialogue to help create a professional and critical understanding of your individual creative process.

The course is suitable for those from a range of fields wishing to diversify and deepen their practice’s relationship with technology, including but not limited to; product designers, engineers, model makers, artists and architects. You will benefit from being an integral part of an intellectually supportive and creative postgraduate community, with whom you can interact and collaborate across multiple disciplines.

Course structure

1. Technology Issues – Within the technology issues unit, students will engage in 3-5 week project cycles that will allow them to explore 3d printing, 3d scanning and other rapid prototyping. These units are structured to encourage students to engage collaboratively with other students of the same and different disciplines.

2. Business and Innovation – Taught during the term prior to the major project unit this unit helps students develop an understanding of business and innovative practises in creative industries. It supports Applied Technologies students in turning their ideas into viable market propositions and long term business plans.

3. Research Process – This unit provides the grounding for the research and development skills needed for students’ individual projects.

4. Concept and Prototyping – Allows students to further develop their skills. To identify a specialist area related to digital manufacturing and to pursue a single line of enquiry, idea or theory and develop, investigate, challenge and test that concept.

5. Major project - The Major project represents the culmination of the students’ investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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MA/MSc Broadcast Futures aims to provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills to operate at a high level and innovate in new and emerging areas of the broadcasting industry. Read more
MA/MSc Broadcast Futures aims to provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills to operate at a high level and innovate in new and emerging areas of the broadcasting industry. Digital broadcast media lie at the heart of the course that aims to investigate, to understand and test contemporary theory and practice in the media industry.

The Ravensbourne MA/MSc Broadcast Futures pathway is a unique course that seeks out cutting-edge broadcast technology and innovation - collaborating with leading media technology companies and broadcasters – and defines broadcasting in its widest industrial, creative, cultural and commercial sense. The course will explore the application of new technologies, new platforms, new methodologies, and new business models and the opportunities that they offer the broadcast professional.

You will develop and challenge your understanding of key processes and will expand and push at the extreme edges of current knowledge in analogue and digital media, linear and non-linear broadcast, media content, production and intellectual property. You will also explore the impact of emerging technologies such as: S3D; ultra high definition (UHD) 4K; super high definition (SHD) 8K; pre-production; production and post-production workflows; global distribution; media acquisition; storage and archiving; meta-data, and changing broadcast paradigms.

You will be able to individualise your learning and develop, manage and realise an individual project, which will have a professional and industrial rationale, developed in your chosen area of study.

You will develop, through practice, strong management/project management skills, a range of key business skills (business planning, high level budgeting, schedule development, marketing, audience development, etc.) and how to implement them, and an understanding of the issues of entrepreneurship.

Course structure

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

Within the Technology Issues unit, you will engage with three project cycles that will allow you to explore the technologies most relevant to your discipline area. Typical past projects have included an industry collaboration project with a camera technology support company (such as digital motion capture in a ‘live’ 3D environment); an individual project in which each student explained a ‘digital broadcast’ model (such as a short film or media-share environment); and a cross- disciplinary project with visual effects students.

In the Business Innovation unit, you will develop an understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries.

The Research Process unit will provide the grounding for research and development skills needed for your individual project.

The Concept and Prototyping unit allows you to further develop your skills to take a single line of inquiry, idea or theory embedded in broadcast futures and research and develop (investigate, challenge and test) the concept.

The Major Project represents the culmination of your investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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Explore skills in creativity, problem-solving, strategic thinking, design research and technology to offer innovative communication solutions. Read more
Explore skills in creativity, problem-solving, strategic thinking, design research and technology to offer innovative communication solutions.

The Ravensbourne MA Communication Design pathway explores skills in creativity and problem-solving using technology to offer innovative communication solutions. Analytical skills, strategic and conceptual thinking are developed to achieve successfully targeted messages to the recipient.

This broad-ranging discipline is concerned not only with developing the message and its aesthetic, but also with creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches its target audience effectively.

The pathway has been developed in response to industry demand for creative professionals with specialist design skills and in-depth understanding of emerging technologies within the digital media and design industries. Communication designers commonly work across a wide range of areas, invariably offering a 360° approach to design delivery that requires collaboration with specialists for aspects of a project.

As technology has become more prevalent, design has assumed more importance and therefore communication designers need to be able to continuously offer new creative ideas to meet client needs.

You will also develop your own specialism, as well as collaborating with students on other postgraduate pathways, through rigorous analysis, experimentation and the practical testing and implementation of ideas.

Ravensbourne is the ideal place for you to develop your own design practice through collaboration and prepare for high level professional practice. You will benefit from the input and insights of professional designers working within the strategic and future-thinking communication design business.

Course structure

1. Technology Issues – Within the Technology Issues unit, students will engage with 3 5-week project cycles that will allow them to explore ways of communicating and visualising concepts for data and information through appropriate media channels in order to reach a designated audience. These units are structured to encourage students to engage collaboratively with fellow students.

2. Business and Innovation – Taught during the term prior to the Major Project Unit this unit helps students develop and understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries. It supports communication design students in turning their ideas and skills into viable market propositions and long term business plans.

3. Research Process – This unit provides the grounding for research and development skills needed for students’ individual projects.

4. Concept and Prototyping – allows students to further develop their skills, to identify a specialist area related to communication design and to pursue a single line of inquiry, idea or theory embedded in communication design and research and develop (investigate, challenge and test) the concept.

5. Major project - The Major Project represents the culmination of students’ investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, collaborative and challenging postgraduate pathway focusing on the practical and theoretical study of interactivity in digital media production; and strives to create designers with the potential to innovate and influence interaction design practice who can realise relevant and elegant design proposals with commercial potential. Read more
MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, collaborative and challenging postgraduate pathway focusing on the practical and theoretical study of interactivity in digital media production; and strives to create designers with the potential to innovate and influence interaction design practice who can realise relevant and elegant design proposals with commercial potential.

This MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is of particular relevance to you as a practitioner or designer who wishes to develop and refine your practice in interaction design, installation, projection mapping, digital games and user-centred product design.

You will be encouraged to work with technology experimentally, creatively and collaboratively, and to apply emerging and existing technology in new and novel ways through personal fabrication, research and the experimental application. You will also have hands-on experience creating for Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Playstation 3, Xbox, and websites. The course will provide skills in the relevant multimedia software, 3D graphics software, game engines/modelling packages such as Unity, UdK, 3D Studio Max and Maya. You will understand code, create electronic and physical interfaces and the course encourages the use of low level C# and C++, JavaScript, HTML or Python.

We have a dedicated facility for analysing and evaluating console games, containing PS3, XBox 360, and Wii consoles, new games titles and 3D LCD screens.

The course focuses on interaction design and its application to objects, spaces and communication. The emphasis is on technology-mediated communication between humans and objects or spaces, both real and virtual. You will be able to experiment and innovate along side exploring how theory underpins multimedia practice allowing you to ultimately challenge and test theories of interactivity. Interaction can take many forms and you will be encouraged to use a range of tools and approaches, and because of the developing nature of the discipline, you will be experimenting with the latest forms of technology.

Study units

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

In the Business and Innovation unit you will gain an overview of the industry and new approaches to innovation.

Through the Technology Issues unit, you will explore the potential of digital technology and its application in new services or products or to enhance the functions, usability and aesthetics of existing ones through both group and cross-disciplinary work.

In the Research Process unit you will explore and challenge contemporary themes through theory and practice. There is a strong engagement with game theories (how games are made and what makes a good game), play, multimodality, artificial intelligence, and transmedia storytelling, user experience and computational design.

The Concept and Prototyping unit allows you to conduct a more involved 15-week project to develop and build a prototype, test an emerging technology or generate a concept.

Hypotheses, concepts or project ideas emerging from previous units will provide starting points for the Major Project, which is the final culmination of your investigations and is a substantial piece of self-managed work that embodies the integration of theory and practice, is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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This course takes advantage of Ravensbourne's advanced technical resources and strong industry connections to enable you to work collaboratively across disciplines in 3D stereoscopic applied research and work with cutting-edge media technologies to develop and deliver immersive 3D media to new platforms. Read more
This course takes advantage of Ravensbourne's advanced technical resources and strong industry connections to enable you to work collaboratively across disciplines in 3D stereoscopic applied research and work with cutting-edge media technologies to develop and deliver immersive 3D media to new platforms.

The MA/MSc 3D Stereoscopic Media cuts through much of the hype and media glamour associated with 3D Stereoscopic to provide you with a grounded and deep exploration of the area. Working with industry professionals and specialist S3D technology and platform providers, the course encourages the examination of all sides of the Stereoscopic 3D story. This includes an examination of the perceptual science and human vision theory as well capture and display technologies looking at the biology, psychology and the technologies behind the current wave of innovation.

You will combine forces with students from a wide variety of creative and technical backgrounds through a series of collaborative projects to design and build rich 3D content, applying a core understanding of the nature of stereo perception in 3D output. Content will be repurposed for multiple platforms, from point-of-sale lenticular screens, 3D mobile devices, to 3D cinema, exploring how narrative and storytelling can be enhanced through stereoscopic production and delivery.

The digital production and post-production tools will enable you to deliver 3D projects through a full professional stereo pipeline, from capture to delivery. This course will share some technical delivery with the MA/MSc Broadcast Futures pathway, encouraging a collaboration of ideas to exploit these exciting new technologies.

The course covers the history of Stereoscopic 3D through to the roles played by modern content and technology companies. You will engage with production processes and workflows for multiple platforms including specialist content management, production and post-production techniques.

Study units

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

You will acquire the research and development skills in the Research Process unit needed for building your understanding of stereoscopic media.

Within the Technology Issues unit, you will engage with three project cycles that allows you to explore emerging 3D technology first as a discipline group, then in collaboration with another discipline, and finally in an individual project, often in collaboration with industry, for example through a live brief, or using high end donated equipment.

In the Business and Innovation unit, you will develop an understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries to bring an entrepreneurial perspective.

The Major Project represents the culmination of your investigation and the final stage of the research strategy when you will conduct a 15-week project to build a prototype, test an emerging technology or generate a concept. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that embodies the integration of theory and practice and is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

Learning

You will receive regular support from tutors, peers and subject-specific group tutorials as part of an ongoing critical dialogue to help create a professional and critical understanding of your creative process.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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