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Computational Design (MA/MSc)


Course Description

The MA/MSc Computational Design opens up for the possibilities of computer programming within a research lead context for the creative industries.

This postgraduate degree course is positioned and seeks to assist you to engage with the huge wave of interest in the open source communities surrounding the coding developments such as openFrameworks, Arduino, Processing and Cinder. These freely available libraries of code and hardware bring the power of computing and interaction to a much wider base of creative users and you will immediately see the imaginative potential that they offer. Instruction in visual programming with Max/Msp, Pure Data and VVV may also be offered.

You will be shown examples of projects that make use of such devices such as the Kinect, Leap Motion and motion capture. Project work will offer opportunities to put this knowledge into practice in order to propose inventive solutions that respond to the movement of the human figure. The combination of data drawn from the position of the figure and a three dimensional virtual environment has opened up a fascinating discussion about the nature of human choreographic gesture and the way it can have a simultaneous effect both in the digital and real world domains. Quadrocopters, robotics and the control of kinetic movements will come within the research focus of the course offering you a wide variety of possible outcomes.

Ravensbourne has a very well resourced rapid prototyping facility and students on the MA/MSC Computational Design will have the opportunity to combine programming, three dimensional design and electronics to as a basis for proposing innovative, responsive and exciting projects.

You will begin to work with user response and feedback and place your project work in exciting venues such as the Kinetica Art Fair and Level39 Canary Wharf. This will give you great ways to prove your concepts in response to user testing and feedback. The course will cover a variety of approaches to programming and encourage exploration into the nature of code as a medium in its own right. You will become familiar with generative, recursive and algorithmic concepts in problem solving and gain an understanding of the history of coding and its influence and scope.

With this kind of experience behind you, when you leave the course, you will be in a position to take responsible roles such as production supervisor, technical director, lead or assistant programmer, user experience designer, producer or freelance consultant.

Key study topics

1. Technology Issues - The Technology Issues Unit provides an opportunity to work collaboratively to solve problems, establish viable work patterns and look at the methodologies for utilising creative contributions from many sources.

2. Business and Innovation - this Unit helps students to become more adept at dealing with the issues that will ensure they can reach an intended market or publicly available outcome.

3. Research Process - this Unit helps students to develop the kind of research methodologies that will ensure that their practice can be related to an informed and multi layered knowledge of relevant contemporary and historical practice.

4. Concept and Prototyping - the key focus of this Unit is its emphasis on testing and proving an idea by creating a viable "first stage" - the results are used to develop the modified "second stage" in the Major Project Unit.

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

Visit the Computational Design (MA/MSc) page on the Ravensbourne website for more details!

Student Profiles
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The Professor Baker Scholarship - Single Award

The Professor Robin Baker Scholarship is a merit-based award which is open to applicants to Ravensbourne’s postgraduate programmes.Professor Robin Baker was director of Ravensbourne from 1994 to 2015. In that time, he developed Ravensbourne’s pioneering strategic emphasis on the creative use of digital technology. Professor Baker‘s vision led to our relocation to our current building and transformation of Ravensbourne into the cutting edge and innovative specialist higher education institution we are today.The purpose of the Professor Robin Baker Scholarship is to:
- Encourage national and international applicants for Ravensbourne’s postgraduate courses with the greatest academic potential and creative talent
- Encourage excellent postgraduate work which demonstrates innovation and creativity in the use of technology
- To provide access to Ravensbourne’s innovative postgraduate courses to those who might otherwise find it financially challengingNormally, Ravensbourne will award either one full fee scholarship (up to £9000) or two part-time/half full time fee scholarships (up to £4500) annually depending on the range and calibre of applicants.- SelectionApplications for the scholarship will be evaluated and ranked by a selection panel consisting of:
- Head of Student Services (Chair)
- Two members of the postgraduate academic staff
- Head of International DevelopmentRanking will be on the basis of the evidence provided of the applicants’:
- Previous, and current academic or professional performance and future potential.
- Creativity and innovation in the application of technology
- Benefit to be derived from the course and ScholarshipAward of scholarship:
The successful applicant will be informed on 31 May 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9000 (Full-time); up to £4500 (Part-time)

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship an applicant must be:
A Home or EU student who has applied for a place and been accepted on a full-time or part-time postgraduate course at Ravensboune between the 1 October and 1 June immediately prior to entry.
Or,
An international student who has applied for a place and been accepted on a full-time postgraduate course at Ravensbourne between the 1 October and 1 June immediately prior to entry.
Applicants should have confirmed acceptance of their place on the course in advance of applying for the scholarship or provide clear evidence of their intent to do so.

Application Procedure

Eligible candidates seeking consideration for the scholarship must submit an application via email to Student Services by Friday 29th April 2016.The application should take the form of a personal statement of no more than 300 words together with any additional evidence they may wish to supply (e.g. CVs, images, videos, hyperlinks, examples of creative work or academic references).This statement should supplement rather than replicate the personal statement submitted during the application process for the course. It should set out:- Further detail about the nature of their anticipated research during the course and its creativity, originality and innovativeness in terms of the application of technology.
- Further detail about how the applicant will benefit from the course and the additional support the applicant would gain from scholarship.Any additional information that the applicant believes would assist the selection panel in evaluating their application.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


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Postgraduate (Home/EU) scholarship - 10 Awards

Students beginning a postgraduate course at Ravensbourne are encouraged to apply for a postgraduate scholarship. Applications are welcome from Home & EU students. Qualifying students will need to have been offered and accepted, a place to study a postgraduate course at Ravensbourne.If you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship, Ravensbourne will communicate this to you. There are ten postgraduate (Home/EU) scholarships available worth £1,000 each, paid in two instalments of £500. Please note all applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 29 April 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates via email on 31 May 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

See the website

Application Procedure

Students should download and complete an application form and supporting statement demonstrating how this scholarship will positively contribute to their postgraduate progression.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


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Postgraduate (International) scholarship - 3 Awards

This scholarship is aimed at promoting postgraduate studies to students with the ability to make an exceptional contribution at Masters level. We invite applications from students with an outstanding portfolio, academic merit and dedication for high quality study in their chosen discipline area. We look for the articulation of how this scholarship will contribute to the applicant’s long-term career aims.There are three scholarships available worth £1,500 each, paid in two instalments.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500

Eligibility

International students who:
- require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
- have received and accepted an offer at Ravensbourne
- have a UK bank account.

Application Procedure

Students should download and complete an application form demonstrating how this scholarship will positively contribute to their postgraduate progression. Alll applications must contain links to an online portfolio or CD-ROM / DVD, submitted separately. For more information, please contact Student Services.All applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 29 April 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates via email on 31 May 2016.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


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Postgraduate Stationer’s bursary - 3 Awards

Ravensbourne is very grateful to The Stationers' Company for this generous bursary support of postgraduate students. There are three awards available worth £3,000 each.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from students resident in the UK who have been accepted to study a postgraduate programme focussed on the content and communications industries E.G. MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media. Please be advised that only students classified as, and, paying UK tuition fees will be considered.

Application Procedure

For more details of the criteria, application form and important dates, please visit the Stationer's Website. Application forms must be submitted to [email protected] by Friday, 27th May 2016. Ravensbourne panel of tutors will send its shortlisted applications by 6 June 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates in mid-July.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


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Chevening Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Over 1,800 dynamic future leaders from all over the world, and from all professional backgrounds, have arrived in the UK to start a life-changing year studying and discovering the UK as a Chevening Scholar. This time next year, this really could be you, and the first step to being awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship is to apply.What are Chevening Scholarships?:
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.Available in over 160 countries and territories, the scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue one-year Master’s degrees in any subject and at any UK university.Chevening Scholars have ambition and leadership potential, a strong academic background, and an excellent record of rising to prominent positions in their countries.There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world, together forming an influential and highly regarded global network.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential leaders across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia.Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.

Application Procedure

Students should complete the on line appllcation form on the Chevening Website.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/



Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area. With an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area. In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

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