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Nottingham Trent University, Full Time Masters Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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The MA Design. Products & Furniture course is aimed at the designer with a passion to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. Read more
The MA Design: Products & Furniture course is aimed at the designer with a passion to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice that reflect the designer’s personal philosophies and creative methodologies while engaging in the realities of designing for new and emerging markets.

As designers, you'll be encouraged to explore the multidisciplinary field of design and challenge the norms in design thinking. The course sets out to challenge pre-conceived attitudes to the relationship between traditional craft skills, new technology and modern manufacture; encouraging the cross fertilisation of ideas and approaches informed by collaborative working and hands on experience.

You will:
-Develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of emerging technologies, materials and philosophies, including recent thinking with regards to innovative design technologies and materials
-Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential
-Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry.
-Work and study in a strong student design community, focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work in a professional context.
-Interact with industry professionals through a variety of lectures and workshops
-Work on an exciting range of projects driven by links with industry
-Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU
-Work in industry-standard studios, facilities and laboratories on our City Campus and benefit from expert technical support

What you'll study

You'll study modules designed to expand your awareness and understanding of product design while developing a wider appreciation of a designer's role within modern society, and the impact of new thinking in business in the design industry.

The course focuses on the needs of future professional design practice and work to promote the understanding of both local and international business and support entrepreneurial approaches to developing products and services, and the development of strategic design for business success.

Through it's project-based nature, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You'll develop a practice-based project for your final Major Study Project via the creation of a learning agreement as part of the Research Methods module; this is written in consultation with tutors and informs your final learning outcomes.

How you’re taught

Learning and teaching methods will comprise:
-Lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of concepts
-Practical workshops
-Studio sessions, workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
-Seminars and tutorials to provide academic sites
-Case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications
-Project presentations to develop confidence and identity in professional practice

By the end of the course you'll be able to:
-Situate your work within the context of design theory and practice and critically reflect on the wider social, ethical, economic, global, environmental and sustainability issues in your discipline
-Demonstrate extensive knowledge appropriate to product design and comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your practice
-Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in product design
-Demonstrate an understanding of the role and potential of evolving production processes and evaluate their part in successful design outcomes
-Appraise and anticipate trends through analysis of projected cultural, economic and technological developments

Careers and employability

This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in a business context by identifying new service, strategy and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever changing global market place.

On completion, graduates will have acquired skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.

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The MSc Design. Products and Technology course is designed to enable students to acquire advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills to enhance their potential to become leading professional product designers and technologists. Read more
The MSc Design: Products and Technology course is designed to enable students to acquire advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills to enhance their potential to become leading professional product designers and technologists. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice which include manufacturing, computer science and technology, artificial intelligence for control, robotics, project management, inclusive design and emerging technologies such as advanced internet techniques.

The course provides opportunities to develop professional design and technology skills,and to acquire a critical understanding of the roles of advanced technologies in product development using modern tools and techniques within a manufacturing environment.In addition to providing a broader, analytical and integrated study of technologies and strategies, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills.

You will:
-Work in state-of-the-art laboratories and prototyping workshops, computer suites and dedicated design studios, and develop a broad understanding of emerging technologies and technological developments.
-Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential
-Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry.
-Work and study in a strong student design community, focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work in a professional context.
-Work on an exciting range of projects driven by links with industry
-Benefit from expert technical support through our dedicated team of technicians
-Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU

What you'll study

The main emphasis of this course is exploration of the technological relationships, strategies and interfaces between the user and the product in a manufacturing context. With strong industrial relationships and input, the course aims to provide you with a rich design multidisciplinary experience, providing you with the tools, knowledge and critical thinking to drive process and practice in the commercial world.

You'll study modules designed to expand your awareness and understanding of product design while developing a wider appreciation of a designer's role within modern society, and the impact of new thinking in business in the design industry.

Through it's project-based nature, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You'll develop a practice-based project for your final Major Study Project via the creation of a learning agreement as part of the Research Methods module; this is written in consultation with tutors and informs your final learning outcomes.

How you’re taught

Learning and teaching methods will comprise:
-Lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of concepts
-Practical workshops
-Studio sessions, workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
-Seminars and tutorials to provide academic sites
-Case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications
-Project presentations to develop confidence and identity in professional practice

Careers and employability

This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in a business context by identifying new service, strategy and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever changing global market place.

On completion, graduates will have acquired skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.

The University's Employability Team is available to all students, offering individual consultation and support.

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This course is all about the research, development and production of creative, original and effective graphic design solutions that function across a range of print and digital media. Read more
This course is all about the research, development and production of creative, original and effective graphic design solutions that function across a range of print and digital media. At the start of the course you’ll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions. You’ll then focus on a subject of your choice through the research, development and production of a single, in-depth project. You will also develop a professional Journal which explores current thought and practice.

Key features:

Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits.
Work in our dedicated Art and Design postgraduate studio.
Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry.
Attend workshops covering typography, visual language, branding, storyboarding and life drawing sessions.
Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

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With more than 30 years' experience and an international reputation for excellence in fashion knitwear design, this course will encourage you to innovate through experimental research and practice. Read more
With more than 30 years' experience and an international reputation for excellence in fashion knitwear design, this course will encourage you to innovate through experimental research and practice. You'll devise an individual project, which could be focused around your career aspirations, or an experimental investigation into art, science and fabrication. We will support you with flexible and responsive teaching, helping you to explore and challenge the limits of fashion knitwear design.

Key features:

Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations.
Receive workshops in Computer Aided Design (CAD) knit, 2D / 3D design generation, creative pattern cutting, and fashion visualisation.
Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo.
Work in our extensive facilities with access to hand flat and power knitting machines, including Shima Seiki and Stoll.
Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Juliana Sissons, Simeon Farrar, Jo Cope, Moxham, and Christopher Raeburn.
Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris.
Be selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio.
Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.

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This course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your skills in the specialist areas of printed, embroidered, knitted, woven, laser cut or multimedia textiles. Read more
This course gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your skills in the specialist areas of printed, embroidered, knitted, woven, laser cut or multimedia textiles. You'll devise an individual project and we will support your creative thinking and experimentation, helping you to develop new or smart design concepts, fabrications and prototypes. Our extensive textile design facilities will give you the opportunity to use a range of traditional and computerised technologies.

Key features:

Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations.
Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo.
Have access to a wide range of traditional and digital textile design equipment, including laser cutting, multi-head embroidery, Jacquard weaving, and Shima Seiki and Stoll power knitting.
Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting designers such as Dr Sarah Kettley, Karen Nicol, Angharad Mclaren, Ryan Wayne, Professor Jane Harris, Jo Cope and Moxham.
Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris.
Be selected to exhibit at New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai, China.
Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio.
Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

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We have over 40 years of expertise in fashion design, and this course has been designed to help you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential. Read more
We have over 40 years of expertise in fashion design, and this course has been designed to help you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential. You’ll devise an individual programme of study, in the form of a project, which could be focused on your career aspirations, or an experimental investigation into fashion, art and fabrication. We will support you through flexible and responsive teaching and learning, helping you to explore and challenge the limits of fashion design.

Key features:

Devise an individual programme of study, based on your own interests and career aspirations.
Receive workshops in 2D / 3D design, silhouette generation, creative pattern cutting and fashion visualisation.
Apply for one of our Paul Smith Scholarships and have the opportunity to travel to Japan and study at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo.
Benefit from visiting professionals from industry such as Simeon Farrar, Jo Cope, Moxham, Christopher Raeburn, and Sir Tom Baker.
Have the opportunity to join a European study trip to Antwerp and Paris.
Take advantage of our extensive links with industry.
Have the opportunity to exhibit your work at New Designers in London.
Work alongside other Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design students in our dedicated postgraduate studio.
Opt for a 20 credit point advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.

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This practice-based course considers photography within contemporary international society. You will examine the exciting, and at times challenging, cultural and contextual dialogues surrounding your practice. Read more
This practice-based course considers photography within contemporary international society. You will examine the exciting, and at times challenging, cultural and contextual dialogues surrounding your practice. We'll provide high-level production workshops which will strengthen and extend your own photography within today's visual culture. You will produce your own plan, a Learning Agreement, showing how you wish to develop your practice as a professional photographer or academic researcher.

You will engage with either new technologies or traditional photography, or a mix of both, but you should aim to update and challenge your pre-existing skillset. The resulting photographic practice can be for whatever purpose you choose; art, commercial, documentary, fashion, landscape, moving image or perhaps something experimental.

Our Photography staff team have expertise across a wide range of specialist photographic practices, and will support you with flexible and responsive teaching.

Key features:

Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
Have the opportunity to engage with, and discuss the critical, historical and contextual frameworks surrounding your practice.
Go on a field trip to at least one photographic archive.
Benefit from visiting speakers, recently these have included Emma Bowkett, Francis Hodgson, Giles Duley, Martin Parr, Ophelia Wynne, Simon Roberts, Simon Webb and Sunil Gupta.
Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Mamiya Leaf, Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Wex Photographic, Red Photographic and Calumet.
Benefit from our staff's international links and contacts across Europe.
Join the 75 years' worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography.
Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

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Our Illustration students learn to become expert narrators and to explore the professional contexts for their work, including print and digital media design, production and distribution. Read more
Our Illustration students learn to become expert narrators and to explore the professional contexts for their work, including print and digital media design, production and distribution. At the start of the course you'll work on short projects, aimed at challenging conventions. You'll then focus on a subject of your choice through the research, development and production of a single, in-depth project. You will also develop a Professional Journal which explores current thought and practice.

Key features:

Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits.
Work in our dedicated Art and Design postgraduate studio.
Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry.
Attend workshops covering typography, visual language, branding, storyboarding and life drawing sessions.
Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

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This course gives you the opportunity to work at the centre of the most dynamic, powerful and influential areas of professional design. Read more
This course gives you the opportunity to work at the centre of the most dynamic, powerful and influential areas of professional design. You will learn how to plan and create brands that will speak with power and persuasion. At the start of the course you'll work on short projects which are aimed at challenging conventions. You'll then focus on a subject of your choice through research and development. You will also build a Professional Journal which explores current thought and practice.

Key features:

Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits.
Work in our dedicated Art and Design postgraduate studio.
Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry.
Attend workshops covering typography, visual language, branding, storyboarding and life drawing sessions.
Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study

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The MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a strong record of publication by its graduates. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University is one of the longest established postgraduate courses of its kind in the UK, with a strong record of publication by its graduates. Designed for talented and committed writers, the course is taught by a team of award-winning writers and academics.

Why choose this course?

This MA is suitable for writers interested in exploring and developing their own creative work in a lively community of other writers and teachers.

At the heart of the course are small group workshops and a series of seminars by staff, visiting writers, publishers and professors including internationally acclaimed screenwriter William Ivory and poet Sujata Bhatt among many others.

Other guest speakers include the likes of David Almond, Geoff Dyer, Michael Eaton, Alan Hollinghurst, Kathleen Jamie, Alan Jenkins, Jackie Kay, Jonathan Lethem, David Lodge, Jon McGregor, Michèle Roberts and Miranda Seymour. Establishing important links with the publishing and editing industries, students work closely with staff and visiting speakers to develop their work to an excellent standard.

The unique flexibility of the course enables students to work in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, children's and young adult fiction, and writing for radio, stage and screen and creative non-fiction. Every year our students produce and publish their own high-quality anthology of original creative writing. This gives students invaluable insights into the editorial and publishing industry, as well as introducing their work to a wider public. Students also have the opportunity to build strong links with Nottingham's thriving literature community and are invited to participate in local events, readings and festivals.

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This course develops the principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions to a range of problems. Read more
This course develops the principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions to a range of problems.
It will challenge you across a wide range of projects from built structures, commercial projects, industry research or smaller design projects, all with an embedded relationship to interior space or practice.

This course:

• focuses on interior spatial interventions in the context of existing or new buildings
• develops advanced design, management and technical skills
• enables you to focus on areas of interest to you
• benefits from strong links with industry
• offers extensive opportunities to work on live design projects
• is available full-time and part-time

The course develops skilled professionals qualified to solve and manage complex problems related to interior architecture from advanced cultural, environmental and design perspectives. For example, these may be related to sustainable urban contexts and materials, technology, component design, architectural conservation, exhibition / museum design in the digital age or learning environments for the future.

Postgraduate scholarships
The School will be offering a number of scholarships for students commencing their studies on one of our postgraduate courses. Find out more about the scholarships at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/adbe-pgscholarships

Open evening
Our postgraduate open events are a great opportunity to meet our postgraduate teaching staff and students, visit the University, find out about the courses we offer, bursaries and funding opportunities.

Find out more and book your place at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/adbeopenevenings

Find out about the course at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/interior

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This course allows you to develop your artistic practice whilst engaging professionally with the vibrant arts community in Nottingham. Read more
This course allows you to develop your artistic practice whilst engaging professionally with the vibrant arts community in Nottingham. You will critically engage with, interrogate and resolve your own practice, leading to an informed and established body of work. With an emphasis on professional practice and audience engagement, you will widen your network working with partners across the city of Nottingham, preparing you for the rigours of contemporary practice as an artist and researcher.

Nottingham is recognised as having one of the most active artist-led scenes outside London. With an emphasis on professional practice and audience engagement, this course will allow you to widen your network, working with partners across the city such as Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange.

Key features:

Dedicate yourself to the studio, focusing and exploring your practice.
Work with the arts community in Nottingham to widen your practice and professional network.
Take part in a programme of professional practice, including career development planning and professional work experience.
Be supported by staff who are practising artists in their own right.
Benefit from our extensive links with festivals, arts organisations, and artists' groups locally, nationally and internationally, including our own Bonington Gallery.
Have the opportunity to undertake a European exchange with a partner institution, through the Erasmus programme.
Opt for additional research sessions if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

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This course provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach Music at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools. Read more
This course provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach Music at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.

Qualifications

The award is offered at three levels. All are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate awards will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses:
1. Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
2. Postgraduate Certificate in Education

The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course, successful completion of which will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What will I study?

The course aims to develop an understanding of the specialist subject in the context of the National Curriculum, the principles involved in the teaching and learning of the subject across the full age and ability range and the professional values and practice, subject knowledge and understanding commensurate with the particular subject specialism. This includes how children learn and how they develop cognitively, socially and physically and the understanding, skills and personal qualities necessary for managing the learning environment.

All trainees undertake a module concerned with the wider context of schools and education. This develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for your first teaching post in a secondary school. It also builds a foundation for further professional development. Elements of this module include both whole cohort keynote lectures and seminars, many of which are led by mixed groups of trainees supported by tutors. This allows you to meet the Teacher Standards by making secure connections between issues in school and your own professional practice.

Assessment

University-based modules: Learning and Teaching in the Subject, and Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context, are assessed at the end of the modules with reflection against the Teacher Standards. You will also conduct a piece of research-based, professional enquiry within the classroom, which is assessed by a formal written report and presentation of findings. A separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.

Placements

School or college experience is central to the course and at least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least two different secondary schools or colleges. During the first phase, two days of school or college experience each week for three weeks are spent in school leading up to a six-week block placement. Trainee teachers are gradually given more responsibility and increase their contribution in both the classroom and to the corporate life of the school.

The second phase begins with a two day, weekly attachment for the first three weeks of the spring term, leading up to the final assessed 13-week block placement. In both placements the training programme is planned by mentors to allow progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Students are formally observed on a regular basis by their subject mentor as well as receiving a number of visits from the University, to monitor their progress, support their development and undertake their assessment.

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This practice-based course is designed to help you develop the commercial, technical and conceptual skills demanded by the commercial photographic industry. Read more
This practice-based course is designed to help you develop the commercial, technical and conceptual skills demanded by the commercial photographic industry. With a focus on employability and entrepreneurship you'll undertake either a work placement or a live project with industry, in the UK or overseas.

Your coursework is based upon your own research question, from which you will develop your own photographic project. This can either be self-initiated or chosen from live briefs which reflect real-life, future facing, photographic challenges and opportunities.

Key features

Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
Choose to specialise in one of three areas: portraiture and fashion, applied studio, or documentary photography.
Undertake an industry work placement or live project, in the UK or overseas.
Take part in production workshops to help develop your existing skills.
Have the opportunity to exhibit your work publicly.
Go on a study visit to at least one photographic archive.
Benefit from our staff’s international links and contacts across Europe.
Take advantage of our excellent industry links, including companies such as Phase One, Genesis Imaging, Profoto, Wex Photographic, and Calumet.
Join the 75 years’ worth of NTU graduates who have achieved success, won awards, or otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of photography.

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This unique course gives you the opportunity to become an expert in understanding trends and meanings in visual and material culture. Read more
This unique course gives you the opportunity to become an expert in understanding trends and meanings in visual and material culture. In particular, those aspects which are defined by their appearance, affected by fashion, and which communicate ideas and values through stylistic choices.

Key features

Study on a full-time or part-time basis, with flexible teaching and learning.
Negotiate your projects to reflect your personal and professional aspirations.
Learn through an innovative curriculum, studying across fields and genres, focusing on key themes within visual and material culture.
Gain an understanding of the political, social, environmental and ethical implications of style culture.
Learn to communicate your ideas about culture in a professional way, through media like academic conference papers, documentaries, and journalistic articles.
Attend workshops for creative thinking, writing for different audiences and media, and relevant software like Adobe InDesign.
Develop your practical skills in the basics of mobile journalism and communications.
Take part in live briefs and collaborations, allowing you to network and gain experience.
Benefit from guest speakers who will share their specialist knowledge, challenge perspectives, and give insight into current cultural developments.
Prepare for further study, such as a PhD.

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