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Do you want to design innovative products in a sustainable way? Or to imagine and plan the spaces and places of tomorrow? The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we offer the only MA Design course in the country that allows you to specialise in a key area that’s right for you. Read more
Do you want to design innovative products in a sustainable way? Or to imagine and plan the spaces and places of tomorrow? The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we offer the only MA Design course in the country that allows you to specialise in a key area that’s right for you. Join us to foster and focus your skills in a fast-paced environment. Choose to progress into the design industry, further study or personal creative practice. Design is evolving. Play your part in its future.

Key features

-Foster and develop the skills you need to succeed on this interactive course that we designed with industry leaders, to make sure you leave ready to go straight into the workplace as a designer. Many of our students reach positions where they influence design policy in companies from China to Madagascar, Budapest to Bristol.
-Work with public bodies on real-world practice scenarios. In the past we have worked with organisations including Plymouth City Council, The Eden Project, Timber Intent and NHS Trusts.
-Access exclusive talks and insights from industry leaders including Sir Kenneth Grange and from our successful alumni working in some of the world’s prestigious design studios.
-Experiment in your own, personal studio, open until midnight, seven days a week. Take advantage of our equipment hub, staffed by approachable technicians. Here you’ll find image and sound equipment and studios, digital labs, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), a steam bending wood workshop and digital making, including a ceramics 3D printer.
-Benefit from our links to industry leaders including the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Society of Designers.
-Build an understanding of the relationship between design, industry and the public for the 21st century. Examine the delicate balance between the needs of consumerism and the problem of diminishing resources. From new technologies and markets to the impact of global politics and the wider sustainability agenda, you’ll analyse and critically evaluate factors influencing design today.
-Contribute to our community of students from different backgrounds and nationalities. Share ideas and collaborate within this diverse melting pot of talent as you study your three core modules and draw on the collective experience as you progress to your final project.
-Be inspired by teaching staff who are internationally renowned design practitioners bringing you the very latest thinking and allowing you the room to experiment and find practical solutions to today’s design problems.
-Distinguish yourself from the competition with the only MA Design course in the UK to offer a choice of four exit awards so you can plot a solid course to your future career. Explore the broad, multiple disciplines of design practice before choosing a specialist focus on sustainable design, spatial design, product design, or maker and materials.

Course details

Study three core modules before selecting a specialist focus leading to your final major project. Opt for a one year full-time programme or study part time over two years. All modules are assessed through coursework, so there are no exams. The core modules are: creative processes - fast-paced mini projects take you through the design cycle from inspiration to innovation, with users at the centre; design thinking - examines products in a broader social, cultural, economic and technical context; design and business - teaches you project management techniques and communication skills with an industry-led design assignment; and the final project - underpins specialist independent study with research, analysis and critical reflection.

Core modules
-MADS703 Design and Business
-MADS701 Creative Processes
-MADS702 Design Thinking
-MADS704 Final Major

Optional modules
-MADS705 Designers Eye
-MADS707 Maker Contexts
-MADS708 Sustainable Futures
-MADS706 Space Topologies

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Do you have a desire to pursue a specific research project in film and video?. On this ResM you’ll receive a grounding in the research processes which are common to work generally in the arts, humanities, creative and cultural industrial fields. Read more
Do you have a desire to pursue a specific research project in film and video?

On this ResM you’ll receive a grounding in the research processes which are common to work generally in the arts, humanities, creative and cultural industrial fields. Explore research questions and methodologies specific to film and video and learn how these relate to both practice and/or theory.

Programme structure

You'll get to focus on practice or theory, in any combination of your choice, in one of the following areas:
-Artists’ film and video, experimental film and video (including fiction, documentary, drama documentary, animation)
-Histories of autobiographical, experimental, avant-garde film and video
-Contemporary theoretical discourses about independent film (including film practice as research, film as philosophy)
-The study and use of archive film (including home movies) in different contexts and practices; the relationship of film and video to new forms of dissemination (with particular reference to the digital)
-Collaborative projects involving different disciplines (for example, performance); and community-based and activist video.

Programme content

-Critical screenings: mapping out the interconnecting territories of independent film/video making
-Research in the arts and humanities: development of generic research skills and methods
-Masters thesis: presenting a substantial piece of work, either practice- or theory-based, chosen by you

The ResM in Film and Video leads to either a traditional written thesis or one that combines critical writing and creative/professional practice. You have the flexibility to submit your thesis any time between 24–36 months or, if you are making excellent progress, you may apply to transfer directly into our PhD programme after two years, rather than submitting a ResM thesis.

Choosing a ResM

The Research Masters (ResM) is classed as a postgraduate research programme – it enables you to engage in a focused, self-negotiated research project over the period of two years. As well as being a satisfying creative and professional endeavour in itself, it provides high-quality preparation for doctoral research, including practice as research, in the interdisciplinary field of independent film and video. You will study current debates and approaches, as well as the theories, skills and methodologies necessary for contemporary film and video research. Your thesis may be assessed entirely through written work or through written work in addition to a substantial practical project that addresses particular research questions.

The ResM is suitable for:
-People in employment in the cultural and creative industries or recent graduates who wish to proceed to doctoral (PhD) research
-Those in, or who wish to be employed in, the cultural and creative industries (such as publishing, teaching, design, the media, galleries and museums, the heritage industry, journalism, theatre, dance) who wish to gain a self-directed academic qualification to lead to further career enhancement
-Anybody who wishes to further develop academic skills, pursue particular subject enthusiasms, or carry out a cherished research project with specialist guidance.

Features of the ResM

-It focuses almost entirely on an individual research project of your own choice
-Largely self-directed with tutorial guidance and clear milestones and expectations
-Includes taught modules (60 credits) that must be passed to develop and evidence your research skills
-It prepares you specifically to be a researcher in the arts and humanities, to do an extended research project within a professional context, or to do a PhD.

What’s different about the ResM?

Because it’s classed as a postgraduate research programme:
-You’ll follow the same milestones and processes as MPhil/PhD candidates in the Doctoral Training Centre, including annual monitoring, the appointment of examiners, formal acceptance of your proposal by the University, and adherence to research ethics
-You’ll be able to attend any sessions within the University’s Graduate School Researcher Development Programme
-You’ll have a supervisory team (Director of Studies plus a second supervisor) assigned once your proposal has been accepted
-You may have the option to apply to transfer straight into our PhD programme, subject to certain conditions, rather than submitting for a ResM award.

The final thesis is examined in a different way:
-There’s a flexible submission date - between 24-36 months
-It’s assessed by an internal examiner, who is not your supervisor, and an external examiner from another institution
-You’ll need to attend a viva voce. This is an oral examination where you’ll discuss your thesis with your examiners. It usually takes place between one to three months following the submission of written elements
-You won’t receive a percentage grade for the ResM degree
-You may be asked to make corrections to your thesis before being allowed to submit a final electronic version of it and being awarded your degree.

The award title will be a ResM and the certificate will include the title of your thesis, with no grade classification.

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The future of the music industry lies with computer technology – and what we can do with that technology. It affects how we create, perform and distribute music. Read more
The future of the music industry lies with computer technology – and what we can do with that technology. It affects how we create, perform and distribute music. Whether you’re a practising musician, a sound engineer or a professional looking to combine your background and passion for music, we’ll help you explore key concepts at the heart of music, science and technology. Immersed in a thriving research centre, our future-facing course will give you a wealth of new career opportunities.

This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM). Further details are available on these pages.

Key features

-Work as part of a global research centre – the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) – with staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from all over the world. The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 judged 100 per cent of our research to be internationally significant; 25 per cent of that was seen as world- leading, too.
-Projects can range from innovative approaches to composition and performance using computers, and the design of assistive music technology, to studying how music is processed in the brain.
-Take advantage of the ICCMR’s research collaborations with partners in Europe and USA, allowing you to visit renowned institutions such as IRCAM in Paris, NOTAM in Oslo and CalArts in the USA to develop your research project.
-Gain the skills necessary to progress to more advanced research at PhD level.
-Balance your work commitments and further education with the opportunity to study part-time for a masters-level qualification.
-Take part in the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. Showcase your work in public, stay on top of new developments in the industry and get key insights into where music is headed in the future.
-Benefit from the multi-disciplinary nature of our programme. Whether you’re a practising musician, music graduate, musicologist, music educator, music technologist or just a graduate with proven knowledge of music or music technology, our programme provides many fascinating opportunities for collaboration.
-Focus on where you want to take your career, with the support you need to get there. An individual research project will enable you to explore what interests you most at the intersection of music, science and computing.

Course details

Over the course of our one-year programme, you’ll study three modules. In Advanced Topics in Computer Music Research you’ll be immersed in music programming techniques and software. Studying key contemporary composers working with technology in electronic and computer music, we’ll introduce you to current trends in computer music research, supplemented with course assignments and further reading. The Research in the Arts and Humanities module runs over five intensive days and focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to research into the arts, humanities and technology. You’ll also undertake a module that helps you manage your MRes project with your project supervisor. Your thesis can take the form of a written piece of theoretical work or a critical evaluation report, along with evidence of creative and/or professional practice.

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts
-MARE702 Advanced Topics in Computer Music

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Immerse yourself in the world of emergent digital technologies. Integrating science, technology and art, we’ve created a multi-disciplinary, research-focused environment in which you can develop your own personal digital practice. Read more
Immerse yourself in the world of emergent digital technologies. Integrating science, technology and art, we’ve created a multi-disciplinary, research-focused environment in which you can develop your own personal digital practice. From artists and designers to curators and musicians, our programme encourages critical discourse through the creative and innovative application of digital technologies.

Key features

-Break through the traditional boundaries of science, art and technology. Work in a cross-discipline environment and learn to implement pioneering digital technologies.
-Build a path to an exciting and dynamic career – our students have gone on to work as web designers, games developers, lecturers and digital consultants.
-Engage in a dynamic and integrated approach to teaching, designed to nurture creative communities and define new areas of innovation.
-Participate in international research collaborations though close relationships with the Centre for Media Art and Design Research (MADr) and the Institute of Digital Art and Technology (i-DAT). You’ll also benefit from strong links to all of their affiliated PhD programmes.
-Cultivate advanced digital skills through access to exclusive technological facilities including the Immersive Vison Theatre and IBM funded Smarter Planet lab.
-Join our network of award-winning graduates in the creative and technology sectors. Previous students such as Adam Montandon and Gianni Corino have gone on to win accolades from the Media Innovation Awards, Summit International Awards and Scrittura Mutante Awards.
-Study remotely, foster professional relationships and work alongside your studies through our flexible approach to learning. Modules are delivered via workshops and symposium sessions in digital media venues, supported by interactive online technologies.
-Establish and define your personal digital practice through your major project. Tailor your assessment to your own creative needs, by choosing from different proportions of practical and written work. Explore your individual interests with the support of two dedicated project supervisors.
-Choose to study digital art and technology as either a Master of Research (MRes) taught programme or Research Masters (ResM) research programme.

Course details

Benefit from both online and offline learning, giving you the flexibility to study remotely and maintain employment alongside your programme. Learn to embed theory in critical practice and prepare for your final project. Investigate virtual, networked and augmented environments in context and explore new digital architectures through diverse development tools and models. Full-time study allows you to take taught modules in parallel with your research project over one year. As a part-time student you’ll study the taught modules first, followed by the research project over a period of two years. Undertake a creative and experimental production accompanied by a dissertation or report as your final major project. Choose from different ratios of practical to written work and define your own digital practice, exploring your individual interests. You’ll also benefit from having two allocated project supervisors.

Core modules
-DAT701 Invisible Architecture
-DAT702 Synthesis
-DAT703 Project/Dissertation

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This research-based masters programme supports the planning and completion of an independent project in the field of photography. Read more
This research-based masters programme supports the planning and completion of an independent project in the field of photography.

The Research Masters (ResM) is classed as a postgraduate research programme – it enables you to engage in a focused, self-negotiated research project over the period of two years. As well as being a satisfying creative and professional endeavour in itself, it provides high-quality preparation for doctoral research, including practice as research, in the interdisciplinary field of photography. You will study current debates and approaches, as well as the theories, skills and methodologies necessary for contemporary photographic research. Your thesis may be assessed entirely through written work or through written work in addition to a substantial practical project that addresses particular research questions.

The ResM is suitable for:
-People in employment in the cultural and creative industries or recent graduates who wish to proceed to doctoral (PhD) research
-Those in, or who wish to be employed in, the cultural and creative industries (such as publishing, teaching, design, the media, galleries and museums, the heritage industry, journalism, theatre, dance) who wish to gain a self-directed academic qualification to lead to further career enhancement
-Anybody who wishes to further develop academic skills, pursue particular subject enthusiasms, or carry out a cherished research project with specialist guidance.

Features of the ResM

-It focuses almost entirely on an individual research project of your own choice
-Largely self-directed with tutorial guidance and clear milestones and expectations
-Includes taught modules (60 credits) that must be passed to develop and evidence your research skills
-It prepares you specifically to be a researcher in the arts and humanities, to do an extended research project within a professional context, or to do a PhD.

What’s different about the ResM?

Because it’s classed as a postgraduate research programme:
-You’ll follow the same milestones and processes as MPhil/PhD candidates in the Doctoral Training Centre, including annual monitoring, the appointment of examiners, formal acceptance of your proposal by the University, and adherence to research ethics
-You’ll be able to attend any sessions within the University’s Graduate School Researcher Development Programme
-You’ll have a supervisory team (Director of Studies plus a second supervisor) assigned once your proposal has been accepted
-You may have the option to apply to transfer straight into our PhD programme, subject to certain conditions, rather than submitting for a ResM award.

The final thesis is examined in a different way:
-There’s a flexible submission date - between 24-36 months
-It’s assessed by an internal examiner, who is not your supervisor, and an external examiner from another institution
-You’ll need to attend a viva voce. This is an oral examination where you’ll discuss your thesis with your examiners. It usually takes place between one to three months following the submission of written elements
-You won’t receive a percentage grade for the ResM degree
-You may be asked to make corrections to your thesis before being allowed to submit a final electronic version of it and being awarded your degree.

The award title will be a ResM and the certificate will include the title of your thesis, with no grade classification.

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Do you want to develop your own original writing whilst engaging with the best contemporary work being published? You’ll refine your craft with guidance from the award-winning writers who teach on this workshop-based MA, as well as from visiting writers. Read more
Do you want to develop your own original writing whilst engaging with the best contemporary work being published? You’ll refine your craft with guidance from the award-winning writers who teach on this workshop-based MA, as well as from visiting writers. Make the most of an opportunity to produce a substantial written project in a nurturing, creative environment. The writing skills you’ll develop will help ensure that, upon graduating, your work is ready for submission to publishers and agents.

Key features

-Develop your confidence and writing skills in an environment supportive of creative work.
-Produce a substantial writing project which you can submit to publishers and agents.
-Benefit from the depth of experience and knowledge shared by our staff, including several award-winning writers, and visiting writers.
-Expand your own writing experience through submitting work to student publications such as Ink, and the University press published literary journal, Short Fiction.
-Increase your critical self-awareness on a programme designed to round you as a writer.
-Enrich your learning experience through workshop-based seminars that allow you to explore the diverse strands of creative writing, from stories to screenplays.

Course details

You’ll attend four workshop-based seminars, detailed below. Throughout the term you’ll submit your best work in an environment dedicated to writing success. Writing is complemented by the reading of established authors in order to give you that all-important sense of literary context. Experienced tutors lead small seminars exploring the nuances of craft and the compositional process. We believe that all kinds of writing can inform each other, and ensure you study fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and dramatic writing (for stage and screen), before settling down to write your dissertation in a singular mode. Your dissertation will comprise a collection of poems, a stage or screen-play, or 20,000 words of prose from a story collection, novel or creative non-fiction. The ultimate goal is to help you to take your private writings to the public sphere. Full-time students take two modules per term, while part-time students take one module per term.

Core modules
-CWMA705 Creative Writing Dissertation
-CWMA703 Dramatic Writing: Stage and Screen
-CWMA704 The Business of Writing: Before and After Dissertation
-CWMA701 Fiction: Stories and Novels
-CWMA702 Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Are you a dance practitioner, choreographer or teacher wishing to deepen your practical knowledge and critical engagement with dance? Join a vibrant research community with opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. Read more
Are you a dance practitioner, choreographer or teacher wishing to deepen your practical knowledge and critical engagement with dance? Join a vibrant research community with opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. You’ll grow in confidence as a researcher with the ability to generate new ideas, connections, approaches and critical perspectives.

This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM). Further details are available on these pages.

Key features

-Take advantage of our stunning, new, purpose-built performing arts facility, The House.
-Learn from highly skilled and internationally renowned practitioners and scholars. Work within the Performance, Experience and Presence (PEP) research group which greatly informs the teaching on this programme.
-Make use of the close links we have fostered with leading dance companies and professional artists while you’re with us, and gain extra experience that will open up your career prospects. Devon now has a regional and national dance agency, Dance in Devon, and the programme draws on this expertise and dance activity.
-Benefit from training on the programme which explicitly embeds the skills identified by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, preparing you for MPhil/PhD programmes.
-Join BA Dance students to take dance technique classes; the theatre and performance department also hosts a number of extra-curricular classes and performance opportunities that are open to you.
-Engage with Plymouth’s vibrant theatre and performance scene with Peninsula Arts, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Barbican Theatre Plymouth, alongside events and training workshops arranged by the department itself. In the past, our nationally and internationally acclaimed visitors have included Jonathan Burrows/Matteo Fargion, Russell Maliphant, Hofesh Shechter, Jordi Cortés (DV 8), Yael Flexer, Rick Nodine, and Kirstie Simson.
-Choose to study full time or part time to fit in with your career plans or other commitments. This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM).
-Be part of a lively interdisciplinary arts and research community where you’ll mix with staff and students from across the arts faculty, creating opportunities for collaborative performance and practice-based research.

Course details

All MRes and ResM students study the modules, researching dance and research in the arts and humanities. You’ll also attend individual tutorials with your supervisor and regular research seminars. Both programmes lead to either a written thesis or one combining critical writing with creative/professional practice. While the MRes can only be studied full-time (12 months), the ResM is available either full or part-time. Having completed your taught modules in Year 1 (whether full or part-time), your following year will involve an agreed tutorial schedule and work plan. You may attend additional training, workshops and research seminars. As a full time ResM student, you’ll submit your thesis after 18 months (part-time, after 24 months) or pay a nominal sum for up to six months additional ‘writing up’ time (part-time, 12 months). Your viva takes place following submission of your thesis. To discuss which route is best for you, contact the programme leader.

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MAPR710 Researching Dance
-MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Refine your existing skills and knowledge on a programme built to foster innovative, confident and well-prepared researchers. Read more
Refine your existing skills and knowledge on a programme built to foster innovative, confident and well-prepared researchers. You’ll benefit from close guidance while researching 20th century or contemporary theatre, live art, popular or interdisciplinary performance - whether through creative practice, textual or archival study. Your work will be grounded in current debates, approaches and theories, equipping you with the advanced skills and methodologies to excel in performance research.

Key features

-Become an independent, forward-looking, creative theatre and performance researcher, able to engage in, and respond to, the challenges of the contemporary world.
-Advance on a well-supported route that enables you to progress from undergraduate studies to doctoral level research in an environment that tests the boundaries, definitions and potential of performance and theatre.
-Acquire a sophisticated range of subject specific and transferable research skills through seminars and workshops.
-Focus on a specific research project in theatre and performance under the guidance of an individual supervisor.
-Benefit from our £7 million dynamic four-storey production house and specialist teaching and learning environment, The House.
-Work in a department that places equal value on practice-led and traditional methods of research and their expression.
-Pursue a masters degree while in employment. The contact hours for the part-time ResM programme make it possible for you to work part time while you study - you don’t even need to live locally.
-Engage with Plymouth’s vibrant theatre and performance scene alongside events arranged by the department itself. Recent visitors include Eugenio Barba, Marina Abramović, Liz Aggiss, Reckless Sleepers, Manuel Vason, Hayley Newman, Wendy Houstoun, Lone Twin and Yukio Ninagawa.

Course details

The MRes is only available to study full time over 12 months. All MRes and ResM students study the modules Researching Performance and Research in the Arts and Humanities. You’ll also attend individual tutorials with your supervisor and regular research seminars. Both programmes lead to either a written thesis or one combining critical writing with creative/professional practice. The ResM can be studied either full or part time. Having completed your taught modules in Year 1 (whether full or part time), your following year will revolve around an agreed tutorial schedule and work plan. You may attend additional training, workshops and research seminars. As a full time ResM student, you’ll submit your thesis after 18 months (part time, after 24 months) or pay a nominal sum for up to six months additional ‘writing up’ time (part time, 12 months). Your viva takes place following submission of your thesis. To discuss which route is best for you, contact Roberta Mock (programme leader).

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MAPR700 Researching Performance
-MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Inspire secondary school pupils to study music through imaginative and practical teaching. Our full time, one year PGCE programme will help you bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm for teaching music to children of all abilities from 11-18. Read more
Inspire secondary school pupils to study music through imaginative and practical teaching. Our full time, one year PGCE programme will help you bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm for teaching music to children of all abilities from 11-18. With 17 weeks placement experience, you’ll be able to sharpen your skills and fully prepare yourself for your future teaching career.

Key features

-Draw upon your own expertise in music and extend your own musical knowledge and understanding.
-Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
-Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.
-Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
-Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.
-Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
-Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
-Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
-Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.
-Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching music to children of all abilities from 11-18.
-Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

Course details

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 24 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of music itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department of Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

Core modules
-EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
-EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
-EPGS719 Professional Studies
-EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
-EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning

Optional modules
-EPGS619 Professional Studies
-EPGS610 Developing Subject Pedagogy

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With the enrichment and advancement of your studio practice at its core, this course welcomes highly motivated and independent thinkers. Read more
With the enrichment and advancement of your studio practice at its core, this course welcomes highly motivated and independent thinkers. You will have the opportunity to advance your critical thinking, and will be encouraged to experiment and take risks. Develop your skills and expertise for transferrable professional knowledge, with access to extensive specialist workshops and realise your practice to the fullest extent on this challenging and inspiring MA.

Key features

-Develop your studio practice and related research through a range of approaches. Undertake single, multi- or inter-disciplinary study within interactive and digital technologies, film and video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture.
-Advance your practical skills with our high-specification workshops. You’ll have access to fully equipped digital production, sound recording and editing, film, photography, video, ceramics and print facilities and excellent technical support.
-Direct your studies through four independent study modules underpinned by critical frameworks and research methodologies and a substantial MA project in year 3.
-Connect with contemporary artists and curators through our weekly visiting artists programme. Participate in stimulating debates and shared dialogue with diverse research groups across the faculty with our interdisciplinary seminars series.
-Integrate any external projects, internship possibilities or client commissions you are awarded into your course. We embed professional practice into our academic framework, facilitating transferrable knowledge and skills in the workplace.
-The option to study part-time allows you to balance your work and external commitments with postgraduate education.
-Benefit from the knowledge and experience of a teaching staff of artists and researchers with substantial expertise with international exhibition, residency and research profiles.

Course details

Year 1 & 2
You’ll develop your practice through independent study projects (ISPs) and specialist workshops. The ISPs will help you explore and understand the wide range of methods, media and approaches that might underpin your practice. You'll to be encouraged to develop, question and critically reflect upon your art practice to the fullest extent. You will also focus on how contexts and conditions frame and inform contemporary art practice.
Core modules
-MAC701 Contemporary Art Practice 1
-MAC702 Contemporary Art Practice 2

Year 2
You'll further develop your artistic practice through an individual or collaborative project, building on and advancing work undertaken in concurrent and/or previous module(s). You'll write an MA project proposal that will inform the research stage of your MA project.
Core modules
-MAC703 Contemporary Art Practice 3
-MAC704 Contemporary Art Practice 4

Optional modules
-MAC706 International Exchange

Final year
Building on the insights and skills gained in your first year, you’ll develop a proposal for, and carry out, a substantial MA Project. The MA Project culminates in a public exhibition and Project Report, the form of which is negotiated and relates to your practice.
Core modules
-MAC705 MA Project

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Develop your creative practice, knowledge and understanding with our MA Photography. You'll gain a broad theoretical understanding of the medium of photography and establish a critically reflective practice through experimentation, creativity, risk-taking, research and authorship. Read more
Develop your creative practice, knowledge and understanding with our MA Photography. You'll gain a broad theoretical understanding of the medium of photography and establish a critically reflective practice through experimentation, creativity, risk-taking, research and authorship. Self-set projects and assignments, along with the collective breadth offered by our portfolio of exit awards, means you will graduate with an individually tailored award within a field of contemporary photography.

This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM). Further details are available on these pages.

Key features

-Choose your exit award - the core MA Photography, or one of our specialist routes: MA Photography and the Land, MA Photography and the Book, or MA Photography and Writing. This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM).
-Engage in experimental practice and become part of a broad research environment, supported by our internationally renowned staff, including Professors David Chandler, Jem Southam and Liz Wells.
-Study the course one year full-time or two years part-time; you’ll attend the same sessions, collaborating and sharing skills and knowledge.
-Experience a dynamic research environment which includes an extensive visiting speaker programme – a number of whom contribute to small, directed seminars, workshops and tutorials. Recent visiting speakers include Martin Barnes, Kate Bush, Clare Grafik and Michael Mack, and Ron Jude. Upcoming speakers include Stephen Vaughan, Laura Pannack and Anna Fox.
-Special events that highlight the aspects of the taught programme are organised each semester including intensive study days and symposia. We have held study visits at the Victoria and Albert Museum, at Martin Parr’s studio and at Garry Fabian Miller’s studio.
-Interrogate the relationship between theory and practice, with opportunities for a residential field trip and study trips both in the UK and abroad - we have previously visited Paris, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
-Benefit from a city centre campus with excellent library and photographic facilities including a bespoke daylight studio, analogue and digital imaging and printing resources, C41 processing, letterpress, printmaking and silkscreen workshops.
-Explore the rich urban and rural landscape offered by the South West peninsula – diverse towns and cities, industrial heritage and urban regeneration, coastal and marine environments, dramatic moorland and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Course details

You'll enter the programme with an initial project proposal that you will continue to develop throughout your study. The theme will evolve through your engagement with, and understanding of, the scope of the nature and context of your project. This will be linked to an explorative approach to the use of the photographic medium, challenging you to develop a fluent dialogue between your ideas and practice. You are given the opportunity to graduate with an individually tailored award within a field of contemporary photography: MA Photography, MA Photography and the Book, MA Photography and the Land, and MA Photography and Writing. You will apply with a specific exit award in mind, from which you’ll develop your MA project. All awards allow you to develop your creative photographic practice. By ‘practice’ we refer to a photographic practice that is inclusive of a wide range of making and working with photography: as photographers, curators, editors and writers.

Core modules
-MAPY705 MA Project
-MAPY701 The Practice of Research
-MAPY702 Photography: Histories and Criticism
-MAPY703 Experiment and Practice
-MAPY704 Photography: Interdisciplinary Practices and Contexts

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As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. Read more
As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. With this programme you’ll explore the value of brand and design management in an era of increasingly saturated markets. As well as developing brand-related theoretical understanding and practical focus, you’ll have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, leadership, research and communications skills.

Key features

-Receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced brand professional currently working with a locally, nationally or internationally recognised organisation. Take advantage of their expertise to develop your practical skills and understanding of the industry, and access the insider information to help you prepare to enter the workplace.
-Build the breadth of knowledge that allows you to succeed by developing a practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of brand and design management, including: consumer psychology; managing creative people; trademark, copyright and branding law; entrepreneurship; leadership and product policy and portfolio management.
-Explore the wider context of brands in today’s society and how they are affected by and influenced by political and cultural trends. You will develop the “big picture” thinking help you stand out of the crowd.
-Benefit from access to a dedicated seminar series delivered by executives from organisations within the industry and branding, advertising and design agencies.
-Build the practical skills with a programme focused upon hands-on learning, delivered by staff that are active researchers within the subjects they teach.
-Supplement your academic studies with field trips to visit organisations that have developed or have been instrumental in developing unique, innovative or powerful brands, giving you access to unique insights into the industry.

Course details

Core modules
-MKT712 Consumer Psychology and Brand Behaviour
-SRE712 Research Methods for Decision Making
-LAW711 Trademark, Copyright and Design Law
-MKT711 Brands and the Value of Design
-HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials
-MKT709 Strategic Brand Management
-MKT710 Brands, Culture and Society
-MKT707 Product Policy and Portfolio Management
-ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

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Transform your enthusiasm for design and technology into practical teaching skills. With school placements, tutor support and a graduated induction programme, our trainees are well prepared for teaching in secondary education, and have an excellent record of obtaining first teaching posts. Read more
Transform your enthusiasm for design and technology into practical teaching skills. With school placements, tutor support and a graduated induction programme, our trainees are well prepared for teaching in secondary education, and have an excellent record of obtaining first teaching posts. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme will give you the training and support needed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin your professional teaching career.

Key features

-Draw upon your own expertise in design and technology, and extend your own subject knowledge and understanding.
-Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
-Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.
-Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
-Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.
-Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
-Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
-Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
-Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.
-Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching design and technology to children of all abilities from 11-18.
-Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

Course details

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 24 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of design and technology itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department of Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

Core modules
-EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
-EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
-EPGS719 Professional Studies
-EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
-EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning

Optional modules
-EPGS619 Professional Studies
-EPGS610 Developing Subject Pedagogy

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Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of drama to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Read more
Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of drama to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme in drama will qualify you for the 11-16 national standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The 17 weeks placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career.

Course details

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 24 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of drama itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department of Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

Core modules
-EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
-EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
-EPGS719 Professional Studies
-EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
-EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning

Optional modules
-EPGS619 Professional Studies
-EPGS610 Developing Subject Pedagogy

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Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of art and design to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Read more
Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of art and design to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme in art and design will qualify you for the 11-16 national standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The 17 weeks placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career.

Key features

-Draw upon your own expertise in art and design and extend your own visual knowledge and understanding.
-Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
-Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.
-Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
-Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.
-Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
-Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
-Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
-Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.
-Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching art and design to children of all abilities from 11-18.
-Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

Course details

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 24 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of art and design itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department of Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

Core modules
-EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
-EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
-EPGS719 Professional Studies
-EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
-EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning

Optional modules
-EPGS619 Professional Studies
-EPGS610 Developing Subject Pedagogy

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