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Birmingham City University, Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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The course embraces the truth that true creative spirit is born out of a radical review of the interior design process. Read more

Summary

The course embraces the truth that true creative spirit is born out of a radical review of the interior design process.

Students will be inspired by creative experiences that act as a catalyst for reflection, exploration, debate and the strategic management of the multi-facetted aspects that determine interior design processes.

The existing boundaries of interior design will be explored, pushing the international platform for the profession forward in new and versatile directions

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

PgCert: Design Systems; Design Culture.

PgDip: Appreciative Design Inquiry; Collaborative Practice

Master's: Major Project - Practice.

Assessment

Informal reflection and debate are at the heart of the seminars and group tutorials where peer reviews, active learning exercises and self-appraisal help our students to shape their assignments towards self-determined outcomes. Project work is always professionally presented and will be assessed formally by a team made up of internal and external experts and academics.

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You’ll enjoy an extensive programme of lectures and assignments, delivered by an enthusiastic team of staff made up of theorists, practitioners and researchers. Read more

Summary

You’ll enjoy an extensive programme of lectures and assignments, delivered by an enthusiastic team of staff made up of theorists, practitioners and researchers.

The course is focused around a creative studio hub and provides a supportive environment where you can develop your personal design agendas. MA Product and Furniture Design challenges perceptions around 'alternative living', exploring what else might be possible in a world already full of things.

Studio-based sessions are complemented by a virtual learning environment, giving you 24/7 online access to the latest information, course documentation and examples of previous student work.

Modules

Trimester 1: Realism and Conceptualism; Design Culture.

Trimester 2: Exploratory Research Practices; CoLAB.

Trimester 3: Major Project.

Assessment

Studies include structured, project based learning activities which develop creative, design and making skills, research and investigative abilities, evaluation and independent learning to an advanced level. It includes individual and group tutorials, tutor-led and student-led seminars, lectures, and workshops as well as report writing and project work.

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Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary fashion design. Students will discuss and analyse the professional, commercial and cultural dimensions of fashion design in modern society and explore major issues linked to the world of fashion design. Read more

Summary

Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary fashion design. Students will discuss and analyse the professional, commercial and cultural dimensions of fashion design in modern society and explore major issues linked to the world of fashion design.

The course focuses on ability to develop a personal creative style, design methods and a professional approach to fashion design. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake relevant career planning and research. A series of topical lectures are provided exploring major theories and debates related to the world of fashion. These are followed by talks from industry practitioners.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules undertaken include: Portfolio 1, Lecture and Seminar, Research Strategy, Portfolio 2, Dissertation, Portfolio 3.

Assessment

The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written works; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage the student to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand their practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

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The MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University is aimed at emerging writers and can be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University is aimed at emerging writers and can be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time.

Key features of the course include:

* The opportunity to learn from distinguished practitioners, with tuition from Ian Marchant, Gregory Leadbetter, Anthony Mellors, Andy Conway, and the Fellows of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing (http://www.bcu.ac.uk/iccw), including Helen Cross, Caroline Jester, Sally Read, Patrick McGuinness and David Morley.

* A flexible modular structure, with options in Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Non-fiction and Poetry, taken together with the compulsory module Reading into Writing and a Final Project.

* Direct contact with guest authors, literary agents, publishers, editors, and development agencies through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing programme of seminars, readings and public events.

* Our masterclass system, offering a detailed critique of your work by an established author – and the benefit of hearing other students’ work receive the same attention.

* The opportunity for publication in our annual anthology of new writing, and to present your work in public at the end of year show in Birmingham city centre.

* Online support through the Moodle e-learning interface.

* We also offer Distance Learning modules in Fiction and Screenwriting, enabling you to study these options entirely from home, should you wish.

We believe that the study of creative writing has an inherent personal and cultural value – but we also support those who wish to pursue a professional career as a writer, by preparing our students for the literary marketplace.

For more course details visit the website: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/ma-in-creative-writing

Assessments

Assessment of a portfolio that demonstrates continuous professional development. Portfolios will vary, depending on your individual aims and aspirations, but may include: work with radio journalists / filmmakers, involvement in publication of the Birmingham City University anthology or magazine, evidence of contact with agents / publishers, building websites for aspiring writers.

Each module will result in a piece of writing that will be assessed. Your work will be critiqued by staff but you will also be asked to critique the work of colleagues and vice versa.

Admission to the course is based on talent. Applicants are asked to submit writing, published or unpublished. Students are selected on the basis of their work.

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The course aims to foster innovative perspectives and new understandings of Chinese contemporary art, design, visual culture and contemporary China, through transdisciplinary practice, research training and professional development. Read more
The course aims to foster innovative perspectives and new understandings of Chinese contemporary art, design, visual culture and contemporary China, through transdisciplinary practice, research training and professional development.

It caters for recent graduates, curators, artists, designers, art historians, writers and more, who have the ambition to become active, globally-minded, research-led creative practitioners, researchers and professionals in the field of contemporary arts.

Affiliated with the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University, the course offers students an opportunity to gain professional experience by working with internationally renown partners, leading arts organisations, curators and practitioners, participating in seminars, residencies and live research projects in UK, China and internationally.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules include: Contemporary Arts in China; Global China; Art and Transcultural Communication; Professional Development; Professional Practice; Research in Practice; Self directed Major Project.

Assessment

The course uses a variety of assessment methods to enable you to fulfil the learning objective whilst developing your individual specialism. Most modules offer the option to submit practical work in addition to a written assignment and/or verbal presentations. The exact nature of these outcomes will be negotiated with and determined by with the module assessor/responsible examiner.

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This is an innovative course which develops creative potential and in-depth knowledge of theories, processes and techniques. Students will use a variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes. Read more

Summary

This is an innovative course which develops creative potential and in-depth knowledge of theories, processes and techniques.

Students will use a variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes.

The scope for design is very broad and builds on knowledge in the area of personal ornaments, body signification and decorative metal objects. There are also affinities with industrial design, fashion design, fine art and sculpture and content is often informed by philosophy, conceptualisation and critical theory.

Project-based activities will develop creative, design and making skills and enhance students' professional skills. Concepts and products will also be developed. Students will analyse problems and reflect on the relationships between personal objectives, cultural values, market identities, prototyping techniques and new technologies.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

PgCert: Research and Applied Practice.

PgDip: Creative Exploration; Specialist Research Enquiry.

Master's: Master Design Project.

Assessment

Studies include structured, project based learning activities which develop creative, design and making skills, research and investigative abilities, evaluation and independent learning to an advanced level; it includes individual and group tutorials, tutor-led and student-led seminars, lectures, and workshops as well as report writing and project work.

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Primarily vocational and practical, the course focuses on ability to develop a personal creative style, entrepreneurial abilities and a professional approach to fashion styling. Read more

Summary

Primarily vocational and practical, the course focuses on ability to develop a personal creative style, entrepreneurial abilities and a professional approach to fashion styling. Students will explore and use different research methods to investigate the promotion of fashion styling through marketing, advertising, events management, publicity or public relations. The course will equip students with the latest knowledge, skills and resources to help investigate areas of personal and work-based interest. Students will develop their studies around personal career ambitions and enjoy visits to leading fashion events. After graduating, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to fashion styling.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules undertaken include: Portfolio: concepts and treatments; Lecture and Seminar programme; Research Strategy; Portfolio: short project; Portfolio: major project or dissertation.

Assessment

The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written work; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage them to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand students practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

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This is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at ambitious designers, and non-designers working in the design industry who want to develop their personal skills, and gain business and marketing insight. Read more

Summary

This is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at ambitious designers, and non-designers working in the design industry who want to develop their personal skills, and gain business and marketing insight.

The curriculum has a professional focus and embraces business management, marketing, design strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, design leadership and design practice including project management, intellectual property law and finance.

Strong emphasis is placed on the development of evidence based decision making, high level leadership and communication skills.

Students can focus within their chosen area of specialisation and work-based learning students relate their study directly to the workplace, gaining credit for their work-based learning.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

PgCert: Research Methods; Professional Development; Business Perspectives; Design and Innovation Strategy.

PgDip: Leadership Project; Design Practice; Placement/Case study.

Master's: Major Project / Dissertation.

Assessment

Assessments are designed to be directly relevant to the design industry. The course provides continuous formative assessment via group and individual tutorial feedback. Summative assessment is based up on a combination of individual seminars, team presentations, industry standard reports, individual essays, team reports and briefings plus the final major project / dissertation.

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This course is centred on the development of each student's own art practice in relationship to contemporary debates in philosophy, art history, theory and context. Read more

Summary

This course is centred on the development of each student's own art practice in relationship to contemporary debates in philosophy, art history, theory and context.

The course is firmly founded upon the consideration of art practice, in whatever form it takes and in whatever circumstances it occurs: drawing, painting, sculpture, print, film/video, photography, installation, performance, participatory and interdisciplinary practice.

Students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of fine art as the course provides an exciting experience which encourages development of a high level of speculation, and honing of critical and analytical skills.

The course is part of the Art Based Master's Programme - an integrated framework that allows students to build their own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. Students will have an opportunity to engage with other students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules include: Advanced Practice 1 and 2; Research in Practice; Final presentation or dissertation.

Shared option modules include: Art in the Public Realm; Arts Policy and Cultural Planning; Discourses in Art and Design; Art and New Media; Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice; Photography as Research.

Assessment

A practice led, seminar and research-based course, with assessment focused on the development of the student's practical art work but also including an extended essay; the final Master’s submission, which is exclusively practice-based, takes the form of an exhibition open to the public.

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Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary textile design. The course helps students to strengthen personal creativity, design and style by taking a professional approach to textile design. Read more

Summary

Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in contemporary textile design.

The course helps students to strengthen personal creativity, design and style by taking a professional approach to textile design. Students will explore major issues linked to textile design and benefit from a unified programme and work alongside textile, fashion and surface designers.

Learning will be based around studio and workshop practice, with personal programmes of study and joint lecture and seminar programmes. Art, craft and design interpretations of the disciplines are all supported and our highly experienced course team recognise the importance of having a personal and distinctive approach to your work and study. There are also ample opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and broaden your perspective.

Learning through studio and workshop practice, students will also benefit from our close connections with manufacturers, and get to experiment with a wide range of materials to create new and innovative products.

Modules

Modules include: Portfolio 1; Lecture and Seminar programme; Research Strategy; Portfolio 2, Portfolio 3 or Dissertation.

Assessment

The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written work; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases students' abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage student to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand their practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

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The course is aimed at graduates and professionals with a background in any area of 2 or 3 dimensional design. You will learn how to apply design visualisation techniques and strategies to areas such as product design, interior design, graphic design and various other specialisations. Read more

Summary

The course is aimed at graduates and professionals with a background in any area of 2 or 3 dimensional design. You will learn how to apply design visualisation techniques and strategies to areas such as product design, interior design, graphic design and various other specialisations. Students will evaluate, choose and apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to the solution of design and the knowledge that underpins it.

Graduates from this course can use their acquired knowledge and skills in a variety of jobs including: design practice: in-house and consultancy; design entrepreneurship- self-employment; 3D design visualisation in interior design, architecture, product design, 3D virtual environments for games; education as teachers/lecturers of design-related topics.

This is a 45-week course divided into three 15 week trimesters. Each trimester is divided into a ten week structured programme followed by five weeks of independent learning and reflection.

Modules

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) stage offers a choice of modules in which you will study Design Realisation which has a choice of project briefs from other MA programmes within the school, such as Interior or Product Design and Design Visualisation. Here you will complete a project showcasing your analogue and digital visualisation techniques, also exploring the potential of processes that are not totally dependent on digital technologies. These include evolutionary mock-ups, scenario enactment, physical modelling, two and three-dimensional collages and other animation techniques.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage offers a choice of modules such as Competition or Collaboration and Collaborative Practice (Co-Lab). The competition brief will be based on a contemporary project where you will initially collaborate with other product or interior design MA students. Co-Lab offers a choice of exciting project briefs which can then be incorporated into the planning of your personal project. Each project brief will demonstrate your strengths in a chosen range of visualisation techniques, and the potential of those techniques for enhancing the effectiveness of an appropriate design process.

The Master's stage will require completion of a personal project.

Assessment

Assessments will take place during individual/ group presentations at interim stages and at the end of each module. Immediate verbal feedback is given to students during the interim stages and written feedback is given at the end of each module.

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Students will gain highly specialised knowledge in a range of professional contexts and develop advanced expertise as a voice coach, teacher or performer. Read more

MA Professional Voice Practice

Students will gain highly specialised knowledge in a range of professional contexts and develop advanced expertise as a voice coach, teacher or performer. The course has been developed with the support of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As an accredited Drama UK School, graduates have gone on to fulfil very exciting careers. Working professionally at prestigious organisations such as the RSC, The Royal Court, the Minack, The Cambridge Theatre, the Mountview Theatre Academy and ALRA.

You will explore in-depth the theory and practice of working with the voice. During your studies you will consider innovations in practice, and initiate research. You will be taught philosophical, ethical and aesthetic principles related to voice practice. Conducting private and self-directed study will widen your knowledge of the field and help you acquire a Master’s level understanding of professional voice practice.

Modules include:

• Practical Voice
• Phonetics and Voice Theory
• Singing
• Voice and Text
• Pedagogy
• Placement
• Research Methodology

The final research project may be either practice or dissertation based.

Employability

Graduates of the course will return to careers in the performance industry or in education with significantly enhanced skills in voice practice, which will increase employment opportunities and give graduates a competitive edge in a highly competitive field.

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This course is rooted in practice, designed with international graduates in mind. Studying here will help you to develop a conceptual understanding of the practice of the British tradition, providing you with a progression route to an acting career or to further study at MPhil or PhD level. Read more

MFA Acting (The British Tradition)

This course is rooted in practice, designed with international graduates in mind. Studying here will help you to develop a conceptual understanding of the practice of the British tradition, providing you with a progression route to an acting career or to further study at MPhil or PhD level.

It is delivered through various modes of study, such as research through practice, practice-based learning, workshops, performances, lectures and seminars as well as private study. This provides you with the experience of working in a range of styles and genres.

You will study modules taking you through the British tradition of theatre from the Middle Ages to the modern day exploring a range of acting techniques.

Modules include:

• Acting, Movement, and Voice Skills
• Shakespeare/Jacobean
• Contextual Studies
• Well-made play
• Contemporary Playwrights
• Professional development

There will also be a final research project which may be either practice or dissertation based.
This professionally oriented course has a high number of contact hours and requires students to be highly motivated and committed.

Employability

Graduates of the course will return to careers in the performance industry or in education with additional skills and a clearer understanding of British actor training and style, which will increase employment opportunities and give graduates a competitive edge in a highly competitive field.

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This course has been designed with industry to reflect the growing need for entrepreneurial producers, marketers and distribution experts. Read more

Summary

This course has been designed with industry to reflect the growing need for entrepreneurial producers, marketers and distribution experts.

Graduates from this course have secured roles with companies including Film London (UK), Koch Media (Germany) and Gariza Films (Spain). Taught by a team including Oscar-nominated producer, Lee Thomas, and film industry marketing expert, Eugenio Triana, students will develop the strategic skills needed to apply new and emergent models of film financing, get to market and engage audiences in a competitive, fast changing, global entertainment business.

Course Modules

Your Audience
Film Distribution and Marketing
Film Financing and the Value Chain
Digital Departures
Project Management and Solutions
Project Development and Deployment
MA by Practice

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This course will develop your professional practice while engaging you with the hybrid nature of art and design in contemporary culture. Read more

Summary

This course will develop your professional practice while engaging you with the hybrid nature of art and design in contemporary culture. This includes learning the effective application of art and design methodologies to challenge conventional viewpoints. Closely supported
by a multidisciplinary team of expert staff you will be encouraged to work across art and design, exploring the potential of various media, processes and working methods.

The course is part of the Art Based Master's Programme - an integrated framework that allows students to build their own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. Students will have an opportunity to engage with other students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules include: Advanced Practice 1 and 2; Research in Practice; Final Project.

A range of option modules are also offered. These include: Discourses in Art and Design, Strategic Marketing for the Arts and Photography as Research.

Assessment

Individual study is central to the course which can be determined through the various art and design disciplines; students are encouraged to consider the full range of material offered in the arts based Master's programme; students are expected to complete extended essays for option modules chosen and this helps extends their range of research in relation to contemporary culture and current debate; the final Master’s stage submission is a major project based on the student's research and development.

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