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University of Southampton, Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

We have 15 University of Southampton, Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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The course covers an in-depth discussion of the most influential theories and methodologies in the field, and provides an introduction to the latest debates and concerns; these include issues arising from cinema’s textual properties and questions regarding the medium’s wider social impact. Read more

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The course covers an in-depth discussion of the most influential theories and methodologies in the field, and provides an introduction to the latest debates and concerns; these include issues arising from cinema’s textual properties and questions regarding the medium’s wider social impact.

Modules

Core modules: Classical film theory and textual analysis; key skills 1: research in film studies; key skills 2: preparing for the dissertation; post-classical film theory: history, reception, cinephilia; dissertation; 2 optional modules from: current issues in film distribution and exhibition; film policy: national and global perspectives; contemporary science-fiction cinema; screen stars in context; School of Humanities or Winchester School of Art MA module.

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Summary. This course offers a comprehensive range of options and 3 pathways. musicology (including theory, history and analysis); composition; performance; each pathway offers skills training, orientation modules and individually taught work. Read more

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This course offers a comprehensive range of options and 3 pathways: musicology (including theory, history and analysis); composition; performance; each pathway offers skills training, orientation modules and individually taught work.

Modules

Analytical techniques; critical practice in musicology; research skills 1 and 2; plus 2 relevant optional modules; plus a dissertation, recital or portfolio.

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Summary. Fine Art reflects the rich complexity of international contemporary art practice. We facilitate art work across all media. Read more

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Fine Art reflects the rich complexity of international contemporary art practice. We facilitate art work across all media: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, web, temporary site-specific or time-based work, and performance art. Projects may involve pursuit of a single medium or a broader, multidisciplinary approach.

Optional modules in contemporary issues and business-related subjects support the development of your studio art practice and future career, while professional development is integral and facilitated by a wide range of contemporary artists and art world professionals who visit WSA to give lectures and workshops.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills (practice), Contemporary Fine Art, Final Project. Optional Modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. Our lively programme focuses on the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and writing for children through weekly writing workshops and literature seminars which engage in a close study of contemporary writing. Read more

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Our lively programme focuses on the craft of fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and writing for children through weekly writing workshops and literature seminars which engage in a close study of contemporary writing. We encourage collaboration with other art forms, allowing students to tap into our on-campus theatre and concert hall, the prestigious Winchester School of Art, and the research taking place in

English and other disciplines. Visiting writers and editors deepen student understanding of the publishing world. The programme culminates in a creative writing dissertation developed in consultation with a published writer.

Modules

Core modules: Creative Skills Workshop; Creative Project (dissertation equivalent)

Optional modules: up to four from: Narrative Non Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Art; Art and Craft of Fiction 1; Art and Craft of Fiction 2; Scriptwriting; and Writing for Children and Young People; one of these may be replaced by a module chosen from MA English or another MA programme

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This programme provides a framework through which the contemporary cultural sector can be understood and analysed, focusing on how cultural management affects the visual media. Read more

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This programme provides a framework through which the contemporary cultural sector can be understood and analysed, focusing on how cultural management affects the visual media. Areas covered may include film festival organisation, specialist film programming, film policy, film exhibition, marketing and audience development, and the role of private and public film agencies. Case studies draw on local, national and international examples. Talks by industry professionals accompany the academic programme and a flexible structure allows for student specialisation and choice.

Modules

Current issues in film distribution and exhibition; film policy (national and global perspectives); key skills 1 (research in film studies); key skills 2 (dissertation); plus 1 of the following: classical film theory and textual analysis; post-classical film theory (history, reception, cinephilia); an optional module from: current issues in film distribution and exhibition; film policy (national and global perspectives); contemporary science-fiction cinema; screen stars in context; another relevant module.

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Summary. The advertising and branding industry is undergoing massive change as new technologies alter the way marketing professionals communicate with their target customers and understand the consequences of their campaigns. Read more

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The advertising and branding industry is undergoing massive change as new technologies alter the way marketing professionals communicate with their target customers and understand the consequences of their campaigns. In this programme you will learn how advertising is created. We will explore ‘the advertising pitch’, target audience identification and segmentation, creative strategies, briefs, carry out appraisals of creative ideas and evaluate campaigns. Through a range of set projects and live industry briefs you will build a critical awareness of the advertising industry and the challenges it faces today. While creative issues and brand design are examined in depth, this programme is aimed at people who wish to manage the process and become the next generation of advertising leaders rather than those who wish to become creatives or designers in their own right.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Advertising and Branding: Contextual Themes and Issues, Global Advertising and Branding.

Optional Modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experiemental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. The studio-based programme will develop your understanding of key academic and industry themes relevant to a networked digital media environment. Read more

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The studio-based programme will develop your understanding of key academic and industry themes relevant to a networked digital media environment. Through critical creative practice, you will explore the implications of mobile platforms, media convergence and situated technologies while building on your existing design skills. In the final stage of the course, you focus on a specific area of interest, define a research question and produce a practice-based research project. #WSAmacd graduates leave the course with the conceptual tools, technical skills and personal attributes they need for further study or to thrive in a fastchanging industry.

Modules

Professional and Academic Skills, Design and New Media, Design Laboratory, Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture, Final Project (Communication Design).

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Summary. Design Management integrates design, innovation, technology, management and customers, and supports organisations to improve competitive advantage across economic, social, cultural and environmental factors. Read more

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Design Management integrates design, innovation, technology, management and customers, and supports organisations to improve competitive advantage across economic, social, cultural and environmental factors. It is the art and science of empowering design to enhance collaboration and synergy between ‘design’ and ‘business’ to improve design effectiveness.

This programme is aimed at individuals eager to develop a career in design management and is relevant to a wide range of service and manufacturing industries. You will be encouraged to develop original and creative ideas that will allow you to negotiate and co-create with designers, marketers, financiers, lawyers and clients in the pursuit of the best design thinking. Our curriculum is based on the issues of product design, process design, services design and brand design.

Modules

Core modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Strategic Design Management and Marketing, Design Management.

Optional modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. Fashion Design will extend your knowledge and understanding through individually negotiated projects, underpinned by research and creative practice. Read more

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Fashion Design will extend your knowledge and understanding through individually negotiated projects, underpinned by research and creative practice. You will work across traditional and experimental boundaries, critically evaluating your working processes, methodologies and ideas. Core areas include research for fashion, sketchbook development, sustainable practice, construction techniques and materials, experimental practice, CAD skills and fashion portfolio skills.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Fashion Design.

Optional Modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the visual language of display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. This programme equips students for careers in the global fashion industry, developing the skills and insights to become the innovative and dynamic managers the industry needs. Read more

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This programme equips students for careers in the global fashion industry, developing the skills and insights to become the innovative and dynamic managers the industry needs. Study focuses on fashion industry issues of brand marketing and development, trends, supply chain management and sustainability. Fashion history and theory form key parts of the course, with an emphasis on applying academic and market research to support in-depth explorations of contemporary industry case studies. Teaching staff with a combination of industry experience and academic rigour provide an experience that responds to complex industry changes. The course invites a wide range of industry experts as guest speakers to support the development of knowledge relevant to future fashion entrepreneurs, managers, and further fashion-related postgraduate research. Past students have gone on to start their own fashion brands, work as retail brand managers and bloggers.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Fashion Theory and Context, Fashion Management.

Optional Modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Explorng the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. Textile Design will prepare you for further research or practice, drawing on your creativity and knowledge. You will be introduced to research, encouraged to develop critical thinking skills, refine your textile design skills and methods of enquiry. Read more

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Textile Design will prepare you for further research or practice, drawing on your creativity and knowledge. You will be introduced to research, encouraged to develop critical thinking skills, refine your textile design skills and methods of enquiry. You will also acquire a critical understanding of your subject from different cultural and professional perspectives, benefitting from our international and industrial links. Students are encouraged to experiment and to stretch the boundaries of the discipline through creative engagement with materials, processes and concepts, whilst considering sustainability as part of textile design. Tutors are practitioners themselves with extensive and diverse experience in areas including: digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, illustration and dye.

Modules

Core and compulsory modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Textile Design 1 and 2, and Final Project.

Optional modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. Fashion Marketing and Branding will enable you to engage with the complex marketing and branding challenges facing fashion brands in a global industry. Read more

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Fashion Marketing and Branding will enable you to engage with the complex marketing and branding challenges facing fashion brands in a global industry. You will develop the skills required to understand and build fashion brands, and how to use design-led solutions to meet modern marketing and management challenges. A distinctive feature of this programme is the focus on understanding fashion consumer behaviour and fashion brands from emerging markets/ economies. Whether your interests lie with luxury, fast fashion, lifestyle or other fashion brands, you will gain an understanding of how to apply your knowledge in a dynamic industry. Teaching on this programme is provided by staff with many years of experience in the fashion and creative industries, and you will practise skills that will be directly transferable to a working environment or to further research-based postgraduate study.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Fashion Marketing and Branding: Key Issues and Trends, Fashion Marketing and Branding.

Optional Modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. News, entertainment and communication media are being transformed through the global development of the internet, social networks and mobile media. Read more

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News, entertainment and communication media are being transformed through the global development of the internet, social networks and mobile media. This programme will give you a critical understanding of the technological, social, cultural and political implications of these changes, and the skills to engage with and shape them. Supported by the teaching, research and professional expertise of internationally renowned academics and sector-leading professionals, you will apply academic debates and industry perspectives to your investigation of media organisations, consumers and audiences, and digital innovation.

You will explore the strategies and management techniques employed by commercial, non-government (NGO) and community-based (CBO) organisations, how creative ideas are developed, and how audiences and users respond to them, or generate their own media material. Critical essays, practice-based projects, and scholarly reports will prepare you with the strategic and analytical skills to pursue careers in cultural and creative organisations or to pursue doctoral research.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Critical Media Practice, Global Media: Ideas and Debates, Global Media: Industries and Technologies.

Optional Modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experimental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.

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Summary. This programme balances the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in the management of complex luxury brands. Read more

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This programme balances the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in the management of complex luxury brands. It focuses on a number of different aspects and contexts of luxury, from fashion, retail, and service industries to design. Students also explore how luxury brands are created, marketed, managed and sustained in today’s society. Luxury Brand Management considers brand portfolios, co-branding, brand extensions and endorsements, celebrity brands, designers and entrepreneurs and the management of brand heritage. There is also a focus on the changing nature of luxury brands in a range of markets including emerging markets as well as an appreciation of how luxury brands have evolved over time and place and introduces the material, symbolic and experiential dimensions of luxury.

Modules

Core Modules: Professional and Academic Skills, Historical and Contemporary Issues in Luxury, Principles of Luxury Brand Management and Marketing, Strategic Luxury Brand Management.

Optional modules: Sustainability, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Cultures, Entrepreneurship, Experiemental Publishing, Exploring the Visual Language of Display, Global Marketing, Visual Culture.



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Summary. This programme represents an innovative approach to games design, which brings the latest technologies and techniques together. Read more

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This programme represents an innovative approach to games design, which brings the latest technologies and techniques together. You will learn to create valuable graphic art assets and narratives, developing a keen understanding of games design in the professional world and learning how to develop your own games with a variety of tools and programming skills. You can become a member of our Games Design Hub, bringing you valuable research opportunities and professional contacts and enabling you to consider commercialising your final projects. The MA will help you develop, innovate and create artefacts within an environment that values exploration along side tutors with top industry experience. It will provide you with the key skills you need to succeed in games development as a programmer, narrative developer, concept artist or games animator.

Modules

Core modules: Research Skills, Design (Studio), Design (Global Media Management) and Final Project.

Optional Modules: Visual Culture, Entrepreneurship, Responsible Design, Digital Marketing Communications, Global Marketing, Digital Cultures, Display: Interpreting the Language of Design.

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