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Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design, Derby, United Kingdom

We have 8 Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design, Derby, United Kingdom

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This innovative and progressive course will give you the opportunity to develop your creative, technical, and critical skills in fashion and textile design, while extending your practice in a conceptual and professional context. Read more
This innovative and progressive course will give you the opportunity to develop your creative, technical, and critical skills in fashion and textile design, while extending your practice in a conceptual and professional context.

The course combines intensive, studio-based projects with design research, as well as furthering your understanding and working knowledge of the techniques and processes specific to your chosen field of fashion and textile design. You’ll also learn to consider your design practice in terms of the technological, social, critical and ecological issues that influence fashion and textile design, while extending your understanding of business and entrepreneurship through industry briefs and external projects.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and explore issues related to design practice, including new technology, globalisation and sustainability. This will be informed by your work with academics, practitioners and experts in the field of fashion design and textile design.

We use a broad range of teaching and learning strategies, including lectures, seminars and studio practice. You’ll take part in presentations, group activities, study groups and individual tutorials to discuss, debate and critique your work alongside your peers. You’ll work in our specialist workshops that include digital print and CAD facilities, knit, weave and print equipment, fashion sewing and pattern-making resources and an extensive specialist art and design library.

Our teaching staff are active in professional practice, research and scholarship and are members of research groups covering digital and material arts and sustainable art and design.

When you have completed your course you’ll be able to position yourself for a career in design for fashion, textiles, or related product areas, such as knitwear, performance sportswear or smart textiles for apparel and other uses such as interior design. Alternatively, you could further your studies through one of our MPhil or PhD programmes.

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You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, including the latest developments in contemporary communication arts practice in publishing, branding, web design, mobile technologies, and screen-based moving images. Read more
You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, including the latest developments in contemporary communication arts practice in publishing, branding, web design, mobile technologies, and screen-based moving images.
You’ll be taught in small study groups, with individual tutorial support alongside group activities. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and share your thinking with like-minded creative individuals who will become part of an invaluable network of contacts for the future.

Our dynamic, well-equipped visual communication studio has excellent, state of the art digital equipment, a print-making workshop, digital print bureau, and an extensive specialist art and design library. Our lecturers are high level graphic designers, illustrators, animators or web designers, working professionally and engaged in research through the Design and Visual Communication research group.

When you’ve completed this course you could move on to a career in areas such as design, consultancy, illustration, animation, production, media, web design, publishing or computer games. Alternatively you may wish to work as an exhibiting artist or teacher. Some students choose to continue their studies at PhD level.

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This is an exciting, challenging, and rigorous course that addresses the multifaceted needs of today’s visual artist. Read more
This is an exciting, challenging, and rigorous course that addresses the multifaceted needs of today’s visual artist. We teach using a mixture of seminars, tutorials, peer reviews, and guest lectures in a well-equipped studio environment that facilitates and encourages creative enquiry, supported by a strong theoretical awareness of contemporary practice. Contemporary fine art practice embraces a wide and diverse spectrum of activity and our team has expertise in the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, film and video, installation work, environmental art, public art, performance, textual work, artists’ books, curatorship, and exhibition organisation.

We’ll encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. In addition, you’ll also continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level.

We have expertise in critical theory, art history, philosophy of art, art criticism, and journalism. All members of the teaching staff are practising artists, writers, or theorists and members of research groups within the school. Several members have experience of supervising PhD students, while others are external examiners for other UK art and design institutions. Many have successfully bid for research funding, enabling the continuation of personal research, as well as projects that feed back into the curriculum to enhance the student experience. The research group for Digital and Material Arts, together with the Design and Visual Communication group, will provide you with opportunities to hear about the latest research. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in study visits to regional and national museums and galleries, exhibitions, symposia and conferences.

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This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK), so you'll become a fully registered dance movement therapist with the ADMPUK. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK), so you'll become a fully registered dance movement therapist with the ADMPUK

• You'll develop the skills you need to support the health and well-being of vulnerable people, so it's a really rewarding course to choose

• This course will give you dance movement psychotherapy training and a licence to practice, as well as giving you an academic qualification at masters level

• We will support you during your placement to make sure that you're ready for your career in dance movement psychotherapy when you graduate

• You will be given the opportunity to undertake CPD training in Zero Balancing body work. This concerns the cultivation of sensitivity to the structure and energy of the body.

About the course:

The programme gives you solid experience of clinical dance movement therapy practice, supervision and work in education, as well as further closed group work. The main emphasis is on your work in a clinical environment and using creative skills to explore self-expression. You will be allocated a personal tutor who'll be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as taught components, you'll be required to engage in personal therapy as this is a requirement for professional registration. This is a private arrangement and the cost is not included in the fees. Individual or group therapy is acceptable.

This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, so you can be confident that you'll be learning the most up to date thinking on dance movement psychotherapy.

During the course you'll build up your experience of clinical dance movement therapy, and use your creative skills to explore self-expression.

It's important to understand the history of dance movement psychotherapy from the early pioneers through to the current thinking. You'll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of the art form and the importance of improvisation, creativity and play. You'll also use and reflect on psychotherapeutic theory, while considering the implications for placement and practice. Because anatomy and physiology are essential to your understanding of movement and its relevance for psychotherapy, you'll also explore this during the course.

We've excellent facilities including our new dance studio, and have close links with Déda, the Derby dance centre.

You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as the taught components, you'll need to take part in personal therapy throughout the course, which can be individual or group therapy, because this is a requirement for professional registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.

You'll need to undertake health screening at the start of the course to monitor your fitness to practice.

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This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for its high quality. After successful completion of this course you'll be able to apply through the Health and Care Professions Council or professional registration as a dramatherapist. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for its high quality

• After successful completion of this course you'll be able to apply through the Health and Care Professions Council or professional registration as a dramatherapist. You will also be able to register as a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists, the UK's professional organisation for art therapists

• Focusing on the use of theatre in the therapeutic process, you'll explore the role of improvisation and the need to adapt therapeutic interventions to individual client needs

• You'll develop skills in assessing the impact of your own values and beliefs on your practice and the impact this may have on your clients and patients

• We have our own playback theatre company, specific to this Dramatherapy programme, which utilises your improvisational skills to develop the audiences' stories. Previous students have performed at festivals, conferences and university events.

About the course:

This full time course is made up of three phases - PG Cert, PG Dip and MA. You will need to come in to the University one day each week, and spend up to two days each week in your clinical placement.

You will learn how to develop, appraise and apply different theatrical models and Dramatherapy approaches in your studio work, and explore how you can apply these therapeutically to different client groups.

In your clinical placements you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a clinical setting. You will be supervised by a Dramatherapist from the University, who will help you to consider and reflect upon the work you do in your placement.

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to reflect and consider the impact and consequences of your interventions.

You will be required to undertake a total of 72 sessions of personal therapy, as stipulated by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), for the duration of the training. The cost of therapy will be covered by yourself, this is in addition to the standard course fees.

When you have successfully completed all elements of this course and the personal therapy sessions, you are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a Dramatherapist. HCPC are the regulatory body.

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The course integrates practice and theory for both photographic and film practices, to encourage original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community of practitioners, as a means of developing work within these fields at the highest levels. Read more
The course integrates practice and theory for both photographic and film practices, to encourage original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community of practitioners, as a means of developing work within these fields at the highest levels. We’ll encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

We have a long tradition of teaching both photography and film and our academic team share a wide range of backgrounds and practices, including analogue photography and digital imaging (still and moving), film making and script writing, fine art (painting and installation), history and theory. Their combined skills and experience mean that you’ll be supported to the highest artistic and professional levels.

You will simultaneously enhance your self- awareness as a practitioner of contemporary photographic or film practices and develop the theoretical knowledge needed to underpin your independent research projects. As part of this, you’ll develop research and study skills and an understanding of scholarly conventions and ethical issues. We’ll encourage you to build a network of professional contacts through museums and galleries that are relevant to your practice, such as the Derby multimedia centre QUAD, which hosts the FORMAT International Photography Festival. We believe establishing key contacts in the industry is a vital part of your professional development.

Our specialist equipment centre offers both digital and analogue equipment, encouraging you to develop a wide range of skills and enabling you to determine your own critical and creative practice.

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You’ll study key aspects of advanced learning in music production, focusing on technical application and personal creativity. Your focus will be on real-world applications; this is enhanced by our links with commercial organisations and the professional expertise of our staff in related industrial activities. Read more
You’ll study key aspects of advanced learning in music production, focusing on technical application and personal creativity. Your focus will be on real-world applications; this is enhanced by our links with commercial organisations and the professional expertise of our staff in related industrial activities.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the professional environment of the music and media sectors and develop the entrepreneurial skills needed to take advantage of current opportunities and to initiate new ones.

Music and sound production are integral to the creative industries sector, both in the UK and internationally, and are at the forefront of a diverse range of commercial, educational and research developments. Representing a significant area of commercial innovation and creative practice, the growth of new media platforms provides exciting employment opportunities and requires up to date approaches to the development of appropriate professional expertise.

Professional judgement, technical and creative ability, and appropriate knowledge and understanding are key to success in the music and media sector. Increasingly characterised by sophisticated technical systems and close integration of a range of media, music production encompasses a number of distinct specialisms and provides a dynamic field of postgraduate research activity.
This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) so you can be confident that the course meets the high standards demanded by industry.

You’ll study on your own and as part of a group giving you experience of working within multidimensional teams and managing leadership roles.

Whilst studying at Derby you’ll have access to our brand new, professionally designed recording studio complex, featuring Protools HDX systems, one of which is equipped with a vintage NEVE analogue recording console. Many of our control rooms are equipped with 5.1 surround monitoring systems and a variety of high quality Focusrite outboard equipment.

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The MA in Writing for Performance focuses on developing the skills of the individual and collaborative writer for diverse forms of contemporary live and broadcast performance. Read more
The MA in Writing for Performance focuses on developing the skills of the individual and collaborative writer for diverse forms of contemporary live and broadcast performance.

Through the combination of writing workshops, critical seminars and discussions, you will develop skills in writing for performance. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between the writer and the cultural contexts in which they write.
You will develop a number of pieces, including a full length play, as well as outputs for digital mediums, live art projects and broadcast. You will also practice writing from improvisation and adapting existing texts.

These projects are supported by your analysis of dramaturgical principles and narrative structures based in character, story, conflict, dialogue, action and casual logic, as well as more experimental, non-linear writing based on postdramatic concepts.
We use a range of assessment types, including critical essays, project proposals, reflective essays and extended research-informed creative projects. Together these form components of the research process and enable you to develop your creative project to reflect your individual cultural and academic interests.

Our unique Learning Theatre provides a stimulating learning environment, in a professional arena with vital industry contacts. You will be warmly welcomed into a vibrant community of artists and makers across a range of creative fields. You will also benefit from our strong links in the industry, which include QUAD Arts Centre and Cinema, the BFI, the BBC and Creative England. Our experience and knowledge of professional writing in these environments allow us to support you towards a sustainable career in writing.

We also use a mixture of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessments are preliminary works that are not graded (eg a draft of a script), while summative assessments are the formal assessments that form part of your final grade.

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