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Applied Technologies. Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies is a cross-disciplinary programme for creative practitioners interested in research into digital-making and manufacturing. Read more
Applied Technologies: Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies is a cross-disciplinary programme for creative practitioners interested in research into digital-making and manufacturing.

The aim of the course is to allow you to evaluate and engage with how emerging technologies such as rapid prototyping, generative design, 3d scanning and multi axis machining are changing creative industries and could help you evolve your personal practice. You will benefit from access to Ravensbourne’s state of the art digital prototyping facilities as well as tuition in computer aided design and manufacture and how these skills can be integrated with traditional making methods.

As well as practical techniques, students will have the opportunity to explore:

- Social impacts of increasingly decentralised & automated manufacturing
- New form and aesthetics
- Material innovation and sustainability
- Intellectual property and authorship
- Potential for new industries or businesses
- Automation of design and making
- Development of new manufacturing platforms
- Future technological scenarios

The course offers the opportunity to develop and manage an individual area of enquiry and creative development in digital manufacturing, culminating in the realisation of a final major project fully informed by professional and industrial contexts and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

You will receive regular support from tutors, peers and subject-specific group tutorials as part of a constant dialogue to help create a professional and critical understanding of your individual creative process.

The course is suitable for those from a range of fields wishing to diversify and deepen their practice’s relationship with technology, including but not limited to; product designers, engineers, model makers, artists and architects. You will benefit from being an integral part of an intellectually supportive and creative postgraduate community, with whom you can interact and collaborate across multiple disciplines.

Course structure

1. Technology Issues – Within the technology issues unit, students will engage in 3-5 week project cycles that will allow them to explore 3d printing, 3d scanning and other rapid prototyping. These units are structured to encourage students to engage collaboratively with other students of the same and different disciplines.

2. Business and Innovation – Taught during the term prior to the major project unit this unit helps students develop an understanding of business and innovative practises in creative industries. It supports Applied Technologies students in turning their ideas into viable market propositions and long term business plans.

3. Research Process – This unit provides the grounding for the research and development skills needed for students’ individual projects.

4. Concept and Prototyping – Allows students to further develop their skills. To identify a specialist area related to digital manufacturing and to pursue a single line of enquiry, idea or theory and develop, investigate, challenge and test that concept.

5. Major project - The Major project represents the culmination of the students’ investigation and the final stage of the research strategy. This is a substantial piece of self-managed work that is underpinned by advanced practice based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, collaborative and challenging postgraduate pathway focusing on the practical and theoretical study of interactivity in digital media production; and strives to create designers with the potential to innovate and influence interaction design practice who can realise relevant and elegant design proposals with commercial potential. Read more
MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, collaborative and challenging postgraduate pathway focusing on the practical and theoretical study of interactivity in digital media production; and strives to create designers with the potential to innovate and influence interaction design practice who can realise relevant and elegant design proposals with commercial potential.

This MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is of particular relevance to you as a practitioner or designer who wishes to develop and refine your practice in interaction design, installation, projection mapping, digital games and user-centred product design.

You will be encouraged to work with technology experimentally, creatively and collaboratively, and to apply emerging and existing technology in new and novel ways through personal fabrication, research and the experimental application. You will also have hands-on experience creating for Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Playstation 3, Xbox, and websites. The course will provide skills in the relevant multimedia software, 3D graphics software, game engines/modelling packages such as Unity, UdK, 3D Studio Max and Maya. You will understand code, create electronic and physical interfaces and the course encourages the use of low level C# and C++, JavaScript, HTML or Python.

We have a dedicated facility for analysing and evaluating console games, containing PS3, XBox 360, and Wii consoles, new games titles and 3D LCD screens.

The course focuses on interaction design and its application to objects, spaces and communication. The emphasis is on technology-mediated communication between humans and objects or spaces, both real and virtual. You will be able to experiment and innovate along side exploring how theory underpins multimedia practice allowing you to ultimately challenge and test theories of interactivity. Interaction can take many forms and you will be encouraged to use a range of tools and approaches, and because of the developing nature of the discipline, you will be experimenting with the latest forms of technology.

Study units

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

In the Business and Innovation unit you will gain an overview of the industry and new approaches to innovation.

Through the Technology Issues unit, you will explore the potential of digital technology and its application in new services or products or to enhance the functions, usability and aesthetics of existing ones through both group and cross-disciplinary work.

In the Research Process unit you will explore and challenge contemporary themes through theory and practice. There is a strong engagement with game theories (how games are made and what makes a good game), play, multimodality, artificial intelligence, and transmedia storytelling, user experience and computational design.

The Concept and Prototyping unit allows you to conduct a more involved 15-week project to develop and build a prototype, test an emerging technology or generate a concept.

Hypotheses, concepts or project ideas emerging from previous units will provide starting points for the Major Project, which is the final culmination of your investigations and is a substantial piece of self-managed work that embodies the integration of theory and practice, is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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