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MA Design and Visualisation

Course Description


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.


The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) stage offers a choice of modules in Realism or Design Systems and Design Visualisation which is an exciting series of fast-paced short projects during which you will experience and complete a comprehensive series of digital visualisation techniques and the exploration of the potential of processes that are not totally dependent on digital technologies: including evolutionary mock-ups, scenario enactment, physical modelling, two- and three-dimensional collage and other animation techniques.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage offers a choice of modules such as Conceptualism or Design Futures and considers research methodologies which can then be incorporated into the planning of your personal project research. Two modules will be shared with product design and interior design Master’s students, depending on your chosen subject area. The personal project 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.


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.

Visit the MA Design and Visualisation page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications and experience. For international students an IELTS score of 6.0 or more with no less that 5.5 in the IELTS sub categories is required. Other English language qualifications are acceptable

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