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Design Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Contemporary life is defined and fashioned by design: this course will support you to enrich and evolve your skills. As your creative identity matures, this course will allow you to hone your talent through the application of current and traditional methods, reflective approaches and attitudes as you advance as an affective artistic practitioner.

Much of the learning is “situation based” – meaning that the experience gathered from previous work will be required as you tackle challenging and complex scenarios and devise solutions to them. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit work and to take part in New Designers – a major opportunity to showcase new talent to the creative and design industries.

Key Course Features

-Working with experienced artists and designers, you'll have the opportunity to expand your skills into new subject disciplines as you evolve your ideas and work into new directions.
-Opportunity to learn new skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, animation, illustration, graphics, graphic novels, ceramics, glass and jewellery metalwork.
-Take part in Creative Futures, an event to focus upon career options for those with creative skills with visiting speakers from a wide range of art and design professions.
-Take the opportunity to collaborate or form a collective to enhance your career potential
-Showcase your work in the university Gallery Sycharth, School of Creative Arts or other external venues.
-Explore your potential as a researcher as you learn about the methods and protocols of supervised study.

What Will You Study?

The course is split into 3 stages: The Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master of Arts Degree.
You can study for either a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master of Arts Degree (180 credits) - with the option to progress to the next stages from the certificate and diploma levels.

You will discover and disclose the influences that feed into your creative practice and draw inspiration from particular sources. You have chance to deepen your understanding of these influences and evaluate your responses to them.

We also include a research orientated module, to teach you systems and methods of researching in order that you can grow in confidence as your knowledge becomes increasingly specialised and your opinions more informed by your findings.

You will also learn how to audit our own skills as a “creative”, and to use that experience to develop a project tailored to your individual needs and career aspiration.

If you undertake the full Master of Arts, you will consider a major project that can be expressed in words and visuals. Normally, Master of Arts students submit a short dissertation relating to their practical work, or a word based activity equivalent to a dissertation in its depth of enquiry and reasoning. The resulting practical work is exhibited at the conclusion of the programme.

Major assessments are positioned at the end of each module, with formative assessment around the mid way point. Assessments are inclusive and all students are encouraged to engage with their assessors and justify the creative decisions leading to their works. We try to make assessments an important part of learning but not intimidating. We encourage and reward creative energy.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

The majority of assessment is based upon the portfolio of work produced within a module. Students are given opportunity to present this body of work and discuss the context in which it was produced and how it may inform future practice.

The ability to express ideas and to reflect upon practice is measured in short reports and evaluations, either written or presented to peers.

Typical teaching weeks include contact sessions between 10.00 and 17.00 on Mondays and Thursdays. The facilities are normally available from 8.00 to 20.30 Monday to Thursday and 8.00 to 17.30 on Friday in term time.

Career Prospects

Master’s degree students are creative and innovative so find opportunities for career development in many fields of activity. Recent graduates have commenced careers as self employed artist/designers, lecturers, illustrators, special needs facilitators, theatrical prop makers, game designers.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the Design Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are invited to interview to ensure that the programmes can help you to achieve the things that you want and need. To this end, we ask that applicants prepare a short “statement of intent” setting out where you believe you can develop your skills or existing ideas whilst studying with us. Overseas students can submit their port-folio and statement of intent digitally if they are unable to visit the university in person. All applicants are expected to hold a good and relevant initial degree, or provide a port folio of their own work, demonstrating equivalence to an initial degree.

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