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What to expect

Semester One

You will work in appropriate groups often across disciplines to share practice and to reinforce working methods, sometimes working in groups and sometimes individually.

Experimental Practice

In this module you will learn how to challenge influences and ideas that act upon art and design practices, and evaluate different frameworks of creative practices through experimentation and collaborative activities. Sharing different ideas with your fellow students will help you to broaden your understanding of problem solving and ideas creation. You will learn how to develop solutions to set projects and to explore the boundaries of creative practice and subject disciplines. You will research, design, make and present: individual project material outcomes with evidence of critical reflection on ideas development and problem-solving methodologies. This module has an emphasis on practical work.

Theory and Research

This module will allow you to critically evaluate the theories and ideals that inform, or shape, contemporary art and design practices. You will learn how to define questions that can be used to drive research, and how to establish critical inquiry as a support for the detailing of complex creative problems and intelligent problem solving. It will focus on establishing the skills required to carry out effective research and to establish independent learning as a tool for continuing professional development. This module has an emphasis on written work.

At the end of teaching block one, you will all participate in a group exposition where you will present your work and talk about your ideas.

Semester Two

In the second semester you will follow your now confirmed study plan and work within your chosen pathway or continue to work across curricular with your individual pathway.  This semester is also divided into both intellectual and practical work and there are modules in both.

Focussed Practice

This module supports you in the development of creative practice through independent self-initiated project work. Regular project review by tutors (and peers) facilitates deep critical discussion of each students approach to practice and research. Tutors lead discussion that promotes the development of projects and deepens individual knowledge and understanding of how research informs and drives creative activity. You will work within your specialist activity to focus and contextualise your project work; group discussion in the ‘home hub’ will encourage the re-evaluation of project goals and appraise: ideas, materials and working methodologies in relation to all domains of practice. Project outcomes will reflect specialist practice and individual research activity. This module has an emphasis on practical work.

Art and Design Futures

This module is concerned with identifying how innovation and enterprise drive creative practice; you will learn to assimilate how perceptions of the ‘future’ influence innovation and enterprise in the creative and cultural industries. Lectures mixed with presentations from students and guest speakers provide a forum for the critical review of cases studies and research. You will learn how to contextualise/locate your work and identify your own future practice with purpose and reason. You will enshrine a focus for your own research and practice in a ‘report’. The module will focus on establishing the skills required to successfully complete a Final Major Project. This module has an emphasis on written work.

At the end of teaching block two, all students participate in a symposium in which you present your work and discuss your plans for your final major project.

Between the semesters we will assist you to set up work experience where appropriate, with our partner Hearst or directly with industry.

Semester Three

Final Major Project

This module is focused on the fulfilment of a Final Major (or Capstone) project. You will devise and complete a self-initiated project within a detailed guiding theoretical framework. This framework is born out of the work you will have produced during the earlier modules. Seminars and tutorials are provided to support you in developing and executing a successful project. The module recognises the diversity of subject specialisms within the course; it supports specialist activity and while facilitating dialogue between students on all pathways.  Final submission for this module includes written and practical work.

Students may commence work on their Final Major Project in the summer, although it is acknowledged that some may wish to work during the summer break.  It is the intention that the MA Show will take place either just before or after Christmas.

All students participate in a final exhibition in which you present your final major project.


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