Unit 1 - Exploring emergent design contexts and practices
This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.
- Inductions to learning resources and workshops
- To be introduced to the 4 key elements of the course - research folder, portfolio of practice, study proposal and critical writing
- To develop your observational, research and analytical skills
- To be introduced to critical thinking within design-based practice
- To be introduced to research methods in design which considers the role, purpose, structure and process of research.
- To look at the impact social, cultural, ethical and economic factors have studio on graphic communication design
- To submit work in progress including an annotated bibliography and a 1500 word project proposal
Unit 2 - Developing a design framework: critical and practical
In this unit you will start to build your individual project proposal. It will be a period of creative exploration and academic discovery.
- To look at existing and emerging design theory and practice
- To develop a design framework from which to work from
- To contribute to a working peer group identified by a shared theme
- To be able to communicate how you situate your practice in relation to other practitioners
- To formulate a clear direction for you practice and writing
- To take part in cross MA Design courses collaborations and learning opportunities
- To submit work in progress and a 3000-word document
Unit 3 - Designing modes for communication and engagement
The final unit of the course will focus on the production and dissemination of your personal project appropriate to the specialist audience and context you have chosen. Additionally, the shared MA Design courses graduate event at the end of the course requires you to organise, design and celebrate the communications of your new design ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- To refine your outcomes in relation to a specific audience
- To consider the terms communication, engagement, interaction and participation
- To present work at the graduate end of year event
- To submit a professional statement, a resolved body of work, a design publication and a 5000-6000-word document
Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.