The Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication has three components:
- Research and Development
- Design Resolution
- Professional and Academic Context
These units aim to achieve an integrated approach to your learning and to avoid the notion that research and application are aspects of design that are experienced in isolation.
Autumn, Term One
- Research and Development (20 credits) introduces you to the key methods of investigating subject matter employed at postgraduate level.
- Design Resolution (20 credits) will investigate and re-examine the main themes of graphic design such as visual language and grammar; hierarchy; structure; navigation; identity; etc. This unit will enable you to experience research and development methods in practice.
Spring, Term Two
- Research and Development (continued)
- Design Resolution (continued)
- Professional and Academic Context (20 credits) offers you an opportunity to undertake a choice of projects that places emphasis on your future professional or academic direction. The following are indicative subject areas: information design, typo/graphic design and image-based design.
Summer, Term Three
- Professional and Academic Context (continued)
The course is currently running in part-time mode only and fits within the university credit framework. It is comprised of tutored study and self-directed study with access to facilities. You will embark on both course-set and self-initiated projects.
You will also engage in debate exploring a multitude of subjects, from design fundamentals to notions of cross-disciplinary thinking.
Learning and teaching methods
- Group Discussions
- Online (Moodle)
- Discussion and Image Forums
- Student/Tutor Presentations
- Set and Self-Initiated Project Work
- Research and Development Techniques.
The above programme outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:
- Written evaluation
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.