This course is aimed at highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of this creative discipline.
Students develop and apply advanced skills using both traditional and new technologies, carry out research through practical and theoretical investigation and are expected to develop an individual and progressive approach in their work. The course is supported by excellent technical resources and teachers who have international standing as designers and researchers.
This course is built on internationally recognised research by members of the course team. In the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise we were awarded a rating of 5 for research in Art and Design, the highest rating achieved by any university and only given to a small number of leading departments in this subject who can demonstrate that their research has international standing.
We offer international students a pre-MA programme leading to a Graduate Diploma in Design and English. This allows students to become familiar with the learning culture in art and design in the UK and develop their English language ability in a design environment.
The Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) award bursaries to UK and EU students. These awards are based on merit so careful preparation of your application is essential. Applications for the bursary competition must be received at the AHRB in the spring of each year but this requires a prior offer of a place on the course. To give yourself sufficient time to make an appropriate application we strongly recommend applying for the course before the end of January. Up-to-date details of the AHRB Professional and Vocational Awards scheme can be found at http://www.ahrb.ac.uk
Graduates in this field follow careers as:
self-employed artists and designers
designers in industry and retail
administration and management
designers across the broad spectrum of metalwork and jewellery
Others go on to a wide range of professional roles in the creative industries
An increasing number of graduates in this field are undertaking further advanced study through research degrees (PhD) within the University’s Art and Design Research Centre which has a leading position in the advancement of creative practice in design.
Assessment and feedback are vital parts of the learning process in creative disciplines. Most assessment, for the MA and intermediate awards, is through individual project work which combines research and creative practice.
Students will receive formal teaching in:
research methods for art and design
Teaching is also available in practical skills for metalwork and jewellery and students can take part in a number of other options including digital technologies for creative practice.
The main part of the course is a substantial programme of individual project work. Students must propose an area for investigation and carry forward a programme of practical and theoretical investigation and creative work.
Normally you need
a good first degree (2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline or significant relevant experience
appropriate study plans, including an indication of possible project topics and clear, appropriate and realistic learning aims
a high level of creative ability, as evidenced by a portfolio of work
ability to discuss design issues critically and confidently