A successful graphic designer needs creative ingenuity, knowledge of global design trends and confident handling and application of technique. You need resilient strategies for rapid and flexible response, efficient and effective research and design processes and creative and technical skills to remain abreast of constantly changing contexts and demands.
This intensive taught course helps design professionals and graduates achieve this by deepening skills and experience within the graphics industry through the support of leading international contemporary designers and academics. With an emphasis on multi-disciplinary learning and the exploration of visual media, from traditional print to moving image, the MA Graphic Design reflects the future direction of the professional field. Covering the core fundamentals of graphic design, both in theory and practice and utilising both craft-based and digital media, this course facilitates the development of multi-skilled designers. Working within the CASS ‘Studio’ system, teaching is dynamic and very student focused with teaching teams that include professional print, photography, web, animation & graphic designers, working alongside writers, illustrators and fine artists. This highly stimulating environment allows and aids you to identify and succeed in your chosen career path, providing an early focus on and understanding of your creative voice.
The University's unique location on the edge of the City and the East End situates you in a dynamic and creative community. Outstanding industry partnerships, facilities, specialist expertise, related business activities and internationally renowned academics support and prepare you for employment or career progression within design.
Recent studies show that globally, the growth of creative and cultural industries is more than twice the rate of the world economy. The UK's leading careers website, prospects.ac.uk, states that over 50% of people in the design sector work in London. Completing our course provides you with the expertise to forge a successful career within these burgeoning fields.
With a community supporting the highest concentration of designers and related businesses in the world, our unique location in the East End of London offers many opportunities for students and professionals to showcase cutting-edge design within related industries and venues. Through work placement and live project opportunities, you will develop design projects that are commercially and creatively relevant to global consumer markets.
Recent graduates have forged successful careers as consultant designers, CEOs, in-house designers and freelance designers in areas such as: graphics, advertising, corporate communication, digital design, packaging and illustration.
Full time cost
The course structure comprises a range of modules, but the main vehicle for learning is a series of projects, often with external partners, that change annually. Projects are undertaken within one of a number of design Studios that set a theme for the design work over the academic year, very like a commercial practice. Each Studio runs a number of projects, which offer you a choice of an extraordinary range of research interests, product types, materials, processes, and cultural and theoretical contexts. Each Studio is lead by an experienced designer/tutor who sets a specific agenda. They all share a commitment to contemporary design and its global and local contexts, a passion for the broad sweep of current art and design thinking, and a desire to test the premises of what Graphic Design is, or can be, in the 21st Century both practically and theoretically.
Students completing the MA undertake a substantial personal project based upon their design and research project work in the design studio, or emerging from one of the thematic areas or a combination of fields. You will select an area of study, undertake appropriate research, develop your work through investigative processes, formulate your own argument or theoretical position, and produce an independent and coherent body of work. The major project challenges you to sustain a substantial and serious study of a topic or field of interest which will test your creative ambition through your control of its direction and substance within a framework of critical reflection, supported by and measured against an established area of scholarship.
You are supported through a 'laboratory' model of learning; developing innovative design, conceptual thinking, professional understanding and aesthetic sensitivity. Throughout the course, you will develop, present and exhibit your portfolio of research and design work for critique, feedback and assessment.
Successful applicants normally hold a good honours degree in design and can demonstrate their skills with a design portfolio. Those with relevant professional qualifications and/or extensive professional design experience will also be considered.
No work experience is required.
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