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MA Design


MA Design (Fashion and Textiles) MA Design (Footwear) MA Design (Graphic Communication)


Who is it for?


You have a background in design and want the opportunity to investigate a particular idea or aspect of design, supported by academics who will challenge and support that investigation. We welcome both recent graduates who are looking to continue the development of their design ideas and those returning to education after working in the design professions.


About the Course


The course offers advanced study of design within five specialist study pathways. All students complete shared taught modules which allow them to test their elected design practice against a range of contemporary collective challenges and opportunities. The modules encourage debate and reflection on common and individual design issues that affect contemporary designers and offer the chance to learn from other associated design disciplines. Other modules are used as a platform for discipline-specific enquiry and to investigate the ideas of students against the needs of society and within a culture of enterprise.


Students will formally confirm their pathway selection at the start of the second semester stage. Within your chosen pathway you are expected to develop a reflective and ambitious approach to design investigation and production. You will be challenged to explore the application of new and traditional technologies and materials. Contemporary design practices are framed within theoretical and socio- cultural contexts and the course introduces discussion on integrated design solutions and cross-disciplinary understanding and methodologies.


Course Content


The course facilitates the advancement of skills, knowledge and understanding to help develop specialist students with viability for employment in the professional design sectors. You will be supported to engage with business and industry and to capitalise on your professional experience. The final Master’s module of the course requires you to investigate a self-defined set of design questions or problems and to produce a new body of innovative design products and artefacts for assessment. You will have access to exceptional specialist resources and will be accommodated in a shared postgraduate design studio.


Modules • Research and The Arts


• Cultural and Critical Contexts in Design • Design Issues and Visual Communication


• Independent Study in The Arts and Design or Creative Practice and Enterprise


• Contemporary Design Practices • Master’s Dissertation/ Project


Assessment There are no formal examinations. Assessment is by coursework which may include essay, seminar presentation, written dissertation, exhibition or performance.


Duration of Course


The award begins in September each year and is taught over one year full-time. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters followed by one semester of supported independent study whilst you complete your final project or dissertation.


Entry Requirements


You will normally have a First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, and will be required to submit a portfolio of work for assessment. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.


Career Opportunities


You will leave the course with the confidence to work within your particular design field at a professional level. You will have good transferable skills and knowledge and will have a firm understanding of the professional design world. You seek employment within the design industries, but also have an understanding of how to launch yourself into new business opportunities and start up companies. Graduates with new business ideas/ concepts can apply to be placed with the University’s prestigious Portfolio Innovation Centre which is located on the campus. You will also have a firm foundation in research and may wish to consider progressing to Doctoral level study within the School.


MA Design (Photographic Communication) MA Design (Product and Spatial Innovation)


T +44 1604 892546 E international@northampton.ac.uk W www.northampton.ac.uk


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