Communication Design: Illustration MA: Course features
What this course offers you
The Communication Design: Illustration MA has an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, in particular projects within each module allow individual and personal concerns to be explored through the focused study of illustration and image-making.
The specialist pathway in illustration provides an intensive period of study that is made up of both course-specific modules and core modules within the Design School's Postgraduate Framework. Core modules offer the opportunity for the wider interdisciplinary understanding of your individual concerns and a focus on practice-based approaches to image-making. Course based modules encourage the exploration of your own practice and provide the space to investigate fundamental aspects of illustration and the changing wider global environment in which the discipline continues to exert its influence.
The notion of interdisciplinary is at the centre of each of the Communication Design MA specialisms both illustration and graphic design and you will be introduced to a wide range of approaches from across the fields of design within the School that will help you to develop your understanding of the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary practice.
This programme addresses the discipline of illustration by reinforcing the importance of research, investigation, creativity and imagination in the process of making design. This provides a focus on the significance of problem finding as well as well as problem solving.
Throughout your study, you will be encouraged to describe the methods and processes that support the testing of your ideas as you develop your work towards a self-initiated final major project for assessment. The philosophy of the course is that the process and outcome have equal significance in the study of communication design at postgraduate level.
We describe this as the relationship between producing and pursuing and producing and authoring. These principles relate to the exploration of the discipline in response to questions, problems, scenarios and lines of inquiry formulated by your tutors and the progressive development of your own individual approach based on the formulation of questions based upon personal and professional areas of interest. As the course progresses, this can also be expressed as the development from: As the course progresses, this can also be expressed as the development from 'how can I answer this question?' to 'how can I answer my question?'
Members of the staff team are professional designers, subject specialist academics and researches who will support you in your studies and who offer personal and professional guidance throughout your time with us.
Alongside your academic studies, you will develop workplace related skills in:
- analysis of the project brief, research and insight gathering in to the 'theme' or objective and subsequent problem finding for problem solving;
- analysis of context;
- tools and strategies for design thinking and the design process;
- workshop practices and creative material usage and manipulation;
- communication and presentation tools and techniques;
- digital tools for design and realisation;
- the development of your skills and abilities in communication; and
- self-reflection and self-criticism in relation to a sustainable design practice.
A part-time study option is available to help you fit your MA around other commitments. This is delivered one day a week over two years.
The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture teaches this course. Find out more...