|Full time||1 year||2 days per week, the remainder is comprised of self-directed study||September 2017|
This is a stand-alone, credit-bearing, one-year pre-masters course to prepare for further study on one of our practice-based masters courses. It is ideal if you already have a bachelors degree in a related discipline and are intending to apply for one of our practice-based MA courses, but would like first to consolidate your practical skills and benefit straight away from the design education offered at Kingston University.
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The learning experience of this course will be tailored according to your subject area (which you should indicate when you apply) by the relevant postgraduate course teams. Available subjects are Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Product+Space.
You will work within your subject-specific course peer group, the wider course peer group (comprised of students from across a range of subject areas), and alongside current postgraduate students. The aim will be to build up a strong portfolio of relevant project work that clearly demonstrates your developing intellectual and practical strengths. Projects are designed to help you develop creative and flexible thinking, sound technical skills, and an understanding of the need for a variety of approaches to any given subject or brief.
Practical creative projects, exhibition/individual presentations, research project folder, written assignments and/or reports, project outcomes and visual summaries.
The course is made up of two 60-credit modules running sequentially in teaching blocks 1 and 2. These modules will be underpinned by a learning agreement specific to your course subject area.
This module is delivered in teaching block 1 and offers a bespoke and immersive learning experience for you in Kingston School of Art (the new name from September 2017). Whilst working toward a generic set of aims and learning outcomes, the content of this module will be partly determined by your subject discipline, and defined in a Learning Agreement. Through academic guidance and tutoring, you will experience a range of teaching and learning activities appropriate to the development of your creative experience, practice and skills.
This module seeks to identify, develop and enhance relevant intellectual, creative and practical skills, and aims to offer a supported learning environment for the development of individual and collective creative practice and project-based work.
Formative assessment takes place throughout the module and you are provided with ongoing feedback on your work. The module is then summatively assessed through a portfolio of work comprising all the work undertaken throughout the module. This may include practical visual and material work, pieces of reflective writing, presentations, and visual and material studies
This module is delivered in teaching block 2 and follows Creative Practice 1 in building upon your creative experience, practice and skills. Whilst again working toward a generic set of aims and learning outcomes, the content of this module will be to a large extent determined by your own interests and ambitions, and in response to the learning and work undertaken in teaching block 1.
Through academic guidance and tutoring, you will join in a range of teaching and learning activities best suited to your own creative experience, practice and skills, but will be expected to establish your own individual mode of creative practice.
The module seeks to develop and hone your specific areas of intellectual, creative and practical skills in explicit preparation for further specialist study at masters level (Level 7). Once again, formative assessment takes place throughout the module and you are provided with ongoing feedback on your work.
The module is again summatively assessed through a portfolio of work undertaken throughout the module, and it is through this body of work that you will be required to critically reflect upon your own practice and to situate this within disciplinary and/or subject specialist approaches. This module therefore supports a more synthetic approach to developing your own creative practice, when compared to Creative Practice I, and constitutes a 'capstone' outcome of your work on the course.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.