What is an MDes?
This is a four-year studio practice based course, incorporating undergraduate study and leading to a Masters qualification.
The first 2.5 years are taught alongside the BA undergraduates in your specialist discipline of Graphic Design and then for the final 1.5 years you will study Masters level modules in your subject discipline. This is a good opportunity to achieve a postgraduate qualification making you one-step ahead in the graduate jobs market. On successful completion of the undergraduate modules of the programme you will be guaranteed progression to study at Masters level, as one learning journey, rather than having to apply. If you change your mind during the first three years of the programme you can transfer back to the relevant BA and complete with a BA qualification.
Masters depth of study provides more focused specialist knowledge, which is highly respected by employers. The later stages of the four-year course include professional engagement opportunities, helping you to establish your graduate career whilst you are still a student. You will be eligible for an undergraduate student loan for fees and maintenance for all four years of study.
The integrated learning journey through undergraduate to postgraduate encourages you to be committed from the early stages, identifying yourself as an ambitious deep thinker, risk taker and innovative practitioner. The four-year course will give you more time and opportunity for in-depth practice as well as academic research and study.
About the course
You will explore exciting and rapidly evolving areas of graphic design, including the latest developments in design, publishing, branding, advertising, the internet, screen based and moving images and contemporary practice in graphic design. We will encourage you to consider the ethical impact of your practice and individuality as a designer, by questioning and challenging what the subject can be and pushing the boundaries. You will produce in depth, challenging and original creative ideas through your graphic design projects.
During your final year you'll produce in depth, challenging and original creative ideas through a final major project. You will consider the ethical impact of your practice and individuality as a designer, by questioning and challenging what the subject can be and pushing boundaries.