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The award
MDes

How long you will study
years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14045 per year

All study options

About Illustration at University of Derby

What is an MDes?

This is a four-year studio practice based course, incorporating undergraduate study and leading to a Masters qualification.

You will be eligible for a UG student loan for fees and maintenance for all four years of study. 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.

The first 2.5 years are taught alongside the BA undergraduates in your specialist discipline of Illustration and then for the final 1.5 years you will study Masters level modules in your subject discipline.

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'll explore sequential and interactive image making, 2D and 3D animation, narrative, timing, creative storytelling, character design, the web, scripting, sound, and the historical and contemporary context of your work. You will gain professional knowledge and skills in the creative application of digital software for animation, experimenting with state of the art equipment and resources that are constantly updated.

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.

We're ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMDesHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14045 per year

Entry requirements

UCAS points

  • 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)

Specific requirements at A-level

  • No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE

  • GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

IELTS

  • 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)

Interview / Audition

Portfolio

  • N/A

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