This module aims to provide you with a structure for defining your personal creative aspiration through reflective and evaluative practice. You will integrate rigorous academic research with an independent creative practice. You will be encouraged to examine the direction of your academic enquiry and explore unfamiliar forms of creative expression in the wider context of social, historical and theoretical discourse. You will review your prior learning to date and through research, enquiry and practical testing you will arrive at an understanding of your strengths as a designer or practitioner in a defined area of specialism within the following options of Design and Applied Arts:- Glass; Ceramics; Interior Design; Product Design; Fashion; Textiles. The aim of the module is to allow for an initial period of self-reflection, exploration and investigative via theoretical research and creative practice to reach a position of understanding and informed knowledge for study at post-graduate level. The module aims to provide a focus for primary areas of investigation: Creative and theoretical enquiry Materials and Process Academic and/or professional context
This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to research and gain a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of the issues and intellectual questions that are at the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice. It will allow you to position your practice within a chosen context, and to conduct research that will inform future practice as you progress towards your final masters project or confirm your theoretical position as you complete your studies at MA Dip or M/ART. The module aims to provide a focus for three primary areas of investigation: The refinement of practical research skills The confirmation and application of skills for critical and reflective evaluation The understanding and positioning of your creative work within your chosen practical and intellectual context(s).
This module aims to deliver a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of the contexts and concepts in which you will operate. It provides the opportunity to realise and consolidate your themes and personal perspectives in preparation for progression onto your Final Masters Project or through to the conclusion of your PG Diploma or Integrated Masters in Design and Applied Arts. You will extend your understanding of the interrelationship between Design and Applied Arts practice, knowledge and research and interrogate, through design methodologies and workshop-based practice, the potential for the generation and communication of knowledge in and through practice. You will be expected to identify, cross examine and resolve your predefined personal project(s) through structured, investigative practice-based work. Your research should be informed by an expansive investigation of your area of interest, which should illustrate an understanding of the international profile of your discipline. Your work should clearly address the social, ethical, cultural, economic and ideological factors that inform and impact on your work. The aim is to fully exploit and test concepts and ideas, by setting them in context in order to reach professional levels of realisation in the production of work that is at the forefront of your specialist field of study or area of professional practice.
The focus of the Masters Project in Design and Applied Arts is a self-originated substantial body of independent work that enables you to realise the conceptual and practical skills relevant to your specialsm. The module aims to equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to construct a body of work and confirm the contextual framework of your practice and the ideas and concepts that drive it. You will plan, develop and realise your ideas for specialist investigation in ceramics, glass, interior design, fashion or textiles. The Masters Project can be designed according to individual preference, key strengths and future intentions. As an example your project may be fully practice-based or can be developed as a thesis, or as a combination of both. The Masters Project may involve the development of designs, models, craftwork(s), artifact(s), article(s), or research within your specialist area of Design. It is undertaken by a negotiated project proposal and is intended to be the culmination of the prior learning undertaken during the course. You will have the opportunity to present your work through the form of an exhibition or other forms of presentation to external audiences.
This module aims to enable you to contextualise your creative work theoretically and practically and to communicate this to external audiences through public display of your work and/or audience engagement. Supported by a thematic overview of key ideas that have affected the development of applied art and design in the 20th Century, this module will require you to place your ideas in the context of contemporary theory. You will supplement your contextual understanding with ideas of curatorial practice to communicate the intellectual approach of your creative work. This may be work you have produced in one of the prior or parallel modules, e.g. 7AA001 or 7AA002. The module aims to provide a focus for three primary areas of learning: • The development and application of a sound contextual understanding in design and applied arts; • The understanding and application of curatorial practices to your area of study; • The communication of the conceptual or intellectual ideas within your creative work through exhibition display or audience engagement.
This module will provide an opportunity for you to fully develop the professional skills required to present your work to external audiences and to engage with the professional sphere. The module aims to resource you with the skill set required to manage yourself as a practitioner in your own field and is designed specifically to provide training in this area that you may not have gained at undergraduate level or as part of your previous experience. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain studio based or industrial experience in an area related to your own practice and will present the learning required to establish your own business and/or prepare you for work within small and medium sized arts enterprises. It will introduce the managerial and administrative skills that are essential for you to succeed in a professional environment. You will research and identify funding systems and policies appropriate to your own discipline, develop marketing strategies and consolidate your skills in self-management. You will be encouraged to self-negotiate a placement or live project of your own choice. This can include as an example, a portfolio review, writing a teaching programme, designing and developing workshops and master classes, planning a public exhibition or delivery of practice in any other professional context. Students will be encouraged to collaborate/negotiate with professionals to gain industrial experience.