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Why choose the School of Arts and Creative Industries
We are members of the British Fashion Council, The Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses, the Association of Illustrators and AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges), enhancing your graduate employment opportunities
Our Fashion Design graduates have entered many areas of the fashion industry and completed internships with Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, Sophia Webster and Amanda Wakeley
Our students work on live briefs for companies such as Bedford Creative Arts, London Luton Airport, Luton Town FC, Luton Culture Trust and Penguin Books and participate in collaborative projects with leading art and design practitioners
About the course
This course is taking applications from 2024 only
This Master’s degree provides you with an exciting environment to develop your personal practice supported by established practitioners and tutors. It also gives you the flexibility to work on cross-discipline projects while building a research and practice portfolio.
This course balances the practical – exploring and developing your own art and design work – with a strong culture of research. You develop essential career management skills such as managing your learning and development together with specialist skills chosen from advertising design; animation; graphic design; fashion; fine art; illustration; interior design or interior architecture; photography; motion graphics; and interactive design.
Why choose this course?
- We pride ourselves on running inspirational courses that keep pace with fast-developing technologies in the field and develop creative thinking as a key to the world of work
- You benefit from working in a lively creative studio space with excellent facilities offering technical and digital media such laser-cutting; 3D printing; image-processing software; moving image software; high-definition photographic equipment; and high-quality photo screen-printing
- Study with staff who are established tutors and practitioners in your chosen field and who place emphasis on your personal creative development
- Access visiting professionals workshops and technical support as well as having a personal tutor in your discipline
- Challenge yourself by completing a major Art and Design project
What will you study?
Contemporary Issues: Art And Design
Contemporary Issues: Art and Design allows you to develop your research and enquiry into the contemporary domain of current discourse in art and design in general, and your chosen field of practice specifically.
This unit provides an opportunity to:
- Develop ideas and issues identified through independent research and guided learning
- Equip you with the critical tools and intellectual confidence to engage with contemporary cultural and political debates relevant to your practice and broader concern
- Encourage a productive and positive approach to theory and practice at an advanced level of professional engagement.
Studio Practice And Research
This unit provides a continuous and sustained period of creative production and will draw together strategies of research and help you develop professional levels of practice and critical awareness to facilitate realise a studio project or body of work. You will be required to develop a professional attitude in the planning and production of work, demonstrating a range of practical, logistical and creative skills. The work produced will reflect the development of theoretically informed practice.
The work developed in this unit will be guided by your research. The direction of the work may change from that described in the initial proposal, provided it makes sense in terms of the development of the work.
You will be expected to focus your research and to accumulate and analyse critical ideas and information in your field. You will develop a level of critical self-evaluation and evaluative research that will enable you to establish effectively the ideas that emerge from your practice-based research.
Historical Contexts: Art And Design
This unit provides historical and theoretical contexts to your practice. The units are based on the assumption that as artists and designers, not only do our diverse practices emerge from the cultural context in which we operate, but also historical and theoretical events and thinking influence art and design discourse. This is a dynamic model of the interaction between the art and design work and its context as well as the relationship between theory and practice.
The seminars will emphasise the unstable, constantly shifting relationship between a culture and its artefacts and that a contemporary context is by definition always undergoing changes with which we are involved. These units do not take the view that we can step outside of our context and reflect upon it objectively but that as practitioners we should knowingly engage with it through our individual and collective approaches to our creative practice.
The seminars in these units will therefore mainly take a broad, thematic approach based on examples of visual cultural artefacts and relevant texts in which important contemporary theoretical fields are engaged with.
Studio And Professional Practice
This practice-based unit is primarily concerned with establishing you within the 'studio' with an effective working practice, specific to your chosen discipline. You will be helped to define your field of enquiry and find an appropriate approach to developing a research-led practice.
Art And Design Major Project
This final unit is oriented around the production and presentation of a body of creative work in your chosen discipline. You will develop an independent project that builds on your experience and knowledge to synthesise research and production through to realisation. You will bring together strategies of research and critical thinking to facilitate an advanced theoretical and professional understanding of independent practice. You will be supported in the planning and management of your research enquiry towards a realised outcome. You will investigate materials, methods and processes and evaluate relevant approaches to your field of enquiry.
How will you be assessed?
A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your acquisition. You should provided you have engaged in the course be able to meet the demands of formal summative assessment in your stride. The requirements for assessment range through the types listed below. Since self-directed practical projects are at the heart of learning activities they will logically be the subject of assessment. Formative and summative assessments of practical assignments are seen as an important method of ensuring your understanding developing relevant cognitive and practical skills and of ensuring personal creative development and progress. Continuous appraisal by both peer review and your tutors is a feature of the course and although there are no end-point examinations summative assessment is carried out in relation the work that you produce as part of the course. This will predominantly be based on an accumulation of the work that is done as a result of a research enquiry that is initiated and developed by you engaging in a range of activities as part of its production. The following are examples of the various assessment methods used: - Coursework to include examples of creative practice in an appropriate medium associated research material notebooks research reports essays contextual writing. - Assessments based on individual presentations. - Portfolio reviews are a key means of assessing but they are also important for collating work for presentation in a professional context such as an interview. Essays and reports feature in developing your writing skills helping you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles and to develop academic writing skills that are of particular benefit in producing a contextual rationale for your major project.
This course will equip you with the skills required to establish your creative practice at a professional level working as an independent artist or designer.
Enter into small and large art and design enterprises including museums; galleries; advertising agencies; design agencies; and other businesses and institutions with internal design departments.