Art and Design MA



About the course

As a graduate from an art and design discipline, you will find this course balancing the practical – exploring and developing your own art and design work – with a strong culture of research.

You will develop essential career management skills, such as self-managing your learning and development, together with specialist skills chosen from: advertising design, graphic design, illustration, interior design or interior architecture, fine art, photography and video art, fashion, animation, motion graphics and interactive design. 

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level





Art and Design - MA - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Mar,Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study with staff who are established tutors and practitioners in your chosen field and who place emphasis on your personal creative development
  • Explore a range of art and design disciplines as you develop both research and practical skills to help you work directly in contemporary arts or access careers such as art administration/promotion, community arts projects or further study on an MPhil or PhD
  • Develop both self-reliance and career management skills as you produce creative and realistic solutions to complex problems and build on your professional attitude to creative practice and enterprise
  • Gain a deep understanding of the artistic, critical and cultural contexts associated with Art and Design to enable you to better understand the value of your work
  • Benefit from access to a lively, creative studio space and excellent facilities including printmaking, technical and digital media such as image processing software, moving image software, high definition video equipment and high quality photo equipment, screen-printing and materials workshops.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • Historical Contexts: Art and Design
  • Studio and Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues: Art and Design
  • Studio Practice and Research
  • MA Art and Design Major Project

How will I be assessed?

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and demonstrate your skills and knowledge.

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.

Entry requirements

  • Portfolio review

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Employability skills are integrated into the course and provide you with an awareness of the real-world context of the creative industries in general and Art and Design professions in particular. You will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate employment at the end of your course.

Professional practice will be emphasised as part of all learning units.



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £12,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

School of Art and Design - Alexon House

This course runs at Alexon House, formerly owned by fashion label Alexon and now home to the University’s School of Art and Design. The building boasts: a digital studio with laser cutters and 3D printers; a photographic studio and darkroom facilities; numerous workshop areas; dedicated studio spaces and open plan studios.

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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