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MA Design

1 year 2 years Lincoln School of Design Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation

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Introduction

This programme aims to give designers the opportunity to hone their creative and professional practice by working alongside academics and practitioners in a dynamic and interdisciplinary studio environment.

The Lincoln School of Design offers you the creative freedom to explore your chosen discipline and the chance to develop your critical practice. You can join an international community of creative practitioners and researchers with numerous opportunities to collaborate with fellow designers and build a network of industry contacts.

Days Taught

Full-time: throughout the week / Part-time: Monday.

How You Study

Due to the broad remit of the subject, there are four possible pathways within the MA Design programme from which students can choose:

MA Design (Visual Narrative)

  • Graphic Art
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Lens-based media


MA Design (Cultures & Society)

  • Creative industries
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Theory via Practice


MA Design (Graphic Communication)

  • Graphic design
  • Interactive design
  • Visual authorship


MA Design (Three-dimensional Innovation)

  • Product
  • Furniture
  • Jewellery


In all pathways, the MA Design is a studio-based programme of practice, study and research. Modes of study within the programme include lectures by staff and visiting practitioners, seminars (staff and student-led), studio practice sessions, studio critiques and presentations, interim exhibitions and reviews, visits, workshops and skills training sessions.

Please contact us for further details unilincolnarts@lincoln.ac.uk.

How You Are Assessed

Postgraduate Certificate stage assessment is a combination of practical portfolio, presentation to peers and staff, and written research proposal.

Postgraduate Diploma stage is assessed through an extensive finished project and supporting portfolio of development work and a short presentation to staff and peers.

Master's stage assessment is focused on two written documents; an extensive negotiated written work exploring themes relevant to studio practice and/or discipline and a further document recording dissemination of work/ideas.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

We interview all applicants where appropriate.

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Chris Twigg
ctwigg@lincoln.ac.uk
+44(0)1522 835 080

Enquiries:
unilincolnarts@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 837171

Master's Level

Major Practical Project (Core)

This module requires the undertaking of a major body of practical work or a combination of practical and written work, which aims to build on the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the first semester of study. The brief will form from discussions between the you and your mentor.

The project provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate a capacity for original thought, creative ability and independent practical achievement. It is also a chance to show an understanding of design issues in your subject to the highest levels and to demonstrate an ability to put into practice the specialist study skills and new knowledge which may be acquired during the preparatory period of study.

Negotiated Written Study and Project Dissemination (Core)

This module is largely concerned with the final stage of the Master’s route - a written project. The nature of the project will be negotiated with the module co-ordinator but is not necessarily a ‘dissertation’. It could be a critical written account of the major project, a conference paper, journal article, client report, marketing survey, or a business plan to name some examples. The subject of the piece should be directly related to the area of main study.

In addition, this module aims to enable you to develop and disseminate your completed practical project in a number of other ways according to your personal aspirations. A ‘Final Show’ may be replaced by alternative methods of placing the work in the public arena, such as a website, conference presentation, individual exhibition contribution, published journal article, etc.

Preparation for Major Project: Cultures and Society (Option)

This module is a combination of practical and/or written assignments which is designed to provide a platform of background knowledge and skills. The module will begin to investigate the background and context of the major focus of the study. The subject and nature of the work, together with a defined brief will arise out of discussions between you and your mentor mentor.

You are expected to produce a log book, which acts as a repository for ideas, records of development of practical and written work, and other relevant materials. It is a sketch book, ideas book and practical work development record in one. The log book should also be a reflective document and include your reflection on, and justification for, the materials chosen for inclusion.

Preparation for Major Project: Graphic Communication (Option)

For students who specialise in graphic communication, this module is a combination of practical and/or written assignments which aims to provide a platform of background knowledge and skills. The module will begin to investigate the background and context of the major focus of the study. The subject and nature of the work will be decided through discussions between you and your mentor.

All students are required to keep a log book, which acts as a repository for ideas, records of development of practical and written work, and other relevant materials. The log book should be a reflective document and include your reflection on, and justification for, the materials chosen for inclusion.

Preparation for Major Project: Three-Dimensional Innovation (Option)

This module is a combination of practical and/or written assignments which aims to provide a platform of background knowledge and skills in three-dimensional innovation and design. The module will begin to investigate the background and context of the major focus of the study. The subject and nature of the work, together with a defined brief will arise out of discussions between you and your mentor.

Students are expected to produce a log book, which acts as a repository for ideas, records of development of practical and written work, and other relevant materials. The log book should be a reflective document and include your reflection on, and justification for, the materials chosen for inclusion.

Preparation for Major Project: Visual Narrative (Option)

Students pursuing Visual Narrative are required to complete a combination of practical and/or written assignments which aims to provide a platform of background knowledge and skills. The module will begin to investigate the background and context of the major focus of the study. The subject and nature of the work, together with a defined brief will arise out of discussions between your and your mentor.

You are expected to produce a log book, which acts as a repository for ideas, records of development of practical and written work, and other relevant materials. It is a sketch book, ideas book and practical work development record in one. Just as significantly, the log book should be a reflective document and include your reflection on, and justification for, the materials chosen for inclusion.

Research and Enterprise in Design (Core)

This module is concerned with the theoretical basis of design, analysing contemporary issues relating to design and the business of design. The emphasis on this module relates to design practice and the promotion of a deeper understanding of the theoretical bases for designing, so that contemporary design problems can be more effectively addressed and the rationale communicated articulately to clients.

A major focus is also research methods and research rationales, in order to provide an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for you to approach your study at an appropriate level of understanding.

Facilities

Our purpose-built Art, Architecture and Design Building includes dedicated design studios, workshops and technology suites.

Career and Personal Development

There is flexibility for you to tailor your learning in a way that is relevant to you and your career aspirations. Graduates may go on to work as professional designers for existing companies or set up their own businesses. Others may pursue work in the arts and cultural sectors.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

There are additional costs associated with this course. These will vary depending on the scope and ambition of the research and practice carried out by each student on the programme.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

Postgraduate Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Find out if you are eligible.

  2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 25% reduction)**
£5,475
International £15,700
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£13,700
   
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.