The Communication MA (Art & Design) is a programme for practising artists and designers who want to explore intellectual and creative territories that are current and challenging.
This programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake practical and theoretically-led projects addressing the creative dimensions, social contexts and cultural significance of mediated human interaction. It seeks to encourage innovatory practice and the scholarly investigation of what is a complex field of means, intentions and humanistic potentials.
As a Communication MA (Art & Design) student, you will develop your own creative and practical abilities, as well as a critical insight into your chosen mode of creative communication – be it graphic, sonic, illustrative or interactive for example. You will work towards a certificate in academic research skills, and attend a series of research seminars. Your period of study will culminate in the exhibition of new, practice- based or theoretical work, and the writing of a dissertation.
More particularly, the Communication MA (Art & Design) will help you to develop your practical and theoretical interests in relation to a body of work that will be relevant to a wider social and cultural context. To do this, you will:
• Formulate an original, professionally designed and managed project that extends your knowledge, understanding and practice within the field of communication.
• Reflect on the knowledge, skills and understanding that you need in order to develop this body of work.
• Familiarise yourself with a range of contemporary research positions within the field.
• Be involved in debate and discussion relating to contemporary communication at an advanced level.
• Toward the end of the course, produce a high-level final exhibition of practice-led or theoretically- situated outcomes and academic scholarship that synthesises the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired on the programme.
After a sustained period of study, graduates of the new Communication MA (Art & Design) programme are well placed to pursue their career as practising contemporary communicators in a variety of professional or creative industries contexts (for example graphic design, illustration, new media, the mass media, journalism, public relations and marketing). Others may seek to develop their careers in education and academia (teaching, lecturing or further research).
Staff involved with the new Communication MA (Art & Design) programme are actively involved in making or writing about many different areas of contemporary communication. They bring this knowledge and experience to the programme, entering into an ongoing dialogue with you in order to develop and strengthen your professional practice and intellectual outlook. On leaving the programme, you will not only have a better understanding of communication in its widest sense, but will also be able to contribute to that field as a creative communicator, administrator, teacher or researcher.
We anticipate that some of our Communication MA (Art & Design) graduates may choose to pursue their research to Doctoral level, enrolling for a PhD at Cardiff School of Art & Design or elsewhere.
This programme is offered in both full-time mode (one year duration) and part-time mode (two year duration). In both cases, the programme is delivered on one day per week during the first and second Semesters (October to June). You will be expected to be self- directed at all other times, negotiating your own programme of learning with your personal tutor.
Assessment is though a combination of portfolio review, essay, viva voce examination, dissertation and a final exhibition of work.
Applicants should have a good BA Honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a related field.
Taught at Llandaff Campus