The Master's portfolio is an innovative interdisciplinary postgraduate course. The course structure facilitates learning within and across disciplines, creating connections with staff and students with a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience.
The first part of the course is delivered through three 20-credit modules, which aim to expand experience and deepen knowledge, the emphasis is on experimentation and research.
The next phase of the course is student-led. Students select from a range of learning opportunities, which are of most interest and use to their individual learning experience. During this 60-credit module, students are encouraged to develop individual or collaborative research, through practical and theoretical exploration and experiment, supported by practical workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
The final phase of the course is a student-led Major Project. Students consolidate the work with the aims of presenting the outcomes in some kind of public dissemination, such as, for example, an exhibition, product prototype or book. This part of the course is supported by seminars, tutorials and a programme of visiting lectures which offer professional development opportunities.
Semester 1/Year 1
The Thought Experiment
Conducted at the beginning of the Master's programme in Art and Design, the Thought Experiment is a 20-credit module which provides an opportunity to discover research methods pertinent to the acquisition of experiential, as opposed to cognitive, knowledge, in a light-hearted but serious introduction to the programme.
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge they need to nurture innovation in their design practice while developing effective, innovative solutions to real problems.
The Coexistent Perspectives 20-credit module combines an introduction to complex theoretical and philosophical ideas with independent academic research.
Semester 2/Year 1
Taking advantage of the course's connections with other postgraduate programmes, this module serves to widen students' experiences and open dialogues about how cross-disciplinary collaboration can enhance creative projects; the close cooperation within a broad peer group helps foster a team dynamic.
Students on this module will explore a range of advanced creative methodologies while developing their communication and industry skills.
Semester 3/Year 1
Major Design Project
Prepared for this final project by the previous modules they have studied, students will now work independently on design project that will require all the creative, academic and technical skills they have been learning through the course.