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 & 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.
Collaborative Dialogues follows, and is intrinsically linked to, the Thought Experiment module.
After watching all the student presentations, the idea is that collaborative teams of like, or complementary, minds are formed. These teams are tasked with developing a project which can be ‘real’ or hypothetical, blue-sky thinking or prototype in nature.
We are interested in your ability to collaborate, to work as a team and to harness your personal creativity into a team-working environment in ways which are positive and hopefully multiply the creative potential of the group.
The Coexistent Perspectives 20-credit module combines an introduction to complex theoretical and philosophical ideas with independent academic research.
Semester 2/Year 2
Explorative Research & Praxis
The Exploratory Research and Praxis Module is designed to enable students to develop ideas through practical experimentation and philosophical exploration. Ideas are posed and questioned, theories tested and ways of working developed.
During this semester, ideas developed during the first semester are carried forward. These may involve the continuation and development of collaborative concepts and/or ways of working, or an individual inquiry.
Semester 3/Year 3
This module continues on from findings in the Explorative Research and Praxis module. It is concerned with the completion and presentation of the candidate’s Major Project and requires evidence of original research and data gathering, as well as a literature review of theoretical and conceptual thought.
Your Confirmative Praxis provides an opportunity to develop a full-scale project, which would normally be presented/exhibited in the public arena. This project of work should show a clear trajectory of artistic inquiry of an individual nature, as students move from the time-tabled taught modules through to a period of negotiated individual personal work.