Postgraduate Pathway in Design
Birmingham City University’s range of Master’s courses in Design cater for those interested in the creative, hands-on aspect of design, and for those wishing to pursue the management side. The courses are delivered across Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and Birmingham City Business School.
Your pathway to Birmingham City University
Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on academic background)
Stage 1:September, January and May
BCUIC Bournville Campus
The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus
Stage 1: Pre-Masters
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You will develop advanced approaches to art and design techniques through the creative exploration of your ideas within a studio environment.
This module is assessed entirely through the production of a portfolio.
Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study
You will learn how to critically assess arguments and evidence from a range of academic sources, as well as gaining an understanding of effective critical reading at postgraduate level.
You will be assessed via three methods:
- Evaluation of arguments exercise
- Critical evaluation of three texts (700 – 1,000 words each)
- A 3-hour closed book exam
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
During this module you will learn advanced skills in:
- Public speaking
- Writing techniques and language styles
- Creating effective document layouts
- Professional communication and presentation
- Communicating effectively to a variety of audiences
- Working effectively as a team member and as an individual
- Applying research and referencing techniques to formulate reasoned academic opinion so as to avoid plagiarism
You will be assessed via a variety of methods, including:
- A research project – referencing a topic and using a variety of techniques and resources
- An individual presentation and a group presentation
- A 2-hour closed book exam
ICT Skills for Postgraduate Study
You will develop a range of ICT skills for research purposes and postgraduate study – including the presentation of data and using essential tools in Microsoft Word.
You will be assessed in a number of ways:
- A PowerPoint skills assignment
- A practical assignment around Microsoft Word and Excel
- A 30-minute multiple choice quiz on computer software and hardware and the internet
- A 2-hour closed book exam
Research Methods for Postgraduate Study
You will gain an understanding of research methods and methodologies for postgraduate study, as well as learning how to plan and undertake effective research at postgraduate level.
You will be assessed entirely through coursework, which will include a mini-dissertation (2,000 – 3,000 words) and a presentation of its synopsis.
This module will equip you with the advanced skills you need to develop and shape your own creative practice through the production of a final project.
This module is assessed entirely through your portfolio.
*three semesters only
Stage 2: Master's Degree
Birmingham City University Degree Pathways:
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MA Design and Visualisation
- The course is based in the £62 million Parkside Building – part of the University’s City Centre Campus and home to the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.
- You will have the valuable opportunity to engage with live projects for real clients.
- Previous graduates have gone on to use their skills in fields such as interior design, product design, graphic design, TV motion graphics and advertising.
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MA Product and Furniture Design
- This course is based in Birmingham School of Architecture and Design – part of the University’s City Centre Campus and home to print, wood, metal, ceramics and glass workshops.
- The BCUIC campus in Bournville is also fully equipped with industry-standard workshops – having previously been a dedicated arts centre.
- The course will maximise the Arts, Design and Media Faculty’s professional links and access to trade fairs – allowing you to network and develop essential employability skills.
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Birmingham City University is currently going through a period of curriculum transformation which will finish in time for September 2017.This may affect programmes from September 2017 onwards.The aim of this review is to modernise BCU’s programmes and ensure the University reaches its targets of delivering practice-based learning that will deliver high-quality employability skills to our students. This may result in a change in the name or progression options for your chosen degree course. BCU and BCUIC will keep all students updated about these changes, and if you have any further questions, do please contact us.