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MA Graphic Design

MA Graphic Design

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Duration
2 years part time
Attendance
Part Time
Fees (Total)
80,700
September 2020

The MA Graphic Design programme explores the ever-changing landscape of graphic design
to build critical understanding, individual design thinking processes, practical experience and insightful design solutions. The course offers areas of specialism in typography, branding, editorial and book design, and digital interactive experiences.

Course Highlights

We take a problem-solving approach to graphic design to explore contemporary practice through design thinking, insight and co-design processes and building expert collaborative networks. We are a diverse collective, working across project areas of typography and information design, brand identity and campaigns, new technology and digital experiences, design writing and insight analysis, sustainability and environmental issues, structural packaging and book design.

With the addition of this programme to our School of Art and Design, we intend for our graduates to become leaders in the field in the MENA region, contributing substantially to the development of the discipline through design authorship, critical debate, research and contemporary practice.

The majority of the programme will be centred upon developing and fully completing a substantial body of graphic design work towards an external public exhibition. This will be supported by research reports and regular presentations on the progress of the project. You will also address postgraduate research and critical debates in graphic design.  You will gain the skills and experience to produce professional graphic design work in any industry, and the ability to independently plan, design, implement and evaluate graphic design projects from start to finish. 

    • Developing Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will explore a chosen area of graphic design in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. You will employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.

    • Critical Debates (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you’ll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of graphic design. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you’ll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.

    • Vision and Authorship (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will develop a focused line of enquiry which demonstrates critical practice informed by current debates in graphic design. You will explore new insights that challenge preconceptions within the professional practice of graphic design while developing the skills, knowledge and research to advance your proposed design project.

    • Advanced Research (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to graphic design research using both historical and contemporary sources, and explore the work of practitioners and scholars in your chosen area of graphic design and the contemporary research problems they face.

    • Major Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

The course is taught through a series of practical workshops as well as self-directed study and project-based learning. There will be no formal lectures as all course content will be embedded within workshop sessions. Specialist facilities have been developed on campus exclusively for this degree and you will be taught how to use them by a number of experienced staff.

Academic Requirements

  • We normally require a good honours degree 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject
  • We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications
  • Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years' relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level

Entry onto this course requires an interview and a portfolio. Please speak to the Admissions Department for further information.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

58

TOEFL-IBT home-based test

 

Accepted for September 2020 only and in territories where standard version of the test is not available due to test centre closure  
PG: 87

Duolingo

Accepted for September 2020 only
PG: Overall 110 

IELTS Indicator 

Accepted for September 2020 only and test certificate must be dated after 20 May 2020.

Note: this test is accepted only in territories where IELTS test centre is closed.  


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae
This course will prepare you for a diverse range of design careers within the creative industries such as graphic designer, picture editor, packaging designer, web designer, freelance designer and illustrator, brand designer, retail designer, art director and similar managerial positions. This course is also well suited to those looking to pursue careers in further research and teaching Graphic Design. 

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