The Masters in Visual Communication is a practical course for specialists. It focuses on the distinct yet related strands of Photography; Illustration and Graphic Design, encouraging its students to collaborate in examining the connection between each discipline and its shared visual language. As specialists in each field and in consultation with their tutors, students will develop their work individually as well as in conjunction with others. This approach provides individuals with a professional and a conceptual context for their practice. Their final portfolio will show evidence of this ability and control and students will be able to present it with confidence when they finish the course and enter the work place, or continue with study.
The usual requirement is a good first degree (2:1 and above, or the international equivalent) in a related subject area, in addition to a portfolio that demonstrates your visual ability. You may be selected based upon your particular work background, and your aptitude to the course. If your work experience is in a parallel field, appropriate to the course, we will consider your application.
The purpose of this course is to enable each student to question re-establish and define their own professional practice. This will enable individuals to control their career trajectory with a view to working in the creative industries internationally.
The ethos of the course is that all Visual Communication specialisms need to work in relation to and in recognition of other related fields. We believe that a contextually informed approach to specialist practice is especially necessary in the present era, when boundaries between disciplines are changing - sometimes even dissolving. The course is therefore designed to allow you to retain and develop your own practice, while collaborating with and maintaining a critical dialogue with others in parallel fields.
The course consists of five modules in which students will develop work with an evolving, largely self-directed focus. In all but the first of these practical modules, you will be actively encouraged to collaborate across disciplines, however you will decide the best route for your practice in close consultation with your tutor.
In the first two modules: Research Methodologies and Developing Practice you will consolidate your practice and through workshops and presentations, identify strengths and weaknesses before deciding where your approach needs to be amended and developed.
For the third and fourth modules: Practice in Context and Practice in a Global Context, you will develop work especially tailored, first for a local and then for a global audience.
In the final module Masters Project, you will design a brief that focuses on and centers around an area that has become of special interest to you in your chosen field.
As MAVC post graduates, we will do our best to ensure that they have carefully edited and considered, high quality portfolios of professional level work and the confidence to successfully present them in:
• Self-employed Photography / Graphic Design / Illustration within the media including general and specialist journalism. Work for design agencies, architectural or engineering practices, or other specialist consultants, or work on research projects in conjunction with fine artists, or scientists
• In-house jobs for designers / illustrators / photographers; as staff in design agencies, publishing houses, picture libraries or publishers
• Above and below the line design in the Broadcast Media Industry
• Specialist teaching jobs, or as visiting professionals, or contracted staff in schools, or further and higher education colleges and universities
• Academic careers in a further or higher education institutions
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