What will I learn?

Applying an interdisciplinary approach to product design will give you the freedom to challenge conventions through cross-collaborative experimentation and lateral thinking.

You will explore the nature of the innovation process and its relationship to the design and development of consumer and industrial products, challenging the current conventional approach and proposing new paradigms for the design of innovative and sustainable products, systems and services.

This master's programme has been designed to help you to fulfil the potential of your own or your company’s intellectual property rights (IPR), thus providing the opportunity to develop your expertise and make you a more effective and reflective design practitioner, able to reflect society’s desires and future needs.

Course Overview

The master's Contemporary Dialogues portfolio at Swansea College of Art offers a unique postgraduate experience.

Graduates and professionals from a wide range of specialities benefit from multidisciplinary learning together with expert lecturers and a broad range of facilities.

You will have the opportunity to draw
 upon experiences and knowledge from across the different pathways and reflect this in your own personal study.

The research environment
 benefits greatly from the input
 of our teaching staff and visiting lecturers, most of whom are research-active artists, designers, and theoreticians of national and international significance.

In the first part of the programme, you will complete a series of taught modules. You will participate in multidisciplinary exchanges, through seminars and lectures involving students from all programmes within the Contemporary Dialogues portfolio, to stimulate new perspectives and challenge directions. The cross-fertilisation of ideas through such dialogues is expected to promote a rethinking of the perceptions and production techniques appropriate to your discipline.

Throughout the taught part of the programme, you will be expected to undertake material investigations and research into contemporary themes, with consideration given to environmental, economic, social, and cultural issues.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written practical and presented.

There is a 4,000-word theoretical essay with poster presentation in Semester 1, and a 5,000-word report in Semester 3, which accompanies the practical work.

There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module. Summative assessment takes place at the end of a module, which includes presentation of the work to the assessment team.

Which department am I in?

Swansea College of Art

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (US$ 20,330) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September, October 2022

Venue

Swansea Campus

Technium 1,

Kings Road,

Swansea,

SA1 8PH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold a Bachelor Degree or First Professional Degree will also be considered. A full certified transcript must accompany applications.

For international students

We normally require an undergraduate 2.1. However, we also consider candidates with relevant experience and aim to interview all applicants. Where possible, we invite prospective students to experience a day of teaching to see if it suits their expectations. An overall English Language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no lower than 5.5 in reading writing, listening and speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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