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Graphic Design (online)


MA Graphic Design (online) The online MA Graphic Design aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of graphic design and related disciplines. It helps you develop your creative potential and provides you with the skills to work as a successful practitioner. Teaching is centered around self-initiated work that relates to your personal and professional interests as a designer. During the course you will develop a distinct portfolio of work that suits your future aims. The course runs entirely online, part-time over 2 years. The timetable is flexible, and does not require any attendance on campus. Teaching occurs via discussion forums, email, virtual classroom, etc. Most of the communication is asynchronous, so you can adapt your own schedule as you wish. There are a few live sessions which take place via a virtual classroom which do require students to be online at the same time. In these cases the time/date is negotiated with student groups, to ensure that it fits around your other commitments. The course offers benefits including: • Flexible timetable. Arrange your study around your family or work commitments. • Work from home. Save time and money by not commuting to campus. • Individual Mentors. Get personal support from a dedicated practicing illustrator alongside your study. • One-to-one support. Frequent one-to-one sessions with tutors.


MA Graphic Design (online) The online MA Graphic Design aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of graphic design and related disciplines. It helps you develop your creative potential and provides you with the skills to work as a successful practitioner. Teaching is centered around self-initiated work that relates to your personal and professional interests as a designer. During the course you will develop a distinct portfolio of work that suits your future aims. The course runs entirely online, part-time over 2 years. The timetable is flexible, and does not require any attendance on campus. Teaching occurs via discussion forums, email, virtual classroom, etc. Most of the communication is asynchronous, so you can adapt your own schedule as you wish. There are a few live sessions which take place via a virtual classroom which do require students to be online at the same time. In these cases the time/date is negotiated with student groups, to ensure that it fits around your other commitments. The course offers benefits including: • Flexible timetable. Arrange your study around your family or work commitments. • Work from home. Save time and money by not commuting to campus. • Individual Mentors. Get personal support from a dedicated practicing illustrator alongside your study. • One-to-one support. Frequent one-to-one sessions with tutors.


Studying online The online MA is delivered largely through the University of Hertfordshire’s virtual learning environment, Studynet. Studynet includes a virtual classroom which may be adapted to suit textbased, spoken, or web-cam seminars, interactive presentations, and live lectures. Teaching materials are available on Studynet at any time of day or night, including podcasts, video lectures, subject notes, assignment briefs. Class discussion and tutorials occur via the Studynet discussion forum, email and via instant messaging. During the MA, students are invited to pursue their own interests. Topics may include, for example, branding, data visualisation, wayfinding, typography, web design, packaging design, motion graphics, or editorial design. Students usually join the course with existing knowledge of key software and materials, and experiment by taking that knowledge in new directions during their study.


Studying online The online MA is delivered largely through the University of Hertfordshire’s virtual learning environment, Studynet. Studynet includes a virtual classroom which may be adapted to suit textbased, spoken, or web-cam seminars, interactive presentations, and live lectures. Teaching materials are available on Studynet at any time of day or night, including podcasts, video lectures, subject notes, assignment briefs. Class discussion and tutorials occur via the Studynet discussion forum, email and via instant messaging. During the MA, students are invited to pursue their own interests. Topics may include, for example, branding, data visualisation, wayfinding, typography, web design, packaging design, motion graphics, or editorial design. Students usually join the course with existing knowledge of key software and materials, and experiment by taking that knowledge in new directions during their study.


Course leader Dr Barbara Brownie leads the online MAs in Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of Hertfordshire. She has a PhD in The Behaviours of Fluid Characterforms in Temporal Typography, and has authored several books, papers and articles on typography, motion graphics, and costume. Barbara worked as a multimedia designer before becoming a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Her recent practice and research has focused on typography, particularly lettering that transforms over time to present abstract or pictorial identities. On the MA, students work primarily with Barbara, as well as a team of specialist mentors and tutors with a range of expertise in art, design and illustration.


Course leader Dr Barbara Brownie leads the online MAs in Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of Hertfordshire. She has a PhD in The Behaviours of Fluid Characterforms in Temporal Typography, and has authored several books, papers and articles on typography, motion graphics, and costume. Barbara worked as a multimedia designer before becoming a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Her recent practice and research has focused on typography, particularly lettering that transforms over time to present abstract or pictorial identities. On the MA, students work primarily with Barbara, as well as a team of specialist mentors and tutors with a range of expertise in art, design and illustration.


Who is the award for? Students who choose to study graphic design online often have commitments that would make it difficult to study in a conventional classroom environment. Many are professionals who want to continue working while they study, and need a flexible course that operates in sympathy with those commitments. Other candidates for the online MA want to engage in freelance design during the course, and need the time and flexibility to balance work and study.

Graduate success Our graduates have gone on to work as in-house designers for large corporations, become university lecturers, or have successfully established their own design businesses. Most have found freelance graphic design work while studying, and have incorporated that work into their studies.


Who is the award for? Students who choose to study graphic design online often have commitments that would make it difficult to study in a conventional classroom environment. Many are professionals who want to continue working while they study, and need a flexible course that operates in sympathy with those commitments. Other candidates for the online MA want to engage in freelance design during the course, and need the time and flexibility to balance work and study.

Graduate success Our graduates have gone on to work as in-house designers for large corporations, become university lecturers, or have successfully established their own design businesses. Most have found freelance graphic design work while studying, and have incorporated that work into their studies.


Start dates This programme starts in September and runs for a full 2 years, parttime.

Entry requirements An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience. In addition please supply a portfolio of work and a written proposal of study which outlines the themes that you hope to explore during the MA. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Application and fees information Please see www.herts.ac.uk for information about fees and scholarships. See www.herts.ac.uk/international for information about international tuition fees and scholarships. For further details and advice on completing an application, please contact Barbara Brownie at b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk


Start dates This programme starts in September and runs for a full 2 years, parttime.

Entry requirements An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience. In addition please supply a portfolio of work and a written proposal of study which outlines the themes that you hope to explore during the MA. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Application and fees information Please see www.herts.ac.uk for information about fees and scholarships. See www.herts.ac.uk/international for information about international tuition fees and scholarships. For further details and advice on completing an application, please contact Barbara Brownie at b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk


For more information about the MA Graphic Design (online), please contact: Dr Barbara Brownie (Online co-ordinator, MA Graphic Design) b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk

For general information about MA/MSc programmes in the School of Creative Arts, please contact: Dr Ian Willcock (Post-Graduate co-ordinator) i.willcock@herts.ac.uk +44 (0) 1707 285307

herts.ac.uk/courses/ma-graphic-design School of Creative Arts University of Hertfordshire College Lane Campus Hatfield AL10 9AB Hertfordshire


MA Graphic Design (online)