What is... 3D Design?
The MA 3D Design is aimed at both recently qualified and experienced practitioners in a three-dimensional design field such as Product or Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Architecture or similar, who wish to further their education through a Practice Based Masters. Candidates would normally be expected to come to the MA with a research interest which might form a starting point for their major project.
The programme is run by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at TU Dublin and offers a unique opportunity for focussed study in an interdisciplinary environment that mixes studio practice with intellectual, theoretical and historical inquiry.
The programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. Students on the MA 3D Design programme will join those on the other studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Visual Communications, and Fine Art, and those on the Contemporary Visual Culture programme, where students study the theory and criticism of contemporary visual culture or the history of art and design. The Platform allows specialisation within a dynamic mix of practical and critical disciplines, placing particular emphasis upon practice engaged with critical and historical debate.
The MA 3D Design is a twelve-month, full-time or twenty-four-month, part-time programme divided between core modules, including Discourses in Contemporary Art and Design, Research Methods, and a Discipline-Specific Seminar Series, and modules designed to provide core and advanced studio skills. In the final semester/s, students deliver a final project in their specialisation. 3D Design students will benefit from state-of-the-art printing and 3-D workshops, off-campus Project Spaces, and individual on-campus studios during the summer semesters.
The course provides a structured framework for the development of creative and innovative design objects/products. Typical thematics include human factors, product interactions, socio-cultural and economic issues, new technologies, visual language and sustainable design. This is a Practice Based Masters where candidates will undertake a self-directed, studio based major project and written thesis alongside a number of taught modules. Candidates will be assigned key tutors who will help and guide them through their thesis and project.
For their final submission, candidates will produce a combination of physical objects or prototypes and a written thesis.