What is... Visual Communication?
The MA Visual Communication programme, run by the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT, offers a unique opportunity for focussed study in an interdisciplinary environment that mixes studio practice with intellectual and historical inquiry. The programme is one of five delivered through the Creative Arts Masters Platform. Students on the MA Visual Communications programme will join those on the other studio-based programmes in Interior Design, Product Design, 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 Visual Communication is a twelve-month, full-time programme 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. The programme is designed to equip students with a systematic understanding and knowledge informed by the forefront of visual communication theory and practice. It seeks to develop an expanded practice in and enhanced awareness of the broad remit and social/economic/public role of visual communication.
Key areas of practice on the MA include: typography; editorial design; branding; visual identity; public awareness campaigns; social design; digital technology narrative and space; and web and screen-based design. Seminar themes include: Text and Type: Critical typography at the intersection of academic, cultural and professional paradigms; Design Participation and Usability: Cultural and social factors in design with a particular focus on participatory culture, networks, the engaged citizen and ethnographically informed practice; Spaces and Places: Exploring the social, cultural and technical contexts in which visible language systems are produced.
The final Major Project module facilitates specialisation in key areas of interest through the development of a comprehensive body of work demonstrating a critical comprehension of the methodologies and the range of divergent practices that constitute contemporary visual communication design practice. The MA Visual Communication also provides the opportunity to work on live communication design projects with an industry, research, or community partner.
Visual Communication students will benefit from state-of-the-art printmaking and 3-D workshops, off-campus Project Spaces, and individual on-campus studios during the third semester, when students will deliver their final project.
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