Masters of Arts in Visual Design

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Visual Design

Getting an education is incredibly important in this day and age. In many cases an undergraduate degree will not give someone the edge they need to truly succeed in their chosen field however. An MA degree, or Master of Arts, can help a person excel.

What is an MA in Visual Design? It is an advanced degree that allows individuals to become gifted and highly sought after designers. Students who pursue this degree will take classes that will teach them about the history of design, and how to use problem solving skills. They will learn about aesthetics, current technology, and technical craftsmanship. The skills that a person gains while taking these courses will help them in many different aspects of their lives.

There are many benefits associated with this type of degree. Individuals who want to have a career where they are able to use their creativity to design something beautiful will be given the necessary skills to excel.

The cost of an MA in Visual design will vary. These programs are offered at many schools in many different countries, and it can take one or two years to complete the course work. The overall cost will depend on the institution one chooses to attend, and the length of time the program takes to finish.

There are many exciting career opportunities for an individual who has an advanced degree in this field. They can work at design studios, advertising agencies, film companies, and television stations. Someone with an MA in Visual Design would have an edge when applying to work in any of these areas. They could have a fulfilling career that would reward them both financially and emotionally.

An MA in Visual Design can provide you with many exciting opportunities. If you have decided that this is the degree for you than there is no reason to wait. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Basel

The combination of iconic practice, iconic theory, and iconic research forms the profile of the MA in Visual Communication and Iconic Research. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany. While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research At the center of our MA program Visual Communication and Iconic Research stands the interrelationship of practice-oriented design... [-]

M.A. in Professional Practice in Experience Design

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

At Srishti we believe that academic learning cannot happen in isolation, from the societal and industrial needs and demands. We believe that there has to be a constant dialogue between academics and industry to help shape the next generation of creative design leaders impacting industry and society. There is a gap between academia and industry. While academic learning tends to focus on an ideal and conceptual design, industry needs exceptional application of creative, technological and production skills in real-world settings. Our 2-year MA is the culmination of the synergy between academic principles and industry needs. [+]

M.A. in Professional Practice in Experience Design At Srishti we believe that academic learning cannot happen in isolation, from the societal and industrial needs and demands. We believe that there has to be a constant dialogue between academics and industry to help shape the next generation of creative design leaders impacting industry and society. There is a gap between academia and industry. While academic learning tends to focus on an ideal and conceptual design, industry needs exceptional application of creative, technological and production skills in real-world settings. Our 2-year MA is the culmination of the synergy between academic principles and industry needs. Topics covered Historical, Current and emerging topics, theories frameworks of Human-Computer Interaction Design Research Interaction Design for Screens Future of Interaction Design: Designing for IoT & Wearables Experience & Service Design Visual Design for Interaction Prototyping Interactions Creative Ideation & Concept development Art Driven Interaction Design Who is it for? This course is for both fresh graduates with a proven interest in art & design, who want to pursue a post graduate education while they are working, OR for working professionals who are self-sponsored or are sponsored by their employers. The program requires part-time residency at Srishti’s Bangalore campus. The participants are expected to submit project work done at their workplace for the non-residency credit. It is currently offered in two modes: Design Scholars: Participants spend TWO days a week (Monday-Tuesday) during regular studio cycles and Full weeks (Monday-Saturday) during the workshop weeks at Srishti. Apart from these,... [-]

MA in Visual Anthropology

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Visual Anthropology offers a unique combination of anthropological theory and visual practice. It provides you with a strong foundation for producing visual work informed by anthropology. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. The MA in Visual Anthropology offers a unique combination of anthropological theory and visual practice. It provides you with a strong foundation for producing visual work informed by anthropology. This programme takes an inclusive approach to the definition of visual anthropology – it approaches the sub-field through the study of the politics and aesthetics of representation, documentary and ethnographic film, and anthropological perspectives on art. As a practice-oriented MA, there is a clear emphasis on applying anthropological knowledge to the actual making of visual artefacts, and not just their analysis. The MA is open to students with a range of backgrounds in anthropology and related fields. As a graduate, you will be well-placed to pursue a career in visual anthropology (be it research- or practice-oriented) as well as to bring an anthropological sensibility to the visual to other disciplines. You will be taught through lectures, seminars and hands-on training in the use of digital camcorders, sound recording equipment and video editing. Assessment includes written essays for the theory modules, practical assignments, and a final visual project in the form of a 20-minute film. Careers The unique combination of theory, research and practice that structures the MA in Visual Anthropology will prepare you for a diverse range of employment opportunities. Past graduates have gone on to work in: Video production, both commercial and independent Film editing and videography Production and programming of film festivals Ethnographic and visual research in both academic and commercial settings Teaching In... [-]

Master in Visual Development

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. [+]

The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. The goal of each graduate student is the completion of a signature thesis book showcasing design work for a story-based project. MFA Visual Development Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Visual Development Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing artistic ability Artistic Ability Demonstrate strong drawing and compositional skills Create value studies that demonstrate an understanding of lighting, composition, and space Research and Critical Thinking Apply visual research to design solutions Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline by presenting an effective timeline at the Midpoint Review (MPR only) Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Visual Development Apply color and design elements consistent with the overall look of the film. Design elements to support the narrative Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling Presentation Skills Create visually compelling, professional-quality presentation materials Pitch ideas clearly and professionally Professional Readiness Produce a professional-level digital and print portfolio... [-]

Master in Costume Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. Graduate candidates are guided through a Directed Study which culminates in the production of a fashion collection and portfolio, or merchandising project. MFA Costume Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Costume Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Costume Design - Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Costume Design Thesis Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement, targeted towards the film industry. Conduct research to develop creative concepts and build a visual story. Demonstrate a consistent level of design quality from pre-production through the shooting of the film. Conduct specific research based on a given script that shows a clear understanding of the costume needs for the story. Design costumes that support the needs of the story and characters. Communicate design ideas 2-dimensionally using traditional and/or digital media. Develop a 2D design concept into fully realized 3D costumes for a produced film. Apply advanced 3D design techniques to create clothing to a professional standard.... [-]

MA Interaction Design Communication

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 15 months September 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Interaction Design Communication is a practice-led design course that prepares students to design for an increasingly technologically informed and interdisciplinary design world with skills in the following areas: interaction design, design prototyping, physical computing, user centered design, open source digital platforms, design research, foresight and insight, experience design, communication design, speculative and critical design, interactive design and digital arts. [+]

MA Interaction Design Communication is a practice-led design course that prepares students to design for an increasingly technologically informed and interdisciplinary design world with skills in the following areas: interaction design, design prototyping, physical computing, user-centered design, open source digital platforms, design research, foresight and insight, experience design, communication design, speculative and critical design, interactive design and digital arts. REASONS TO APPLY Exploring through Practice: The course has three distinct areas: Interaction (how we craft meaningful experience), Design (addressing strategic and human-centred needs with aesthetic sensibility) and Communication (the ability to propose cogent design futures with appropriate means). You’ll explore those areas through prototyping and making as a means to develop complex design projects. Developing critical and flexible practitioners: Understand the scope and breadth of Interaction Design Communication and develop the tools to flourish in this fast-pace discipline through an emphasis on teaching critical design methods. Industry partners: Work in collaboration on projects with our professional industry and cultural partners, including Intel, IBM, William Morris Gallery and the V&A. Guest lectures: Discover the broad range of potential careers and build professional networks through our series of guest lectures and workshops – run by industry experts, critical thinkers, design tinkerers and professional practitioners. International design trips: Present your work and engage in innovative panel discussions at international conferences and events, such as ThingsCon in Berlin and the Interface Politics conference in Barcelona. CONTENT MA Interaction Design Communication provides an opportunity for experimental practice in an area of design that increasingly explores... [-]

MA Illustration and Visual Media

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 15 months September 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Illustration and Visual Media explores the creation and production of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for skilled visual communicators. Specifically investigating the opportunities for image-makers to work with time-based, sequential, interactive and narrative forms, students on the course will develop an experimental illustration practice that reflects the integrated nature of the design, communication and media industries. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. MA Illustration and Visual Media explores the creation and production of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for skilled visual communicators. Specifically investigating the opportunities for image-makers to work with time-based, sequential, interactive and narrative forms, students on the course will develop an experimental illustration practice that reflects the integrated nature of the design, communication and media industries. CONTENT This is a practice-led course that explores both the theory and practice of illustration across a broad range of visual media. MA Illustration and Visual Media aims to develop your visual voice with an emphasis on critical engagement with both the discipline and the world at large. This may take the form of investigating abstract concepts from disciplines such as science, technology and philosophy by developing bespoke visual languages to translate these ideas to diverse audiences. Other approaches may also include using critical ideas to produce self-directed visual authorship. Practical projects and technical workshops are run in tandem with theoretical and critical seminars in order to support the relationship between critical and practice based learning. This approach provides you with a unique platform from which to produce relevant and engaging work within the discipline of illustration that has resonance and value to the world at large. Through the development of a portfolio of work the course places graduates in a position to work across sectors as diverse as visual communication, art direction, information communication, branding, news, current affairs, entertainment, art and design as well as... [-]

MA Visual Arts: Printmaking

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts encourages students to reflect on printmaking in its many contexts. The international success of our MA in Printmaking is due to how we explore this medium in its own right, as well as its relationship to wider contemporary practices. We respond to current debates about the role of skill and authorship in the creation of artworks, as well as the notion of the unique work of art. [+]

MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts encourages students to reflect on printmaking in its many contexts. The international success of our MA in Printmaking is due to how we explore this medium in its own right, as well as its relationship to wider contemporary practices. We respond to current debates about the role of skill and authorship in the creation of artworks, as well as the notion of the unique work of art. Content and structure Content: what students can expect To take an innovative approach, using all forms of printmaking including - intaglio, lithographic, relief print, screen-printing, letterpress and computer generated processes To investigate and reconsider assumptions underlying the applications of autographic processes and new technologies Their programmes of study to place the practice of printmaking in both a contemporary critical context as well as a wider, historical perspective To research the content, materials and technical skills appropriate to their projects, and produce written as well as practical work exploring their chosen subject area and relationship to contemporary practice Visits to important print collections and to participate in symposiums and talks with curators and international artists To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section Structure Extended Full-Time Study Mode The MA is taught over two years in six blocks of 10 weeks. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study. By teaching in this mode we aim to give our... [-]

MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts is aimed at practitioners with well-developed workshop skills who are seeking to develop a critical and reflective approach to their design practice. Making and learning are intertwined, and through a contextual programme our students explore the position of the designer and maker within contemporary culture and society. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts is aimed at design and applied art practitioners with well-developed workshop skills who are seeking to develop a critical and reflective approach to their practice. Making and learning are intertwined, and through a contextual programme our students explore the position of the designer and maker within contemporary culture and society. Content and structure Content: what students can expect To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition To develop an innovative studio practice through exploring new and existing materials and processes Seminars and discussions that cover a wide range of subjects, including material culture studies, anthropology, philosophy, sustainability, consumerism, museum studies, psychology and literature Visits to collections, makers’ studios, galleries and museums To critically engage with contemporary debates in applied arts, design and object-based art through the development of a personal project, as well as collectively exploring human-object relationships and the meaning of making A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges To produce a wide range of works during the programme and for the final show, which has previously included lighting, design, ceramic works, furniture, jewellery, as well as installations of small-scale sculptures To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section Structure Extended Full-Time Study Mode The MA is taught over two years in six blocks of 10 weeks. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time... [-]

MA Theatre Design

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support and further theatre design practice-based research. Students will develop advanced level scenographic speculative methods, either collaboratively or as auteur. [+]

MA Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support and further theatre design practice-based research. Students will develop the skills and attitude to become designers within the theatre and other performance based disciplines. Content: what students can expect To look at historical, current and developing forms of practice in the fields of stage and costume design both practically (principally in the form of design projects) and theoretically (principally in the form of essays and a final dissertation) to form a distinctive view of your own position as a theatre designer A structured series of classes introducing you to a basic understanding of the developing role of digital technology in the field of theatre design To have visiting tutors and professional theatre makers help you look closely at your own practices To be taught and encouraged to develop model making, technical and costume drawing skills as a way of presenting and communicating your ideas and designs To collaborate with at least one other postgraduate student director to practice and test your abilities to negotiate and communicate within and throughout the production process You will be required to maintain an online website to act as your on-going ‘notebook’ and research folio over the year which, on leaving the course, may eventually become the basis for your professional online CV To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. Structure The course runs over a total of 45 weeks. Learning and teaching will take place through independent and studio-based practice, written work,... [-]

MA Graphic Communication Design

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins promotes a shared exploration of an ever-changing subject while enabling your development as an individual designer. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. As the ‘carrier signal of the 21st century’, graphic communication design touches every sphere of human life, impacting profoundly on culture, technology, social justice, economics, the built environment, globalisation, policy, sustainability and much more. MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins promotes a shared exploration of an ever-changing subject while enabling your development as an individual designer. 5 great reasons to apply Our graduates are versatile makers, astute commentators, and agents of positive socio-economic, cultural, and technological change. We take a critically informed and experimental approach to the production, form, and circulation of knowledge bringing together the traditional studio and craft traditions of graphic design with research driven approaches. We experiment openly with existing specialisms such as illustration and web design but also develop our own new ones. Our students have access to a diverse range of workshops including letterpress, print-making, photography, video, sound and digital facilities. Our individual and collective practices benefit from a highly international and diverse student and staff community. Content and structure MA Graphic Communication Design pursues a direct and in-depth connection between the ‘applied arts’ tradition of graphic design and a critical and creative approach to communication. A carrier signal, in any form of communication, is the baseline flow of information. It is continuously modulated to transmit messages; it refigures meaning. If music can be understood as a carrier signal for the twentieth century, both expressing and amplifying waves of cultural change, then graphic communication design reveals itself to... [-]

MA in Visual Arts

Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design AAAD
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Visual Arts is a follow-up postgraduate program that combines practical studio-based seminars and workshops with theoretical lectures on art theory and history. [+]

VISUAL ARTS is a follow-up master´s degree programme that combines practical studio-based seminars and workshops with theoretical lectures on art theory and history. It is designed for BA or MA degree holders from universities and colleges abroad, irrespective of country. It aims at providing foreign students with good education in the chosen discipline in order to prepare them for individual or team specialist profession all over the world. After two years of studies, students are required to submit a diploma work consisting of a thesis and a diploma project defense. Successful programme graduates obtain an internationally acknowledged academic degree MgA. together with Diploma Supplement containing information about subjects taken at the university. In Visual Arts, importance is attached not only to a balanced combination of practice (mastering craft and technical or technological procedures) and theory (Art History and critical reflection of the current issues in the chosen discipline), but also to interdisciplinary approach. AAAD students are offered a unique chance to be taught by eminent and internationally renowned authorities and to deepen their dialogue with young talented people with various cultural and social backgrounds. More info can be found on our website: https://www.umprum.cz/web/en/study/visual-arts-program https://www.umprum.cz/web/en/study/visual-arts-program/faq ADMISSION CONDITIONS To be accepted to VA program, an applicant needs to have: BA degree in fine arts and related technical disciplines (when applying for architecture, BA in architecture is a condition; high standard of art work submitted by the applicant in the form of his/her portfolio basic knowledge of Art History and Aesthetics; good command... [-]

MA Digital Media Practice: Visualisation

University of Winchester
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Winchester + 1 more

The Digital Media Practice programmes at Winchester are designed to accommodate a wide range of specialist interests within the broad spectrum available within the digital media industry. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. The Digital Media Practice programmes at Winchester are designed to accommodate a wide range of specialist interests within the broad spectrum available within the digital media industry. Programme Content These professionally-focused programmes allow for the dynamic understanding and development of theory within the context of practice. The programmes are structured to enhance skills within a range of specialist careers in the digital media industry. Partnerships with professional practitioners and bodies give students the starting point to develop their own network of professional contacts and to identify key practitioners. Study consists of four core modules plus two optional modules, where students undertake individual projects and case studies relevant to their particular area of interest. The programme aims to encourage experimentation, innovation and risk-taking. Students studying MA Digital Media Practice can choose any two optional modules; students studying the Visualisation or Interaction Design pathways must choose two optional modules from the appropriate section. Every student has a final dissertation or equivalent extended project. Entry requirements: Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. All applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of relevant work along with a short written statement outlining the relevance of the programme to their previous experience. Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years Start dates: September and January Teaching takes place: Daytime Fact: Students have the opportunity to work on live client projects, building a professional portfolio and industry experience. Fact: There is... [-]

MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing)

Pearson College London
Campus Full time 11 months August 2018 United Kingdom London

This course is designed to give you practical, vocational training and a fully-accredited MA qualification, so you'll have everything you need to start your career as a highly-skilled, highly-creative visual effects (VFX) professional. [+]

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS? This course is designed to give you practical, vocational training and a fully-accredited MA qualification, so you'll have everything you need to start your career as a highly-skilled, highly-creative visual effects (VFX) professional. We've teamed up with the University of Bradford to bring you a programme that goes beyond our regular compositing courses, to give you advanced, up-to-date skills in state-of-the-art VFX production technologies and processes, and an in-depth understanding of VFX from every angle, both in theory and in the real world of industry. ABOUT THE PROGRAMME Over the last decade, the use of computer-based imagery in film, television, interactive entertainment and computer games has expanded rapidly. In fact, almost all visual media produced today has involved a computer at some point in its creation. That means there's a real need for well-qualified, creative professionals to lead, inspire, develop and exploit the potential of new and existing computer graphics technologies, now and in the future. EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES The scope of this fast-moving field grows every day, both in terms of technology and applications. It makes for a vibrant industry, but it also makes it hard to develop these areas to an advanced level on undergraduate courses. This programme is designed to answer that, giving the industry the specialists they need. Specialists who approach visual effects (VFX) with out-of-the-box creative approaches combined with maturity. GRADUATE CAREER-READY You won't just learn how to use technology, you'll discover how to experiment and develop... [-]

MA Visual Effects Production (3D)

Pearson College London
Campus Full time 11 months September 2017 United Kingdom London

This course is designed to give you practical, vocational training and a fully-accredited MA qualification, so you won't just graduate, you'll graduate as a highly-skilled, highly-creative VFX professional. [+]

MA Degrees in Visual Design. WOULD YOU LOVE TO CREATE MIND-BLOWING AND AWARD-WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS (VFX)? This course is designed to give you practical, vocational training and a fully-accredited MA qualification, so you won't just graduate, you'll graduate as a highly-skilled, highly-creative VFX professional. We've teamed up with the University of Bradford to bring you a programme that goes beyond our regular 3D for VFX courses. Giving you advanced, up-to-date skills in state-of-the-art 3D VFX technologies and techniques, and an in-depth understanding of how they're used in real-world production environments. WHY ESCAPE STUDIOS, PEARSON COLLEGE LONDON? Learn from award-winning industry professionals and experienced industry-focused tutors; our tutors have not only been behind some of the best new talent in their field, but have an impressive array of achievements from their time practicing what they preach All graduates produce an industry-standard showreel as an output of their course State-of-the-art, studio-style facilities in a great London location Ongoing alumni support following graduation - our 2000+ alumni are spread far and wide enjoying careers at the best studios in the business Free online primer course - bring your foundation skills up to speed before you start Access Escape's Virtual Learning Environment for free extra resources to support your training - throughout your course and for 12 months after you graduate Get help and advice on your CV, showreel and job applications Our small class sizes ensure that we deliver a personalised, student-led approach to learning Sign up for free Autodesk software when you... [-]