Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

The MRes RCA Communication Design Pathway will introduce students to practice-led interdisciplinary and experimental research processes, methods and methodologies that inform and underpin communication design research.

MRes RCA degrees are offered in four Schools (Communication, Design, Fine Art and Humanities) and are designed to provide early-career researchers with the intellectual, technical and professional tools with which to complete high-quality research projects, whether at doctoral level or within the cultural and creative industries, working across traditional sociocultural, disciplinary and sectoral boundaries. The RCA MRes degrees feature four specialisms – Architecture, Communication, Design and Fine Art & Humanities. Students learn both with their cohort on their specific specialism and with all MRes students taught together on cross-college elements.

MRes RCA programmes are delivered through a combination of structured learning, comprising of lectures and master-classes by practitioners and senior academics; workshop classes based around a set task (a ‘brief’); tutor-led seminar classes where students will be asked to reflect on material that they have read or studied in advance; and project assignments that support the structured teaching programme.

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The programme provides students with the intellectual, technical and professional tools to pursue their own independent research within academia or industry, drawing on the experience and expertise of world-leading researchers across the College. The ethos of the programme will be collaborative, so students should be prepared to engage fully within their peer group, and with established and emerging research communities throughout the College.

In the development of intellectual engagement, students will be encouraged to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles of scholarly research within art, design and the humanities; identify robust research questions that interrogate fundamental questions of knowledge creation and exchange; critically analyse and evaluate complex research data; and situate their own research questions in the wider academic context of their field, understanding how their own research builds on and contributes to existing knowledge.

In the development of technical skills, students will be encouraged to: demonstrate an advanced understanding of the tools, methods, theories and techniques of research in Art and Design; experiment in the development, evaluation and presentation of complex research projects; effectively communicate the aims, methodologies and outcomes of their research to a range of different audiences; and effectively explore and articulate the potential of their research to achieve impact beyond the academic sphere.

For professional development, students will be encouraged to:

  • take responsibility for directing their studies through setting goals and managing time and resources effectively,
  • participate as an active, thoughtful and responsible member of a research community,
  • demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to the principles and policies of ethical research; effectively plan and manage a complex research project,
  • define their professional identity through self-reflection informed by theoretical, social and cultural awareness; engage constructively with research partners in order to form collaborations that benefit both their research and the partner organisation.

MRes Entrance Requirements

Candidates for all taught postgraduate courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the course and to achieve required standards overall.

The assessment will consider:

  • creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work,
  • ability to articulate the intentions of the work,
  • intellectual engagement in relevant areas,
  • appropriate technical skills, and
  • overall interview performance, including oral use of English.

Candidates should have a good first degree in a related subject. We welcome applications from students of all ages and view both prior academic and professional experience as valuable.

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in writing.

Please note we are unable to offer UK Tier 4 Visas for international students undertaking a two-year, part-time Master of Research. Students studying full-time will be eligible to apply for a UK Tier 4 visa.

Portfolio

Students will be asked to submit a portfolio of their practice and a brief (500-word) statement that outlines your motivation for applying and your engagement with the subject.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
Duration
1 year
Full-time
Price
12,350 GBP
Tuition fees 2019/20: UK/EU: £12,350 per annum; Overseas: £32,800 per annum.
Deadline
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