Part time Master's Degree in Visual Design in North America

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A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

Students who study visual design may develop the skills to be able to communicate in a variety of visual and graphic aspects. Programs might vary, but common topics include layout, format, typography, composition and visual elements.

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Master in Visual Brand Design

Domus Academy
Campus 12 months September 2017 Italy Milan

In the Master in Visual Brand Design, you will gain the skills to identify a company’s core assets. To cultivate a deep understanding of the product and the best way to communicate its values, both in the physical and the social media worlds. To bring it all together into a consistent brand vision, voice, and environment. [+]

Top Part time Masters in Visual Design in North America. Imagine. Symbolize. Synthesize. The concept of branding has evolved far beyond company logos and colors. Today, branding incorporates several disciplines, from visual design to sound design; from storytelling to consumer psychology to marketing. Branding is the creation of a rich and attractive environment that grabs the consumer’s attention and brings him or her into the brand’s world to share its values and become an informal sponsor of the brand. It is a voice, a tone, an integrated vision formed by the synergy of research, design, narration, graphics, music, and more. In the Master in Visual Brand Design, you will gain the skills to identify a company’s core assets. To cultivate a deep understanding of the product and the best way to communicate its values, both in the physical and the social media worlds. To bring it all together into a consistent brand vision, voice, and environment. Audience The program is designed for candidates with a first-level degree in visual and graphic design, design, communication, marketing, or related disciplines. Outcome During this degree program, students will: Demonstrate the ability to create innovative visual branding concepts, scenarios, and solutions for a variety of diverse companies, industries, and organizations. Effectively communicate concepts, methods, and design proposals through a variety of techniques, including visual, verbal, and prototyping. Program The Master in Visual Brand Design aims to form visual brand designers and dynamic brand managers who are innovative, visionary, versatile, direct, and effective. The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship. The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals. Courses Coursework focuses on: Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace Gaining hands-on experience with a wide range of visual design techniques Investigating methods and tools for research and design Exploring the factors that determine the economic performance of a brand or company Branding your own work Workshops Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to visual brand design. Some possible workshop topics include the following: Use a mix of communication strategies and design tools in order to develop the global brand identity of a small to medium-sized company, a product line, and/or a startup. Develop a proposal that combines design approaches in a new, innovative, and surprising way. Your project might involve an established brand, an emerging company, a company that wishes to reposition its business, or a new venture. Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video. Explore the design process from the point of view of people and their activities in everyday contexts. Learn to decipher people’s needs, expectations, and desires; develop use scenarios; and create and validate solutions. Portfolio The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation. Internship There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career. The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies. Companies Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Visual Brand Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies and organizations involved in this program include: Bastard, Danone, Forevermark, Fundación Escultor Berrocal, Glamour, Mondadori, Park Hyatt, Royal Rose, Smartbox, Unieuro. Accreditation Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma. Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree. Faculty The Master in Visual Brand Design program relies on the collaboration of a network of visiting professors, designers, and company representatives, coming from various sectors of industry, to lead hands-on workshops and involve students in international initiatives. Career Opportunities The Master in Visual Brand Design program trains visual brand designers and brand managers to design and manage brand identity for companies in various sectors of industry on both a local and international scale. Graduates may launch their careers in fields such as fashion, design, events, trade shows, services, digital media, or public administration. They may work for the marketing department of any company or for graphic design or advertising agencies. Or they may choose an entrepreneurial path. [-]

Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

Domus Academy
Campus 12 months September 2017 Italy Milan

In the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, you will learn strategies for transforming a city, from private developments to public space. You will envision future urban and architectural scenarios, according to complex dynamics and evolving requirements. [+]

Envision. Adapt. Change. Cities are experimental laboratories where humans formulate and refine responses to our basic needs: for shelter, relationships, movement, commerce. In the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, you will learn strategies for transforming a city, from private developments to public space. You will envision future urban and architectural scenarios, according to complex dynamics and evolving requirements. Audience The program is designed for candidates with a first-level degree in urban planning and/or architecture, as well as those who have a first-level degree in economics, humanities, social sciences, communication, or other related disciplines. Outcome During this degree program, students will: Learn how to apply appropriate research and design methodologies to urban and architectural design projects Design projects from start to finish, using a systematic sequence of steps relating to form, structure, technology, and aesthetics. Conceive of, propose, and realize a research and design presentation at a professional level, selecting the best communication strategy and languages for a multicultural audience. Program In the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, you’ll learn to envision transformations of urban spaces. You’ll have a chance to propose innovative solutions to problems in the fields of contemporary architecture, landscape design, and urban planning. And you’ll come to understand the changing role of architects and urban designers in different contexts. The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders support students through individual coaching and project mentorship. The Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program has a unique structure among Domus Academy programs: It begins with two courses, followed by four workshops. It continues with the internship and concludes with a final master’s project. Courses In the courses, you will study critical research methods, design theory, strategic thinking, and historical and contemporary design practices—all within the broader context of urban and architectural design studies. You will then explore a broad range of methods, tools, and topics that define contemporary urban and architectural projects, examining the relationships between design practices and the cultures and contexts they serve. Workshops Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on projects from concept to design, from micro to macro. You will also analyze your projects from an economic, marketing, social, and anthropological point of view. Some possible workshop challenges include the following: Develop a strategic vision for solving a specific urban issue, moving from a specific intervention to applications within a wider framework. Investigate the relationships between architecture and urban planning and related fields of study, such as product design, interaction design, and communication design. Experiment with cross-disciplinary languages, techniques, and modalities. Design parts of open spaces that are part of a natural or extra-urban context or that are placed in urban gaps. Critically evaluate the landscape elements that need to be maintained, re-designed, or regenerated; formulate a project proposal that considers spatial complexity, social and cultural implications, and environmental and energetic issues. Develop a proposal for an architectural intervention, taking into consideration the elements that make up the urban space around architecture, including physical, cultural, economic, and social factors. Final Project Working under the guidance of industry professionals if they choose, students must research and write a final report on a topic of their choice, optionally illustrated with 3D models. Students explore the role of their own work within the larger context of the field, apply the theories and methods they learned during their course of studies, and demonstrate their level of technical skill. Students present their final project to company representatives. Internship There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career. You complete your internship before your final project. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who can extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies. Companies Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies include: Arup, Bayer MaterialScience, Castel Monastero, CNS spa (Tecnologia per l’ambiente), Hines Italia Srl, ING Real Estate Development Italy Srl, Legnolandia, Le Fonds Belval, Milano Metropoli Development Agency, MUVITA (Museo Vivo delle Tecnologie per l’Ambiente), Peverelli (Giardini e paesaggi d’autore), Prelios, Pirelli RE. Academic and institutional partners: California State University Florence, i2a international institute of architecture, the City of Milan. Accreditation Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma. Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree. Career Opportunities Graduates of the Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design program may go on to become architects, urban planners, urban designers, or project managers. They may work as consultants or staff members for architecture, engineering, or design studios; territory development agencies; departments of public/urban planning; nonprofit organizations; research centers; or real estate or construction companies. [-]

Master in Animation & Visual Effects

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

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. [+]

Top Part time Masters in Visual Design in North America. The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them. MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Animation & Visual Effects 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 the thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing technical and artistic ability. Technical Skills Demonstrate facility with animation technology and software. Presentation Skills Clearly discuss work and workflow process with a review committee, using industry terminology. Effectively pitch ideas to the review committee Create visually compelling, professional quality presentation materials Preproduction Skills (Project Development) Execute projects that demonstrate attention to: research, analytical thinking, detail, flexibility in problem solving, and revision. Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Professional Readiness Present a comprehensive demo reel / portfolio demonstrating professional-level achievement of specialty skills Demonstrate accountability for planning complex projects, prioritizing tasks and meeting project milestones. Document project workflow. Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with anatomy, proportion, figure, animals, perspective, color and design, and composition Develop visual stories that support comedic or dramatic situations Stage stories through effective camera placement choices Draw convincing characters, layouts, storyboards, and animatics Apply the principles of animation to create animated movement and performances Specialty Skills: Storyboarding Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with composition, and color and design Create value studies that set the mood for each scene, applying an understanding of light source. Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling through effective camera placement choices Specialty Skills: 3D Animation Apply the major principles of animation Create pieces that showcase expression and emotion Stage stories through effective camera placement choices Specialty Skills: Modeling Convincingly model forms in 3-dimensions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of anatomy and sculptural form. Display a range of modeling skill sets including hard surfaces and organic. Create textures that will be applied to the surface of models. Produce industry-standard turnarounds and wireframes Specialty Skills: Visual Effects Design digital effects that meet the needs of the imagery. Create believable images by combining elements from different sources Compose shots for narrative power Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master of Design

Media Design School
Campus 30 weeks February 2017 New Zealand Auckland

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry. [+]

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry. Working in a simulated industry environment, our postgraduate students will be challenged to research relevant ideas, problem-solve, and create design solutions in response to a variety of real-world briefs. These briefs require our students to work collaboratively with others in order to create a broad range of digital and creative products, services and approaches across a multitude of media platforms. This project-based interdisciplinary approach means that graduates will complete the programme with an impressive portfolio filled with practical and relevant work experience to show to their current or prospective employers. Career Pathways Possible career pathways for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Design include both strategic and design positions within design studios, companies and consultancy agencies: Design project manager; Systems designer; Merchandising and branding developer or strategist; Sustainability designer; Interactive designer; Mobile technologies designer; User experience designer; Design analyst; Screen designer; Digital animator; Information designer; Product designer and developer; Service designer; Transmedia designer; Packaging designer; Marketing and communications executive; Creative director; Advertising studio director; Media manager; Publisher; Secondary design teacher; Design consultant; Design manager. Course Components During the Master of Design, you will undertake the following course work: Two (30 credits each), NZQF Level 8. Master Proposal (15 credits), NZQF Level 9. Master Project (45 credits), NZQF Level 9. One (not-for-credit) Postgraduate Toolbox component. Eligibility To be eligible for the Master of Design, applicants must: Hold an honours degree that is relevant to design (e.g Design - Graphic, Fine Arts, Industrial, Product, Cognitive Science/Psychology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering; OR A Postgraduate Diploma that is of relevance to design; OR An undergraduate degree and professional experience in a design-related field as approved by the Media Design School Academic Board. [-]