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Design for Body and Environment
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Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2019/09/01
Duration: 15 months
Intl fees: €16500
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Design for Body and Environment needs radical and creative innovators, who are able to influence the quality of contemporary design. This research-led programme develops design researchers and entrepreneurs of the future who will carve new paths, cultural and technical innovations within, and beyond their design discipline. Design for Body and Environment covers a broad range of design disciplines, from fashion to textiles, and jewellery to accessories. Students are encouraged to examine the past and challenge the present, and develop ideas that address and challenge industry, social, cultural and political agendas. The MA Design for Body & Environment operates across a range of disciplines and methodological approaches and contexts. It combines core taught elements in research and critical studies, with advanced studio practice. The aim of the MA is to create a design culture that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and new areas of exploration. We encourage our students to experiment and take risks in order to carve new understandings of Design and make technical innovations within, and across fashion, textiles, jewellery and accessories design. In challenging the purpose, methods and ambitions of contemporary design practice and research, students will identify opportunities and develop their own creative careers. The MA provides the opportunity for students to engage in an inter-disciplinary educational experience, working alongside postgraduate students from across the School of Design. We encourage our students to explore contemporary themes that connect all the design disciplines. Building on the knowledge and skills developed at undergraduate level and professional practice, students encounter new contexts in which to develop their skillsets and deepen their knowledge of design through a number of interdisciplinary projects, alongside undertaking an intensive one year design research process addressing a specific research agenda. Students are also able to undertake optional additional modules to enable students to have the opportunity to undertake industry internships, working in a real-world design environment; or undertake additional research to support the commercialisation of their design work, providing an incubation support system for students.
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The programme is open to graduates with an honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a related discipline. NCAD also takes into consideration prior learning and experience. Professional design experience before or after a first degree is beneficial. English language: Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the Academic Version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.