Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design MA, MDes & MFA

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Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design MA, MDes & MFA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Art, Media and Design can be taken as an MA (Master of the Arts), and MDes (Master of Design) or and MFA (Master of Fine Arts). The exact route should be chosen with both your interests, your career goals and your next educational steps in mind. OCAD U’s advisors can help you make the right choice. 

    You’ll find a creative environment in which to thrive, and many opportunities to study innovative, cutting edge techniques and exciting interdisciplinary techniques under visiting experts, during internships and through your own independent studies. 

    As you study this fascinating and ever changing subject, you’ll engage in intensive, directed study in a studio context, attend seminars on both research methods and critical theory, and deliver either a creative project along with an academic thesis (MA degree only) or a major studio project and a supporting alanlysis (MFA or MDes degrees only).

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 1 to 2 years of full time study. 

    Art, Media and Design Modules Include:

    • Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio/Research
    • Contemporary Research Methods
    • Critical Theory Seminar
    • Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study I
    • Directed Interdisciplinary Studio/Academic Study II
    • Elective
    • Elective: Issues in Critical Theory/other Elective
    • Independent Study
    • MA Directed Academic Study
    • MFA/MDes Individual Studio I
    • Placement
    • Research Creation and Colloquia
    • Residency
    • Thesis Proposal
    • Thesis Seminar I
    • Thesis Seminar II
    • Thesis: MFA/MDes
    • Thesis: MA

    Course Objectives:

    • To help students develop the type of practices which promote social responsibility, environmental sustainability and a diverse cultural perspective
    • To encourage innovation and interdisciplinary development of design methods, media channels and creative practices
    • To help students discover new approaches to their existing practices
    • To give students the Master’s level research skills they will need to investigate art, media and design issues academically
    • Help students to integrate their design media and art practices in an interdisciplinary fashion

    Learning And Teaching

    The Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Art, Media and Design will be an excellent opportunity to learn in OCAD U’s advanced facilities and workshops, and to study under the acclaimed full time faculty as well as visiting professors and experts of all kinds. You’ll be able to make the most of residency, internship and other experiential learning options, as well as all of the academic classes and hands on experiences before you. 

    Career Possibilities

    You’ll have many options as to a career once you graduate. Some students go on to study at the PhD level, or seek out additional Master’s level programs to broaden their artistic or academic horizons. 

    No matter what your area of interest or ideal career path, the university’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers can provide just the right resources, advice and guidance  to help you identify and capitalise on the career possibilities before you.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in either an MA, MFA or MDes degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to meet the entrance requirements, which will include excellent performance in a BA, BFA or BDes degree, or the international equivalent. 

    All classes are taught in English, unless otherwise specified. International students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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