Taught course

Design Practice

Wrexham Glyndwr University · Wrexham Glyndwr University

Entry requirements

All applicants are invited to interview to ensure that the programmes can help you to achieve the things that you want and need. To this end, we ask that each applicant prepares a short “statement of intent” setting out where you believe you can develop your skills or existing ideas whilst studying with us. Most applicants find this helpful, as their interview can expand the details and consider the appropriateness of the curriculum during the interview.

Overseas students can submit their port-folio and statement of intent digitally if they are unable to visit the university in person.

All applicants are expected to hold a good and relevant initial degree, or provide a port folio of their own work, demonstrating equivalence to an initial degree.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a home or European Union student, you should make your application electronically through the direct application form.

A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

If you are applying as an International Student, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus. You will also be able to track your application status and receive your offer letter and CAS letter here.

Months of entry


Course content

The taught Master’s programmes are a suite of three taught degrees in Art and Design sharing a core set of learning experiences. This core is one third of the programme’s total with a further third comprising a series of options in which your specialism can develop. The remaining third is a period of supervised development in which both autonomy and mastery of your subject plays a part.

As a Masters student you will need to develop the ability to analyse working situations, gather knowledge and imagine solutions to problems faced in contemporary art and design practices, such as managing a client or costing a proposed body of work in addition to the creative and imaginative element of the job. This is fundamental to professional art and design activity.

The programmes also introduce ways in which researches can be made, managed and distributed to others in the process of creative practice, in a module concentrating on Research Methods. This has proven to be a very useful module for those of our students who have continued their studies to Doctoral level, but is specifically designed for those taking the Master’s degree.

The North Wales School of Art and Design at Glyndwr University has offered taught Master’s degrees in art and design since 1997 and typically attracts students from the following undergraduate subjects:

Illustration, Graphic Novels, Character Design, Animation, Computer Generated Imagery, Photography and lens based media, Fine Art, Jewellery and Metalwork, Ceramics, Glass, Graphic Design and Print.

The course will guide you through essential knowledge and ways of managing your ideas, taking in discussion and debate about current theories. You’ll also be encouraged to review the cultural and theoretical issues related to character design. The course investigates the key area of the aesthetic, psychological and cultural requirements of a target audience.

Key Facts

This MA course has been designed to bring together specialist practice areas sharing core principles of art and design theories with approaches to art and design practice.

  • The courses are well established and have a history of successful students making the transitions to professional life
  • The concept behind the course is for skilled practitioners of art and design to advance their abilities and devise new and challenging applications for their knowledge.
  • The course is available for both full and part time studies.
  • The award has the main exit of Master of Arts, but has exit points of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma for those exiting the programme with the required successfully completed modules of learning.
  • The course can be completed within one full calendar year (full time) or 2 years for typical part time students.
  • Discretional awards such as scholarships and fee waivers can be made available to students dependent upon application and selection criterion.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Enquiries
+44 (0) 1978 293439