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.

Months of entry


Course content

Contemporary life is defined and fashioned by design: this course will support you to enrich and evolve your skills.

As your creative identity matures, this course will allow you to hone your talent through the application of current and traditional methods, reflective approaches and attitudes as you advance as an affective artistic practitioner.

Much of the learning is “situation based” – meaning that the experience gathered from previous work will be required as you tackle challenging and complex scenarios and devise solutions to them.

You will also have the opportunity to exhibit work and to take part in New Designers – a major opportunity to showcase new talent to the creative and design industries.

Key course features

  • Working with experienced artists and designers, you'll have the opportunity to expand your skills into new subject disciplines as you evolve your ideas and work into new directions.
  • Opportunity to learn new skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, animation, illustration, graphics, graphic novels, ceramics, glass and jewellery metalwork.
  • Take part in Creative Futures, an event to focus upon career options for those with creative skills with visiting speakers from a wide range of art and design professions.
  • Take the opportunity to collaborate or form a collective to enhance your career potential
  • Showcase your work in the university Gallery Sycharth, School of Creative Arts or other external venues.
  • Explore your potential as a researcher as you learn about the methods and protocols of supervised study.

What you will study

The course is split into 3 stages: The Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master of Arts Degree.

You can study for either a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master of Arts Degree (180 credits) - with the option to progress to the next stages from the certificate and diploma levels.

You will discover and disclose the influences that feed into your creative practice and draw inspiration from particular sources. You have chance to deepen your understanding of these influences and evaluate your responses to them.

We also include a research orientated module, to teach you systems and methods of researching in order that you can grow in confidence as your knowledge becomes increasingly specialised and your opinions more informed by your findings.

You will also learn how to audit our own skills as a “creative”, and to use that experience to develop a project tailored to your individual needs and career aspiration.

If you undertake the full Master of Arts, you will consider a major project that can be expressed in words and visuals. Normally, Master of Arts students submit a short dissertation relating to their practical work, or a word based activity equivalent to a dissertation in its depth of enquiry and reasoning. The resulting practical work is exhibited at the conclusion of the programme.

Major assessments are positioned at the end of each module, with formative assessment around the mid way point. Assessments are inclusive and all students are encouraged to engage with their assessors and justify the creative decisions leading to their works. We try to make assessments an important part of learning but not intimidating. We encourage and reward creative energy.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Fees and funding

The fees you pay and the support available may depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Our aim is to produce interesting practitioners who can develop characters and other themes appropriate to illustration, film, games and other forms of published media. We aim to ensure that our graduates have a portfolio of work and a range of skills.

Course contact details

Student Enquiries
+44 (0) 1978 293439