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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Advertising and Design

Programme code:MA-ADESN-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Francisco De Queiroz Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

An Upper Second Honours Degree or better in Design or a related subject. Evidence of a high level of achievement in a substantial written research/academic report or dissertation must be demonstrated. Non-standard entry will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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Examination board through which the programme will be considered:


Programme specification:

This programme, designed in collaboration with Leeds University Business School, combines theoretical and practical modules to create a unique educational experience within this subject discipline.

The MA Advertising & Design seeks to address and reflect issues of convergence between advertising and design, in particular where brand communications demand the expertise of both disciplines. Equally, the changing behaviour and expectations of consumers, blurring of markets, media fragmentation, consumer displacement and on-line and mobile communications are issues central to the content and structure of the programme.

Dynamic and effective communications, capable of application across a range of media channels, combined with longevity of relationship management, is the primary objective. Whether the intent is from the perspective of a commercialist, activist, interventionist, crusader or challenger the fundamental principles of effective communication still apply and it is the intention of the programme to accommodate a variety of approaches opinions and attitudes in order to create a rich and rewarding educational experience.

Content and delivery will challenge communicators to extend their creative thinking to operate across media platforms, propose new possibilities for communication channels and engage and build relationships with audiences in unique ways. Students of the MA Advertising and Design will engage with ethical issues relevant to communications, be aware of regulatory and legal control and understand and support the strategic objectives of organisations employing the services of creative agencies.

There are opportunities to redefine the relationship between advertising and its clients and consumers and to consider the role of advertising in the context of globalisation and new technology and in advanced and emerging consumer economies.

The intention is to form a unique alliance between design, business and new media to create a unique educational experience consisting of "Creative - Theory - Technology", with the potential to originate proposals and conduct relevant research projects which address issues such as media fragmentation, globalisation, effectiveness, new technology, Customer Relations Management (on-line, viral, guerrilla), User Generated Content and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Unique features of the programme include;
- Industrial involvement through workshops, live briefs, student competitions, visiting speakers and the possibility of short term placements.
- Structure and content reflects student aspirations for employment in the sector or investigation into advertising and brand communications from a critical/ethical/psychological perspective, leading to further research study at PhD level.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

To be eligible for the Masters degree candidates have to pass 150 from the 180 credits taken with an overall average of 50 across the 180 credits studied including EITHER of the 35 credit modules DESN5245M Creative Direction or DESN5255M Dissertation: Advertising & Design.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

DESN5230MIntegrated Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
DESN5265MEffective Creative Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5402MConsumer Behaviour15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5404MMarketing Communications10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5407MAdvertising15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5409MGlobal Strategic Marketing15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5426MMedia Planning and Strategy15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following optional modules

LUBS5433MBrand Management and Corporate Identity15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5440MSales Promotion and Sponsorship15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5447MSocial Media Marketing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5449MDigital and Interactive Marketing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to withdraw and introduce new optional modules in line with the annual review and development of teaching within the School.

Candidates will be required to study 35 credits from the following optional modules

DESN5245MCreative Direction35 credits1 Apr to 30 Sep
DESN5255MDissertation - Advertising and Design35 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Apr to 30 Sep

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:51:02


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