Our distance learning digital design MA will begin with a two-week online induction designed to prepare you for online learning at the University of Leeds. It will introduce the study skills you will need to successfully complete your degree and access some of the top digital design and communication jobs.
Delivered online, the course offers a flexible schedule of modules that are designed for working professionals looking to develop a successful career in the digital design and communication industry. The full digital design MA course consists of three compulsory foundation modules, six development modules, and a design project.
The modules cover a variety of subject areas such as Design and Research, where you’ll learn about the research process and which quantitative and qualitative methods can be used to develop effective design solutions, and Design in a Digital World, where you’ll explore current digital design practices and techniques to execute your outputs to a professional level.
On finishing studying the nine 15-credit taught modules you will then complete a 45-credit design project over 24 weeks.
You’ll create and produce your design solution in response to a specific challenge through prototyping, and test with suitable users for evaluation. You’ll then produce a written report where you will discuss the project and its findings in a relevant design context or topic within the digital design and communication areas.
You can take the course at your own pace and adapt your studies to fit around your work and life commitments. To give you flexibility, it is possible to pause your studies and take them up again at a later point.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Digital Design and Communication MA in the course catalogue
Design and Research
Creative Design Thinking
Design in a Digital World
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Digital Design Practice and Communication
Data, Analytics and Design
Design in a Dynamic Team
Digital Design Trends
Applied Design, Communication and Case Studies
Learning and teaching
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Push the boundaries of design anytime, anywhere with this online digital design Masters. Your learning will be delivered by Leeds online via our award-winning virtual learning environment (VLE), Minerva. Each week you will study through live face-to-face sessions with our module tutors in a mixture of structured and open-ended learning techniques.
We recognise that professionals have busy lives, so with a 100% online delivery mode, you can manage your learning around your busy personal commitments and full-time employment, without the need to disrupt your life. You will study with a world-leading UK institution without the additional overseas cost of living. We will also provide many tools, including study planners, to help you track your progress and better manage your time.
Minerva can be accessed on different devices, whenever and wherever it suits you. The platform has been designed by a team of experts to ensure your online learning experience is of the highest quality and prepares you for success, both academically and professionally.
You’ll have access to:
The Pathways to Success induction course designed for online learning students.
In-course communication tools, such as discussion forums and announcements, to facilitate collaboration with peers and module tutors across the globe with ease.
Online advice and support services for Minerva.
Tools to help self-monitor progress.
You will also be able to submit assessments and receive feedback from module tutors during their office working hours.
We recommend a high-speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. You will need regular access to a desktop computer, tablet, or laptop, with a webcam. You will also need the ability to view PDF documents and work in Microsoft Office (software provided).
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment methods will emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. These will vary from module to module, with examples including:
Individual projects including design research-led projects.
Group discussions and assignments to build on your real-world experience.
Live and pre-recorded student presentations with imagery and scripts.
Portfolios demonstrating design outputs.
Literature reviews, using extensive online resources via the library.
Digital creative logs.