Pre-Master's - Art and Design

This course has been specifically created to enhance your skills, knowledge and practice of art and design. You will explore digital techniques, traditional art mediums and professional practice across the industry. Students also benefit from using state-of-the-art DMU Art and Design facilities in the award-winning Vijay Patel Building.

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Course overview

Take your creativity to the next level with the Art and Design Pre-Master’s – a course specifically created to enhance your skills, knowledge and practice of art.

Develop your ideas and imagination into fresh, original pieces at the same time as part of your postgraduate study at DMU.

You will have full access to DMU’s first-class art facilities and design studios throughout your studies. DMU has an unrivalled reputation for producing work of outstanding originality and quality.

Apply theoretical understanding with practical application to your specialist area and gain feedback from expert tutors and fellow students.

Emphasis is placed on helping you find your artistic “voice” in a supportive, dynamic environment.

Key Information



One Term:

3 months Pre-Master's + 1 year degree

Two Terms:

6 months Pre-Master's + 1 year degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
One term IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Two terms IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5. minimum in all components
One term +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component, except writing which must be 5.5
Two terms +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
Two terms +12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Modules you will study

This module is pivotal in you with the fundamental skills necessary to perform effectively at Master’s level and to develop as an artist and/or designer in your chosen discipline. The module teaches the key skills required to be a successful artist and/or designer and project manager. The module aims to allow you to explore both traditional art and design techniques and digital skills. The digital techniques and software you will explore include the Adobe Creative Suite and other online software that is relevant to your progression route through short projects. You will also learn traditional art and design techniques such as: technical drawing, sketching using a variety of mediums (ink, pencil, charcoal and pastel), collage, photography, 3D model making and fabric construction. You will also create a longer project using the techniques learned that relates to your continuation route; this can be using either the digital or traditional methods.

This module consists of a number of activity-based small art and/or design research projects. These utilise project briefs. The students will tackle these appropriately, dependant on their main discipline. These projects consist of orchestrating and managing a series of challenges, decisions, tasks and timelines. Additionally, you are required to work both individually and in mixed disciplinary groups in order to tackle the projects set. The combination of activities facilitates your development of a breadth of experiential learning and cross-disciplinary interaction. You are encouraged to work both within and without their main discipline.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Master’s (Stage 1), you will continue onto stage 2 of your chosen IIM degree at DMU.

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