Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi
Visual Arts Practitioner / Consultant, Uganda
Senior Graphic Designer, Northern Ireland
Lecturer of Graphic Design & Freelance Graphic Designer, UK
On entering the MA Professional Practice programme I was delivering FE design courses and working as a freelance graphic designer. My primary reason for choosing the programme was to further my professional development as both a design practitioner and educator. The programme enabled me to develop my understanding of research methodologies, a skill that I am now able to utilise in facilitating the learning and research of my own students.
Also, I now have a far deeper understanding and practical application of instructional theory and its relevant technologies. My study helped me to initiate positive change to my team’s working practice, which, in turn, benefits my students. I have now progressed to teaching within higher education and I am currently writing our faculty’s new graphic design degree course.
Professor, Graphic Design, Morocco
When I started the MA Design (Professional Practice), I was a Graphic Design teacher in Singapore. I chose the course because it was accessible and suited my needs. It allowed me to study from a distance and continue to work. The course provided an opportunity for me to take significant steps in developing my career as my qualification opened many more options for academic teaching jobs. Since completing the course I have become a University professor.
Alison Pui-Yan Lee
Senior Fashion Designer, Hong Kong
I am a fashion designer in Hong Kong and have been working in the mass market for nine years. When I first started the programme, Work-based learning (WBL) was a new approach to studying for me. However I really benefited from the features of the course. It is a flexible, distance learning programme, with the option of campus-based tutorials. I was free to study at my own pace, anywhere in the world. WBL is a well structured and useful model.
In the context of the workplace, I have learnt how to effectively turn my experience into learning and knowledge, which helps me to work through problems encountered at work. These two things have enabled me to learn continuously even after the programme has ended.