Program of study

Program of study

 

The Graphic Communication Design English-language studies program is based on four education modules:

 

1. IT

providing knowledge and skills in using existing and innovative IT tools.

 

2. Theory

providing knowledge on multimedia communication, interaction, cognitive science and perception, history of design, and contemporary theories of communication. This module gives students skills to understand professional content formed in contemporary culture.

 

3. Design

equipping students with knowledge and ability to conduct audio-visual projects, based on verbal and visual means in the dynamic multimedia environment.

 

4. Practice, integrated

placing the knowledge and skills gained during the studies in the context of team projects, collaborating with real-life users – Design Practicum (project-based learning) vs. Design Studio. Within this module, the exceptional students are able to assist the workshop teachers who are conducting classes with BA students.

Graduates of Multimedia Communication Design speciality gain knowledge and skills during the two-year interdisciplinary studies, allowing them to learn the most innovative forms of audio-visual communication and prepare them for international collaboration. The studies bring traditional and modern communication tools and techniques closer, and the international team of teachers encourage students to create their own innovative solutions. This unique program is possible due to the collaboration of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies with European and American tertiary institutions integrated within international programs.

 

 

In order to obtain a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) degree, the candidates need to receive 120 ects points, as they pass mandatory courses with a grade no lower than 3.0. The program is concluded with presentation and defence of a diploma project, consisting of a thesis, practical graduate project of engineering-IT and graphic design elements, and a professional presentation of the course of design process. The whole process is supervised by three advisers, who collaborate and supervise particular parts of a diploma. The completed diploma is reviewed by an independent expert.

The defence takes place before a commission, including diploma advisers, representatives of department authorities, and selected teachers.

 

The program prepares its graduates to work in visual communication design, visualization planning, communication systems design, dynamic information, interactive multimedia and communication, and responsive e-publication.

 

The first semester provides students with basic knowledge on IT sciences, humanities and art of design. The character of the course is compensatory and integrative for students from various educational backgrounds. Students receive knowledge and learn to apply the latest technologies and IT tools used in audio-visual communication and information design. They learn to use these tools for science, education, business and for common good. Students obtain skills in researching, analyzing and building maps of complex information and present their findings by means of various integrated media.

 

During four semesters of international lectures, workshops and seminars, students meet scientists, philosophers, academic teachers and professionals – representatives of various disciplines, presenting diversified forms and forecast the needs for contemporary communication.

In the 3rd and 4th semester, students realize team projects in collaboration with real-life users and test their usability and applicability.

 

The second year of studies is devoted to a diploma project, consisting of a thesis – a theoretical paper, and a practical graduate project. The thesis aims to document the gained knowledge and present the graduate project assumptions together with its detailed documentation. Working on the thesis enables students to conduct their own research and present their thoughts on the practical project. It prepares students for creative problem solving, allows them to learn research and project methods, and the process serves to provide a description and documentation of the undertaken technical and design activities.

The practical graduate project – information project, prototype – constitutes a confirmation of the graduates' professional design skills and efficiency of their concepts.

Both parts of the diploma project discussed together during the diploma presentation, confirm the professionalism and academic advancement of graduates.