Postgraduate study
Art & Design

MA Future Design

This innovative, industry-facing programme allows you to work either in a cross-disciplinary way or in a specialist area of study. Students on our MA Future Design course come from a diverse range of disciplines to apply ideas and findings from research towards problem-solving, social design and environmental issues. Approaches to future design range from the artistic, such as illustration, printmaking, book arts and decorative arts, to more functional and problem-solving pursuits.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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  • Facilities

    Art and design facilities

    Study art or design at Teesside University and you can use our dedicated print room, media centre, soundproof recording studios, green-screen production studios, Mac and PC labs, wood workshop, 3D printing, metalworking and welding, and fashion and textiles studios.

  • Student work
 

Creative, forward-thinking individuals and groups are key contributors to the new economic and social agenda. We welcome applications from disciplines outside of art and design if there is evidence of ability and desire to develop better systems, services, products and experiences.

You learn through initiatives and activities that stimulate and develop creative practice, problem solving, manufacture and distribution. Thinking, making and observation are applied to practical and social contexts. Playful and fictional approaches are encouraged through workshops and connections with international events and research projects.

MA Future Design challenges us to enquire into what happens next, in our careers, ambitions and responsibility to society. Knowledge and awareness in futurology are increasingly desirable attributes in business, employment, innovation and enterprise.

Creative individuals prepare for professional practice, developing new business ideas, products, systems and services. Working in a stimulating environment you explore emerging and future aspects of design practice, through individual and collaborative action. Project-based learning activities enable knowledge, skills and experience to be acquired according to negotiated plans and professional directions.

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The programme begins with group research projects, sharing information and references from diverse sources. Collecting and analysing information from a theme of common interest helps to develop awareness of the subject from multiple perspectives. Stage one involves the development of professional skills, ideas, research, project work and the opportunity for co-working, partnerships and collaborations. The enterprise potential of your interests is evaluated and innovative outputs are proposed.

Stage two allows time to prepare, research and develop project proposals, culminating in a feasibility study for a negotiated major project. Preparation for this major work includes extended reading, visual and experiential references, critical thinking and the collection and analysis of information.

Stage three enables you to direct and display your major project work, supported by regular tutorial contact and studio interaction. You show future ambitions and plans for the project including how it may be distributed or realised beyond the University.

Modules

Core modules

Creative Interaction

You expand perceptions of the nature and process of art and/or design and explore areas of commonality across discipline boundaries. You work to a common theme of mutual interest and use advanced techniques to develop your ability to gather information, conduct and use research in order to enrich the creative process. You explore the discipline boundaries - artists and designers interact to: investigate possibilities, research the theme, create individual responses, make proposals and identify sites and formats for the display and dissemination of your work. Alongside this project work you explore the philosophical contexts of art and/or design and consider how ideas and issues relate to current and future practice. You are learn study skills for academic research, with consistent use of referencing systems and ethical, accurate citation of sources.

Design Direction

You direct your own design project, taking into account all aspects researched and developed in the preceding Research and Development module. You are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your projects and to have a deep understanding of the social and philosophical context in which you are practising. You are also expected to demonstrate the enterprise potential of your ideas and to understand the future possibilities and contexts in which your ideas will exist. Project work is expected to strongly indicate potential for further extended study or implementation in professional design contexts. You critically reflect upon your own learning and be prepared for continuous professional development.

Design Innovation

In challenging and changing circumstances innovation is more valuable than ever before in the successful implementation and commercialisation of a product, service, environment or promotion. You address the pivotal factors that relate to professional skills development and enterprise success in design practice. You also extend and improve your skills in areas that will assist you in the development of your portfolio, whilst expanding your ability for reflection and analysis.

Progress files are introduced and developed so you can engage in personal development planning, considering both short term subject related targets and longer term career goals.

Research and Development

You explore and define the parameters of your own professional practice and research interests. You are encouraged to: develop understanding and gain experience in research as an academic discipline and as part of the creative process; define and develop ideas through creative exploration; consider and evaluate the potential of project proposals for future realisation; engage in activities, projects and networking appropriate to plans and aspirations; gain relevant experience; explore local, regional, national and global opportunities; research and reflect upon the social, philosophical and professional contexts in which you are working; test possibilities and develop the enterprise potential of your ideas.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

At MA level it is vital that you take an active role in structuring your own learning, and engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of your discipline. The use of a variety of methods, including tutorials, seminars and workshops, enables key principles to be applied to the day-to-day interaction between participants. Projects form the basis of the modules on your programme and provide a wide range of experience in various areas of the discipline.

An intrinsic aspect of your main study area and its supporting subjects is research. You need to find and make sense of a wide variety of information from books, newspapers, journals, magazines, websites, archives and many other sources, then analyse and discuss your findings to inform the creative process. Lectures and briefings are used to introduce topics and to impart key aspects of disciplinary knowledge, usually to larger groups. The development of practical and professional skills demands hands-on experience, informed by subject knowledge and critical understanding. Practical workshops are used to introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques.

Critical reflection is key to all successful problem solving and is therefore essential to the design process. You are expected to test and assess your solutions against design criteria which you develop in the light of your research.

How you are assessed

Various assessment methods are used throughout all of the modules and are specified in the module handbooks. These are primarily what we call in-course assessments, where you submit work during the delivery of the module rather than sit timed examinations at the end. Design modules are generally project based and primarily assessed through appraisal of a portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Design work is largely developmental and you are assessed on the process by which you achieve your solutions as well as the result, so it is essential that you provide clear evidence of your development work.

Career opportunities

Graduates have the opportunity to go on to a range of design-related employment, develop new enterprise propositions or receive project funding to take their ideas to market. Further study at doctoral level is also an option.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in a design discipline, relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Applicants will normally be interviewed and will be required to present a portfolio of work.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

Contact details

Further information