Postgraduate study
Design

MA Design*

The MA Design has design thinking and innovation at its centre. You develop key research methodologies exploring research and practice-based design solutions that respond to the changing needs of society. Students across all design disciplines and those from other disciplines are challenged in developing innovative solutions to real-world scenarios.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

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2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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This interdisciplinary, intertextual course enables you to explore the skills you need right across design – you direct your own higher level study in your chosen field, from fashion to industrial design, through your own major project. The programme embeds your development through live projects or internships with optional modules in specific design areas.

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. Your playful and fictional approaches are encouraged through workshops and connections with international events and research projects. 

The course is delivered by a diverse range of staff with internationally recognised profiles in research and practice. You take an interdisciplinary approach to creative problem solving by sharing creative solutions with experienced practitioners across our School of Science, Engineering & Design – from wearable tech in garments to growing fabrics – pushing the boundaries in design thinking. You consider the many opportunities to create impact though design, learning to mix contemporary practice and thinking to solve real-world problems.

In stage 1 you undertake professional skills development to build your digital expertise and skills in research. Stage 2 culminates in a feasibility study for a negotiated major project. Stage 3 enables you to complete your major project work, supported by regular tutorial contact and studio interaction.

Course structure

Core modules

Business and Enterprise

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.

Design Integration

Design Practice

Design Research Methods

Design Thinking

MA Design Major Project

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This programme enables you to build progressively on your knowledge and experience. 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.

Teaching and learning is a student-centred, activity-based process which integrates the content, sequence and development of student learning. You develop your knowledge, skills and practice with the support of appropriate teaching and learning strategies. The methods we use, and the philosophy behind them, are under constant review and appraisal to ensure they remain relevant, rigorous and progressive. 

We use a variety of methods including tutorials, seminars and workshops – this enables key learning principles to be applied to your day-to-day interactions. Individual support, provided by a personal tutor, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. An intrinsic aspect of your main study area and its supporting subjects is research. 
Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles.

  • You develop professional responsibility and autonomy in learning to integrate theory and practice.
  • We enable active and co-operative learning.
  • We provide flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context
  • Our resources match programme outcomes and needs.
  • Practical workshops introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment methods throughout the modules, as specified in the module handbooks. These are primarily in-course assessments, where you submit work during the module rather than sit timed exams at the end.

The modules are generally project based and primarily assessed through appraising a portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Design work is largely developmental – you are assessed on the process you use to achieve your solutions as well as the result, so it is essential that you provide clear evidence of your development work.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you have the opportunity to go on to a range of design-related employment requiring specialist digital knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

You must have a second class (2.2) honours degree or higher in an arts, design or other creative discipline. We also consider relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Applicants are normally interviewed and required to present a portfolio of work.

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

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

* Subject to University approval

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information