Do you want to design innovative products in a sustainable way? Or to imagine and plan the spaces and places of tomorrow? The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we offer the only MA Design programme in the country that allows you to specialise in a key area that’s right for you. Join us to foster and focus your skills in a fast-paced environment. Progress into the design industry, further study or personal creative practice. Design is evolving. Play your part in its future.

“Design thinking requires bridging the “knowing-doing gap.” The tools of the design thinker, getting out into the world to be inspired by people, using prototyping to learn with our hands, creating stories to share our ideas, joining forces with people from other disciplines, are ways of deepening what we know and widening the impact of what we do.” Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.

Key features

  • Foster and develop the skills you need to succeed on this interactive course that we designed with industry leaders, to make sure you leave ready to go straight into the workplace as a designer. Many of our students reach positions where they influence design policy in companies from China to Madagascar, Budapest to Bristol.
  • Work with public bodies on real-world practice scenarios. In the past, we have worked with organisations including Plymouth City CouncilThe Eden ProjectTimber Intent and NHS Trusts.
  • Access exclusive talks and insights from industry leaders including Sir Kenneth Grange CBE and from our successful alumni working in some of the world’s prestigious design studios.
  • Experiment in your own personal studio, open until midnight, seven days a week. Take advantage of our equipment hub, staffed by approachable technicians. Here you’ll find image and sound equipment and studios, digital labs, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), a steam bending wood workshop and digital making, including a ceramics 3D printer.
  • Benefit from our links to industry leaders including the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Society of Designers.
  • Build an understanding of the relationship between design, industry and the public for the 21st century. Examine the delicate balance between the needs of consumerism and the problem of diminishing resources. From new technologies and markets to the impact of global politics and the wider sustainability agenda, you’ll analyse and critically evaluate factors influencing design today.
  • Contribute to our community of students from different backgrounds and nationalities. Share ideas and collaborate within this diverse melting pot of talent as you study your three core modules and draw on the collective experience as you progress to your final project.
  • Be inspired by teaching staff who are internationally renowned design practitioners bringing you the very latest thinking and allowing you the room to experiment and find practical solutions to today’s design problems.
  • Distinguish yourself from the competition with the only MA Design course in the UK to offer a choice of four exit awards so you can plot a solid course for your future career. Explore the broad, multiple disciplines of design practice before choosing a specialist focus on sustainable design, spatial design, product design, or maker and materials.

Entry requirements

You will normally require:

  • A first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • An ordinary or foundation degree, a higher national or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.
  • Provide a portfolio of work for discussion at interview.
  • If you have overseas qualifications, you can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

Partner Institutions: Applicants from our partner institutions, and those students who are already studying with us in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, will not need to provide a portfolio. Applicants from our partner institutions considering us for MA Design study will need to provide a digital portfolio of their last three projects.

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