You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor's honours degree. If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of practice or creative/design work in a digital portfolio of work may be required depending on your proposed area of study. You need to be able to work independently, so you need to be self-motivated and have good time management skills. Unfortunately we can not accept international applications for this course, however, you may be interested in our Design Innovation MA/MSc
Months of entry
The Design MA at DMU provides you with an opportunity to design and pursue your own personal design study programme at master's level, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars.
The programme allows you to study in a way that is most appropriate to your own individual circumstances, and has been designed to suit your preferred learning style(s). You can take up to 90 credits from our taught postgraduate provision, while the rest of the programme will be completed through negotiated learning agreements.
There are a wide range of subject areas to choose from, and you can create a programme of study which is interdisciplinary and unique to your specialist interests or skills. The programme also allows you to be supervised by leading national and international scholars, researchers and practitioners drawn from the unique breadth of specialist areas available in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities.
You are able to exercise choice and control over the aims of your course, the content and context of your studies, and the criteria against which your achievement is assessed. You can take up to 90 credits from our taught modules (subject to approval), and you design your programme of study between and across the subject areas that we offer.
The wide range of specialisms that we offer on the Design MA includes:
* Contour Fashion
* Design Crafts
* Design History
* Design Innovation
* Design Management
* Fashion History
* Fashion Management
* Footwear Design
* Furniture Design
* Interface Design
* Interior Design
* Product Design
* Retail Design
* Spatial Design
* Textile Design
Assessment can be as varied as you want it to be. It will be defined in the learning contract; so you can negotiate assessment tasks and methods.
All students must take a 15 credit Research Methods module - by attendance or by distance learning - at the beginning of the course, and all students will also have to undertake a Major Project, Dissertation or a Work Placement at the end of the course to achieve the master's award.
You will be assigned two dedicated supervisors who will provide academic support throughout the course. DMU academic and research staff are experts in their field. They are actively engaged in a wide range of external activities including research, consultancy, publishing and exhibiting in both a national and international contexts.
DMU has excellent facilities and technical expertise to support postgraduate students. Within the faculty, there are professionally equipped workshops with specialist technicians to support your master's work.
Graduates have gone onto consultancy, entrepreneurship, arts and design management, research and teaching. Many students choose this course as a preparation for an academic career and enter further MPhil or PhD level study.
Information for international students
Some international students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount of up to £500. For more information, visit dmu.ac.uk/international.
Fees and funding
At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We currently offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship for Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit dmu.ac.uk/pgfunding.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- De Montfort University
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