Taught course

Design Management

Lancaster University · Contemporary Arts - LICA

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Design or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The course will help you to develop an understanding of contemporary design management. It prepares graduates for careers as design consultants, managers, researchers and design-led, change-makers in private and public organisations, as well as for doctoral study. You will develop modes of thinking critical to the challenges design managers face across a range of real-world situations. The course explores design management from a range of future-oriented perspectives, including service design, design for sustainability, design strategy, and design and branding. An Imagination Lab – an intensive project-based design studio – enables students to undertake a deep dive into a complex design challenge.


· Design Research Methods

· Design Management

· Major Research Project

· Contemporary Issues in Design

· Imagination Lab

· Design and Business

· Design Directions

Our facilities include:

· A £10m contemporary arts centre with seminar and teaching spaces, performance and acoustic labs, public event and installation spaces, workshops, and fine art and design studios

· The Nuffield Theatre: an established professional touring venue

· The Playroom: a sprung floor black box studio

· The TV unit: digital and video facilities together with professional production support

· Computer suites featuring professional editing software

· Several rehearsal rooms

· Fine art studios for individual use (accessible 24/7)

· Fabrication workshops, photography lab and life-drawing room

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7540 per year
International students
£16,120 per year


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 510 899