Taught course

Design for Cultural Commons

London Metropolitan University · School of Art, Architecture and Design

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline

If you have low qualifications but a portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of Commons or similar discourse you will be asked for an interview to demonstrate your competency for a postgraduate course on the Commons.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. English language 6.5 average.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Design for Cultural Commons master's degree offers you the chance to be pioneers in the field of cultural and urban Commons. It gives you the unique expertise to design shared values and assets, self governance, peer to peer economic models and working with government agencies to develop related policies. You'll gain membership to the international association for study of Commons, enabling you to gain awards, access international collaboration opportunities and platforms for knowledge exchange post-MA.

This unique course teaches you the discourse of Commons both historical and current. It teaches you commoning practices in a live context appropriate to your field of interest. It offers you breadth of knowledge about public policy and how they are made, social theories and citizenship, microeconomies, as well as range of art and design teaching from relational art, visual communication and performance to interiors, architecture and photography. You'll be able to tailor your learning and project specialisation by choosing from a wealth of subjects and construct a unique curriculum.

In the UK, Commons and co-production embedded in shared and peer to peer thinking are referred to in government policies and tenders. They are currently being discussed in the EU parliament. This course prepares you to be an expert supporting to implement its best practice. Beyond teaching you to initiate your own Commoning practice, the course will also teach you how to raise funds, and make your initiatives sustainable in the long term.

We will support you to apply for mentoring programs after your MA to develop your practice/initiative into a viable social enterprise.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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