Taught course

Design: Lab

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Art

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

MA/MFA Design: LAB is studio centred, integrating both design and craft practice. Since 2008, the Design LAB has initiated and delivered a series of craft and design projects where social responsibility, integrity and professional practice are placed at the heart of MA study.

We encourage active research defined by hands-on project work with community, in close partnership with local councils, organisations and communities beyond Manchester School of Art, highlighting how this network supports and informs our active research, design and craft practice.

Interdisciplinarity, collaboration and material practice are powerful tools in today’s society. Design LAB advocate the importance of developing design and craft approaches that take into consideration the many facets of human interaction with the urban environment and materiality.

There is access to an extensive range of design studios and workshops and to a broad range of design and craft cultures.

The MA Design: LAB is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

Unit 1: Practice 1 - Design Intention

Unit 2: Choice of one option from the following- (Subject to Change)

Unit 3: Practice 2 - Design Proposition

Unit 4: Professional Platforms

Unit 5: Practice 3 - Major Project

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Lab award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
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