Taught course

Disruptive Design

Plymouth College of Art · Plymouth College of Art

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Entry requirements

BA 2.1; equivalent professional experience or portfolio; exceptional project proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA design programme is unique in the UK. Its focus is on design that is transgressive, operating beyond subject silos and without borders. The subject focus of traditional design disciplines is dissolved, allowing you to engage with new thinking about contemporary issues and the local or systemic impact that design can have on the world.

Our MA Disruptive Design programme develops creative thinking and the cross-disciplinary exploration of ideas, where students propose new concepts, problems, schemes and design proposals that will shape society and impact upon lifestyles.

Working at the interface between physical and digital design processes, the programme encourages innovation with an understanding of contemporary shifts in sustainable, ethical and open design principles. Sustainability and ‘jugaad’ or frugal innovation are critical dimensions of this programme.

As a global consumer society, we currently use twice as many resources as the planet can sustain. How will designers continue to improve life experience within the planet’s means? This programme challenges creative makers and thinkers to propose new responses and solutions to such questions through design practice.

You will be designing the future and will engage with critical questions: what is it that people need in material, physical, social, cultural and spiritual terms? how and through what media will they access these things? what is the future of private, common or corporate ownership in material culture? what is the social or ecological consequence of global material consumption at the end of the product life-cycle?

This is an ideas-driven programme, devised to assist you in developing your unique creative position in relation to product design and society.

You will engage in design thinking and research-centred projects, developing conceptual thinking and visual literacies through iterative design.

You will develop a critical framework that will enable you to assimilate diverse ideas, work with complexity and ambiguity, and respond to commercial demands.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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