Taught course

Disruptive Design

Plymouth College of Art · Plymouth College of Art

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the funding page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details