Taught course

History of Design and Material Culture

University of Brighton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally hold the equivalent of a British BA(Hons) degree in a related subject and/or equivalent suitable professional experience. Applicants with undergraduate or professional experience in fields of design practice, art history, social history, anthropology and other disciplines who wish combine their expertise and skills with postgraduate study and research into the history of decorative art and design are encouraged to apply. Admission is subject to interview. Students with English as a second language will normally need to display suitable levels of proficiency in spoken and written English through a certificate of language competence from a recognised body.

Months of entry


Course content

The History of Design and Material Culture MA involves the study and analysis of the objects of everyday life. It allies teaching and research in seminar discussions and written assignments. Through close reading of text and objects, students are encouraged to engage with the inter-disciplinary nature of the subject area and the diverse methodological approaches that can be mobilized in accounting for the production, circulation and consumption of design since the mid 18th century. Depending on the topics chosen, all students are able to tailor the programme to suit their own intellectual and subject-specific interests.

Fees and funding

Students can apply well in advance for AHRC grant awards

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Lou Taylor
01273 643071