Entry requirements

Candidates will hold a 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate Design subject, or have evidence of recent professional work equivalent to honours degree standard. Through the submission of a portfolio and statement of intent on application, then further through interview, candidates must be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge and competence appropriate to the demands of the course and to demonstrate the potential to benefit from that study. Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is intended for practitioners from a range of design disciplines wanting to advance their design practice and enhance their skill base while developing a greater understanding of the theoretical knowledge underpinning design processes. In a creative and challenging interdisciplinary environment, design theories are questioned and established while individual creative solutions are explored.

Why study this course with us?

Our course looks across traditional boundaries within visual design practices, encouraging you to develop design possibilities for your individual practice while examining theoretical and professional contexts.

We will encourage you to engage with design discourses and new directions, thereby contextualising your individual practice.

Our course will initially facilitate the contextualisation of your practice, through research methods, current contexts and playful exploratory design practice. Then, you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of project management, effective collaboration and the communication of design practice to professional audiences. Lastly, the final major project provides a chance to undertake a significant self-initiated design project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Art and Design