Taught course

Design for Cultural Industries

University of Greenwich · Creative, Critical and Communication Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate 2.1 degree or above in a relevant discipline (in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 may be considered); or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area; or professional experience, research in a professional capacity, or publication in journals, or presentation at conferences/seminars; or other equivalent qualifications and/or experience. Potential applicants who have substantial commercial or industrial experience but who lack formal qualifications should seek an interview with the programme leader.

Months of entry


Course content

What is this programme about?
MA Design for Cultural Industries is an innovative programme for students who want to develop their career in cultural and creative sectors. Through the application of design theory and practice, incorporating new technologies into the discourse, students will be able to create or initiate solutions and experiences in the context of the cultural industries. Integrating materiality and object interpretation through applied imagination, developing innovative creative-thinking, enterprise skills and research-led projects, the programme’s multidisciplinary and critical approach is aimed at giving students a distinctive insight into the collaborative nature of these industries. Drawing upon the excellent creative practice and research expertise of CPDA staff, this MA provides its graduates with the advanced skills necessary to confront their professional challenges and move forward in this highly competitive industry. Who is this programme for?
This MA programme is relevant for those wishing to pursue an advanced career in cultural and creative organisations such as private and social enterprises, design agencies, museums, galleries and research centres. The programme will also be applicable to artists, curators, designers and policy-makers wishing to advance their design thinking by bringing their own projects to life, or create outputs for their own clients and industry partners.
Programme Structure

The programme is run in two modes: full-time over one year and part-time over two years, with the taught content made up of core and option courses totalling 180 credits.

Core courses

  • Materiality & Interpretation - 30 Credits
  • Experience Design (XD) - 30 Credits
  • Design Management and Cultural Enterprise - 30 Credit
  • MA Final Project - 60 Credits

Option courses (two to choose from):

  • Curatorial practice - 15 Credits
  • Coding in Creative Contexts- 15 Credits
  • Sound Design- 15 Credits
  • Social Media and SEO - 15 Credits
For more information, you can also vist our blog:
http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/design-for-cultural-industries Career Paths
Graduates of the MA Design for Cultural Industries will be equipped with advanced skills to go to wide range of leadership or senior creative roles in the cultural and creative industries, both in the private and public sector. The career paths that our graduates can look forward to include arts and cultural management, design management, curatorship (museum, gallery, festival), creative direction, education advisory, cultural publishing, policy making, and art/design criticism. Alternatively, the programme can inspire graduates to open their own cultural start-ups or work for international consultancy firms. Graduates of the programme can also develop academic profiles and research interests to go into teaching or advanced study at MPhil and PhD level. How to Apply

Apply directly on our website (link below). Selected applicants will be invited to attend a personal or skype interview. We recommend early applications, as the places are limited. Overseas applications for this course should be received no later than the end of July for entry in September to allow the sufficient time for visa applications.

For more information, you can also contact Programme Leader
Dr. Isil Onol by email: i.onol@gre.ac.uk

Information for international students

Overseas applications for this course should be received no later than the end of July for entry in September to allow the sufficient time for visa applications.

Fees and funding

UK students
(home and EU) £8,000 Full time; £1,330 Part time per 30 credits
International students
£12,100 Full time only

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Isil Onol