Taught course

Design Future Society

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Design
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances we may also consider people who don’t have a degree, but do have relevant work experience.

Documents and information you need

A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying (please submit an official English translation if necessary)

Two academic references (in certain circumstances a professional reference may be considered)

Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language

A personal statement, including evidence of your motivation and interest to study this particular programme and an indication to your future career plans. Non-design students should demonstrate how they can transfer their knowledge/skills to a different discipline, as well as their understanding about the field of advertising.

An electronic link or pdf to your digital portfolio. Your portfolio should show evidence of successfully generating and articulating concepts.

Applicants from non-design backgrounds must also have a portfolio showing evidence of your understanding of visual language and/or creative writing ability.

Months of entry

September

Course content

MA Design Future Society is an 18-month programme, leading to a joint award with Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. The programme includes study at both universities. If you start the programme at Leeds your first semester will be at Leeds, your second semester will be at Mannheim and then you will return to Leeds for your third semester.

All students registered on the programme may apply for Erasmus+ funding which will contribute to travel and living expenses during the five month exchange. The School of Design and Leeds University’s International Office and Language Centre will provide support for applications for funding, visas and pre-sessional language tuition.

This future orientated programme provides opportunities to integrate research from philosophy, social science and digital technology with design thinking in addressing social issues; realigning design as a discipline with social and cultural value. You will be encouraged to employ design as a catalyst for change; articulating new perceptions, developing appropriate strategies and implementing future-oriented solutions, which affect our society, culture and economy.

Traditionally designers applied their skills post problem identification – we will address that imbalance by positioning the designer at the point of problem identification and need analysis, extending the function and purpose of design beyond fulfilling commercial objectives by developing new and relevant products and implementing sustainable solutions for public, private and third sectors. This unique educational experience embraces collaboration, teamwork and internationalism and we encourage applications from all disciplines.

At the School of Design and Fakultät für Gestaltung, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences you will be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There are computer-aided design (CAD) suites with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs, eye-tracking technology and digital photography.

At Leeds there is also an impressive range of resources you can use for research. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of our culture over time.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
18 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
texpg@leeds.ac.uk