Taught course

Narrative Environments

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Communication, Spatial and Product Design

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree in a relevant field: architecture, exhibitions, graphics, interiors, performance, retail, spatial, theatre, 3D, multimedia or interaction design, museum studies or curatorship, writing and design management
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification

And normally at least one year of relevant professional experience.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning:

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Narrative Environments responds to the growing need for multidisciplinary collaboration and critical, socially-engaged design. It addresses the demand for meaningful visitor experiences in cultural, commercial and community environments. This encompasses heritage sites, museums, retail, travel and leisure destinations, urban public spaces, libraries, health and educational environments.
Increasingly, organisations want to communicate their stories through the physical environment. They may need to inform their communities; overcome social divides; develop their reputation; and increase visitor numbers or attract new audiences. Narrative environments constitute a core part of “the global experience economy”. This addresses the desire for transformational encounters, providing opportunities for learning, discovery, social interaction and cohesion as well as the purchase of products and services.
On MA Narrative Environments, you will explore how story and time can be mapped onto place to create engaging visitor experiences. You will do this through sound, image, object, space. The course addresses current market opportunities by promoting methods which are participatory, multi-layered and meaningful and support economic, social, cultural, environmental sustainability and democracy. You will also be encouraged to employ new technologies to support connectivity and communication.
This course will equip you with the theoretical, practical and critical skills to envision new narrative environments. You will be supported to create work which addresses the complex context and contradictions of a globalised and turbulent world. As such, you will be encouraged to be outward-facing. You will use the city of London as a lab, collaborating with real communities, external institutions and businesses. You will develop proposals through an iterative design process and when possible, build and test them. The course also addresses the need for advanced research in spatial practices. It provides a grounding in design research, narrative environments and intellectual, scholarly debate. This can lead you to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Information for international students

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,650 per year
International students
£16,945 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 7023