• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length2 years full time (60 weeks)

MA Innovation Management

Places available 2017/18
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants for 2017/18 entry. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details.

MA Innovation Management focuses on the need to equip graduates with the intellectual and practical abilities to operate creatively and strategically as an innovation manager within complex environments and contexts, and to continue their development academically and professionally. In order to do this, students need to be able to work cooperatively as well as independently, to explore and experiment, map and plan.

This course is part of the Culture and Enterprise Programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • A course with the name Innovation Management remains a unique offer in an art and design education context
  • The course’s situation within an art and design educational context allows it to use ‘learning through doing’ as an important driver of its pedagogy
  • The course highlights complexity, criticality and creativity as key elements of its practice. In doing this it engages fully and deeply with a range of other disciplines – notably, philosophy, sociology and anthropology – to augment its examination of innovation and management, design and business
  • The course uses uncertainty as a creative tool, and in doing so engages positively with failure as driver of educational transformation as well as organisational change
  • As such, MA Innovation Management graduates are comfortable operating in complex, liminal spaces, where simplistic notions of 'problem solving' are inadequate.

 

Meet Course Leader, Jamie Brassett and students

MA Innovation Management uncertainty project.

Course publications

Course detail

MA Innovation Management is part of the Culture and Enterprise Programme. It focuses on the need to equip graduates with the intellectual and practical abilities to operate creatively and strategically as an innovation manager within complex environments and contexts, and to continue their development academically and professionally. In order to do this, students need to be able to work cooperatively as well as independently, to explore and experiment, and to map and plan.

MA Innovation Management helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of the complex interrelating discourses and practices influencing innovation management, whilst also equipping students with the necessary cognitive and practical skills with which to provide critical responses to them. 

We support students to think and learn both independently and as an important member of teams, establishing and conveying, with conviction, their own critical position so that they emerge with a clear set of principles and practices to underpin their future career.

Our goal is to develop graduates with an ability to cross discursive, practice, subject and organisational boundaries. Our graduates should have the ability to work – managing themselves and others – in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team on projects that are often global in nature, in open and responsible ways. This is in line with changes to the design industry over recent years, as well as the transformations in the demands of business and society that recognise the importance of creativity, critical thinking and familiarity with uncertainty.

Course structure

This course is made up of three units, each of 60 credits.

Unit one: Exploration and experimentation

Encourages students to experience and experiment with some of the key theories and practices of innovation management as we construct it. Key here will be to explore the different practices and discourses of innovation management and to experiment in the production of strategic outcomes, and to consider the roles that uncertainty, failure and success, play in developing and managing innovation strategies. This unit is broken down into component projects, each of which contains different types of teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work and team presentations. 

Unit two: Mapping and positioning

Also contains a number of component projects, this time to help students orientate themselves in theoretical and practical landscapes relevant to the disciplines of innovation management, as well as to embark upon a self-initiated piece of field work that supports their own field of enquiry. The projects in this contain a range of teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work, team presentations and field work.

Unit three: Independence and cooperation

Allows students to further their own field of enquiry, and to articulate critically their findings. Students will also work together to deliver a series of end-of-year events that showcase their work as individuals and a collective. This unit is also composed of different projects, each of which contains different teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work, team presentations, and the organisation, management and delivery of end-of-year events and supporting material.

MA Innovation Management Programme Specification 2017/18 (PDF, 701KB)

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value.

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

Facilities

Staff

Course Leader: Dr Jamie Brassett  
Associate Lecturer: Lorna Dallas-Conte
Associate Lecturer: Dr Monika Hestad
Associate Lecturer: Dr Lucy Kimbell
Associate Lecturer: Dr John O’Reilly
Associate Lecturer: Dr Carlos Peralta
Associate Lecturer: Beth Shepherd
Associate Lecturer: Paul Sturrock
Associate Lecturer: Dr Ida Telalbasic
Associate Lecturer: Sophie Trench
Visiting Practitioner: Iñaki Arbelaiz
Visiting Practitioner: Alice Holmberg
Visiting Practitioner: Ben Stevens
Visiting Practitioner: Dominic Stone
Visiting Professor: Professor Roy Sandbach

How to apply

2017/18 entry
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

You can apply for this course using our online application form.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level);
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history.

Before you can submit the form, you will also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email.

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 500 words in length, and outline the following:

  • How you have become interested in Innovation Management and the postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins;
  • What aspects of your experience relate to innovation and its management;
  • How you see MA Innovation Management impacting on your future career.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be no more than 20 images and demonstrate your practical and conceptual skills and your working processes, and provide evidence of your experience of innovation and its management. Your examples of your work will depend on your field of expertise, as follows:

Applicants with a background in design should include:

  • Examples of visual work;
  • Examples of moving image work (if appropriate);
  • Developmental research material;
  • Samples of written work.

Applicants from all other backgrounds should include:

  • Documentation of work where possible including report, presentations or research projects for which you have been responsible.

References

This course requires at least 2 references one of which should be an academic or professional reference.

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education and qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

What happens next

We read and consider all applications.  Subject to your meeting the entry requirements you then may then be invited participate in an interview, normally by telephone.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

When to apply

We strongly recommend you apply before 30 June 2017. After that point we cannot guarantee your application will be considered.

Deferred entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

2017/18 entry
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level);
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history.

Before you can submit the form, you will also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

For further advice on how to apply please visit theauditions advice page.

Immigration History Form (for international applications only)

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form.

We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.

You will need to send this back to us, by email, with copies of the following documents:

  • Your passport photo page;
  • Your current visa (if you have one) and any previous UK study visas;
  • Your current English language certificate (if you have this);
  • Your academic qualifications (A2, IB, high school diploma, foundation etc. - if completed. Translated into English).

Please note: If you do not complete and return your Immigration History form we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email.

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 500 words in length, and outline the following:

  • How you have become interested in Innovation Management and the postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins;
  • What aspects of your experience relate to innovation and its management;
  • How you see MA Innovation Management impacting on your future career.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be no more than 20 images and demonstrate your practical and conceptual skills and your working processes, and provide evidence of your experience of innovation and its management. Your examples of your work will depend on your field of expertise, as follows:

Applicants with a background in design should include:

  • Examples of visual work;
  • Examples of moving image work (if appropriate);
  • Developmental research material;
  • Samples of written work.

Applicants from all other backgrounds should include:

  • Documentation of work where possible including report, presentations or research projects for which you have been responsible.

References

This course requires at least 2 references one of which should be an academic or professional reference.

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education and qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

What happens next

We read and consider all applications. Subject to your meeting the entry requirements you then may then be invited participate in an interview, normally by telephone.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

When to apply

We strongly recommend you apply before 30 June 2017. After that point we cannot guarantee your application will be considered.

Deferred entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

MA Innovation Management applicants must have an Honours Degree with a grade of at least 2:1 (or equivalent), and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience; although we will look at exceptional candidates with less. The relevant disciplines and professional fields are:

  • arts and design
  • business studies
  • humanities
  • management
  • marketing
  • physical sciences
  • social sciences

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: 

  • IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. 

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.

What we look for

We actively seek open-minded graduates from diverse academic and industry backgrounds who want to innovate, ideally with relevant work experience from business, marketing, engineering, sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts and design. A key characteristic of our candidates is the desire to extend their subject-specialisms by colliding with, negotiating between, and connecting with people, concepts, discourses and practices that are outside their normal activities, and who are keen to locate the creative outputs of these engagements in the area of innovation management.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • at least a BA Hons. or BSc Hons. qualification or equivalent level of skills and knowledge in their own discipline and preferably some examples of post college work in their particular field
  • evidence of interest and understanding of innovation and its management
  • work demonstrating engagement with innovation and its management
  • a reflective and critical approach
  • evidence and experience of teamwork
  • evidence and experience of research and analysis
  • self-motivation, ambition and a commitment to the course

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £5,050 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £12,860 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Innovation has been identified as crucial to business success, Cox Report. MA Innovation Management will generate career opportunities within:

Creative industries

  • Innovation research
  • Strategy development
  • Business development
  • Brand management

Public sector

  • Innovation research
  • Policy and strategy development

Corporate sector

  • Innovation research
  • Strategy development
  • Business development
  • Brand management

Staff

Our staff members have active and ongoing links with a wide range of institutions, organisations and companies including The Built Environment Trust, The Design Council, EDF, the Royal Society of Arts, Studio INTO and Transport for London.