In 2019 UAL declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to ‘make sustainability a required part of the student learning experience’. In response to the climate and ecological crisis the Design School set in place an ambitious Sustainability Action Plan to fully embed responsible practices within the curriculum and in everything we do. As part of this initiative we have updated our course handbooks against a set of social and environmental sustainability principles to ensure that learning outcomes reflect the urgent need to equip students with the understanding, skills and values to foster a more sustainable planet. Our aim is to change the way students think and to empower them to work towards a sustainable future.
MA Design Management is a four-term, full-time programme. Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term 1
Design Management and Innovation (40 credits)
Design Research Methods and Critical Practice (20 credits)
In the Autumn Term, you will critically engage with design thinking and concepts and principals of design management and innovation. You will experiment with a range of interdisciplinary research methods.
Spring, Term 2
Design Leadership, Enterprise and Culture (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
At the start of the Spring Term, you will take the Collaborative Unit, which is common to all courses at master's level.
This is a group-based unit and may involve a live brief, external and or internal collaborators from the creative industries, cultural sector, public sector or commercial sector.
You will develop your understanding of leadership and management roles and the various ways in which design engages and interacts with stakeholders across various sectors and cultural contexts.
Summer, Term 3
Global Design Futures (20 credits)
Final Major Project: Proposal and Thesis (60 credits)
In the Summer Term, you'll consider how design management can bring about transformation within a global context.
You will apply your design research skills to explore trends and investigate the impact of and on design, and the drives behind the creation of social, political and cultural meaning.
You'll take the knowledge, skills and experience from the units studied to date on the course and bring these together in the production of a proposal for your self-directed major project that you will submit mid-way through the Summer Term.
You will then be assigned a tutor and develop this project which will culminate in a written thesis and an end of year show in Term 4.
Autumn, Term 4
Final Major Project and Thesis (continued)
If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards.
A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.