MA Design Histories and Futures appeals to applicants with a critical writerly practice and an eagerness to engage in challenging, world-leading research into material and visual culture.
The course seeks students with a global, interdisciplinary, rigorous and critical grounding in design culture with a desire to be further challenged and expand their intellectual horizons through writing, debate and curatorial work.
Applicants should be confident writers and communicators and an existing portfolio of rich, rigorous and compelling writing - whether academic or journalistic - is desirable. Applicants will be proactive, curious and have strong contextual and critical focus in their work. The course welcomes applicants with the relevant academic experience and qualifications or those with industry experience.
The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world, with an Honours degree in a relevant subject such as: Design, Art, Cultural Studies, Sociology or a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree in a design-related or creative/humanities discipline.
Students without the required qualifications, but with professional experience may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system.
The educational level may be demonstrated by:
- Honours degree (named above);
- Possession of equivalent qualifications;
- Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
- Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.
Language requirements (International/EU)
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.
- IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills.
- If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.
For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.
Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:
- Sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in a specialist subject area to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject.
- Applicants will be proactive, curious and have strong contextual and critical focus in their work.
- Students work in collaborative and professional environments both on and off-line, therefore resilience and self-efficiency is a must.
- In the project proposal a description of the area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of their intended project. This should include an overview of how you intend to go about producing the project and the methodology.
- A willingness to experiment with new fields and methods of research, a demonstrated understanding of analysis and rigour in critical thinking about design and material culture.
Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.
Personal statement advice
Please say why you are applying for this course, outlining relevant prior experience and knowledge of the subject. Ensure that your personal statement is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes.
It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.
Portfolio and interview advice
All applicants are asked to present a digital portfolio (of 10-20 images, 3-5 projects maximum) that evidences their knowledge, understanding, skills and engagement with the field of design research and/or adjacent fields. The portfolio should demonstrate intellectual curiosity and open mindedness and a strong commitment to the subject as well as to sustained study at postgraduate level.
We are interested in the writerly and critical process of applicants in engaging with the subject of contemporary design across time and the boundaries of discipline and politics. These projects may also be documentation of practice projects with critical reflection or curatorial work with critical reflection. You may link to other sources (video, etc.) in your portfolio and include smaller projects of personal interest alongside the main 3-5.
Applicants are usually interviewed by the course team before a place can be offered. Interviews will take place at LCC, or via Skype/telephone.
If you have links to web projects or other media, please note these in your CV.
Study Proposal for Major Project (300–500 words)
Applicants must submit a study proposal outlining the intentions of their MA research. Please include a description of the area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of the intended project, and an overview of how you intend to go about producing the project and the methodology. It is important to recognise that these ideas will inevitably develop and change during your study on the course and only serve to inform your application at this stage.
Deferring an offer
If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.
Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2020/21)
Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.