Full time 12 Month(s)
The course will help you to develop an understanding of contemporary design management. It prepares graduates for careers as design consultants, managers, researchers and design-led, change-makers in private and public organisations, as well as for doctoral study. You will develop modes of thinking critical to the challenges design managers face across a range of real-world situations. The course explores design management from a range of future-oriented perspectives, including service design, design for sustainability, design strategy, and design and branding. An Imagination Lab – an intensive project-based design studio – enables students to undertake a deep dive into a complex design challenge.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
This module considers the complex relationship between design and business and explores this relationship in historical and contemporary contexts. It considers the manner in which design can contribute to sustainable and commercially viable propositions and the resultant relationship to organisational agendas. The role of design in business is moving towards more strategic positions increasingly working on complex systems and intangible objects. This module introduces design as a key area of intervention in business and aims to develop creative professionals able to navigate complex issues, envision possible futures, mediate between creative, commercial and triple bottom line imperatives, and connect organisations to stakeholders groups. Ultimately this module aims to develop an understanding of the scope, nature and role of design in business and the mechanisms by which it is employed.
This module develops an understanding of a range of design research methods and their application with real world contexts. It facilitates and develops analytical and creative design thinking through theoretical investigation and practical activity. It introduces and develops research approaches, methodologies and tools used to inform design research, as well as ideas about how and when to deploy these research tools appropriately. It supports the application of these practical and conceptual tools in a range of research methods appropriate to design.
This module explores key dimensions of contemporary issues in design, which each year will emphasise a specific theme. Through important emergent topics within these themes the module explores the meanings of modern design and its potential role in addressing critical contemporary issues and challenges. The module introduces students to different ways of thinking about the 'outcomes' of design, which may be concepts, material artefacts, services, plans, schemes, participatory methods, etc. The module address the changing role of design and the designer, and the evolving relationships between design, society, and contemporary issues.
This module explores future directions of design and develops students' awareness of the complex interrelationships between design and others specialism's. It utilises design as the driver for such discourse but engages with many perspective beyond those familiar to designers. The module engages with debates that are not bounded by traditional disciplinary concerns and seeks to develop an advanced level of critical and creative engagement with complex societal challenges. The curriculum supports applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. This module develops an understanding of the scope, nature and role of design in business and the mechanisms by which it is employed.
This module familiarises students with the origins of design management, its past, present and emerging forms; its functions and purposes; and its relationships with policymaking. It provides the historical and practical context for design management in general and the role of the design manager in particular. It explores the meaning of designing versus managing and the many ways design managers can contribute to organisations. Students develop specific skills in managing projects, developing design strategies as well as an awareness of branding, marketing, innovation, strategic design-skills necessary to be an effective design manager.
This module enables students to undertake an in depth and comprehensive research project into an area of personal interest and provides a project of significant size and depth in order to synthesise the skills and knowledge acquired in the programme. This module will allow students to engage in research design and implementation in a subsequent research project. It provides the student with an opportunity to co-ordinate and manage their own learning experience and formulate this within a coherent research project. Where appropriate, students will be encouraged to engage with other units across the university in an interdisciplinary manner. Teaching and learning strategies for this module are based around lectures, seminars and personal tutorials. Each student will be required to verbally present their work at specific review points and the project will be monitored at key stages. Supervisor and student must ensure regular contact during the project however, it is the student's responsibility to maintain that contact.
This module is project-based and offers learning in project management and practice at an advanced level. Projects will vary from year to year but will centre on contemporary issues in design, including emerging research directions and issues related to design and business. Projects may be based on academically significant topics, thereby enabling students to become exposed to areas of contemporary design research. Alternatively, they may be linked to 'real world' issues and external clients, thereby developing their abilities in professional practice. Project activities in this module will directly relate to, and integrate with academic studies in other modules and will provide an important opportunity for project-based creative activities and synthesis.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in a social science or management background
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications
We may consider non-standard applicants with a high level of work experience, please contact us for further information
English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0
We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes
Pre-sessional English language programmes available:
4 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with 6.0 in writing and no other individual element below 5.5
10 Week Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
Longer courses are not an option for this programme
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding; Faculty Scholarships and Funding; LICA Fees and Funding
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