Art and Design (Design Futures) - MA/PgD/PgC

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Key Information

Course duration: 2 years

Mode of study: Part time

Qualification: MA - Master of Arts

Subject Ranking

Art & Design

  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the university.

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    2.94 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

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    0.20 / 1.00

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Home students: Standard 20 credit fee is £1,000.
EU students: Standard 20 credit fee is £1,000.
Overseas students: To be confirmed

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The Course


The MA Art and Design programme will cater for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Fine Art and Design. Typically this might include teachers, aspiring artists or designers, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Fine Art or Design who wish to further their professional practice. It will also cater for those students with first degrees outside Art & Design who wish to convert their career path by following a more theoretical route in Art and Design. The MA Art and Design is designed as a gateway to research or advanced experimental practice. Students taking the MA Art and Design will align with specific research and experimental practice pathways, led by academic staff with established practice careers and/or advanced scholarship and research.

Design Futures Pathway: This is a call to arms for designers who dream. We are looking for visionary and imaginative graduates from any discipline who are seriously committed to thinking about the future. That might be the future of the human species, the future of technology, or of the planet, or of the design profession and their own future within it. 19th Century Designers had the vision to imagine a future of prosperity, health and democracy all made possible by a wondrous new Age of Machines. Today we benefit from that foresight and live longer, healthier and more exploratory lives than at any time in our species history. But this has not come without cost to our liberty, our values and to the ecology we share. Today we stand at the brink of a new age where there is no longer a category of imagination we can call science fiction.

The aim of the MA (Design Futures) is to enable a forum for intellectually liberal but rigorous speculation and creative research. This is an MA that will appeal to design students who wish to explore how they can intellectually and creatively play their part in setting out to identify, challenge and resolve the challenges we will face in the future.

The programme is intended for graduates from any discipline who aspire to develop a sustainable future design career in a developing intellectual and / or commercial context. Students work within a negotiated programme of learning closely supported by an experienced academic tutor who will work with them to develop a personal intellectual, creative and strategic direction. Students can exit at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.

Start Dates

  • September 2019 at Llandaff Campus

Cardiff Metropolitan University

University League Table Ranking: 77th

Cardiff Metropolitan is located in the exciting and lively city of Cardiff. It delivers practice-focused and professionally recognised education across its academic schools.

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Postal Address

Cardiff School of Art and Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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