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Design for Cultural Commons - PG Dip

London Metropolitan University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why study this course?

“The Commons” as a field of study is considered to offer a solution to current problems of social and economic inequality. If you’re interested in developing methods to instigate power shifts and uncovering the impacts of the discourse around Commons, this course will provide you with the context and skills to do just that.

This postgraduate diploma offers a unique opportunity to rigorously interrogate new forms of practice in line with Commons principles. You’ll challenge unequal power relations, question planetary resource extraction and tackle the inequalities of market-focussed capitalism. The modules and project on this course will put you well on the path to developing financially stable practices for delivering ethical services and products with impact on socio-political change. Your project module in particular will help you to learn and understand appropriate methods for projects specifically aimed at making counter culture, social transformation and new models of doing and acting in the city.

More about this course

This course takes place part-time over the course of one year. Whether you’re already involved in socio-political art, architecture or design practice, or looking to enter the field, this PG Dip course will facilitate careers development or careers realignment. The connection between history and theory and practice will complement your own experiences, in turn providing a foundation for your future practice.

You may be:

  • An existing cultural practitioner who wants to critically reflect on their practice and analyse where to go next using the Commons as a tool for analysis or as a way to frame your practice.
  • An artist, designer, architect or urban designer interested in developing innovative new forms of social and ecological practice that are not offered in the conventional training of your discipline. You will learn to articulate a social, ethical and Commons-based practice which is financially sustainable.
  • An employee in an institution or organisation who wants to reflect on their role. Either to gain more agency, to have more impact or to develop a new socially responsible and Commons-based area within the institution or organisation.

Your modules will help you to situate your career in organisations that you develop. Moreover, the knowledge gained can be used as a way to develop social and ecological programs within existing institutions.

Most of our students are mid-career practitioners looking to change the direction of their career, often finding their current work environment at odds with their beliefs and interests. If you are looking to embark on new career paths working with communities and in the public sector, the course material will help you to mediate between these worlds and learn best practices for working with communities. The course’s methodology will support you to undertake mapping exercises based on your skills, career path and interests. In turn you'll work to draw out a unique new organisational model tailored to your passion, analysing your needs against the modern macro-political context.

In this supportive, mentoring environment, your modules will act as laboratories for innovating fair, ecological and democratic forms of cultural practice relevant to the networked, decentralised and interconnected (glocal) world of tomorrow.

This PG Dip qualification can also support the development of Mphil and Phd proposals if you are keen to pursue a further qualification.


You’ll be assessed through a written essay, a public talk, coursework and a presentation.

Tuition fees

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University information

London Metropolitan University

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    London Metropolitan University, Admissions Office, 166-220 Holloway Road, City of London, N7 8DB, England

You'll study in the heart of the UK's capital city, home to some of the world's biggest companies and where history and culture are found around every corner.
London Met has a hugely diverse community, with students from more than 140 different nationalities.
Its dedicated international team organises induction events and can advise on immigration issues including visas, work opportunities, family and dependants.

Subject rankings

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  • Entry standards

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    112 50%


  • Graduate prospects

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    61 61%


  • Student satisfaction

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    4.24 85%


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    83 42%


  • Graduate prospects

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    65 65%


  • Student satisfaction

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    3.92 78%



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