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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Plymouth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we offer the only MA Design programme in the country that allows you to specialise in key areas that are right for you. New design tools are available to us now, so we can plan our preferred futures, design is evolving, play your part in that future.

Key features

  • Foster and develop the skills you need to succeed on this interactive course that we designed with industry leaders, to make sure you leave ready to go straight into the workplace as a designer. Many of our students reach positions where they influence design policy in companies from China to Madagascar, Budapest to Bristol.
  • Work with public bodies on real-world practice scenarios. In the past, we have worked with organisations including Plymouth City Council, The Eden Project, Timber Intent and NHS Trusts.
  • Access exclusive talks and insights from industry leaders including Sir Kenneth Grange CBE and from our successful alumni working in some of the world’s prestigious design studios.
  • Experiment in your own personal studio, open until midnight, seven days a week. Take advantage of our equipment hub, staffed by approachable technicians. Here you’ll find image and sound equipment and studios, digital labs, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), a steam bending wood workshop and digital making, including a ceramics 3D printer.
  • Benefit from our links to industry leaders including the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Society of Designers.
  • Build an understanding of the relationship between design, industry and the public for the 21st century. Examine the delicate balance between the needs of consumerism and the problem of diminishing resources. From new technologies and markets to the impact of global politics and the wider sustainability agenda, you’ll analyse and critically evaluate factors influencing design today.
  • Contribute to our community of students from different backgrounds and nationalities. Share ideas and collaborate within this diverse melting pot of talent as you study your three core modules and draw on the collective experience as you progress to your final project.
  • Be inspired by teaching staff who are internationally renowned design practitioners bringing you the very latest thinking and allowing you the room to experiment and find practical solutions to today’s design problems.
  • Distinguish yourself from the competition with the only MA Design course in the UK to offer a choice of four exit awards so you can plot a solid course for your future career. Explore the broad, multiple disciplines of design practice before choosing a specialist focus on sustainable design, spatial design, product design, or maker and materials.

Study three core modules before selecting a specialist focus leading to your final major project. Opt for a one year full-time programme or study part time over two years.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Plymouth

  • University League Table

    69th

  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 85 24

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    126 58%

    43rd

    9
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%

    16th

    56
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%

    17th

    11

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