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Do you have a keen interest in the value of creativity and design and how this can best be used as a strategic tool for organisations?. Read more

Do you have a keen interest in the value of creativity and design and how this can best be used as a strategic tool for organisations?

The MA Design Management course will allow you to harness the power of design and innovation in a corporate context.

Offering industry engagement in fashion management or design strategy and innovation, you will develop transferrable design knowledge that will enable you to recognise the value of design and provide effective leadership and management within this sector. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a series of collaborative projects with third parties or organisations currently working within this industry.

On completion of this course you will leave with an in-depth understanding of how design can contribute to leadership, sustainability and business or social innovation, in addition to possessing the necessary skills to build and manage organisational growth through the development and launch of new products, services and brands.

Learn From The Best

Our academic team is made up of research-active experts with extensive knowledge of the design industry. This knowledge is integrated into all aspects of their teaching to ensure that all content within this course is relevant to the workplace and current and emerging trends.

All staff within this department have a strong commitment to developing your skills and knowledge by developing your critical thinking and your ability to apply your skills to complex real-world problems.

They will be there to support you through every step of your course, ensuring you leave with confidence and full understanding of all aspects of this dynamic industry.

In addition to our teaching staff, you will also have access to specialist communities of practice that will provide the foundation for your learning journey through research networks and cross-organisational collaboration. These communities will provide industry engagement in design strategy and innovation or fashion management.

Teaching And Assessment

The MA Design Management course incorporates learning through investigation and the application of design methods in a business context.

The theory-based aspect of the course covers essential elements such as creative thinking, intellectual property, inter-cultural communication, research principles, reflective practice, contemporary influences and commercialisation.

These contextual modules provide the perfect foundation for the remainder of your degree, which develop your understanding the field of design management.

Teaching is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials, which are assessed by coursework and design projects. You will also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative projects and, where possible, field trips to allow you to put your skills into practise in a real-world context.

Upon completion of the taught modules, you will undertake research report under the supervision of your dedicated tutor who will provide advice and guidance at all stages.

Module Overview

DE7001 - Design Thinking (Core, 30 Credits)

DE7002 - Design Process (Core, 30 Credits)

DE7003 - Project / Thesis (Optional, 60 Credits)

DE7003 - Project / Thesis (Core, 60 Credits)

DE7006 - Design Management 1: Articulating Design Value (Core, 30 Credits)

DE7007 - Design Management 2: Strategy (Core, 30 Credits)

EF0126 - E.S.A.P. in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)

Learning Environment

This course is delivered at the Northumbria School of Design, which is located at City Campus East – a dedicated learning space that is located within Newcastle city centre.

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as our University library – which is ranked in the top three in the UK – and well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your learning experience will be enhanced though the use of technology and learning materials such as module guides, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

Research-Rich Learning

The MA Design Management course is taught by our team of research-active academics who incorporate their individual areas of specialism into the course’s contextual modules to ensure they reflect the realities of the design industry and today’s modern working environment.

The development of your own research skills is at the core of the MA Design Management course content and you will develop research-informed methods of understanding the complexity inherent in real-world situations. These methods will enable you to make better decisions, advance the field of your practice and add new knowledge that will help you perfect your skills in your own particular discipline.

Supported by subject specialists and industry networks, you will also have the opportunity to join an expert-led community of practice in focussed on design strategy or fashion management to further enhance your learning experience.

Your Future

Once you have completed the MA Design Management course you will possess an in-depth understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context. You will also be suitably qualified to take on managerial and leadership roles within the design sector.

This course will prepare you for broad range of jobs within design companies, private organisations and the public sector, in addition to specialist jobs within your chosen specialism. Completion may also enhance promotion prospects in some professions.

This course will also provide you with a strong foundation for progression to PhD studies.



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Learn how to convert innovation and creativity into business success through effective design management. Taught by experts with extensive research experience and industry knowledge, this degree opens up career possibilities in a wide range of sectors. Read more

Learn how to convert innovation and creativity into business success through effective design management. Taught by experts with extensive research experience and industry knowledge, this degree opens up career possibilities in a wide range of sectors.

Introducing your course

The MA Design Management explores the effective use of design in a business context, encompassing product design, process design, service design and brand design. You’ll gain an understanding of the whole design management cycle, from the identification of market trends and use of research to inform the design process, through to branding, marketing, after-sales and product recycling. The programme is taught by academics with industry experience and research expertise, including specialist knowledge of the relationship between design and finance, and design and law. They use interactive activities such as practical mini projects, study visits to London museums and a simulation workshop to consolidate your learning. In addition, guest lectures by external practitioners offer industry insights and a chance to build your networks. Taught within a creative art school environment, the course offers the academic rigour that you would expect from a Russell Group university, and you’ll graduate with knowledge and skills that will enable you to advance in a wide range of sectors.

Overview

This course will be of interest to those from a design background who want to advance their career through a greater understanding of the design management process, or to those with a business background who are interested in focusing on design management. Our students include recent graduates and those with professional experience.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification. 

Career Opportunities

The MA Design Management will prepare you for a role in design management, brand management, design research and other managerial positions that relate to the product or service design process

Our graduates have gone on to work for in-house design teams at major companies such as Evian, Tank Innovation, iFLY TEK and Apple, and for market research companies and television companies. Some have become university lecturers and others are undertaking PhDs. Former students have also set up their own design management consultancies.



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Develop high-level leadership, management, communication and analytical skills for a career in the creative and cultural industries. Read more

Introduction

Develop high-level leadership, management, communication and analytical skills for a career in the creative and cultural industries. MA Design Management and Cultures combines academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum that draws on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives from business and the arts.

Content

MA Design Management and Cultures combines academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum that draws on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives from business and the arts.

The content of the MA Design Management and Cultures course reflects current knowledge, debates and issues within the discipline. Students will interrogate, through practical projects, a range of perspectives including: design research methods; design thinking for the cultural and creative industries; branding; the role of creative interventions in brand communications; trend forecasting; strategies for management of brand experiences; design for social needs and sustainability; project management; entrepreneurship and innovation; change management; and design leadership.

The course is designed to support employability and employer engagement by developing both transferable and industries specific high-level skills. There will be regular contact with industry professionals through studio and industry visits, live briefs and guest speaker and networking events.

MA Design Management and Cultures combines an understanding of management and organisation from perspectives drawn from business, the arts and humanities. The curriculum has a professional focus with a strong emphasis on the development of leadership, management, communication and analytical skills.

Structure

MA/Postgraduate Diploma Design Management and Cultures is a four term full-time programme (30 weeks for PG Dip, 45 weeks for MA). Taught within the School of Design at LCC, it is part of a suite of courses that includes MDes Service Design Innovation.

In the autumn term you will critically engage with ‘design thinking’ and concepts and theories of leadership and innovation and experiment with a range of interdisciplinary research methods.

At the start of the spring term you will take the collaborative unit, which is common to all courses at Masters level. Mid-way through the spring term you will consider how design management can bring about transformation within a global context, and explore the role of design in the creation of social, political and cultural meaning.

In the summer term you take the knowledge, skills and experience from the units studied to date on the course and synthesise these through the production of a self-directed major project and associated thesis.

Course Units:

Design Thinking, Leadership and Innovation (40 Credits)
Design Research Methods and Critical Practice (20 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
Global Design Futures (20 Credits)
Design and Cultural Meaning (20 Credits)
Final Major Project and Thesis (60 Credits)

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The MA Design Management programme is an ideal course for those looking to develop and enhance their careers through an excellent understanding of the value of design and innovation. Read more
The MA Design Management programme is an ideal course for those looking to develop and enhance their careers through an excellent understanding of the value of design and innovation. You will learn how to harness the power of creativity within business and how this can be used as a strategic tool.

Key facts

• Prepare to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context
• Engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations
• Applicants with substantial relevant experience alone will be considered on individual merit
• Also available at our Newcastle Campus
• Upon graduating, opt to join one of a Professional Pathways programme, to further build your skills and employability with one of the UK’s leading corporate training providers, QA

What will I study?

The MA Design Management is an ideal course for designers who want to develop their career by taking on a more strategic, managerial role. It will also appeal to business graduates or managers from other sectors, who want to advance their careers by developing a greater understanding of how design can contribute to leadership, sustainability and social innovation within a business.

You will study 6 modules that work together to give you a holistic view of design strategies and ways to successfully manage the complete design process. Areas that you will cover include: Creative Thinking, NSF Intellectual Property, Intercultural Communication, Research Principles, Reflective Practice, Contemporary Influences and Commercialisation.

These highly contextual modules provide the perfect foundation for you to understand the field of Design Management, find your personal direction and provide a stepping stone to your future career.

How will I be taught and assessed?

As a MA Design Management student you will engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations.

Careers and further study

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA.

Modules

All modules on this course are core.

MA Design Project by Learning Contract (60 credits)
Design Thinking (30 credits)
Design Process (30 credits)
Design Management 1 (30 credits)
Design Management 2 (30 credits)
ESAP in FADSS Level 7 (0 credits)

Please note that this programme is currently being reviewed.

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The MA Design Management programme is an ideal course for those looking to develop and enhance their careers through an excellent understanding of the value of design and innovation. Read more

The MA Design Management programme is an ideal course for those looking to develop and enhance their careers through an excellent understanding of the value of design and innovation. You will learn how to harness the power of creativity within business and how this can be used as a strategic tool.

Key facts

-Prepare to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context

-Engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations

-Applicants with substantial relevant experience alone will be considered on individual merit

-Also available at our Newcastle campus

-Upon completion of your programme, you will be eligible for our Professional Pathway programmes which will enable you to further develop your skills, delivered by QA, one of the UK’s largest providers of IT and project management training

What will I study?

The MA Design Management is an ideal course for designers who want to develop their career by taking on a more strategic, managerial role. It will also appeal to business graduates or managers from other sectors, who want to advance their careers by developing a greater understanding of how design can contribute to leadership, sustainability and social innovation within a business.

You will study 6 modules that work together to give you a holistic view of design strategies and ways to successfully manage the complete design process. Areas that you will cover include: Creative Thinking, NSF Intellectual Property, Intercultural Communication, Research Principles, Reflective Practice, Contemporary Influences and Commercialisation.

These highly contextual modules provide the perfect foundation for you to understand the field of Design Management, find your personal direction and provide a stepping stone to your future career.

How will I be taught and assessed?

As a MA Design Management student you will engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations.

Careers and further study

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to take on managerial roles supported by your understanding of how to harness the power of design within a corporate context.

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. This additional training is offered to our graduates for free, from our partner QA, and provides you with an excellent opportunity to undertake professional training at the end of your Masters from one of the UK’s leading corporate training providers, further enhancing your professional development and employability skills. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility. Find out more about the Pathways available and your eligibility - http://london.northumbria.ac.uk/why-northumbria/careers-and-employability/

Modules

The module programme will develop your critical understanding of design, including its conception and process, as well the implications design has for business. You will also develop core management techniques and skills, designed to enable you to harness the potential for design in a range of business context. You can expect modules such as Design Thinking and Design Management 1: Articulating Design Value. You will also complete a final Project or Thesis, giving you the opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest and demonstrate academic excellence. 

Please visit the course page for more information on module content. 



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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. Read more

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.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

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.



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Companies now have more options than ever to promote their products and brands. Practical knowledge of design, current trends and how they affect corporate practices is quickly becoming a key component of running a successful organization. Read more
Companies now have more options than ever to promote their products and brands. Practical knowledge of design, current trends and how they affect corporate practices is quickly becoming a key component of running a successful organization. Through this program, you will gain a general understanding of design history and esthetics while learning how to best apply them to business and productive management practices.

Course structure

The MBA in design management program lasts one year, divided into three terms. Each term students complete five courses, including industrial visits and guest speaker sessions. In order to graduate, students must complete a final management methods research module and a dissertation subject in addition to the other courses.

Term 1 (18 CH | 23 ECTS)

Management Skills (3 | 4)
Organizational Behavior (3 | 4)
Managerial Accounting (3 | 4)
Marketing (3 | 4)
Quantitative Business Methods (3 | 4)
Negotiation (seminar) (1 | 1)
Business Law (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 2 (21 CH | 27 ECTS)

Finance (3 | 4
Human Resources Management (3 | 4)
Global Economics (3 | 4)
Strategic Management (3 | 4)
Management Information Systems (3 | 4)
Business Strategy Simulation (3 | 4)
Job Career Planning (seminar) (1 | 1)
Communication Skills (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 3 (15 CH | 20 ECTS)

Introduction to the World of Design (3 | 4)
Luxury & Design (3 | 4)
Architecture & Hotel Design (3 | 4)
Graphic Design & Corporate Identity (3 | 4)
Photography & Management (3 | 4)

Graduation Requirements:

EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
EU Dissertation (14 | 20)

*EU Research & Dissertation Seminars will be taken over 2 terms

Learning Outcomes

Design management graduates enter the market with a diverse skill set that will enable them to discern a good design idea from one that will not work in the current market. Students will also:

1. Know how to incorporate design into the modern world of business.

2. Gain a general understanding of design history and esthetics.

3. Learn how to best apply design to good business and management practices.

4. Apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Faculty

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees, as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international business community. Our faculty members have current or previous experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This merge of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing EU's pragmatic approach to education.

Careers

Students completing this major pursue careers in:

Brand strategy
Advertising
Packing design development
Marketing management

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Companies now have more options than ever to promote their products and brands. Practical knowledge of design, current trends and how they affect corporate practices is quickly becoming a key component of running a successful organization. Read more
Companies now have more options than ever to promote their products and brands. Practical knowledge of design, current trends and how they affect corporate practices is quickly becoming a key component of running a successful organization. Through this program, you will gain a general understanding of design history and esthetics while learning how to best apply them to business and productive management practices.

Course structure

The MBA in design management program lasts one year, divided into three terms. Each term students complete five courses, including industrial visits and guest speaker sessions. In order to graduate, students must complete a final management methods research module and a dissertation subject in addition to the other courses.

Term 1 (18 CH | 23 ECTS)

Management Skills (3 | 4)
Organizational Behavior (3 | 4)
Managerial Accounting (3 | 4)
Marketing (3 | 4)
Quantitative Business Methods (3 | 4)
Negotiation (seminar) (1 | 1)
Business Law (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 2 (21 CH | 27 ECTS)

Finance (3 | 4
Human Resources Management (3 | 4)
Global Economics (3 | 4)
Strategic Management (3 | 4)
Management Information Systems (3 | 4)
Business Strategy Simulation (3 | 4)
Job Career Planning (seminar) (1 | 1)
Communication Skills (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 3 (15 CH | 20 ECTS)

Introduction to the World of Design (3 | 4)
Luxury & Design (3 | 4)
Architecture & Hotel Design (3 | 4)
Graphic Design & Corporate Identity (3 | 4)
Photography & Management (3 | 4)

Graduation Requirements:

EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
EU Dissertation (14 | 20)

*EU Research & Dissertation Seminars will be taken over 2 terms

Learning Outcomes

Design management graduates enter the market with a diverse skill set that will enable them to discern a good design idea from one that will not work in the current market. Students will also:

1. Know how to incorporate design into the modern world of business.

2. Gain a general understanding of design history and esthetics.

3. Learn how to best apply design to good business and management practices.

4. Apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Faculty

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees, as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international business community. Our faculty members have current or previous experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This merge of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing EU's pragmatic approach to education.

Careers

Students completing this major pursue careers in:

Brand strategy
Advertising
Packing design development
Marketing management

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Companies now have more options than ever to promote their products and brands. Practical knowledge of design, current trends and how they affect corporate practices is quickly becoming a key component of running a successful organization. Read more
Companies now have more options than ever to promote their products and brands. Practical knowledge of design, current trends and how they affect corporate practices is quickly becoming a key component of running a successful organization. Through this program, you will gain a general understanding of design history and esthetics while learning how to best apply them to business and productive management practices.

Course structure

The MBA in design management program lasts one year, divided into three terms. Each term students complete five courses, including industrial visits and guest speaker sessions. In order to graduate, students must complete a final management methods research module and a dissertation subject in addition to the other courses.

Term 1 (18 CH | 23 ECTS)

Management Skills (3 | 4)
Organizational Behavior (3 | 4)
Managerial Accounting (3 | 4)
Marketing (3 | 4)
Quantitative Business Methods (3 | 4)
Negotiation (seminar) (1 | 1)
Business Law (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 2 (21 CH | 27 ECTS)

Finance (3 | 4
Human Resources Management (3 | 4)
Global Economics (3 | 4)
Strategic Management (3 | 4)
Management Information Systems (3 | 4)
Business Strategy Simulation (3 | 4)
Job Career Planning (seminar) (1 | 1)
Communication Skills (seminar) (1 | 1)
Personal & Professional Development (1 | 1)

Term 3 (15 CH | 20 ECTS)

Introduction to the World of Design (3 | 4)
Luxury & Design (3 | 4)
Architecture & Hotel Design (3 | 4)
Graphic Design & Corporate Identity (3 | 4)
Photography & Management (3 | 4)

Graduation Requirements:

EU Research & Dissertation Seminars*
EU Dissertation (14 | 20)

*EU Research & Dissertation Seminars will be taken over 2 terms

Learning Outcomes

Design management graduates enter the market with a diverse skill set that will enable them to discern a good design idea from one that will not work in the current market. Students will also:

1. Know how to incorporate design into the modern world of business.

2. Gain a general understanding of design history and esthetics.

3. Learn how to best apply design to good business and management practices.

4. Apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Faculty

EU’s high-caliber faculty is made up of full-time academics with doctoral degrees, as well as part-time instructors who are also current members of the international business community. Our faculty members have current or previous experience as entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders. This merge of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing EU's pragmatic approach to education.

Careers

Students completing this major pursue careers in:

Brand strategy
Advertising
Packing design development
Marketing management

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As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. Read more
As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. With this programme you’ll explore the value of brand and design management in an era of increasingly saturated markets. As well as developing brand-related theoretical understanding and practical focus, you’ll have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, leadership, research and communications skills.

Key features

-Receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced brand professional currently working with a locally, nationally or internationally recognised organisation. Take advantage of their expertise to develop your practical skills and understanding of the industry, and access the insider information to help you prepare to enter the workplace.
-Build the breadth of knowledge that allows you to succeed by developing a practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of brand and design management, including: consumer psychology; managing creative people; trademark, copyright and branding law; entrepreneurship; leadership and product policy and portfolio management.
-Explore the wider context of brands in today’s society and how they are affected by and influenced by political and cultural trends. You will develop the “big picture” thinking help you stand out of the crowd.
-Benefit from access to a dedicated seminar series delivered by executives from organisations within the industry and branding, advertising and design agencies.
-Build the practical skills with a programme focused upon hands-on learning, delivered by staff that are active researchers within the subjects they teach.
-Supplement your academic studies with field trips to visit organisations that have developed or have been instrumental in developing unique, innovative or powerful brands, giving you access to unique insights into the industry.

Course details

Core modules
-MKT712 Consumer Psychology and Brand Behaviour
-SRE712 Research Methods for Decision Making
-LAW711 Trademark, Copyright and Design Law
-MKT711 Brands and the Value of Design
-HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials
-MKT709 Strategic Brand Management
-MKT710 Brands, Culture and Society
-MKT707 Product Policy and Portfolio Management
-ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The. Institute for Design Innovation. is committed to delivering high-quality teaching and research that aims to address real-life enterprise and social innovation needs. Read more

The Institute for Design Innovation is committed to delivering high-quality teaching and research that aims to address real-life enterprise and social innovation needs.

Our Design Innovation Management programmes allow students to engage in globally connected creative projects whilst studying in the ‘design capital of the world’. These projects will provide students with experience of working in cross-cultural and globally distributed design-teams, skills increasingly required by industry.

We are committed to helping our students achieve great things, and encourage all of our students to build professional relationships with the organisations that interest them the most. Whether your goal is to launch your own business or support the development of an existing product or service, the Institute for Design Innovation is dedicated to making your future ambitions a reality.

For more information, see our programme page for Entrepreneurial Design Management MSc

This programme

Our Entrepreneurial Design Management MSc will teach you how to take an idea from the drawing board to the marketplace. You will analyse entrepreneurial behaviour and evaluate which contributions lead to the success of a new product or idea.

You will learn about the practicalities and challenges of establishing and running your own product design or manufacturing business, and will uncover how enterprising skills can influence and inform the design process.

This programme covers a wide range of topics, from understanding the theories of entrepreneurship to learning about the relationship between design and culture.

Your personal development

Enterprise Through the Curriculum is an intrinsic element of every master’s programme at Loughborough University London and has been carefully designed to give students the best possible chance of securing their dream role. From employability profiling to live group projects set by a business or organisation, and from site visits to organisation-based dissertation opportunities, Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s experience.

Future career prospects

You will be provided with insight and skills for a variety of consumer, commercial, national and international roles across a wide range of sectors. Our graduates are well prepared for work within organisations or equipped for self-employment

routes. The programme enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector. In particular, we aim to prepare you for the management of small enterprises.

Speak to a programme specialist

If you'd like to know more about this programme, you can request an email or telephone call from an academic responsible for the teaching of this programme.

Complete the contact request form

Scholarships for 2018 entry

Our ambition is to inspire high achieving students from all backgrounds, to benefit from our outstanding teaching and cutting edge research facilities.

Inspiring Success Scholarship

The Inspiring Success Scholarship offers 100% off the full cost of tuition fees for selected unemployed and underemployed graduates, who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest.

East London Community Scholarship

The East London Community Scholarship offers 50% off the full cost of tuition fees for students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest.

Excellence scholarship

The Excellence scholarship automatically awards high-achieving students 20% off the full cost of our master’s tuition fees, regardless of their full-time programme or nationality. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have an upper-second class degree or equivalent qualification recognised by Loughborough University.

Alumni Bursary

The Alumni Bursary automatically awards graduates of Loughborough University 10% off the full cost of our master's tuition fees, regardless of their full-time programme or nationality.

Further details about the full range of scholarships we offer are available on our website.



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At IED Barcelona Design Management is taught by a faculty body of practitioners from Design & Business, through the immersion and practice of different innovation and strategic methodologies, analysis of case studies and the execution of a real-industry project commissioned either by multinational companies competing in the global economy, or local companies competing in the international markets. This approach facilitates the training in decision making, placing the students in a real context for innovation and experimentation.

Following the learning-by-doing methodology, students are constantly developing relevant projects in teams. The learnings and competences achieved will be applied at the transversal real-industry project alongside the program. The Design Management Master students are hosted in a dedicated classroom, a space that it's transformed in an innovation design studio where students experiment with new tools and knowledge, with the guidance of the faculty. Small groups of students in the class facilitate the application of this hand-on methodology.

Design managers most likely won’t need to design in detail themselves, but they must be able to communicate very clearly their concepts, either to the business staff or to the design team in order to achieve the desired results. Therefore the students are taught a very diverse set of tools, to train their skills to a level where they can communicate well and loose the fear to discuss at sketch level or through a video.

With the aim of creating synergies between futures professionals, some transversal activities are held for exchanging knowledge with students of different programs. This is also part of IED philosophy.

PERSONAL RESEARCH PROJECT

The Personal Research Project is the single most important piece of written work that students undertake during their RSP Research Study Program. PRP is the culmination Master and should demonstrate that the student has acquired skills, knowledge and analytical capabilities.

The project is an original piece of research involving primary data collection which aim is to undertake an individual work that meets the requirements outlined in these guidelines in order to achieve a passing grade.

The objectives of the thesis process are the following:

. To identify a feasible project in the student’s area of study

. To establish clearly defined objectives and/or questions to be investigated

. To design and implement an appropriate (design research/process) methodology

. To understand the adding value proposition (concept)

. To create a business development plan based on the previous concept.

. To create feasible and concrete design proposals

. To demonstrate analytical skills and produce valid findings

. To apply theory to practical reality

. To draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations where necessary

. To produce a well organized and well-written final document and an effective oral presentation of the thesis

INTERNSHIP

After finishing classes and presenting the two real industries projects, students have the opportunity to implement and prove all the knowledge acquired and skills developed in a three months internship.

In the same period students are working on their PRP so that they can choose to focus their investigation on a personal project or to connect it with the internship.

FIELD TRIPS

To give students a wider understanding of market state-of-the-art, 2 field trips are scheduled in the course curriculum. With the guidance of professors and coordination, students explore different markets and professional contexts in Europe.

Each Field Trip will take students for 3 to 5 days to European cities to exchange knowledge in different environments. After those days devoted to academic activities, students have the opportunity to discover the city by their own. The proposed trips for this academic year are*:

. Milan_ Salone del Mobile 2016 and visit to companies.

. Geneva_ Innovation Bootcamp at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).

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This course is aimed at people who wish to be managers and leaders of creative activities in the creative industries or broader industry where this is required. Read more
This course is aimed at people who wish to be managers and leaders of creative activities in the creative industries or broader industry where this is required. The course teaches established techniques of leading creative design processes, which is widely known as Design Management.

It is aimed at candidates with an undergraduate degree in a creative subject area or those who wish to make a career development.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) has one of the longest established Design Schools in the UK with a portfolio of industry partnership, competition success and substantial graduate careers in the Creative Industries.
-The School’s substantial alumni and other renowned industry associations provide opportunities for students to work closely with industry.
-The FAH Postgraduate ‘Agile Lab’ developed in association with Herman Miller from research titled, ‘The Future of the Learning Environment’ is an appealing location for this course.
-The Faculty has a staff team with extensive experience in professional design and design leadership.
-The location of the University is in the industrial centre of England, one hour by train from London. It is a prime position for the study of design management.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Professionals capable of managing creative teams and delivering creative practice and objectives within the context of defined company requirements, are sought after in the UK, Europe, the USA and particularly in the major developing economies.

Successful graduates from this course will possess knowledge of both creative design and management processes, which can support applications for leadership positions in this area. These positions are part of a company’s strategic objectives and represent a career base for leadership progression within the organisation.

The course can support successful graduates in their applications for management, leadership and reporting roles over a wide area of professional creative disciplines including Graphics, Product Design and Fashion, and to have an understanding of the business contexts of creative activity within industry.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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About the Postgraduate Degree. Read more

About the Postgraduate Degree

Managers and senior managers in companies associated with the real estate and design industries have, at present, one of the most challenging tasks when it comes to managing, with professionals with high added value in terms of knowledge and experience, the resources allocated to their projects and ensuring utmost efficiency and optimisation. 

With the Postgraduate Degree in Real Estate - Construction & Design Management, you will further your knowledge of Creative Business Management, Design Project Management and the creation of business plans that will help you control all aspects of a project. Our aim is to turn you into a true project manager and business expert in the world of real estate and design.

Professional profiles such as project manager are in high demand in today’s business world, because they combine, in one highly qualified profile, an understanding of how to manage the resources and time available in construction, projects and design product creation. 

With this postgraduate degree, you will receive the training necessary to become a certified project manager with the Project Management Institute (USA). 

Throughout the quarter, you will receive advice and guidance from professionals with a view to achieving your personal and professional goals and building your awareness of the professional opportunities available, in order to make the most of your postgraduate studies.

This programme is closely linked to the city of Barcelona, its companies and Architecture and Creative Design professionals. In addition to lectures, the programme also includes seminars by renowned professionals, visits to top-level companies and a highly diverse teaching body. 

Curriculum

Module 3

  • Entrepreneurship and Creative Enterprises 
  • Finance and Asset Management in the Design Sector  
  • Where Are the Customers?  
  • Industrial Customer Management in the Construction and Design Sectors  
  • Design Project Management - Project Management Institute  

Seminars 

  • FORO – Discussions
  • Mentoring & Business Coaching  
  • Job Opportunities 

Project 3

Conferences

  • Real Estate and Business Sector

Academic teaching staff

This Postgraduate Degree includes roughly thirty lecturers from the world of creative enterprise management in both the public and private sectors. Their professional experience will provide you the knowledge and tools necessary for managing a creative enterprise in a host of different sectors.

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the theoretical-practical classes.

 All students will be assessed during the Module. 

 At the end of the Module, the student will defend the dissertation in front of an academic and/or professional committee, which will contain sector specialists and experts.

Reasons to study this Postgraduate

  1. To turn Architecture professionals and professionals from the creative and industrial sectors into true managers and businesspersons in their field.
  2. To understand current professional challenges and the changes resulting from becoming a senior manager/executive in the field of Architecture and creative professions.
  3. To form a true symbiosis between the university world and business.
  4. To promote the personal skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur.
  5. To teach students how to manage the everyday aspects of creative enterprises.
  6. To provide students the knowledge and vocabulary needed to become a senior manager/executive with university-level technical/creative training.
  7. To be able to create a strategic Business.
  8. To make decisions in a qualified, strategic manner.

Admission criteria

In addition to meeting the legal requirements described in the access routes, the Office of Admissions will highly value:

  1. Applications that show sufficient prior training
  2. Transcripts from previous studies
  3. Transferred credits
  4. Descriptions of relevant work experience

Reservation and enrolment

Once accepted, you must pay 20% of the full cost of the Postgraduate’s degree in order to reserve a place.

You must pay the remaining 80% in one lump sum once enrolment is complete.



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The MDes Graphic Design course gives you the opportunity to extend your portfolio and move your creative work into new spaces and career directions. Read more

The MDes Graphic Design course gives you the opportunity to extend your portfolio and move your creative work into new spaces and career directions.

We see design thinking as being at the heart of design innovation. As a designer, learning to manage complex ideas can be the key to finding solutions and developing strategies for clients that can be applied across a range of disciplines as a creative, manager, entrepreneur or design business owner.

The course will challenge you to build upon your communication and design research skills and apply these to successful problem-solving at a master’s level. You will explore contemporary issues in graphic design whilst gaining insights into global trends and dialogues in design by crossing genres and disciplines. The UK produces world-class designers who are sought after internationally – our MDes Graphic Design course sets out to help you realise your ambitions in a global context that takes you from the day-to-day to a global exploration of the discipline. Allowing you the time to evaluate your career and set its direction with the insights and critical reflection now demanded of graphic design in the 21st Century.

If you are an undergraduate wanting to progress your studies – or a professional designer looking to enhance your career outside of the daily routine – our approach to spatial, visual, kinesthetic and active learning will help develop your approach to design and the world around you.

Modules

  • Design Process                                            
  • Design Research Methods                               
  • Design Citizenship                                          
  • Design Studio                                                 
  • Design Management                                       
  • Applied Creativity                                           
  • Masters Thesis or Major Research Project     

From 2018 the course will be part of the newly established Design Centre at Park Campus, giving students the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary setting with animators, advertisers, film, fashion, Media and computing students with space and time to work with professional practitioners, pracademics, academics and researchers from a variety of disciplines.

Design Process

This module allows students to gain a holistic appreciation of the strategic dimensions of design. Built on relevant theoretical perspectives, the module focuses on contemporary design process models and frameworks that take into consideration not only the designer, and the client, but also the target audience, and the wider socio-cultural context. Knowledge acquired is integrated in the development of an effective plan of action, and the compilation of the creative brief. The module encourages a methodical research-informed approach to design practice, bridging academic literature and professional practice, and aiming to equip students with a comprehensive appreciation of the process of design.

Design Citizenship

This module encourages students to develop a critical view to current socio-cultural and political debates relevant to design practice. The module consists of a series of pre-recorded or live presentations, followed by active learning sessions. The topics will be decided on a yearly basis and in accordance with contemporary developments within design research and practice. The schedule will be tailored based on the research interests of staff and students.This module aims to assist students in:

  • Developing an interdisciplinary outward-looking understanding of design research and practice;
  • Reflecting on current social, cultural, economic, and political themes and their relationship to design research and practice;
  • Analysing real life problems and producing critical responses.

Design Studio

This module draws together the work completed so far on the Masters providing students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned within the context of real world design agencies and their clients. The unit will commence with a taught element comprising preparation and master class opportunities, students look to work with clients and design briefs for up to two weeks, they will then have the opportunity to reflect on and present their view on their employability and future in the global design sector in the form of a career plan.By the end of the module, students will be able to draw on real world experience, (and if work experience is not appropriate) case studies, to start to develop their professional careers, capitalise on networking opportunities and evaluate and plan their own career trajectories.

Design Management

The design industry in the UK alone is worth over £3bn a year  and forms one part of an increasingly important part of the economy ‘the creative industries’. The design industry is changing rapidly and this has led to it facing some common strategic issues. This module is set within this ‘big picture’ context.

The module seeks to explore central issues concerning the management of a design agency in a contemporary, therefore global setting. It looks at how agencies as ‘manufacturers of creativity’ are currently managed and why this is so. It seeks to uncover and explore the inherent tensions of managing both creative processes and organisations primarily concerned with relationships (clients and consumers). Finally, it considers strategic leadership in terms of potential future ways of enacting design management, in a changing and highly competitive marketplace.

Masters Thesis or Major Research Project

  • This module allows students to combine the knowledge acquired during Semester 1 and 2 in order to produce an independent design research thesis that demonstrates their capacity as critical design researchers and practitioners. During the length of the module, specialist staff (allocated Masters supervisors) will guide and support each student with their project through one-to-one tutorials.

(The research undertaken during the Masters Thesis module could later be used as the basis for an MPhil or PhD proposal).

Study style

Learn through practical experience, with staff and industry professionals, work with design thinking theory in supporting lectures and workshops. Explore design management scenarios, global trends, ethics, gender and sustainability. You will be working through a range of project and research-based assignments with a professional focus on your future career aspirations.

Careers

  • Creative director
  • Creative strategist
  • Design consultant
  • Design strategist
  • Educator
  • Research consultant
  • PhD Researcher


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