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You will study in a flexible learning environment, by selecting a specific specialism

you can tailor your course to ensure it matches your personal career aspirations

There is a year-long creative major project, 

allowing your personal interests to be developed, supporting your preferred career direction or establishing the design concept for your own business

Industry placement opportunity

meaning you can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further.

The School of Design’s close-knit community of postgraduate students 

and staff creates a supportive learning environment for design students from around the world

You will develop the design skills and creativity 

required by tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and design industry professionals

You will learn from an expert teaching team, 

who are all active in their own field and who maintain links with the commercial sector ensuring they teach real-world, relevant skills

You will have benefit from top-class facilities, 

working in a dedicated centre with access to a range of workshops and a host of specialist equipment

DMU is the UK’s sole higher education representative in GREAT 

the Government’s flagship marketing campaign which links creativity and commerce. As a GREAT partner, the university stands alongside British brands recognised as world leaders in their fields, including BBC Worldwide, Jaguar Land Rover, Mulberry, Cambridge Satchel Co, INDE Appshaker and Framestore

The new Vijay Patel building 

has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses - find out more

You can tailor the course to your career aspirations by selecting a specific specialist area of study from a diverse range of options, which comprises: Footwear Design; Furniture Design; Interior Design; Interactive Design; Museum and Exhibition Design; Product Design; Retail Design; or Visual Communication Design. Alternatively, you can elect to simply focus on Design Innovation in its own right.


Term one core modules

  • Research Methods (Compulsory)
  • Creative Design Studio

Term one optional modules

  • Marketing for the Creative Entrepreneur
  • Creative Digital Media
  • Design as a Strategic Business Tool
  • Design, Innovation and Sustainability

Term two core modules

  • Action Research Laboratory

Term two optional modules

  • Global Markets: Designing businesses for international growth
  • Museum and Exhibition Design
  • Design for Retail
  • Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur
  • Managing Business Web Presence
  • Technology for Design
  • Service Design

Term three

  • Major Project: Design Concept (Optional) 
  • Major Project: Dissertation (Optional) 


You will benefit from visiting lecturers who specialise in exhibition design, museum curation, retail design, sustainable design, business planning and creative digital design. At the same time, a range of industry, museum, charity, and arts organisation representatives regularly present and coordinate live projects.

In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 23 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

Graduate careers

Graduates have launched their own design businesses and consultancies, moved into dynamic careers such as a creative designer or taken on senior roles in design strategy or brand management. Some graduates have chosen to do a PhD, developing their research to a deeper level.

Businesses started by DMU graduates include: the Pooja Kapoor fashion brand; Whiteroom Media; Luidpro Design; and Cerebral Innovation. Recent graduates have become:

  • Chief Designer for Fasoli srl, which designs and produces fashion footwear for brands such as Michael Klein Paris, asics, Naughty Monkey and Airfit
  • Senior Industrial Designer for Wistron Corporation, producing notebook PCs and other electronic equipment
  • Lingerie Garment Technologist for MAS Intimates, co-ordinating production for lingerie of Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, La Senza and other brands
  • Designer for Max C LondonDesigner and Production Supervisor at Fleur La Fleur fashion design
  • Head of User Experience (web design) for Freestyle Interactive Ltd
  • Creative Services Manager (Australasia) for Revlon
  • Project Manager at Ideal Design (interior design, Taiwan)

Visit the Design Innovation MA/MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!




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