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The Design MA at DMU provides you with an opportunity to design and pursue your own personal arts study programme at master’s level, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars.

The programme allows you to study in a way that is most appropriate to your own individual circumstances, and has been designed to suit your preferred learning style(s). You can take up to 90 credits from our taught postgraduate provision, while the rest of the programme will be completed through negotiated learning agreements. Study can be full-time, part-time, or a mixture of both. You can exit the programme early (after 60 credits) with a postgraduate certificate, or (after 120 credits) with a postgraduate diploma. The shortest period of study for the master's award is one year full-time.

There are a wide range of subject areas to choose from, and you can create a programme of study which is interdisciplinary and unique to your specialist interests or skills. The programme also allows you to be supervised by leading national and international scholars, researchers and practitioners drawn from the unique breadth of specialist areas available in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities.

You are able to exercise choice and control over the aims of your course, the content and context of your studies, and the criteria against which your achievement is assessed. You can take up to 90 credits from our taught modules (subject to approval), and you design your programme of study between and across the subject areas that we offer.

The wide range of specialisms that we offer on the Design MA includes:
• Architectural history
• Architecture
• Architecture conservation
• Art and design education
• Art and design history
• Ceramics
• Design crafts
• Design innovation
• Design management
• Fashion management
• Footwear design
• Furniture design
• Glass
• Interface design
• Interior design and architecture
• Product design
• Retail design
• Silversmithing
• Spatial design
Assessment can be as varied as you want it to be. It will be defined in the learning contract; so you can negotiate assessment tasks and methods.

All students must take a 15 credit Research Methods module (by attendance or by distance learning) at the beginning of the course, and all students will also have to undertake a Major Project, Dissertation or a Work Placement at the end of the course to achieve the master’s award.

You will be assigned two dedicated mentors who are subject specialists. They will provide academic support throughout the course. DMU academic and research staff are experts in their field. They are actively engaged in a wide range of external activities including research, consultancy, publishing and exhibiting in both a national and international context.

DMU has excellent technical expertise available to support postgraduate students. Within the faculty, there are professionally equipped workshops with specialist technicians to support your master’s work.

Graduates have gone onto consultancy, entrepreneurship, arts and design management, research and teaching. Many students choose this course as a preparation for an academic career and enter further MPhil or PhD level study.

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

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