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  • The course is relevant to working designers and newly qualified aspirational designers
  • Provides you with the opportunity to develop, research and practice design thinking to an advanced level and to apply new and emerging knowledge to the formulation, investigation and detailed development of a personally selected design project
  • Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of research within the creative design process and the effective rationalisation of the relevant functional, legislative, idealistic and aesthetic parameters
  • Recent graduates, working designers and professionals from a range of subject areas, all keen to extend their knowledge, make up the multidisciplinary international community of the postgraduate suite of programmes within the School of Design
  • 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.
  • Work and study in a lively environment, where you will benefit from the advantages of both collaborative and individual developmental experiences
  • After graduation, you will be equipped to function at a professional level, or alternatively, continue on the academic pathway to PhD level study
  • 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

Modules

Research Methods (Compulsory)

Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.

Creative Design Studio

Through a series of lectures and group projects, the module introduces you to a critical appraisal of current creative processes in a professional multidisciplinary context.

Action Research Laboratory

This focuses on responding to live external challenges and opportunities. In this context, you will be supported to develop innovative approaches to tackling difficult local and global design challenges, while also consolidating and developing your subject specific skills

Interior Design Major Project

Following on from research undertaken in term two, and with expert tutor guidance, you will develop a major design project in term three. With the support of design tutors and technical staff, you will use your design project to demonstrate your thorough understanding and development of spatial design strategies and your abilities in analysis, evaluation and critical design thinking.

Optional Modules:

Design as a Strategic Business Tool

Looks at how design itself can be the driving force behind the strategic management and development of digital design and creative businesses. You will audit the use of design, design management and design thinking in the creative industries and business.

Digital Design Futures

Exploring new and emerging digital technologies, you will propose links to Interior Design, potential collaborations between Interior Design and other fields of study, imagining future design strategies which may be at the very edge of what is currently possible.

Sustainable Design

This module introduces the broad concepts of sustainability, resource efficient design and eco-design while also discussing sustainability as a core aspect of corporate and marketing strategy, as a driver of innovation and as a management practice.

Museum and Exhibition Design

Examines innovative designs and strategies specifically for museums and exhibitions. It focuses on display, interpretation, conservation, marketing, management and funding, cultural identity, heritage, inclusive design, sustainability, education and audience.

Service Design

Examines the role of design in the service industries. You will pay particular attention to ethical, political, social and ecological concerns, all of which require approaches that focus on design and the designers’ role in maintaining sustainability.

Design for Retail

Covers all aspects of in-store retail design, including product, environment, technology, communication and service. You will also examine brand perception, buyer behaviour and engagement with the retail experience.

Managing Business Web Presence

Teaches you how to critically appraise website designs, social media activity and wider networking channels while learning about creative production and management processes. You will learn how best to evaluate the role of website design in business, marketing and the creative industries, while examining advances in web architecture, technology, interface and management.

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur

Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Technology for Design

Provides a platform for designers from various fields to explore a range technology and potentially help to advance their knowledge and practice in this area. This module recognises that digital technology and the development of new equipment, materials, artefacts and devices are all growing exponentially.

Teaching

Assessment methods include report submissions, individual and group presentations (oral and design based presentations) and a major design project submission.

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

You will graduate with a wide range of design skills creating career opportunities in retail, public spaces, leisure environments, contract interiors and workplaces, working for employers such as Conran Design, Pinewood Studios, Kelly Hoppen, Tesco’s Design Think Tank, Blue Print, Haley Sharpe, and Foster and Partners. Opportunities are also available in further research study at PhD level.  


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

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