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Course content

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)

Visit the MA Design Management and Cultures page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

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