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.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below
• Design Research Methods
• Design Management
• Major Research Project
• Contemporary Issues in Design
• Imagination Lab
• Design and Business
• Design Directions
Offering you the flexibility to pursue a generalist or specialist degree pathway, our Creative Writing MA (Modular) is taught by prize-winning, practising writers and is part of the longest-established Creative Writing scheme in the country. You will be part of a vibrant literary community, honing your critical and creative skills whilst engaging with visiting writers and publishing professionals.
The generalist pathway offers a free choice of modules in prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and dramatic forms, whilst the specialist pathway in Poetry, Prose Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction sees two of four modules, and a creative project, focusing on your chosen specialism. All students deliver a research-based talk at our annual MA Showcase - previous events have been held in partnership with Lancaster LitFest and the Dukes theatre.
Your core modules are Research Methods and Professional Practice, which examine the professional and ethical issues around creative writing and help you to develop your reflective practice skills. Elective modules explore a wide range of literary fields and genres, including psychogeographies, short fiction, poetry, landscape writing, the lyric essay, and radio drama. Each module features readings, practical presentations on form, genre and technique, peer feedback (verbal and written), and tutor recommendations on how to develop your own work.
Your postgraduate degree equips you with a portfolio of work and prepares you for PhD research as well as careers in journalism, publishing, literature and reading development, community arts and public relations. Many of our students have gone on to publish works of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. The critical, analytical, close reading and editing skills developed through your studies will also enhance your employability.
Part time and full time study options are available.
This course offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue an independent writing project in their chosen literary form. Their development as writers is supported by a specialist tutor, who facilitates a combination of weekly workshops (large and small) and personal supervision.
This course will suit the kind of student who has a strong and developed idea for their writing, and who would like personalised support in a small, select group of writers. This course prepares students keen to develop to PhD level, and there is an opportunity to take part in the Creative Writing PhD research as practice collaborative study days.
Students will also complete the Research Methods and Professional Practice modules across the first two terms of their course alongside students enrolled on the MA in Creative Writing (modular).
The course consists of group workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Then as part of the Professional Practice modules, a number of professional writers visit the course throughout the academic year, culminating in the Lancaster Words Festival, giving talks in their specialist genres, hosting workshops to stimulate new work or providing insight and advice in areas of prose fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and other literary forms.
Students develop an independent project up to 30,000 words, and a reflective essay up to 5,000 words.