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MA/MFA Design Culture

Course Description

This innovative course explores a diversity of design worlds, from the ‘high’ design of award-winning architecture, furniture and products to the often overlooked objects and experiences of our everyday lives. We consider the work of the professional designer alongside the amateur DIY-er and the anonymously designed objects that shape the daily habits of ordinary life. Through seminars, fieldwork, archive research, lectures and independent study you will be encouraged to build your own research areas, using methods based on the disciplines of design history, design studies and material culture. Developing your critical skills, you will work towards a personal project that has expression in academic writing and research, exhibition or a series of alternative creative outputs. Emphasis on negotiated outcomes reflects the current dynamic interplay of design theory and practice. This is therefore ideal for students who are fascinated by the cultures of design as a whole, whether coming from an interest in design theory, such as historians or archivists, or design practice, such as product designers and curators.

The MA Design Culture is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is practice driven and focussed on the development of your existing practice. It will enable you to identify and explore new concepts and approaches negotiated through an individual Working Synopsis.

You will establish key theories and issues relating to Contemporary Curating, Design Cultures and Contemporary Visual Culture and then develop these into more complex approaches.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design Culture award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

In the first year you will study untis in; Art - Contemporary Curating, Contemporary Visual Culture, Design Cultures. An option of one of the following: Digital Futures, Contested Territories, Health and Wellbeing, The Museum and the City - The City as Museum, Negotiated Study, Object, Women Artists and Surrealism.

In the second year you will study units in; Contextualising, Realisation and Publication.

Special Features

The course is taught by practicing artists and maintains active links with an international network of art professionals and organisations.

You will have your own spaces within communal studios, with full access to the Faculty’s workshops and other resources.

The space allows opportunities to become involved in a wide range of live projects, publishing ventures and the chance to collaborate with other students, members of staff and outside institutions.

Visit the MA/MFA Design Culture page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Course Fees

UK/EU FT students: £6,480 (per year) /£1,080 per 30 credit unit. Non-EU FT international students: £12,500 (per year)/ £2,085 per 30 credit unit.

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