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MA Design and Culture

Course Description


This programme will provide you with concepts and skills for undertaking ethnographic research for completion of design projects.
These skills can be applied and developed in both the interdisciplinary and international design projects that provide the core of the programme.

Building on the strengths of our MA/MSc Design Innovation this programme expands the question does culture inform design or does design inform culture? Through a series of processes and projects students will build a portfolio of work informed by the study of culture through the Media and Creative Industries. This programme supports students to explore the dynamic, contingent relationships between design and its many cultural contexts.

See the website http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/design-and-culture/

Programme Aims

a) To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams

b) Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time

c) To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers

d) To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial design innovation and evaluation project that draws on the influences of culture in design

e) To critically analyse how design feeds culture and culture feeds design

Programme Structure

To complete the MA Design and Culture students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules (4 in the first semester and 4 in the second semester). All modules are compulsory. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.


Modules are assessed by a combination of projects base learning, essays, group exercises, presentations and project portfolios.

Students will be asked to produce project briefs, concept drawings, user scenarios, storyboards, project blogs and multimedia documentation.


This programme will enhance career prospects in user-centred design.


- Identity, Culture and Communication
- Reflection and Action
- Meaning Making in Design
- International Project
- Collaborative Project
- Media and Creative Industries: Context and Practices
- Media and Creative Industries: Critical Perspectives
- Dissertation
- Researching Media Industries

See here for information on modules http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/design-and-culture/


Loughborough University London offers a collaborative, innovative and inspiring learning environment, bringing together world-leading scholars, dynamic organisations and creative individuals with the emerging talent and leaders of tomorrow.
Our programmes, which combine real-world learning with theory-rich lectures, are delivered through our five institutes and academy:
- Institute for Design Innovation
- Institute for Digital Technologies
- Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development
- Institute for Sport Business
- Institute for Media and Creative Industries
- Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

You will not only develop an in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject area, but will also gain cross-disciplinary experience, giving you the breadth of skills and experience to thrive in your chosen career.

You will learn from and network with pioneering thought-leaders from a range of organisations –multi-national companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups, the private and voluntary sectors, and the eminently creative local London community.

Our vision for Loughborough University London has been shaped and informed by the University’s existing commercial partners and collaborators, which include several of the world’s most iconic brands.
We will be running regular keynote speaker programmes, seminars and invited lecturers from some of the world’s most influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, and public and voluntary sector organisations. Visit the People section of the website (http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/about/people/guest-speakers/ ) to see just a few of our iconic partners.

All have recognised the need to invest in the pipeline of future talent so that they can continue to recruit people with the skills, drive and creativity to compete and thrive in a globally competitive environment.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/

Visit the MA Design and Culture page on the Loughborough University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages - No. of awards TBC

We are investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in our scholarship and bursary scheme to support your studies at Loughborough University London in 2016.This package of support celebrates and rewards excellence, innovation and community. Our ambition is to inspire students of the highest calibre and from all backgrounds and nationalities to study with us and benefit from the wider Loughborough University experience and network.Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.View the sections below to discover which scholarship options are right for you.What's on offer for 2016Inspiring Success Programme
For unemployed and underemployed* graduates living in the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
Award value: 100% off your tuition fees
We are joining forces with The London Legacy Development Company to offer a two day programme of specialist support for graduates, including workshops, skills seminars and networking opportunities to increase students' employability and support those looking to enter into postgraduate education.
Eligibility: At the end of the programme, eight students will be selected for a 100% scholarship to study a masters course of their choice at our London campus in September 2016Dean's Award for Enterprise
For students looking for the skills and support to launch a new business
Award value: 90% off fees to launch your business idea
Eligibility: The award will be given at the discretion of the Dean and the Senior Leadership Team, based on a one-page submission of your business idea.East London Community Scholarship
For any students who obtained their GCSE’s or A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) from The Growth Boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
Award value: 50% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: Competitive scholarship based on one-page submission showing your contribution to our communityAlumni Bursary
For all Loughborough University alumni
Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: International and UK/EU alumni holding a current offer for LoughboroughExcellence Scholarship
For international and UK/EU high achieving students
Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
Eligibility: Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised high quality institution will be considered

Value of Scholarship(s)

See below


Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.

Application Procedure

Applications are now open for scholarships and bursaries for 2016. For further information and to find out whether you are eligible for a scholarship or bursary, please visit our Your Questions Answered
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Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum of a lower second class honours degree in design or related subjects. English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent. See View Website

Course Fees

For more information, please see our fees and finance page View Website

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