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Design Education (MA)

Course Description

The MA in Design Education stems from two big human ideas – designing and learning – and explores their connection. We consider how learning might reinvigorate designing, and how designing might reinvigorate learning- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-design-education/

While we can all re-order and improve our words, can we learn to be better designers?

While learning is a natural consequence of human growth, can we learn more effectively through the real-world engagement that designing provides?

You will reflect on and develop your own practice through the lens of radical pedagogies, and design learning activities that push the boundaries of traditional educational environments.

The programme establishes a critical-creative setting in which you can challenge existing practice and explore ways to develop your own.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor, Jenny Bain.

The programme establishes a critical-creative setting in which you can challenge existing practice and explore ways to develop your own.

Core modules

You complete three core modules:

Designing and Learning- 30 credits
Researching Design Learning- 30 credits
Independent Research Project- 60 credits

Option modules

You will be able to take additional options selected from a range available in the Department of Design.

Options offered from the MA Design Education include:

-Design ideation
-Located learning
-International and cultural perspectives on design learning

Options from the MA Design Critical Practice will also be available. Please note that not all options may be available in any one year. Also, not all modules can be timetabled to suit your programme of study. You decide on your option modules during phase one of the programme.

Final project

The core and option units allow you to develop understandings and expertise that you can draw together and utilise in your final project.

This project will enable you to engage in significant research, in a context of your own choosing, that will inform understandings of designing and learning.

The project can be undertaken as either practice-based research supported by theory, or theory-based research supported by practice.


The MA utilises a range of complementary assessment methods and strategies. The following reflect the range you can expect over the whole programme, depending on individual preferences and choices:

Presentation forums give you the opportunity to select and present aspects of your work for peer feedback.

Critical and reflective statements enabled through group seminars and individual tutorials. These statements usually accompany a process-based portfolio of work that is focused on a specific practice-based field of enquiry demonstrating exploratory thinking and research. The statements give you an opportunity to express the development of your knowledge and understanding through completion of the module and are usually attached to an open module.

Essays will be set by individual course tutors and some of these will have an ‘equivalent word count’ attached to them (ie the written text will form a part of the submission and will be accompanied by other specified material). The essays vary in length according to the module units and are assessed formatively through tutorials before final submission.

The individual research project can either be submitted in the form of a dissertation or a portfolio, realised outcome and report. Project work is assessed formatively through individual tutorials. A viva at the end of the individual research project will comprise of a 30-minute interview with your written and/or project work with at least two tutors from the programme team. The structure and material for the viva will have been prepared from previous presentation forums.

Skills & Careers

We produce graduates of consistently high calibre, including many who have become leaders in the creative industries of a number of countries, including China, Japan and Korea.

Our students have won numerous awards (including UK Young Designer of the Year and Eco-Designer of the Year) and their shows have attracted positive attention in the media and achieved great acclaim in the design community.

A number of graduates are now working in top London design consultancies (Fitch, Thomas Heatherwick Studios, Imagination, Pentagram) and major UK companies (John Lewis Partnership, Eden Project, Harvey Nichols).


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Design Education (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Jordan Dalladay-Simpson

118.gif Being at Goldsmiths has been a creative awakening for me. I have had the freedom to think, and encouragement to embrace deeply tentative and problematic issues within my practice and discipline which would be impossible within the design industry. From engaging with ethics to philosophy, Goldsmiths has really allowed me to develop a deep understanding of design, both as practice and as possibilities. The department encourages interdisciplinary thinking and practice. Firstly, by approaching ‘design’ as a unified mode of practice (unlike the increasing specialisation within the creative industries, e.g. ‘graphics’, ‘product’, ‘interior’), liberating it from otherwise predefined outcomes, a priori to any brief given. Secondly, we have been encouraged to look to the boundaries of our practice and beyond, taking influences from recently emerging debates within philosophy, physical sciences and social sciences to name a few. This freedom has allowed me to grow both as a person and as a researcher, as well as dovetailing those two parts firmly together.

If you want to ask some difficult questions, embrace the reasons of why you do what you do, meet some fantastic people, or challenge how you perceive design, then this is the place for you!


Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.

As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.

For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information



Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information



The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Please see website for more details

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should usually have experience in a professional design and/or educational context with evidence of a commitment to furthering your practice in design education. You are normally expected to hold a degree in the field of design, education, design and technology, visual cultures, architecture, curating/gallery studied or a related field. Applicants with extensive professional experience may be considered. IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).

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