University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

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 course will enable you to develop high level leadership, management, communication and analytical skills for a career in the creative and cultural industries. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London.

*What can you expect?


• The content of the course reflects current knowledge, debates and issues within the areas of design management and design cultures.

• You 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 the 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 industry'specific high'level skills.

• You will develop research, analytical, communication, business, management and problem'solving capabilities that are directed towards careers within the cultural and creative industries.

• You'll be equipped with a set of practical skills in project management, change management, enterprise, leadership, branding and critical writing and practice.

• You will also have the opportunity to customise your studies through major project selection according to your own particular business and cultural design interests and career aspirations.

• Throughout the course, you will have regular contact with industry professionals through studio and industry visits, live briefs, guest speakers and networking events. In addition, mentoring programmes will be developed via industry contacts, where you will be able to spend time in real working environments observing management systems in action.

**Four reasons to apply**

• Study business and management from an art and design perspective in a world'leading institution that has strong links to the creative industries.

• An interdisciplinary course informed by theories drawn from a range of design, business and humanities, and delivered through projects, crits and collaborations.

• Studying management in combination with cultures provides greater insight into creative briefs and target audiences/markets, aiding both solutions and articulation.

• Diverse potential employment routes include setting up your own business, in'house and external design leadership roles, cultural positions and agency management jobs.

**About London College of Communication (LCC)**

The LCC experience is all about learning by doing. As an LCC student, you’ll get your hands dirty and develop your skills in outstanding technical spaces. Our facilities are at an industry standard and include photographic and television studios, darkrooms, 3D workshop, prototyping lab, gallery spaces, printing studios, and newsrooms.

Our courses are industry focused and you’ll be taught by an inspiring community of experienced academics, technical experts, and leading specialist practitioners within our Design School, Media School and Screen School.

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subjects such as journalism, advertising, Public Relations and publishing, photography, film, television and sound, graphic communication, illustration and visual communication, animation, games, design management, branded spaces and interactive and information design.

Course Modules

Modules include: (20 credits) design research methods and critical; global design futures; design and cultural meaning; collaborative unit; (40 credits) design, management, leadership and innovation; (60 credits) final major project and thesis.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,920 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree; a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree; relevant professional/work experience in a relevant subject discipline or professional field such as: Design; business studies; management; social sciences; humanities; physical sciences; marketing. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. Applicants who have booked a test or are awaiting test results should clearly indicate this on their application form.