Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is a radical post-disciplinary programme for practitioners who want to push the boundaries of what design can be and do. During this MA we work with you to transform your practice as a critical and social undertaking. By challenging the role and norms of traditional design towards an emerging type of ?advanced design?, unshackled from the history of specialisms and entrenched methods, you will become part of a community of practice. You will be encouraged to actively contribute to a deep understanding of how design is set to address and affect change within contemporary society. Whatever your background or previous degree we expect you to examine your own practice. This might be in a traditional field of design such as graphic design, product design, fashion design, interior design etc. Other fields such as teaching, social science, humanities, curating, engineering, science and business are also considered practices and welcome on the programme. The programme is structured around thematic areas of investigation (Studios) which situates you (the practitioner) in a particular field of study and reference. Each Studio will be encouraged to build an identity within the programme; supporting diverse practice, building a rich identity and attracting a broad range of applicants. The studio offering will be tailored each year to the skills/expertise of applicants and in response to the changing nature of the design field and the world around us. The studios running for 2019/20 are: Communication & Experience; Fashions & Embodiment; Innovation & Service Interactions; Engagement Spaces & Participation; Interactions and Engagement.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,140 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,140 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,760 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. If they don't have a related undergraduate degree we also welcome those who have significant practical experience in a design-related field: students will be judged on the relevance of their previous work experience, and on their art and/or design work. We will also consider applicants who do not have a design-related background but who have engaged in research either in academia (as students or academics) or at work. We expect a high standard of achievement in design or other creative practice, and competencies in the use of equipment used to produce design work (IT and/or manufacture workshop skills). You need to present, in portfolio and at interview, evidence of evolved critical and creative thinking in design.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.