University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Design Histories and Futures practices research into the global story of design and material culture. Students practice critical engagement with the ethics, ideologies and methods of design in its social, cultural, political and technological context. Whether your aim is to be a practicing design critic or writer, or simply to better understand the context in which your design work sits, LCC's MA Design Histories and Futures will give you the skills and knowledge you need to develop your writing practice. And if you're interested in progressing to PhD level, the course offers specialized sessions on developing a research proposal with support from current PhD supervisors at LCC. You'll have access to UAL's globally important Archives and Special Collections, allowing you to study the stuff of design up close, and make new connections and discoveries through your critical practice. You will also be able to develop your curatorial practice, and consider the archives of the past and their possible futures.

The course?s digital presence and activities act as a tool to enable you to gain an external profile as a design writer. MA Design Histories and Future supports progression into further study and/or research in design and associated fields. With a pathway to research proposal and PhD it is a natural choice for those interested in an academic career in design research. Another key role for graduates will be in the museum, heritage and cultural sectors within or outside of London?s extensive cultural sector. The course provides the contextual, historical and critical training for the curators and producers of the future of this expanding field. Finally there?s opportunity to develop a critical practice in writing outside the academy in journals or magazines.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,890 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,890 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree (named above); Possession of equivalent qualifications; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills.
  • IELTS score: 7