Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England


The course provides a creative context for practice-based exploration and experimentation, through which students will be supported to develop innovative working methods and design solutions. Students will creatively exploit appropriate materials, technologies and techniques. As a discipline, design engages with the aesthetic, ethical and social dimensions of human life and the ecological, technological and industrial application of innovation. Within this context, students will be expected to undertake creative projects which are challenging and ambitious, and which result in credible, tangible design outcomes. The course is delivered through a series of project-based modules, through which students will engage with real-world problems and issues of relevance to contemporary design practice. Working individually and collaboratively, students will be encouraged to develop skills, knowledge and creativity commensurate with the needs of professional practice in design and the creative industries today.

Entry requirements

Highly-motivated, creative students from a range of academic and professional design backgrounds. Usually applicants will have a good Honours degree in design or visual arts, but those with other academic qualifications or professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from prospective students with qualifications in such areas as product design, industrial design, interaction design, fashion and textiles, model-making, fine art and applied art. Applications are also encouraged from prospective students with academic or professional backgrounds in engineering and other technology-based disciplines, providing they can demonstrate a strong interest and aptitude in creativity and design. Candidates are normally invited to an interview where they will be expected to present a portfolio of creative work and to discuss their previous experience, aims, motivations and ideas for projects they may wish to pursue within the context of the programme.

Course modules

Modules include: make; play; research practice; practice in a professional context; live.

Assessment methods

This course will be assesssed by a combination of practical and written work at the end of each term.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
MA Full-time September 2016 - 18 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

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