Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Design Cultures

This course explores a diversity of design worlds, from the �high� design of award-winning architecture, furniture and products to the often-overlooked objects and expereinces of our everyday lives. Through seminars, fieldwork, archive research, lectures and independent study you will be encouraged to build your own research areas, using methods based on the disciplines of design history, design studies and material culture. Developing your critical skills, you will work towards a personal project that has expression in academic writing and research, exhibition or a series of alternative creative outputs. Emphasis on negotiated outcomes reflects the current dynamic interplay of design theory and practice and allows you to tailor the course to your individual interests. Taught in conjunction with Contemporary Visual Culture, you will develop phenomenological methods and theories of interpretation, alongside visual forms of analysis. Students have gone on to pursue careers in arts writing, curating and art and design practice. The course also provides the scope for opportunities to teach in Further or Higher Education in the arts.

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate UK Honours degree or international equivalent or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard; in addition you also need to submit a digital portfolio.

Course modules

Core units: Practice 1: Art: Contemporary curating, contemporary visual culture, design cultures; practice 2: Art: Contemporary curating; contemporary visual culture; design cultures; practice 3 art: Contemporary visual culture major project; professional platforms; option unit: Contested territories; digital futures; health and wellbeing; images and archives; making our futures - ecological arts and sustainable design; negotiated study; object and context; the museum and the city; writing research and funding proposals.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years
MFA Full-time - 2 years
MFA Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

Key information

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