Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Design: Lab

The course is studio centred, integrating both design and craft practice. Since 2008, the Design LAB has initiated and delivered a series of craft and design projects where social responsibility, integrity and professional practice are placed at the heart of study. We encourage active research defined by hands-on project work with community, in close partnership with local councils, organisations and communities beyond Manchester School of Art, highlighting how this network supports and informs our active research, design and craft practice. Design LAB advocate the importance of developing design and craft approaches that take into consideration the many facets of human interaction with the urban environment and materiality. There is access to an extensive range of design studios and workshops and to a broad range of design and craft cultures.

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 may also need to submit a digital portfolio.

Course modules

Core units: Practice 1: Design intention; practice 2: Design proposition; practice 3: Design LAB major project; professional platforms unit; option units may include: 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

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