Ulster University

Ulster University

Multi-Disciplinary Design

The programme provides a learning environment and context that encompasses the traditional disciplines within design, yet also ranges from the physical and tangible to the virtual and digital, offering the opportunity for an individual to develop their specific design and making skills, at Master's level, in relation to other areas of design practice. The course creates an environment where each student is asked to challenge their current thinking, explore new possibilities, engage in the current debates surrounding design and through this become advanced specialists in their own practice whilst potentially creating new territories of practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a degree (with at least 2.2 Honours standard) or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior learning. The specific requirements for admission are: Applicants should normally hold a good Honours degree in any Design practice, Visual Arts or cognate subject from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council of National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; interview by portfolio and proposal. Applicants must be able to satisfy the panel at interview that their work is of a standard that will allow them to deal with the intellectual and practical rigours of the programme; applications are welcomed from diverse backgrounds however where there is a discipline shift the applicant must represent a coherent rationale for this shift and evidence prerequisite knowledge, skills and experience. The programme is devised specifically to support continuing lifelong learning for professions in a rapidly changing field. Therefore Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) will be considered as evidence of exeptional ability appropriate to recruitment to the programme. Applications from professionals with extensive professional, industrial and/or commercial experience but lacking recent or higher level academic qualifications will be encouraged. APL (Advanced Prior Learning) will be considered as evidence of exceptional ability appropriate to the course.

Assessment methods

Due to the nature of art and design teaching, formative feedback is given on a regular basis, with summative feedback being provided in written and verbal form after each assessment. You will work independently, and enage in both practical and written research. Access to discipline specific workshops will be available to enable you to develop, experiment and produce work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MFA Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
MFA Full-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Belfast Campus Belfast BT15 1ED Northern Ireland

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Key information

Art, Design and the Built Environment
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028 9536 6310