University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Professional Design Practice

This rigorous MA offers a professional award to graduates in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or related spatial-design disciplines. The course will develop your professional knowledge and skills; your understanding of entrepreneurship and business; your practice management and project leadership skills, and will expand your knowledge of setting up and running your own design practice. It will also deepen your understanding of ethical professional design practice and procedures and will help you to develop a practice or sector specialism.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Architecture or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. A portfolio of professional work may be required.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

The course is structured to encompass the breadth of professional design practice from the macro (the broad context of ethical design practice) to the micro (the minutiae of professional design management). The curriculum will include the following modules of study:

Project Management: including project leadership, professional design regulations and procedures, law and contract administration, fee bids, professional communications, and approaches to brief writing;
Practice Management: including approaches to setting up and running a design practice, business innovation and entrepreneurship, business positioning and branding, business planning and marketing;
Topical Research: investigate ethical approaches to design practice, for example sector approaches to ethical design, design management or sustainable design.
Optional modules within the course:

Option 1 Materials and Products & Professional Experience and Practice: you will research and develop your understanding of materials and products. The knowledge gained will lead to a more sustained practice-based research project;
Option 2 Research Methods & Thesis: you will be provided with opportunities to develop appropriate research skills which can then be applied to the thesis project, a sustained investigation of a topic related to professional design practice.

Assessment methods

Lecturers with a broad range of professional experience (in architecture and interior design), research skills, entrepreneurial skill, and expertise in education, will teach you using a variety of methods. Seminars, tutorials and study groups will encourage a vibrant culture of discussion and debate. Teaching will also support you in planning and completing a significant amount of self-directed learning for which you will need to be self-motivated, well organised and possess excellent study skills.

You will be assessed on the course work you complete, this could include: essays, thesis projects, design projects, reflective journals and portfolios. One of the optional units (Professional Experience and Practice) also includes a written examination, which is designed to test your knowledge of professional practice and processes, your ability to apply knowledge in practice and the quality of your professional judgements.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,600 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,600 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (International) 2 years

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