Exit Awards

From developing products that meet user needs and aspirations, to planning the architecture of the 21st century, we know that design is a wide-ranging area. That’s why we offer four specialist pathways for your final project, each exploring a very different aspect of the design diaspora. Tailor your qualification and skills specifically to your area of interest on the only course in the UK to offer you this opportunity . 

Our four core awards are:

MA Design: Design Products

Learn how products are designed and use this background knowledge to inform your own product creation. Develop brand experiences and products on this industry-focused path and learn by doing in a fast-paced studio environment.

  • Explore the relationships between users and products and to design with an appreciation for social, cultural, environmental and economic issues. 
  • Adopt a holistic and comprehensive approach to product design by considering and balancing product desirability, viability and feasibility issues.
  • Undertake a series of assignments to develop an area of interest or particular direction to develop skills for the career you want.
  • Produce interactive design outcomes that define and build customer experiences and reach people through many different touch-points.
  • Get advice and encouragement from experienced professional designers and teachers.

MA Design: Spatial Practice 

Want to design the buildings, public spaces and interiors of the future? This pathway will allow you to realise a critical understanding of spatial design by examining progressive space/place (re)generation strategies. You’ll addresses global and local space issues with a firm focus on applications in the real world.

  • Investigate the relationship between spatial design and theory, place making, regeneration, reflexive technologies, user experience and critical practice.
  • Study the latest pioneering spatial innovations using a synthesis of immersive and interactive spatial design methodologies.
  • Traverse boundaries with a curriculum that cross cuts between architecture, public realm design, interior design and urban planning.
  • Engage creatively with community spaces and cultural projects to provide a practical context to your studies.

MA Design: Sustainable Futures

Put yourself at the centre of the great 21st century challenge of how design can respond to depleted natural resources and shifting climate conditions and still remain relevant and functional.

  • Debate how design can embrace commercial and technological advances at the same time as evolving in response to resources. Contribute your response to this key contemporary design challenge.
  • Connect to new knowledge bases in design and focus on a range of social enterprises, communities, services and design outputs. 
  • Benefit from a close connection to the Centre for Sustainable Futures – world leaders in sustainable expertise with a growing reputation in sustainable issues and concerns.
  • Sustainable design is recognised as a discipline and the language used will connect to the students, but images in all these sections will be the triggers to the words.

MA Design: Maker and Materials

If you’re itching to find the space to explore your own design ideas and develop them through an intimate knowledge of materials and making processes, this is the option for you. There’s lots of opportunity to get stuck into making, debating and practising your craft as well as room for reflection and professional development.

  • Find new applications for established methods or explore and exploit the new opportunities made available by advances in technology. 
  • Learn from a teaching team whose interests and research extend from traditional designer maker fields such as ceramics, lighting and furniture, to experimental areas that question the role, place or function of designed objects.
  • Gain the technical, critical and professional skills to underpin and provide a foundation for your major MA project.