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MA Disruptive Design

Course Duration

1 year; full-time
2 years; part-time

Our Masters programmes offer you an intensive personal programme of creative and stimulating study within a supportive critical and practical framework that enables you to examine, interrogate and reflect upon the nature and role of your chosen practice.

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We encourage diversity in thinking and making, acknowledging the potential in material exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of new and vital concepts. Critical enquiry and practice-based exploration are central to the programmes, helping you to make dynamic and challenging work that resonates and reflects your key concerns in light of current national and international dialogues.

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'Empathy Bag' by Essi Peuhkuri

MA Disruptive Design focuses on design that is transgressive, operating beyond the perceived or accepted silos and borders. The subject of traditional design disciplines is dissolved, enabling you to engage with urgent and compelling contemporary issues that impact how design can newly manifest, be realised and impact locally and globally.

Working at the interface between physical and digital design processes, the programme encourages innovation with an understanding of contemporary shifts in sustainable, ethical and open design principles.

You will engage in design thinking and research-centred projects, developing conceptual thinking and visual literacies through iterative design, working with complexity and ambiguity, enabling you to assimilate diverse ideas and dynamic outcomes.

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You will have the opportunity to critically engage with current debates within the subject area, relevant institutional contexts and partners and be encouraged to consider what it means to be an artist in the 21st century.

We’ll support you in articulating your ideas, developing your working methods and creating independent work, through individual tutorials, lectures, subject-specific seminars, studio and gallery visits and group critiques with access to our rich workshop areas and technical resources across the university.