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What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

This Sustainable Design MA course focuses on the value of design as a vehicle for addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. It will equip you with the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to challenge the status quo, by designing interventions for a more sustainable future.

What you will study

This Sustainable Design MA is directed towards the goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable society. You will explore innovative and practical ways to help realise those visions, emphasising design, creativity, empathy, innovation and activism. You'll be encouraged to think critically about the social and ecological agendas it addresses. The course is design-based, but not confined to design practice - it includes a significant amount of theoretical and contextual studies. You can choose to write a dissertation for the final major project. This course is part of the Design School's Postgraduate Framework. The structure, shared with postgraduate students from other design courses, enables you to explore your individual specialist interests within an integrative learning environment. Throughout the course, you'll understand the value and role of interdisciplinary methods and ways of working. The impact of thinking from related design subjects, on your own specialist study, is an important aspect of the identity and community of interdisciplinary practice at master's level in the Design School.

Teaching and assessment

Design project work, live projects, research project folders, 5,000-word creative essay, and a major design research project.

Which department am I in?

Department of 3D Design

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£17,800.00 (18,37,820) per year
Placement fees : £1,420

This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Knights Park

Grange Road,

Kingston upon Thames,

London,

KT1 2QJ, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£17,800.00 (18,37,820) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Knights Park

Grange Road,

Kingston upon Thames,

London,

KT1 2QJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects. For certain courses work experience will also be required. For MBA students need to have Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average with two years' work experience. IELTS score 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all elements, TOEFL Score 88.

For international students

Students normally need to have: a good honours degree or equivalent in a related art, design or craft subject and/or appropriate professional experience, a portfolio of work reflecting your experience and skills working in 2D and 3D. We also welcome applicants with relevant professional or vocational experience. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS academic test in English with an overall score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5, TOEFL IBT with overall score of 88 with individual skills of R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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