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Design - MFA

The MFA Design provides a cross-disciplinary framework to explore the changing concept of design and the role of the designer in the professional world.

What to Expect
The MFA Design operates across a range of design disciplines and methodological approaches and contexts. It combines core taught elements in research and critical studies, with advanced studio practice. The aim of the MFA is to create a design culture that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and new areas of exploration. We encourage our students to experiment and take risks in order to carve new understandings of Design and make technical innovations within and across disciplines. In challenging the purpose, methods and ambitions of contemporary design practice and research, students will identify opportunities and develop their own creative careers.

The MFA Design provides the opportunities for students to engage in an inter-disciplinary educational experience. We encourage our students to explore contemporary themes that connect all the design disciplines. Building on the knowledge and skills developed at undergraduate level and professional practice, students encounter new contexts in which to develop their skillsets and deepen their knowledge of design through a range of interdisciplinary projects in year 1 of the programme, before undertaking a major project within their chosen design discipline in year 2. On completion of Year 2, students will have amassed 120 ECTS.

Opportunities to Engage
The MFA programme will reflect the changing field of Design and continue to develop industry links offering relevant career pathways. This will be supported by a visiting lecture programme of leading industry and creative practitioners. Students will have opportunity to undertake short placements and live projects with industry and cultural partners as well as participating on study visits with fellow students.

Entry requirements

Eligibility The programme is open to graduates with an honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a related discipline. The College also takes into consideration prior learning and experience.

English language: Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the Academic Version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.


2 years

Number of credits

120 ECTS credits / Taught masters

Careers or further progression

After Your Degree
The two year taught masters programme provides an in-depth, professionally informed programme of study and studio practice. As a consequence of the range of skills acquired, MFA Design graduates have access to a wide range of local and global opportunities in industry, services, and design consultancy or as creative entrepeneurs, designer-makers and educators.

The School of Design actively participates in the EU-funded Erasmus+ programme, which offers recent graduates the opportunity to avail of internships in high profile design companies within the European Union.

Further enquiries

Programme Contact
David Bramley

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