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University for the Creative Arts


12 Months


September 2018

Why the Design MA?

In a complex and competitive environment such as the one that companies integrate nowadays, design has become an important strategic and competitive advantage as it brings innovation and differentiation. The MA Design offers a very comprehensive higher education by including contributions from the main areas of training in Design. This MA represents the opportunity to become an expert in all design areas by helping students to enhance fundamental, critical, and procedural skills in the areas of design, not only to understand the business reality, but also to contribute to the value creation process.


Course overview

The course focuses on intellectual underpinning which enhances the understanding of the task of design and its relationship to business and the professional industry. This course considers three primary fields of practice: communication design, interactive design and product design.

Students will adopt a reflective, analytical and evaluative approach towards design to have a greater understanding of the dynamic relationships between design, industry and the commercial sector.

The study plan assimilates the work reality of the field while looking to provide students with artistic, academic and entrepreneurial advanced and specialised knowledge to enable them to hold a consolidated career in the future.

Students are taught by a qualified, experienced, distinguished faculty made up of teachers with an academic background and professional practice.

The potential employment destinations for graduates are mainly advertising (art directors, producers or designers), visual design – communication, graphic and interactive design (designers, producers, team leaders, art directors or creative directors) – and product design agencies (designers, producers, team leaders or creative directors), as well as self-employment (playing all the aforementioned roles).

Foreseeable future conditions in the marketplace point towards a significant growth in free-lance employment, even when designers are integrated in agencies, companies or specific project teams.

Entry Requirements for the Design MA If you wish to enrol in this programme, please make sure you meet the following entry requirements:

Have completed higher education (3 years of study, at least) in the country of origin attested by a legally issued certificate. This degree must have been obtained in your chosen subject or related discipline.
And / Or
Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level subject to LSDM approval, based on the affinity and pertinence of the student’s background education, training and expertise to design. LSDM has to make sure that applicants are prepared not only to enrol in this course, but to also make suitable use of the education here obtained.

Students with Disabilities
Prospective students with a disability will be encouraged to contact the Study Support Manager and discuss their requirements.

Minimum English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.
In case of courses taught in Portuguese or Spanish, if your first language is not the same as the language of the course you wish to study, students are expected to demonstrate that they have the language skills necessary for undertaking the MA to the equivalent of IELTS 6.0.


The MA Design is 100% online and designed to let you go to school on your time, according to your life, not according to a class schedule.

In nearly 12 months you will have completed a Design MA degree, accredited by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), one of the United Kingdom’s leading specialist universities taught in your language at home.

Teaching and learning methods adopted in the course:

Taught in English, Spanish and Portuguese;

  • Five units and a final project;
  • Unit contents are asynchronous and organised by weekly topics;
  • Tutor Centre works as support and engagement for the student;
  • Online resources (e.g.: lectures, seminars, and discussions, tutorials, and feedback sessions, facilitated online student forum and discussion groups, practical exercises);

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