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Art and Design (Design Futures) - MA/PgD/PgC

Art and Design (Design Futures) - MA/PgD/PgC

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art & Design Design (Non-Industrial)

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Art and Design programme will cater for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Fine Art and Design. Typically this might include teachers, aspiring artists or designers, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Fine Art or Design who wish to further their professional practice. It will also cater for those students with first degrees outside Art & Design who wish to convert their career path by following a more theoretical route in Art and Design. The MA Art and Design is designed as a gateway to research or advanced experimental practice. Students taking the MA Art and Design will align with specific research and experimental practice pathways, led by academic staff with established practice careers and/or advanced scholarship and research.

Design Futures Pathway: This is a call to arms for designers who dream. We are looking for visionary and imaginative graduates from any discipline who are seriously committed to thinking about the future. That might be the future of the human species, the future of technology, or of the planet, or of the design profession and their own future within it. 19th Century Designers had the vision to imagine a future of prosperity, health and democracy all made possible by a wondrous new Age of Machines. Today we benefit from that foresight and live longer, healthier and more exploratory lives than at any time in our species history. But this has not come without cost to our liberty, our values and to the ecology we share. Today we stand at the brink of a new age where there is no longer a category of imagination we can call science fiction.

The aim of the MA (Design Futures) is to enable a forum for intellectually liberal but rigorous speculation and creative research. This is an MA that will appeal to design students who wish to explore how they can intellectually and creatively play their part in setting out to identify, challenge and resolve the challenges we will face in the future.

The programme is intended for graduates from any discipline who aspire to develop a sustainable future design career in a developing intellectual and / or commercial context. Students work within a negotiated programme of learning closely supported by an experienced academic tutor who will work with them to develop a personal intellectual, creative and strategic direction. Students can exit at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.

Different course options

Full time | Llandaff Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



ART7004 Output (60 Credits)
ART7005 Research and Ideas Seminars
ART7003 Idea (60 Credits)
ART7002 RS (Research Skills) (60 Credits)
ART7001 Question (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved a first class or second class upper division first degree (1st or 2.1 degree classification) in an appropriate subject, and/or equivalent professional standing or experience in a Fine Art discipline (based upon assessed Accredited Prior Learning or assessed Accredited Prior Experiential Learning), or a discipline associated with their programme of study.

University information

Cardiff Metropolitan University is one of Cardiff’s oldest educational institutions, having gone through several name changes during its history. It has two campuses (Cyncoed and Llandaff) which are just outside the city centre and provides a range of different courses. Approximately 35% of its students are studying a postgraduate qualification, and 30% of their overall attendees are mature students. The university was awarded a Silver...more