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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Design (Non-Industrial) Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course combines academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum that draws on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives from business and the arts. When you join MA Design Management you will have the opportunity to pursue your own design research project; work on real-life business ideas and challenges and team up with fellow students and collaborators from design, business, marketing and IT backgrounds. The content of the course reflects current knowledge, debates and issues within the disciplines. Study business and management from a creative perspective, within a world-leading art and design institution with strong link to the creative industries. Apply design thinking to real-world challenges; design collaboratively, engage critically and creatively with others and learn from shared experiences. An interdisciplinary course informed by theories drawn from a range of design, business and humanities and delivered through projects, crits and collaborations.

Gain insight into creative briefs, target audiences and markets, by studying design management in combination with cultures. Benefit from diverse potential employment routes including setting up your own business, in-house and external design leadership roles, cultural positions and agency management jobs. Graduates of MA Design Management will be equipped to make a contribution to both private and public sectors in areas such as private enterprise, public sector service provision and the voluntary sector. They will leave with an in-depth understanding of design business and management with the skills of critical analysis and debate usually associated with the humanities and social sciences. Career opportunities include setting up your own business, managing design projects, strategic leadership in a variety of industries, forecasting, consultancy, research and entrepreneurship.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date



Design, Management and Innovation (40 Credits)
Design Research Methods and Critical Practice (20 Credits)
Design Leadership and Culture (20 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
Global Design Futures (20 Credits)
Final Major Project and Thesis (60 Credits)
Final Major Project and Thesis

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree; Possession of equivalent qualifications; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

University information

With impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. There are six Colleges around the city across 14 sites which offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The Colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more