Design Management MA
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
1 year full-time (September start)Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Design Building, City Campus East
For basic course information and qualification requirements read on. For detailed information about the Northumbria Design experience including news, events, staff and much, much more visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/madesignmanagement
When the Assistant Managing Editor for Business Week declares ‘CEO’s should be designers’, it’s clear that understanding design thinking will be an asset for you and your company. MA Design Management offers a unique insight into the value of creativity and design to organisations and how this can best be managed or used as a strategic tool. Also, offers an understanding of how design can contribute to leadership, sustainability and business or social innovation.
Campus based, this course consists of six modules that work concurrently to give you a holistic view of design strategies and ways to successfully manage the design process. As an MA Design Management student you will engage with industrial multidisciplinary projects based on real life situations, you will develop research and deliver a final dissertation. You will define and shape the subject of your dissertation, so you can adapt the course to suit your specific objectives – both professional and personal.
Your course in brief
This course has two intakes. Those enrolling in September will attend for one calendar year whilst January entrants will follow a 16 month programme including a break in the summer period. There are a total of 180 credits in this degree. 80 of these are theory based and cover essential elements such as:
- Creative Thinking and Intellectual Property
- Inter Cultural Communication
- Research Principles
- Reflective Practice
- Contemporary Influences
- Commercialisation (including brand/marketing communication and business planning)
These contextual modules provide the perfect foundation for the remainder of the degree which allows you to understand the field of Design Management, find your personal direction and provide a stepping stone to your future career. These modules include:
- Design Value – Design Management
- Global Strategies – Design Strategies
- Final Project i.e. written dissertation
Who would this course suit?
Our MA Design Management is an ideal course for designers who want to develop their career by taking on a more strategic, managerial role. It will also appeal to business graduates or managers from other sectors, who want to advance their careers by developing a greater understanding of the value of design and innovation and how to harness its power within a corporate context.
Consequently, this course attracts a wide variety of people including:
- Designers from all areas
- Design & Business Graduates
- Public & Private Sector Managers
- Brand & Marketing Managers
- Advertising & Creative Directors
- Cultural Managers
- Individuals who work with or commission design
What our students say
“My MA Design Management experience has taught me about the value of design for successful and innovative corporations, as well as how the design process, culture and perspective connect to business strategy.”
“The MA Design Management programme is a good choice for those interested in creating successful business ventures through design. It gave me a chance to study fields I was unfamiliar with before such as strategy, entrepreneurship and marketing and let me meet students from all over the world.”
Espen Sanne Hardersen
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Students are required to;
- Demonstrate their capabilities on an ongoing basis. This is representative of their professional and academic character and personal foundation for the objectives defined in the students’ learning contract.
- Formulate a proposal for independent study focusing on a learning contract with specific objectives.
Monitoring and review processes ensure that all proposals offer and deliver demanding programmes to the level and complexity appropriate for postgraduate study.
This programme has two intakes - September and January. Applications for the September option must be submitted by the end of July, whilst January starters must apply by the end of November.
Once your application has been received and registered you will receive automatic confirmation from the university and your referees will be contacted. You will then be contacted by our admissions team to request any additional information such as your CV and portfolio.
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