MA Sustainable Design

The Sustainable Design MA directly replaces the Design for Development MA, which ran for five years from 2008–13. This new course name more accurately reflects the focus of the course, which is unchanged. The course structure and content remains the same under the new title.

The Sustainable Design MA is aimed at designers, creative workers and other specialists who want to direct their practice towards progressive sustainability and social agendas. The course focuses on the value of design as a vehicle for addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. It will equip you with the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to challenge the status quo by applying design thinking to the generation of design-led interventions for a sustainable future.

You will be taught by leading academics and practitioners in sustainable design, social design, social innovation, participatory design, strategic design, service design, design-led innovation, and related topics. The course incorporates collaboration with real-world partners such as Audi Design Foundation, Design Council, Greengaged, Sorrell Foundation, ThinkPublic and Uscreates.

What will you study?

The Sustainable Design MA is directed towards the goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable society. You will explore innovative and practical ways to help realise those visions, emphasising design, creativity, empathy, innovation, leadership and campaigning.

The course encourages critical thinking about the social and ecological agendas it addresses. The course is design-based, but not confined to design practice – it includes a significant amount of theoretical and contextual studies. It is possible to choose a dissertation option for the final major project.

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Paul Micklethwaite

Course Director: MA Sustainable Design + Course Director: Graduate Diploma Creative Practice + PhD Director: Design School


Caitriona Carey

Academic Support Manager