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MDes Design Management Innovation

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In the corporate world, Design Managers oversee the development of products and services and manage the innovation process workflow. They also have a significant strategic role in managing the articulation of a business strategy, continuously improving the customer experience.

The Design Management MDes will allow you to think creatively about organisational and business problems and use design thinking to offer innovative solutions. The focus of the course is to:

  • Emphasise the value of design thinking not only as a problem solving method or as a means of visualising new products and services but in its wider application to business strategy, the creation of new business models and new approaches to organisational change.
  • Stress a human centred approach to design and that real innovation comes from gaining a deep understanding of users, their wants needs and limitations.
  • Develop creative individuals who are equipped with an innovation and leadership toolkit that enables them to come up with original approaches to design, strategy, and social and business innovation problems.

The course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage design holistically and strategically, and equip the postgraduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to senior positions as well as to expand this influence to the wider community.

Course details

Type
Postgraduate

UCAS Code
N/A

Duration
1 year full time/2 years part time

Fees
See below

Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

Entry requirements

Home/EU
First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area.

If you are applying directly from an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area.

Non-EEA/EU
In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or if you're from a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

What your course will look like

Stage One

This stage introduces you to a range of theories and practices in the strategic use of design and innovation, with a particular focus on the method of design thinking in the global context and how it relates to design management.

Unit 1 Cultural and Contextual Design Studies

Unit 2 Practical Application of Design Thinking in Design Management

Unit 3 Managing Design in a Global Society and Economy

Stage One

This stage introduces you to a range of theories and practices in the strategic use of design and innovation, with a particular focus on the method of design thinking in the global context and how it relates to design management.

Unit 1 Cultural and Contextual Design Studies

Unit 2 Practical Application of Design Thinking in Design Management

Unit 3 Managing Design in a Global Society and Economy

Stage Two

This stage develops the practical application of design thinking with a focus on innovation and industry-oriented professional practice based on design management. It also extends your innovation and leadership toolkit.

Unit 4 Professional Practice in Management and Consulting

Unit 5 Strategic Design and Innovation

Unit 6 Studio Practice

Stage Three

This stage allows you to evaluate and advance existing knowledge ahead of your Major Project.

Unit 7 Major Project

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