For full-time students, the first two semesters comprise six taught modules, with a period of independent study for assignments and project work. Two weeks are designated for the assessment of modules, plus counselling of students.
The summer studies period is for independent study, the construction of prototypes and tutorials relating to project work, report writing and your dissertation.
Part-time students take two cycles of the course, with a break in the first summer studies period in order to complete the MA. If you are part-time, you take four modules in the first year, two in the second year, and your Major Project/Dissertation (double module) in the summer studies period.
-Design for Production
-Disability and Society
-Life Science or Visual Communication
-Case Study and MA Concept Development
-Major Project or Dissertation (double module)
Each design project that you undertake will have either a client or will be based upon an established need defined by members of staff. Additional links with business and research partners are made when you work on your Major Project/Dissertation.
Coursework will be continually assessed and involves written reports, assignments, project work research methods, and, presentations. On completion of each module, a percentage mark will be given. Work is evaluated by staff as well as by professionals both from the design industry and the healthcare sector, acting as consultants to the course.
Career opportunities in this field are expanding rapidly due to an increasing business interest in inclusive design, resulting from global changes in anti-discrimination legislations and the growing ageing populations. Health professionals and designers generally return to their respective profession with enhanced knowledge and skills and relevant professional links, and some progress to an MPhil or PhD. The course maintains a good employment record for graduate jobs in this sector, including consultancy opportunities for therapists who wish to work in the design sector, and also for designers working in the disability sector.
Attendance & duration
Full-time: two semesters and a summer studies period (45 consecutive weeks in a calendar year), Wed and Thurs with three days a week independent study
Part-time: two years and three months
Year one, two semesters (Wed)
Year two, two semesters (Thurs) plus summer study period and one semester independent study