MA Future DesignPlease note that this programme starts in September only
MA Future Design is the pinnacle design programme for the School of Art & Design at Prague College. The interdisciplinary nature facilitates a dynamic learning culture encouraging experimental exploration of traditional and newly emerging methods of practice, leading to innovative and original design visions. This is a two-year industry-driven study of design, suitable also for working students.
The programme offers a complex level of learning while mixing and consulting with relevant businesses, nurturing students’ ability to realise the enterprise potential of their ideas. This experiential approach to learning is further enhanced by the newly introduced Advanced Practice module, normally undertaken over summer after the first year of study. Students complete an internship, research project, university-based project or residency, enabling the development of solutions to real-world problems, enhancing personal and professional knowledge, skills, behaviours and the opportunity to increase professional connections.
The programme is open to students from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates, practising designers, and mid-career professionals. Ideas generation and project work is undertaken individually and in groups across a wide range of media, techniques and technologies, along with discussion, debate and critique, broadening understanding and enabling students to locate their approach within a larger social context. The relationship between designer and target audience/user will be a primary focus, and project work conducted with a view to developing a portfolio for emerging markets, sectors and the rapidly changing economic climate.
The programme encourages self-managed studio practice along with continual support from a well-established and well-regarded core faculty team. In addition, internationally accomplished artists, curators and theorists are employed as workshop leaders, guest speakers and lecturers.
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Features of the programme
- Opportunity for networking through the Prague College Industry Network, internships and through the creative professional network of teachers and guest lecturers.
- An outstanding bi-montly lecture programme, Visiting Artist Lecture Series gives students access to local and international artists, designers and thinkers.
- Tutorial support and expertise for a wide range of design disciplines is available thanks to the rich pool of lecturers and professionals on the programme.
- Soft-skills development enhancing communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking, project management and presentation skills crucial for employability and/or an entrepreneurial future.
- Process based approach to design explored through research informed project work.
- An emphasis on the issues of a real world, current society and environment.
- Small cohorts and class sizes allow for a close working relationship with teachers and classmates as well as an individual, student centred approach to learning.
- A vibrant international community of students and lecturers providing invaluable opportunities for discussion on various global perspectives and international networking opportunities upon graduation.
- An assessment scheme that prioritises ongoing verbal and written feedback as a key component of the learning and teaching strategy.
- A design faculty comprising of Czech, European and internationally practicing designers and professionals who bring creative expertise and influence directly into the classroom.
- A contemporary and relevant design programme with employability and/or entrepreneurship as the ultimate goals. The programme takes an industry-oriented approach to teaching by focusing on the development of creative problem solving skills, design thinking, and professional skills.
- Social responsibility, and ethical decision making form core components of studio and professional practice modules, as the programme aims to teach students their responsibility as designers and global citizens.
Upon completing the MA Future Design programme, students can gain employment within the field of design and/or confidently set up independent enterprises, thanks to the high level of skills and reflective practice cultivated at this advanced level of study. The possibilities for employment in design in the Czech Republic and internationally are varied and plentiful, ranging from design agency work to independent and freelance commissions. Other possible career paths cover a wide range of design research and design-practice related work for industry, advertising, new practices in emerging disciplines such as VR, AR and AI, and teaching, as well as the administrative side of the design business. The outward-looking vision of the programme places it at the forefront of the developments in the creative industries, with strong employment potential for its future graduates.
What you study
The MA Future Design programme is designed to facilitate a gradual building of advanced practical, professional, and academic skills through project-based learning.
The programme allows students to work across a full spectrum of specialist disciplines or to deepen their expertise in a single specialist field. Methods of study bridge the gaps between the different aspects of current and future lifestyle issues through appropriate design and technology solutions as well as explore interdisciplinary approaches to the future of design.
MA Future Design leads students to explore scenario-building, foresight and future-proofing as important factors in responding to a project brief. The subtle shift of emphasis in the relationships between designer, particular challenge, and target audience/user will be addressed and project work will be conducted with a view to developing the portfolio for emerging markets and sectors.
The programme is structured into two strands, the first involves professional skills development, practice-based and practice-led research, and the opportunity for collaborative practice, as well as the gradual building of the theoretical and historical knowledge necessary to locate projects within the wider community.
The second strand supports studio practice encouraging and guiding students to experiment with critically engaged modes of production. Students negotiate their own direction, are
responsible for their own trajectory and thereby reinvent the framework of influence and knowledge deployed. Students learn to identify the key transferable skills that help them initiate or respond to career opportunities and/or undertake further research enabling them to imagine the trajectory of their future career.
These two strands are complimented by the Advanced Practice module which allows students the opportunity to undertake an internship, research project, university based project, or residency that will enable them to develop solutions to real-world business problems and enhance personal and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours through a process of reflection, critical thinking and action.
Teachers assist the development of student’s professional portfolios so that they are ready and confident in presenting their projects to the professional and creative industries.
- Innovation by Design (20 credits)
- Enterprising Leadership & Project Management (20 credits)
- Design Research Methods (20 credits)
- Design Practice (20 credits)
- Advanced Practice (60 credits)
- Critical Thinking & Theoretical Contexts (20 credits)
- Design Integration (20 credits)
- MA Future Design Major Project (60 credits)
1. Previous education
A British Honours degree (first or second class), or equivalent level qualification, in an art or design discipline. (For applicants who do not hold the above mentioned degree award, special entry may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Board)
Or relevant professional experience or equivalent qualifications.
2. Proof of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following
IELTS score – 6.0
TOEFL iBT score of at least 79
Versant language exam - score equivalent to 6.0 IELTS, administered at Prague College or elsewhere in the world
If the applicant has completed a Bachelor's degree programme entirely in English this requirement may not apply
3. Letter of motivation (500 words) describing career and personal motivation. This letter should also include a research proposal.
4. Professional and academic references
5. Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio
6. Final Interview – a formal discussion with the applicant and final stage of the application process. Applicants will be invited to show a portfolio of creative and written work, giving a clear sense of ability, digital skills and drive to engage in future-centred design activity. If unable to attend an interview in person due to distance, employment commitments etc. then a digital portfolio can be submitted and toegther with an interview conducted online, will ascertain suitability for study of the subject and at Master's level.
International applicants will be asked to provide evidence of reaching equivalent academic standards and to submit a digital portfolio of work.