MA Future DesignPlease note that this programme starts in September only
MA Future Design is a flagship programme for the School of Art & Design at Prague College. It is a two-year programme of study of design, suitable also for working students, delivered through in-depth research and collaboration with the creative industry sector, led by a well-established and well-regarded core faculty team. Collaborating with them are visiting artists and designers of the highest reputation within the design industry, both in the Czech Republic and internationally. The programme allows students to explore different areas of design and become more deeply aware of the history and place of design in contemporary culture, as well as the social and philosophical context in which they are practising. The programme will secure this complex level of learning while still maintaining strong industry links and nurturing students’ ability to realize the enterprise potential of their ideas.
The programme is open to students from a variety of backgrounds including graduates, practising designers, and mid-career professionals. It is tailored to students working individually and in small groups, and is particularly well suited for designers committed to long term exploration of negotiated self- and client-generated ideas and projects complemented by ongoing critical and theoretical investigation.
Features of the programme
An international programme of study of a variety of different areas of design delivered through in-depth research and collaboration with the creative industry sector
Opportunity to explore different areas of graphic communication and design
A balance of specialist training, independent learning and problem solving, complemented by regular public presentations
Strong industry links that nurture students’ ability to realise the enterprise potential of their ideas and support for students to set up their own initiatives as part of their MA projects
Opportunities to work with real clients on community/business projects and initiatives
Student teaching and internship possibilities
The low-residency aspect allows working professionals to join the programme, and supports students in developing projects over longer periods of time
Key Teaching Methods
Learning and teaching is a student-centred, activity-based process, which integrates the content, sequence, and development of student learning. Self-managed design studio practice is the main activity to inform learning. It is complemented by client work, research tasks, and independent learning through the completion of projects and written assignments. Working on live projects allows for a greater focus and professional outlook to be developed, but seminars and group projects are also regular features of the student experience. Lectures and workshops by the staff team and by visiting design professionals give a strong sense of the art and design world that is being explored. Individual support, provided by personal tutors, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. Students learn to be proactive researchers and innovators.
Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles:
the development of professional responsibility and autonomy in learning in order to ensure the integration of theory and practice
the enabling of active learning in a professional environment
the provision of flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context
resources to help support programme outcomes and needs.
Practical workshops explore specific themes, followed by independent learning, live project work, tutorials, lectures, discussion and critiques.
What you study
The MA Future Design at Prague College is an outward-looking programme actively engaging with both the business community and the non-governmental sector in the country. The College already has an extensive Industry Network, providing ongoing close contact with business in multiple venues, relevant collaborative practical projects, and research-based teaching; and its community involvement is equally well established. Both of these components will be further strengthened and carefully built into the MA programme through support for contacts and internships with business and community organizations, and support for students to set up their own initiatives as part of their MA projects.
Upon the completion of the MA Future Design programme, students will be prepared for a variety of positions within the industry and be able to confidently set up independent enterprises, thanks to the high level of skills and reflective practice cultivated at this advanced level of study. 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 visual communication-related work including advertising, motion graphics, publishing, 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.
At the end of Year 1, student progression is assessed through a candidacy review in which students present their trajectory over the course of the first two modules. A review board made up of the Future Design staff will evaluate the work presented and make recommendations for progression into Year 2.
- Innovation by Design (20 credits)
- Design Research Methods (20 credits)
- Design Practice (20 credits)
- Critical Thinking and Theoretical Contexts (20 credits)
- Summer: Advanced Practice (60 credits)
- Design Integration (20 credits)
- Enterprising Leadership and Project Management (20 credits)
- MA Future Design Major Project (60 credits)
1. Previous education
BA (Hons) degree in an art or design discipline with at least a 2.1 classification
(For applicants who do not hold the above 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 Bachelors programme entirely in English this requirement may not apply
3. Letter of motivation (500 words) describing career and personal motivation
4. Professional and academic references
5. Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio
6. Final Interview – a formal discussion with the applicant and final confirmation 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 interview due to distance, employment commitments etc. then a digital portfolio can be submitted and e-mail correspondence with the Programme Leader or Admissions Tutor, together with a Skype Interview, 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.