What’s the main content of the LSDM's Master’s Degree in Design?
The Master's Degree in Design focuses on the intellectual support which improves the understanding of design and its relationships with companies and the professional industry. The course considers three mains fields of practice: communication design, interactive design and product design. LSDM's students will adopt a reflexive, analytical and evaluative approach to design, achieving a greater understanding of the dynamic relationships between design, the industry and the commercial sector. During the Master’s, you will have the opportunity to attend curricular units such as Design Thinking, Design and Innovation, Advanced Design Communication, among others. I don't have training or experience in Design. Can I apply?
The candidates for the MA Design must have a degree in a related area. If they have a degree in another area but have design expertise stemming from professional experience or additional training courses, applicants must include them in their Design Portfolio, revealing an appetite for the creative areas. The Design Portfolio is one of the mandatory documents at the moment of your application. If you do not have any training in this area, you’ll still be subject to an interview with the course director, who must issue an opinion (positive or negative) regarding the application. What's the Design Portfolio?
The Design Portfolio must be sent to LSDM upon the application. It can be delivered in several formats: PDF; Website; PowerPoint; Video; Word; another. The goal is to reveal your appetite for the creative areas, therefore we recommend that while you're developing your Design Portfolio, identify an area you enjoy and might develop during the course. There are several areas you can deal with: photography, drawing, graphic design, product design, video, among others. Although not required, we recommend that each of the works presented in your Design Portfolio, may come with a brief description. What's the length of a Master’s degree in Design?
The LSDM’s MA in Design is composed of one stage (academic year) and has a length of 12 months (approximately). Each stage consists of 3 terms of 16 weeks each. How many curricular units has a Master’s degree in Design?
In total, the course has 6 curricular units, 3 at a time. Do I have to be online at a specific time or day?
No. The units’ content is asynchronous and available on a weekly basis, which is why you can access the Online Campus (learning platform) whenever and wherever you want. The contents are available until the end of the course. However, there might be assessment moments that require a project’s discussion or examination and, specifically in such cases, the date is scheduled and communicated in advance. Do I have to buy any kind of software to attend a Master’s Degree in Design?
No. There are tools, applications and software for free or free to use for academic purposes, which are enough for the specificities of each curricular unit. However, LSDM recommends the purchase of Adobe Creative Cloud, an Adobe package that includes the access to multiple applications. With an evidence as you're a student, you can acquire a student's license at a very affordable price. For more information visit: https://www.adobe.com
. It might be necessary to use other software for web design or 3D projects. However, it depends on your personal choices along the course. How do you do the units assessment, from a distance?
The type of assessment depends on the curricular unit. However, the assessment is always carried out or submitted in the last week of the unit. There are units that require papers, projects, or case studies. Others may also require taking a test. The LSDM uses technologies that allow students to safely take tests online. Examination dates are transmitted to students in due course. Will I have to do a Dissertation in the LSDM’s Master's Degree in Design?
No. The Master's degree in Design is a “Master of Arts” which means that it holds a component essentially practical. Therefore, the Dissertation is replaced by a Project Applied to Design that obeys to the general rules of literature review and methodology (this is a homogeneous structure typically used in research) but is characterised by being a smaller project with real applicability. The LSDM's Master's degree in Marketing is called “MA – Master of Arts”. What's the difference between “MA – Master of Arts” and “MSc – Master of Sciences”?
In England there are two types of master's degrees: the MA (Master of the Arts) and the MSc (Master of Sciences). Typically, the MA is 1 year long and is targeted to human, artistic and cultural areas. The MSc has a length of 2 years and is targeted to the areas of mathematics and engineering. The diploma corresponds to level 7 of the "National Qualifications Frameworks" of England. Is the MA the equivalent of a postgraduate degree?
The MA is a master's degree with the same level of qualification as a MSc which according to the National Qualifications Frameworks, corresponds to level 7 in England. What happens if I fail at one or more curricular units?
You’ll have the chance to take those again by the end of the academic year, in a period we call of “Resit” which consists of a second chance, given to students who couldn’t conclude the curricular units in the regular period. Depending on the curricular unit, the assessment "Resit" period may be taken in the form of an exam or a final paper/project that includes all the contents of the curricular unit. If you do not complete with success any unit during this “Resit” period, you’ll have to enrol in a new academic year. Is there an interruption period for vacation?
The LSDM's interruptions occur when there's a change of term and have a length of about 2 weeks break. The school calendar is available to students in the beginning of the course. Is the LSDM's Master’s Degree in Design valid to proceed to a PhD?
Yes. The LSDM’s MA in Design is valid to proceed to a PhD. However, we strongly recommend that you check with the educational institution where you wish to apply, the necessary requirements concerning the graduation diploma. The LSDM’s MA in Design awards a diploma?
Yes. The completion of our course grants a Diploma awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in partnership with the LSDM. The diploma corresponds to the level 7 of the "National Qualifications Frameworks" of England. At the end of the course, you will be able to take part in the London Graduation Ceremony next to the students from the University of the Creative Arts. Otherwise, the diploma will be sent by mail to the address indicated by the students.