Skip to main content Go to Site Map
Photograph of a man working in a 3d workshop

MA Design and Innovation

The MA Design and Innovation course enables graduates and practitioners to question the nature of their practice and its context relative to the creative industries.

Course Information

Design problems will be addressed through applying a process of systematically interrogating design practice; using design methods to analyse and comprehend situations and behaviour and generating alternative and novel, even experimental solutions. Research is the fundamental driver for creative thinking and innovation to be developed through a specific individual and critical approach to reflective enquiry and practice.

Closely aligned with the AUB Innovation Studio and supported by partners in the design industry, live projects and business and entrepreneurship will be an integral element of your study.

MA Design and Innovation Course Leader, Fran Conrad tells us about the new course and how collaboration with industry is at the heart of it; with opportunities to work alongside innovative brands like the RNLI and IoT Solutions Group.

Franziska Conrad headshot

Franziska Conrad

Franziska founded her design studio in 2005 which has since grown into INHERENTLY GOOD DESIGN, a platform allowing her to create...

How to apply

When you're ready to apply, you'll need to head to our online application form to apply directly to us.

We encourage you to apply early so that you have time to organise accommodation and to arrange for a visa (if required) before you enrol.

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications – we'll take into account the knowledge and skills that you've developed outside the classroom as well as your previous qualifications. We aim to interview all applicants who demonstrate the potential to succeed on the course. Interviews are used to assess whether you have the necessary skills and capabilities and whether this programme is appropriate to your interests and aspirations.

What our students are doing

Looking to be inspired? Browse our gallery of student work to find out more about the kinds of projects that our students get involved in.

Your Interview and Portfolio

As part of your application, we expect to see a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills, interests and specialism.

Designers are instrumental in the shaping of society beyond the creation of products. As professional team-players and challengers of established systems; designers these days are essential in the running of multi-and cross disciplinary teams that go beyond the design and manufacturing industry.

The MA Design and Innovation aims to create environments and opportunities in which students and graduates are inspired to challenge the status quo and become active drivers of the change they want to see nationally and internationally, supported by the local and national design industry and taking full advantage of the AUB creative community.

Franziska Conrad, Course Leader

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subject area and the type of postgraduate study you're embarking on. The fee that you pay AUB provides the necessary equipment and training for you to complete your course.

We also have a number of progression discounts and bursaries available to go towards paying for your studies.

Computer equipment

You may also choose to buy some items or personal equipment such as a laptop, tablet or computer. This isn't a requirement as desktop and laptop computers are available for you to use in common study areas, including a loan system in the Library.

See more of our student work

Head over to our social channels to see more creative work from our students

MA Journal