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Design for Cultural Commons - MA (Full-time)

London Metropolitan University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

Program description

Design for Cultural Commons - MA (Full-time)

Why study this course?

Our Design for Cultural Commons MA course is ideal if you are critical of current inequalities within companies and institutions that shape our lives. This MA addresses this through developing new innovative, socially ethical and applied practice models or influencing existing institutions towards a more equitable society. The models are based on methods of co-design, collaboration and conflict embedded in the city. This course is predominantly practice and project based with an injection of theory to offer criticality to the work produced.

Throughout this course, you will develop your ethical practices and projects through the lens of the commons. The commons as a field of study is an emerging discourse coined as a post-capitalist solution to our current problems in social and economic inequality supporting methods to instigate power shifts. On the course you’ll learn how to design models of sharing resources -- these models include self-management, forms of resource use, authorship and ownership of our current cultural resources embedded in cities. These resources can be knowledge, nature, arts, architecture and laws, which we will articulate as part of our cultural ecosystem.

You'll become a pioneer in the emerging practices of cultural and urban commons. You'll gain expertise in creative thinking towards asset-sharing, mutual resources, self-governance and peer-to-peer economic models. Collaborating with cultural institutions and government agencies will enable you to develop your organisation grounded in current policies.

Admission requirements

You will be required to have:

  • 2.1/2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline

If you have low qualifications but a portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of Commons or similar discourse you will be asked for an interview to demonstrate your competency for a postgraduate course on the Commons.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Citizenship and Social Justice
  • Commoning Practice
  • History and Theory of Commons
  • Project: Enacting the Commons
  • Environmental Economics and Investment
  • Interaction Design
  • Introduction to Contemporary Public Administration and Governance
  • Public Service Design and Innovation
  • Social Psychology
  • Theoretical Studies for Art, Architecture and Design

Modules and module details are subject to change over time

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £8,950 per year
  • International students: £13,250 per year

Career opportunities

Should students want to gain employment they will have opportunities in:

  1. UN-Habitat agencies
  2. Local Government
  3. Partners established during the MA
  4. Organisations through European Commons network
  5. Transition towns
  6. Government research on future of cities

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London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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