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Design Studio Practice - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

The Design Studio Practice BA explores the rich cross-disciplinary territory where design encompasses art, product design, installation, interior design, visual communication and other fields of creative practice in material culture that engage with the making of artefacts. The course is intended for those who are passionate about design, but who don't want to be narrowly identified as a product designer, fine artist or graphic designer. It's ideal for anyone craving the freedom to test and explore the diverse ways of fulfilling a brief, solving a problem or proposing a new typology.

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The course takes inspiration from contemporary practice in design studios (such as Droog, Martino Gamper, Jongeriuslab, Tord Boontje and Glithero) that design and make a wide range of objects and processes, often collaboratively, but always without accepting constraints as to what is expected as a result. Experimentation, discovery, testing and production of innovative outcomes are expected, but how – in what material, through which process, by what sort of designed outcome – is not prescribed.

In this course, you'll develop and apply your own model of design research and enquiry, process-driven experimentation and development, and rigorous testing and proving. Through collaboration with working designers and design studios, you'll discover your own individual design interests, principles and methods of practice.

The course draws not only on the wide-ranging and deep expertise of staff, but also their close-knit and long-standing relationships with industry professionals who bring real-world understanding of the opportunities available across a range of design practices. You'll work on a series of projects alongside high-profile design practitioners, giving you an unparalleled insight into how they work and achieve success. The University has extensive industry-standard workshops and technical support, with a broad spectrum of materials and processes available for exploration.

In your first year, you’ll conduct a wide range of experimental projects in order to discover a personal method of research, design, development and production, leading to self-initiated project briefs. In your second and third years, you'll join a series of curated projects led by designers and design studios, allowing you to broaden your experience of current practice. There'll be opportunities to visit studios, workshops, factories and galleries, and visiting speakers, designers, companies and curators, ensuring you're fully aware of the expectations and constraints of design studio practice.


You'll be assessed through a portfolio of creative work as well as essays for contextual studies. There are no examinations.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in relevant art and design, art history or design and technology subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects)
  • a portfolio review
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Art and Design Extended degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

On graduation, you may go on to work as a designer, but you’ll also be well equipped to work in other fields including design education, journalism, or in cultural institutions such as museums. There will also be opportunities to consider in the retail sector, commercial galleries or in interior design practices.

"We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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