London Metropolitan University: Design for Cultural Commons

InstitutionLondon Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Telephone 020 7133 4202
Study type Taught


Why study this course?

Our Design for Cultural Commons MA will help you become a pioneer in the field of cultural and urban commons.

The Commons discourse is informed by an idea which has been around for hundreds of years. In a contemporary context of much inequality, the Commons discourse introduces models of sharing. The Commons are about the assets that belong to everyone, forming resources that should benefit all, rather than being enclosed to just a few. You'll learn about how these shared assets are created, governed, used and distributed without overuse and abuse.

More about this course

This unique course teaches the discourse of Commons, both historical and current. A third of the course will focus on setting up your future Commons practice. On completion of the course you'll have an operational practice/business. There will be an array of optional modules ranging from public policies to social theories and citizenship, micro-economies and digital media. This is complemented with art and design teaching, from relational art, visual communication and performance to architecture and photography.

There is the opportunity to tailor your learning and construct your own unique curriculum.

On this MA you'll develop projects and organisations, using Commoning as a model. You'll become pioneers 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 related policies.

The course will support you in gaining membership to the International Association for the Study of the Commons. This will enable you to gain awards, as well as access international collaboration opportunities and platforms for knowledge exchange following your MA.

We'll support you in applying for mentoring programmes following your MA, to develop your practice/initiative into a viable social enterprise.


London Metropolitan University


Looking to improve your job prospects, change career direction or simply pursue a passion? London Met has the right postgraduate degree for you.

Graduates have gone on to become leaders, changemakers, advocates, innovators and pioneers. By putting the emphasis on work-related learning, its courses are designed to ensure you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career. Many courses are also professionally accredited.

London Met will support you the whole way through, right up until you get that new job or well-deserved promotion you’ve been studying for!

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