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Plymouth College of Art: Disruptive Design

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


This MA programme is unique in the UK. Its focus is on design that is transgressive, operating beyond subject silos and without borders. The subject focus of traditional design disciplines is dissolved, allowing you to engage with new thinking about contemporary issues and the local or systemic impact that design can have on the world.

Ethos As a global consumer society we currently use twice as many resources as the planet can sustain. How will designers continue to improve life experience within the planet’s means? This programme challenges creative makers and thinkers to propose new responses and solutions to such questions through design practice. Our MA Disruptive Design programme draws upon sustainable systems design to enable the cross-disciplinary exploration of ideas, proposing new concepts, problems, schemes and design proposals that will shape society and impact upon lifestyles. Working at the interface between physical and digital design processes, the programme encourages innovation with an understanding of contemporary shifts in sustainable, ethical and open design principles. Sustainability and ‘jugaad’ (frugal innovation) are critical dimensions of this programme.

Outline You will develop a critical framework that will enable you to assimilate diverse ideas, work with complexity and ambiguity, and respond to commercial demands. This is an ideas-driven programme, devised to assist you in developing a unique creative position in relation to product design and society. You will engage in design thinking and research-centred projects, developing conceptual thinking and visual literacies through iterative design. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports sustainable design, product design and system design practices.


Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art college – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, the FabLab Plymouth, and to our public-facing Gallery which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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