MA/PGDip/PGCert in Design & Innovation

  • Length
    1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time
  • Department

Course overview

The MA Design & Innovation gives you the opportunity to bring your own innovation project to develop within our postgraduate creative studios and advanced prototyping facilities at Goldsmiths. 

The programme is aimed at creative practitioners and professionals from a range of backgrounds who want to develop their skills in becoming leaders in innovation, service and experience design. 

On this studio-led programme you'll learn about innovation and management discourses, design thinking methods and creative business processes to initiate and/or progress your own innovation project. 

Projects could include new forms of service design, product development, user experience design, craft based innovation, technology transfer, material or process innovation, or another form of innovation.

It's a practice-based Masters degree that focuses on four strands of study:

  1. Methods and Processes of Innovation introduces you to a range of approaches to help you engage with researching and understanding your audience or user, the context of your projects and also the development of your own creative practice
  2. Creative Business introduces you to emerging entrepreneurial approaches
  3. Discourses of Innovation explores the philosophical and theoretical concepts of innovating to critically engage with innovation and its effects
  4. Studio Practice is the central studio strand where you develop your own project and synthesise all of the other strands of study into your own innovation project

You'll have the opportunity to work with experts from a wide range of subject areas and disciplines, including designers, social scientists, philosophers, creative business experts, psychologists, engineers and material experts.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Design


Design at Goldsmiths is ranked:
1st in the UK**
11th in the world***


We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for designers, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.

Critique the status quo

We want you to go on to have your own self-sustaining practice that can change over time, so you’ll learn about design not just as a commercial enterprise, but also as a way to question and critique the status quo. 

The freedom to experiment

You don’t have to know what kind of a designer you’ll be: we give you the time and the freedom to experiment, use tools, explore materials and discover different modes of making. Many of our students have already worked in the design industry and are keen to develop their theoretical understanding of the discipline, and have the opportunity to explore their practice without the confines of commercial restrictions.

Industry leaders

Our graduates are industry leaders: many have gone on to work at top organisations and design companies such as Pentagram, Dyson and Selfridges, while many others have set up their own studios and enterprises.

Find out more about the Department of Design.

**The Guardian University Guide 2016

***QS World University Rankings by subject 2016

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

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