Kingston University London - Sustainable Design MA

Kingston University London

Sustainable Design MA

The MA Sustainable Design welcomes those who want to direct their existing creative practice towards ambitious and inclusive visions of sustainability.

It focuses on the power of social innovation, systems thinking, and design for service to drive collective sustainable change. This established course will enable you to raise your sustainability literacy, and then design meaningful responses to the challenges of unsustainability that move you the most.

The cohort includes designers of communications, clothing, products, interiors, buildings, services, and digital environments, unified by a commitment to designing sustainability itself. You will also have the chance to collaborate with students on other courses in the Design School.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:1 or above honours degree or equivalent in a related art, design or craft subject and/or appropriate professional experience.
  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.


Career Prospects

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Student Route visa.

Previous students have worked with many organizations involved in furthering societal sustainability, including:

  • Design Council
  • Futerra
  • Helen Storey Foundation
  • Innovation Unit
  • National Trust
  • Rose Theatre Kingston

Course Details

This Sustainable Design MA is directed towards the goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable society. You will explore innovative and practical ways to help realise those visions, emphasising design, creativity, empathy, innovation and activism.

You'll be encouraged to think critically about the social and ecological agendas it addresses. The course is design-based, but not confined to design practice - it includes a significant amount of theoretical and contextual studies. You can choose to write a dissertation for the final major project.

This course is part of the Design School's Postgraduate Framework. The structure, shared with postgraduate students from other design courses, enables you to explore your individual specialist interests within an integrative learning environment.


Design for Social Innovation
Designing Research
Sustainable Design Principles, Perspectives and Practices
Creative Futures
The Major Project

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