More information about the Design discipline

The notion of design is very broad. Design refers to defining the particularities of a certain object or concept, shape, size, colour, environment, costs, functionalities, utility, constraints, etc. Design sets out to describe a certain product in a very detailed, understandable and practical manner. Design is often the step before execution and serves as base for the actual creation of the product in question.

The designer is the person performing the action of design and can be subordinate to several, very different fields of activity such as: Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Web Design, Game Design, Interactional Design, Service Design, Product Design or Process Design. The use and attributes of Design as profession are becoming more and more diversified and are nowadays present in many different business sectors, from architecture and civil engineering, to organizational and human behaviour, making the designer a vital, integrated part of any modern enterprise. Thus the study of design becomes also much more complex, encompassing diverse methods and approaches and shaping the designer generation of the years to come.

Suggested Studies

  • Master in Technology and Learning Design

    The way education is designed and delivered is changing. Technology is opening up new models of learning, new channels, new techniques. At the same time, educational material in all its forms has never been so readily available. The challenge is to design the best possible methodologies for delivering it successfully to learners.This Master of Arts in Technology and Learning Design seeks to equip students with the solutions to that very issue.

  • Master in Luxury Business

    Luxury Business - The philosophy of this advanced program is based on the creation of small class sizes ensuring a high level of instruction and interaction throughout. Limited numbers are also necessary due to the advanced level research and project based nature of instruction.

  • Master in Communication Design: Graphic Design

    Choose Kingston's Communication Design: Graphic Design MA - This course encourages the exploration and understanding of the methods and processes at work in contemporary visual communication, and will further develop your personal practice and approach to graphic design. It focuses on individual research and enquiry and helps you to develop your understanding of the significance of the wider cultural role of the visual designer

  • Master in Fine Art

    Fine Art - This is a studio-based, research-centred programme for those who wish to explore the subtle and complex relationships between the production and display of contemporary art within the context of professional excellence. It will challenge you to develop your personal vision and create clear, meaningful and appropriate work to consolidate and strengthen your position as an artist.

  • Master in Sustainable Design

    Sustainable Design- This course is aimed at designers, creative workers and other specialists who want to direct their practice towards progressive sustainability and social agendas. It focuses on the value of design as a vehicle for addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. It will equip you with the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to challenge the status quo by applying design thinking to a generation of design-led interventions for a sustainable future.

  • Master in Master in Art Directing for Fashion

    This research-based program introduces creative thinking processes through a non-linear methodology embracing curiosity, intuition and perception. The course is visionary yet practical, embracing all possible concepts within six interconnected areas of study: Craft, Calligraphy, Body, Dress, Imagery, and Space.

  • Master in Fashion Trend Forecasting

    This master is perfect for a person interested in everything surrounding us, in particular culture and fashion, and willing to be a key strategic player in any corporation.

  • Master in Fashion Styling

    The Fashion Styling master course aims to create a figure able to set future trends, define the image of a collection or the positioning of a brand, and invent fashion icons by working in collaboration with designers, show directors, magazines, retailers, advertising agencies and celebrities. In this particular edition focus will be on editorial activity, including the realization of photo shoots, a look book, and creating relationships between photographers and editors.

  • Master in Urban Design

    In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. The pace of urban change, and the challenge of making cities efficient, sustainable and meaningful, demands creative solutions to design and management.

  • Master in Urban Design

    Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. This course provides a practical preparation for professionals entering urban design practice. It gives you an opportunity to study urban design at postgraduate level, without the need to commit to the full MA programme. It also gives practitioners in the urban environment the necessary basic skills in urban design to enable government to deliver its vision of an ‘urban renaissance’.

  • Master in Sustainable Place Making and Urban Design

    Choose Kingston's Sustainable Place Making and Urban Design MA - This accredited course is ideal if you want to focus your planning studies on spatial analysis, place making and urban design within the context of developing thriving sustainable communities and vibrant public places.

  • Master in Urban Design

    In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities.



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