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Art and Design

Take your creativity to the next level with the Art and Design IIM – a programme specifically created to enhance your skills, knowledge and practice of art.

Develop your ideas and imagination into fresh, original pieces at the same time as part of your postgraduate study at DMU.

You will have full access to DMU’s first-class art facilities and design studios throughout your studies. DMU has an unrivalled reputation for producing work of outstanding originality and quality.

Apply theoretical understanding with practical application to your specialist area and gain feedback from expert tutors and fellow students.

Emphasis is placed on helping you find your artistic “voice” in a supportive, dynamic environment.

In addition to the Academic English and Introduction to UK Graduate Study modules, students also undertake the following two modules:



Art and Design Tools and Techniques for postgraduate study

This module is pivotal in providing students with the fundamental skills necessary to perform effectively at master's level and to develop as artists and/or designers in their chosen discipline.  The module teaches, practises and applies the key skills required to be a successful artist and/or designer and project manager in a competitive and challenging commercial environment.  The curriculum includes: design, oral and written skills including both traditional hand-rendering techniques in addition to ICT/CAD soft and hardware.  The module supports the development of an array of skills appropriate to the commercial workplace.  

Art and Design Investigation for postgraduate study

This module consists of a number of activity-based small art and/or design research projects.  These utilise project briefs.  The students will tackle these appropriately, dependant on their main discipline.  These projects consist of orchestrating and managing a series of challenges, decisions, tasks and timelines.  Additionally, the students are required to work both individually and in mixed disciplinary groups in order to tackle the projects set.  The combination of activities facilitates the student's development of a breadth of experiential learning and cross-disciplinary interaction. Students are encouraged to work both within and without their main discipline.  

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Master's (Stage 1), you will continue onto stage 2 of your chosen IIM degree at DMU.

Additional modules include:

Academic English I (only studied by 2 term students)

Academic English II


Postgraduate degree options 

Architectural Design MA


Cultural Events Management MSc 

(accessed via IIM Business route)


Design Innovation MA


(with pathways in Digital Design, Footwear Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Museum and Exhibition Design, Product Design, Retail Design and Visual Communication Design)

Design Management with Entrepreneurship MA *

(accessed via IIM Business route)


Digital Design MA


Fashion Management with Marketing MA *

(accessed via IIM Business route)


Fashion and Textiles MA 


(with pathways in Contour Fashion, Fashion Design, Footwear Design and Accessories, Textile Design)


Fine Art MA

Interior Design MA  

Product Design MA  


* January starts as well as September are available for stage 2 of these courses

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