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MA in Interdisciplinary Design

Status: Applications open for 2022-2023




1 Year Full-Time/2 Years Part-Time


Art & Design, Design

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Postgraduate Taught courses


Clare Street

This exciting Masters in Interdisciplinary Design programme encourages and promotes ideas of design synergies; where the crossing-over of contrasting disciplines results in the conception and execution of well-considered and impactful design. Through co-creation and collaboration, facilitating such design intersections, allows for betterment when designing for and tackling cultural issues, economic issues, educational issues, social issues and ecological issues. As a designer, this exciting MA will empower you with a trustworthy and tactful duty to enact social change and enhance better ways of living. Design to make a real difference. Design for transformation.

What are the entry requirements?

Any primary degree with a minimum award of Second Class Honours Grade 2. Recognition of prior experiential learning (RPL) from applicants will also be considered for places based on relevant professional and life experience. Equivalent qualifications including the pre-NFQ NCEA National Diploma and applicants holding equal qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must exhibit a proficiency in the English language.

International Applicants

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at LIT allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for October 2022 course commencement should be made by Monday September 5th at the latest.

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What modules will I study?

  • Modules List

    Title: Circuits of Dissemination

    Credits: 10

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    The Circuits of Dissemination module teaches students how to professionally compose, impart and exchange information. It provides students with the tools to explore circuits for the promotion and distribution of work and practice. It is designed to instil confidence in student discourse, which in turn, professionalises their work and reaches appropriate audiences. It provides students with skills which can bring their work to the attention of relevant publics and present their work professionally across different media. The module equips students with knowledge of, and skills in, the abundance of ways in which one can communicate accurately and effectively. 

    Title: Collaborative Project

    Credits: 10

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    The Collaborative Project module offers students the opportunity to develop collaborative interdisciplinary skills by forming an acute awareness, understanding, and ability to reflect upon collaboration as a conscious iterative process. This module not only provides opportunities for students to develop a systematic collaborative process with their peers in response to a problem-based brief, but also gives students a platform to critically reflect on collaboration and develop a group outcome in response to a chosen brief. 

    Title: Contemporary Design Issues

    Credits: 10

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    Contemporary Design Issues offers students the opportunity to analyse, examine and give discourse to a range of issues which not only face individual practitioners but also have a significant impact on the intersections where different disciplines encounter one another. The module provides a platform which allows the students to collectively further their knowledge by observing specific problem-areas from various perspectives and gain new insights into ways in which they can strategically exploit design in order to move towards solutions. This is a foundational part of the programme as it enables the students to consider and tackle present-day issues with creativity, integrity, purpose, and responsibility. 

    Title: Design Economies

    Credits: 10

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    Design Economies represent the value created by those employed in design roles within a wide variety of industries; from design-intensive sectors to designers and design engineers in alternative operations such those ongoing in pharmaceutical industries, corporate companies, or governmental bodies (Design Council, 2015). Design is now embedded in sectors where design plays a crucial role but may not always be the prominent identity. Design Economies not only introduces students to key marketing skills and essential tools for enterprise, but also allows them to ruminate on imperative factors like ethics, circular economies, and regeneration for sustainably designed products, services, and experiences. 

    Title: Design Research Methods

    Credits: 10

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    The Design Research Methods module provides students with the opportunity to engage in methodological debates around the place of design within research contexts. The module critically evaluates a range of research methods and approaches to assess their appropriateness to design research applications. The module provides students with generic research literacies in academic and professional design research. In addition to addressing issues to do with design’s epistemology, this module also deals with issues around validity, quality and the protocols and processes of conducting research in an ethical manner.

    Title: Situated Design Research

    Credits: 10

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    The Situated Design Research module introduces students to contemporary debates, approaches, and concepts relating to situated research; research which takes place in local environments as opposed to our studios, libraries, laboratories, or offices etc. It not only provides a platform for the means to build, store, and share research resources but also facilitates an important connection and exposure to practical problems in the real world. This module holds a particular emphasis on instructional design and design for behaviour change.

    Title: Major Project

    Credits: 30

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    Throughout the programme, students work towards their final Major Project. Depending on the nature of the research and the desires of the students, the outcome of the Major Project may be one of several diverse and contrasting possibilities. For instance, it might not necessarily be a physical artefact of design, but could be a recommended prototype, a business plan, a socially responsible proposal, a digitally designed object, a cultural design policy, an interactive educational space, a design-management framework, a service-design plan, a re-purposed design, a theoretical study, a manifesto for an industrial ecology scheme etc. The Major Project module empowers students with a trustworthy and tactful duty to enact social change and enhance better ways of living. Designing to make a real difference. Designing for transformation.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Upon successful completion of the Masters in Interdisciplinary Design programme graduates will be able to go on to pursue further study at PhD level.

What are the career prospects?

At this moment in time, designers remain empowered with crucial roles but these days the designer is not always the prominent identity. This MA IDP programme provides the student with a platform to secure employment not only independently or in design-intensive sectors, but also to pursue interdisciplinary engagements as a team partner at a strategic level in alternative establishments across a broad range of sectors. The MA IDP programme would be of benefit to anyone interested in an executive level career in design or a cognate discipline.

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What Will I Learn?

The MA ID will broaden participants design knowledge and develop skills in interdisciplinary design. Partakers in the programme will be prepared to work confidently and competently within a variety of design contexts; as independent designers or within an interdisciplinary team. Students will learn how to collaborate effectively and operate strategically while tactically responding to the latest developments in the field of contemporary design issues. Throughout the MA programme students will also have access to an extensive list of industry professionals, artistic advisors, academic faculty and creative practitioners.

Locally & Globally Connected

Currently Limerick School of Art and Design and the Technologicial University of the Shannon engage actively with regionally based global companies across all sectors and have creative industry placements in Ireland, Europe and Worldwide.

Future Careers

Graduates will be prepared to work independently or as a team partner at a strategic level across a broad range of sectors. Graduates will use their interdisciplinary design skills to work in a number of pathways including: individual entrepreneurial business, design studios, professional services, government and private organizations, cultural institutions, technology and services sectors.

Notes on Major Project

Over the course of their studies, MA ID students work towards their Major Project. Depending on the nature of the research and the desires of the student, the outcome of the Major Project may be one of a number of diverse and contrasting possibilities. For example, it might be a tangible artefact of design, a prototype, a socially responsible product, a digitally designed object, a cultural design policy, an interactive educational space, a design management framework, a service design, a re-purposed design, a theoretical study, a proposal for an industrial ecology scheme etc. Regardless of the nature of the students’ outcomes and how these come to fruition, the students' designs will remain rewarding, impactful and transformative.