Course options

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Why study this course? Our Design for Cultural Commons MA will help you become a pioneer in the field of cultural and urban commons. The Commons discourse is informed by an idea which has been around for hundreds of years. In a contemporary context of much inequality, the Commons discourse introduces models of sharing. The Commons are about the assets that belong to everyone, forming resources that should benefit all, rather than being enclosed to just a few. You'll learn about how these shared assets are created, governed, used and distributed without overuse and abuse. More about this course This unique course teaches the discourse of Commons, both historical and current. A third of the course will focus on setting up your future Commons practice. On completion of the course you'll have an operational practice/business. There will be an array of optional modules ranging from public policies to social theories and citizenship, micro-economies and digital media. This is complemented with art and design teaching, from relational art, visual communication and performance to architecture and photography. There is the opportunity to tailor your learning and construct your own unique curriculum. On this MA you'll develop projects and organisations, using Commoning as a model. You'll become pioneers in the emerging practices of cultural and urban commons. You'll gain expertise in creative thinking towards asset sharing, mutual resources, self-governance and peer to peer economic models. Collaborating with cultural institutions and government agencies will enable you to develop related policies. The course will support you in gaining membership to the International Association for the Study of the Commons. This will enable you to gain awards, as well as access international collaboration opportunities and platforms for knowledge exchange following your MA. We'll support you in applying for mentoring programmes following your MA, to develop your practice/initiative into a viable social enterprise.


Example Year 1 modules: Citizenship and Social Justice (core, 20 credits) Commoning Practice (core, 40 credits) History and Theory of Commons (core, 20 credits) Project: Enacting the Commons (core, 60 credits) Economics of Place (option, 20 credits) History and Theory of Human Rights (option, 20 credits) Interaction Design (option, 20 credits) Introduction to Contemporary Public Administration and Governance (option, 20 credits) Public Service Design and Innovation (option, 20 credits) Theoretical Studies for Art, Architecture and Design (option, 20 credits) Comparative Public Policy Multi-level Governance

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through individual and group presentations, case studies, reports, research proposals and a final project in the form of a practice portfolio and written thesis.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have typically a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline. A full university application form will need to be submitted which includes a detailed statement to support your application to the course. If you have low qualifications but portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of Commons or similar discourse you will be asked for an interview to demonstrate your competency for a postgraduate course on the Commons. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. English language 6.5 average. Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9300 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9300 Whole course
Scotland £9300 Whole course
Wales £9300 Whole course
EU £16500 Whole course
International £16500 Whole course
Channel Islands £16500 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £16500 Whole course

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Design for Cultural Commons at London Metropolitan University - UCAS