London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Design Research for Disability


31 Jewry Street

Macmillan Way

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA, Postgraduate Diploma;Postgraduate Certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Aims of the course The philosophy and rationale of the course is based on the view that disabled people experience physical, environmental and social barriers that restrict their ability to participate fully in society. This course offers a unique opportunity for designers and health professionals to work together in developing desirable products, environments and equipment for the widest possible consumer base, regardless of age and ability. It is our intention to produce practitioners who are knowledgeable about the design process, production and marketing of products and environments for a diverse society. We also aim to advance the learning, knowledge and professional competence of those already working, or wishing to work, in the area of inclusive design and bespoke equipment for disabled people. The course therefore attracts designers who wish to specialise in this field and also health professionals who want to specify or supervise the manufacture of products for disabled people. Entry requirements Applicants are normally required to possess a good Honours degree in three-dimensional design with expertise in areas such as product, industrial, interior or architectural design or hold a professional qualification in the life sciences, normally occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech therapy. Consideration will be given to those with an exceptional BTEC HND and subsequent work experience. All applicants will be required to provide evidence of appropriate academic and practical skills, and international design applicants must submit a portfolio on CD or DVD. Course structure For full-time students, the first two semesters comprise six taught modules, with a period of independent study for assignments and project work. Two weeks are designated for the assessment of modules, plus counselling of students. The summer studies period is for independent study, the construction of prototypes and tutorials relating to project work, report writing etc.
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