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Top 20 UK University for Design by The Guardian University Guide 2020

Design has a transformative effect on the world around us

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Design has a transformative effect on the world around us. This impact cuts across culture, business, the environment, and the economy. The course will give you an understanding of this impact and how you can shape it.

Dundee is a creative and cultural city. It was awarded UNESCO City of Design status in 2015, an honour that has had significant impact on the design community in the city already, with many events and opportunities being initiated as a result. The prestigious title has seen Dundee join other UNESCO Cities of Design such as Montreal, Buenos Aires and Beijing, and has become the first and only UK city to receive the award.

For Entry:

  •   One Term: June | September


  •   One Term + Master's: 3 months + 1 year


Our courses are normally delivered face-to-face on-campus however due to the current global crisis, some of our courses are available to start online. Allowing you to start your academic journey to a postgraduate qualification as planned. Information on our flexible study options for IIM courses can be seen here.

Course Structure

The IIM Design is available over one-term. It’s a fast track route to your postgraduate degree in Design at the world-class Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee University.

Modules you will study:

These modules support students as they prepare for their postgraduate studies, extending and developing existing language and academic study skills.

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of how to conduct an informed literature search, and how to produce a concise description and succinct analysis of literature relevant to professional practice and / or advanced academic study in Design.

The aim of this module is to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of designing a solution to a real world problem. Students will be encouraged to further develop their creative practice by adopting a thinking through making approach and enhance their ability to communicate project outcomes in a professional manner to new audiences.

The content is intended to provide students with a broad-based introduction to design practice and areas to be covered include:

  • Engaging with people throughout the design process
  • 2D sketching and drawing
  • 3D form development
  • Design and material exploration and experimentation
  • Idea generation, selecting and testing
  • Role and value of prototypes and methods of prototyping
  • Digital and physical development
  • Presentation skills

Design Continuation Degrees


  • Product Design
  • Design for Business

Product Design

Successful completion of a Bachelor degree in a related design discipline or relevant professional experience.

Design for Business

Applicants do not have to possess a first degree in Design but should be able to demonstrate an understanding of Design principles.  We ask all applicants to submit a short piece of writing with the title: How can design improve a business or a product? (250 words)



Entry Requirements

One Term: Bachelor Degree Ordinary

English Language Requirements

One Term: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 or equivalent

One Term: +6 week PSE:  IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 except writing which must be 5.5 or equivalent

How to apply