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MA Future Design


British Master's degree
Intensive or standard (low residency) available 
Graduate in 18 or 24 months
Start September

PCU's flagship design programme encourages experimentation with traditional and newly-emerging methods and practice. And engagement with businesses in the creative sector allows students to see the enterprise potential of their own original and innovative design visions across a wide range of media, techniques and technologies.

The relationship between designer and audience is a primary focus, and project work is conducted with a view to developing a portfolio for markets and sectors in the rapidly changing economic climate. Continuous discussion, debate and critique enable you to locate your approach within the larger social context, recognizing your capability to create positive social change through the power of design.

The experiential approach to learning is enhanced by the newly introduced Advanced Practice module. Students complete an internship, research project, university-based project or residency, enabling the development of solutions to real-world problems, accelerating personal and professional knowledge, skills, behaviours and the opportunity to increase professional connections.

This programme suits working professionals and recent graduates who wish to advance qualifications, as it's offered in Intensive (12-18 months) and standard (24-30 months) formats. In addition, students are expected to attend workshops & guest lectures as well as undertake independent learning and group work of approximately 16-17 hours per week.

Programme Essentials

  • Balance specialist training, independent learning and problem solving with an in-depth exploration of design strategy, research and practice
  • Collaborate with a community of designers and thinkers with common and disparate goals
  • Realize the enterprise potential of your ideas through connecting and consulting with industry partners
  • Take the opportunity to work with real clients on community and business projects and initiatives

What you study

Semester 1*

  • Innovation by Design
  • Design Research Methods
  • Launchpad: Exit into Industry

Semester 2*

  • Design Practice
  • Critical Thinking and Theoretical Contexts
  • Design Integration

Summer Semester

  • Advanced Practice

Semester 3*

  • MA Future Design Major Project

* Study plan for Intensive format. Modules in standard format are spread over two years, four semesters.

MA Future Design offers an in-depth exploration of design strategy, research and practice, which gives students the framework and space to design and problem solve for a rapidly changing world.

Click the video to learn more from Programme Leader Petr Knobloch and see the projects and students in action.




Intensive format - High residency

Students can expect 9 to 12 hours of class time a week, plus additional workshops & guest lectures. Further independent learning and group work of around 16-17 hours per week is expected.

Standard format - Low residency

Students can expect 6 to 8 hours of class time a week, plus additional workshops & guest lectures. Further independent learning and group work of around 16-17 hours per week is expected.

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Degree Projects

Master’s study in Future Design culminates in a challenging, self-defined degree project that taps into each student's strengths, interests and experiences, resulting in a public showing of their work.

Unit 2.6m²
Muneer Elsaheb

Unit 2.6m² is the final project for Muneer, who works as an Architect. Anyone affected by a disaster seeks a safe place to start their life again. Unit 2.6m² are modular units that can be configured into shelters of various sizes to fit the needs of tenants. It is durable, reliable, easily transported for assembly and can be modified as needed. 


Self-Sustained Energy System [RES2050]
Zhyldyz Shaiymbetova

Zhyldyz's project sees a future in which energy systems in cities are more interconnected and also more self-sufficient. She proposes a citywide, multi scale energy network that collects, distributes, and stores natural resources and energy, creating exchanges that reduce waste and emissions and thereby resemble an ecosystem.


Mattia De Vitis
Anti Social Media

Mattia is an Italian designer and art director living in Prague. His project takes inspiration from imagining a world without the internet and focuses on communication and social interaction which has suffered with the advent of the internet. His installation encourages strangers to meet and discuss interesting and controversial topics and have a real interaction away from their devices. and photograph



Isabel Ibasco

Isabel's final project SentientSpace, is a digital platform for staging ideas that explore social and ethical concerns about the ways pervasive connectivity, technology, and design shape our environment, and thereby our identities. Viewers enter The Smart Home Experience. In this vision of the future, an AI- system is embedded in homes, a voice assistant is present in every corner. The view questions who is this “other” that shares your home? They explore the showroom, discover the collective vision of this hybrid environment, and interact with their virtual companion.


See more projects from MA Future Design graduates here

Your Programme Leader


etr Knobloch is ideally placed to share his wide experience and advice with students as they undertake their Master’s journey. Winner of the Graphic Designer of the Year title for the Czech Grand Design Awards, he has an international reputation in the field of design, typography, user experience and user interface. Petr has worked as a designer for well-known agencies in the United States and Europe, including Ogilvy, Samba Digital Media and Symblaze. He has also served as creative director and worked on digital strategies and online campaigns for major businesses all over the world.

Career Building at PCU


Advanced Practice internship leads to full time employment

The Advanced Practice module was introduced in 2021 to accelerate professional and research skills and to broaden a student's creative network, leading to opportunities.

This certainly was the case for Suzanne, who undertook her internship at AI motion graphics studio Seyhan Lee in Boston, USA. Her work impressed the studio so much that she was offered a full time role as their AI Artist and works remotely from Europe. 

Hear more about Suzanne's experience and how the experience helped shape her work and future plans.

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Meet a Graduate

Simon Rico is a graduate of  Graphic Design and MA Future Design. For his final Master's project he created Meetback, a web app that converts feedback from meetings into actionable insights.

Since graduating in 2021, Simon has successfully launched Meetback which has found a place in the market with many businesses actively using it.


PCU showed me where I could go with Design

Laura Kuklová, a graduate of Master’s in Future Design was interviewed by Czech Design to discuss her design education and subsequent career outcomes, and compared her experience studying in a Czech design school with the Master's programme at PCU.

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Graduate Careers & Further Study Destinations

Our graduates are renowned for moving in multiple directions: securing global careers at leading corporations, pursuing research and further studies at leading institutions, or starting their own businesses. Here are just a few of their stories:
  • Mike Jelinek was accepted for PhD studies at the Slovak University of Technology where he is currently preparing his dissertation work. He also works as a Senior Researcher/Product manager at Wacom where he is responsible for connecting the technology of Future Ink with potential creative uses.

  • Laura Kuklová is teaching Art and Design at the innovative student-focused International School of Prague.

  • Irina Sidorina relocated to Paris after graduating and co-founded an independent design consultancy for major international fashion and beauty brands, with a focus on sustainability. She currently works as Head of Creativity - France at Canva.

  • Ivana Špačková, who graduated with first class honours in Graphic Design and achieved an MA in Future Design, had her final MA project selected for presentation at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI conference) in Montreal.

Entry Requirements

  • British Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent level international qualification, in an art or design discipline.
    For applicants who do not hold the above-mentioned degree award, special entry may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Board.

  •  English language certificate. Required Scores: IELTS 6.0 or higher ; TOEFL iBT 79+; Duolingo with equivalent score. If the applicant has completed a Bachelors programme entirely in English this requirement may not apply.

  • A letter of motivation (500 words) describing career and personal motivation. This letter should also include a research proposal.

  • Curriculum Vitae and Portfolio

  • Professional and academic references

  • Final Interview – a formal discussion between the applicant and Programme Leader is the final stage of the application process. 
    Applicants will be invited to show their portfolio of creative and written work, giving a clear sense of ability, skills and drive to engage in self-reflective and innovative design activity. If unable to attend an interview in person due to distance, employment commitments etc. then a digital portfolio can be submitted and together with an interview conducted online, will ascertain suitability for study of the subject at Master's level. 

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