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Master in Design and Branding Strategy (MA) - Brunel
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Master in Design and Branding Strategy (MA) - Brunel

Brunel University London
On campus
 4164 Points
1 Year
Apply date
Jul 2024
Start date
Sep 2024

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Program Description

The master in Design and Branding Strategy (MA) focuses on using design to address key issues in branding. It examines how design thinking can develop a new brand, or improve or expand an existing brand and enhance customer engagement. The master in Design and Branding Strategy (MA) aims to produce Master’s qualified creative design management graduates capable of making a major contribution to the use of design in branding practices in organizations, both large and small.

You’ll have access to modern teaching and learning facilities, including a dedicated master’s design studio. Here you can discuss and exchange ideas with other students passionate about design management and design-led branding strategy.

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Course Content

The course is delivered in three phases. Term one is the taught element. In term two, the seminar and workshop programme exploring future trends is delivered, and you’ll also work on your two research projects. Then you move on to your dissertation and undertake an advanced piece of research relevant to design and branding strategy. This will be assessed through a final 20,000 word submission.


Teaching and Learning

The design master’s degrees are delivered by a passionate cross-disciplinary lecturing team, and enhanced by design and branding professionals who are part of our extensive network of industry collaborative partners.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshop sessions, independent research, and individual and group project work. There will also be guest lectures from design and branding experts. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a Rich Design series of optional intensive workshops on specialist topics based on the interests of you and your peers and staff expertise.




The dissertation allows students to write and present a thesis on a current and challenging design management question, to research and critically evaluate a well formulated specialist design management research question derived from their taught modules, key published research, seminar programme and the practical experience of the design research project, to demonstrate a sophisticated and advance use of conceptual tools derived from previous modules, and to demonstrate the ability to add to the field of knowledge by reporting and presenting in a clear, interesting, reliable and thought provoking manner to a high professional standard.

Branding Strategy Studies

This module aims to develop a creative strategic approach to branding and its relationship to design, to explore branding and brands and their evolving place in society, to evaluate the contemporary relationship of branding to design management and organisational performance, and to discuss existing and emerging branding concepts in specific industry/society areas or operational application.

Design and Branding Futures: Seminar and Workshop Programme

This module will clearly establish the relationship between and value of future forecasting and design strategy and innovation, it aims to engage with the complexity of future forecasting and its implications for design-led management of change, to incorporate the influence of current and future trends into recommendations from students own design and innovation research, and to identify and use ‘design forecasting' and other tools used in the development of personal and team futures.

Design Research

This module aims to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in design research in order to investigate, formulate and specify a suitable and well-focussed specialist project, to critically explore the semantics and definitions of design, branding, strategy, innovation, design research, technology and creativity, and to evaluate the characteristics of and relationship between design, branding, creativity and innovation from leading classic and contemporary research.

Strategic Design Management

This module aims to develop a balanced practical understanding and critical awareness of design management principles and contemporary practice, to critically examine the design process through all major stages, to develop a strategic approach to managing design in order to improve organisational performance, and to explore and debate the influence and origins of design management and design thinking.

Design and Branding Research Project 2

This project allows students to carry out a well formulated design and branding research project, to enable each student to formulate and conduct a thorough investigation and critical evaluation of the effectiveness of design management and branding in one or more organisations in a selected business or non-profit sector, and to address the issues and challenges for design management and branding in research and practice and make positive recommendations for future strategies.

Design and Branding Research Project 1

This project enables each student to formulate an investigation into the factors which impact on the practice of design and branding management in one or more organisations, to explore and evaluate the relationship between design research and progressive design-led branding professional practice, to select and justify appropriate research tools for a developing a design and branding strategy, and to develop an advanced critical understanding of the potential for strategic application of design management in brand development.

Innovation Strategy and Management

This module aims to identify the key drivers informing emergent creativity and innovation in business, to explore the relationship between design and innovation within the changing nature of business models and creative industries, to compare and contrast how the strategic use of design is manifest in the performance of business and other institutions, and to evaluate the role of design and entrepreneurship in creative business start-ups.

Jobs - Careers

  • Brand Strategist
  • Brand Consultant
  • Brand Manager
  • Creative Director

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