Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


MA Design achieves 100% overall student satisfaction

November 23rd, 2017

MA Students at School of Design

We are delighted to announce that our MA Design programme has achieved 100% in overall student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Programme Survey 2017 released this month.

The MA Design has recently been through a major restructure under the leadership of Dr Maria Lonsdale, who has been Programme Leader since 2015–16.

Dr Lonsdale commented:

“The MA Design has the support of a strong academic team of lecturers who are recognised at an international level and bring vast expertise and knowledge to the MA Design. A particular case is Dr Dian Li, a dedicated lecturer who has taught in the MA Design for 13 years and also brings valuable insight as a former MA Design student (back in 2004).

On a pastoral level, MA Design students are looked after and supported from the moment they submit their application until after they graduate. International students who come to Leeds to do a pre-sessional English course also meet me and current MA Design students in August, which is something they truly appreciate. Then the induction week is the time when everyone meets together (staff and students), when students give a presentation about themselves, about their cultural background, their design interests, etc. It is a very pleasant and friendly event.

During the academic year the MA Design also has in place several initiatives and activities to make sure students are well supported throughout their journey in the School of Design. As a former international student, it is my priority that, from day one, MA Design students feel settled, happy and part of the MA Design and PGT community.

On an academic level, students are exposed to high quality teaching and are given the opportunity to explore various fields of design before making a decision in Semester 2 as to what field of design they want to specialise in. This is especially important since the MA Design welcomes students from various academic backgrounds and some will not have a design background.

When developing their specialist projects from Semester 2, MA Design students have personalised support from their supervisors who have vast experience as researchers, academics and design practitioners. Finally, in the Summer term students also get support to produce an e-portfolio in preparation for their job hunting when graduating as Masters of Design.

All these initiatives make their learning journey enjoyable and productive, and their work recognised by industry and employers as being of high standard and quality.

All in all, MA Design students are well looked after and strongly supported. They feel happy, they feel settled and they feel a sense of belonging in our School. All these are important elements that help our MA Design students thrive and succeed.”


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