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V&A/RCA History of Design (MA)

Design and Material Culture


Students on the Design and Material Culture pathway explore how the close analysis of designed artefacts – objects and environments, but also digital and physical services, interactions, policies, institutions and legal and technical systems –can offer new perspectives on pressing questions, historically and today. Some students develop critical histories of design practices, while others create fresh, often powerful interpretations of historical and contemporary conditions and events by attending to the designed environment and human interactions with and within it.