Master of Arts in Design

Master of Arts in Design

Overview

The world is faced with complex challenges such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, natural resource depletion and widening inequality. The African continent is particularly affected by these global challenges due to the continent’s slow pace of development. In Kenya, development challenges are a major concern for the government. Through its vision 2030, the Kenyan government aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment. To help achieve Kenya’s vision, and Africa’s vision for enriching livelihoods in general, designers need to explore new approaches to problem solving. The Master of Arts in Design engages with these kinds of interconnected problems by equipping students with skills to envision a better future for all.  The programme has five areas of specialization: Graphic,  Textile and Fashion, Interior, Product design and Design Appreciation.

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  1. The Master of Art in Design degree is offered under one modules; full time (Module II). The degree programme, is a two year programme that  runs  for a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters from the date of registration.
  2. To qualify for the award of the Master of Arts in Design, a candidate must take and pass all the 12 course units offered.
  3. The candidate shall be required to attend at least 2/3 of lectures and write a research thesis.
  4. The  course breakdown is as follows:

 

 

YEAR 1

 

FIRTS SEMESTER (Compulsory Theory)

 

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

SEMESTER HRS

EXAM HRS

 

BDS 501

Research Methodology

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 503

Design Management     

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 505

History of Design

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 507

East African Design         

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 509

Computer Aided Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 511

Design Materials & Process

90

Portfolio

 

Total

405

 

 

Graphics  Design Option

 

BDS 502

Advertising Design         

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 504

Advertising

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 506

Corporate Identity Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS508

Publication Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 542

Design Practice

90

Portfolio

 

Total

450

 

Portfolio

 

Fashion and Textile Design Option

 

 

Portfolio

BDS 510

Printed Textile Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 512

Woven Textiles Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 514

Fashion Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 516

Fabric Craft and Design 

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 542

Design Practice

90

Portfolio

 

Total

450

 

 

Interior  Design Option

 

BDS 518

Principles of Landscape Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 520

Interior Space Design    

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 522

Exhibition and Display Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 524

Furnishing Design           

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 542

Design Practice

90

Portfolio

 

Total

450

 

 

Product Design Option

 

BDS 526

Jewellery Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 528

Household Product Design         

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 530

Leisure Product Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 532

Furniture Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 542

Design Practice

90

Portfolio

 

Total

450

 

 

 Design Option

 

BDS 534

West & North African Design

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 536

Central & South African Design

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 538

European-American Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 540

Oriental Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 542

Design Practice

90

Portfolio

 

Total

360

 

 

 

 

YEAR 2

FIRST SEMESTER

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

SEMESTER HRS

EXAM HRS

BDS 601

Contemporary Design Issues     

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

BDS 603

Design Project 1

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

BDS 605

Design Project II              

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

Total

270

 

BDS 602

Design Project II

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

BDS 604

Research Project II         

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

Total

180

 

 

Common Regulations, for Masters’ degrees, of the University of Nairobi shall apply

Admission to the M.A. degree in Design is open to holders of Bachelor’s degrees in:

 

  1. Design, of at least Upper Second Class Honours, of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification recognized by Senate;
  1. Any discipline related to Design, of at least Upper Second Class Honours from the University of Nairobi or other Universities recognized by the Senate;
  1. Design or a discipline related to Design of at least Lower Second Class Honours with at least three years of professional experience and a certified portfolio O Level Division III or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma in a relevant discipline
  2. Diploma from University of Nairobi or other recognized institutions and an aggregate of C in KCSE or equivalent.
  3. A Level with two principal passes, IB or equivalent in relevant subjects.
  4. Degree from a recognized University.

 

CREDIT TRANSFERS

 

Applicants may transfer credits for similar courses, at Master’s level, taken in other institutions recognized by the Senate.

Applicant seeking transfer of credit may:-

  1. Send a formal application seeking transfer of credits, justification of the request and attach evidence of the credentials which would support such a request.
  2. Apply for transfer of credit which is processed only after paying the prescribed exemption fee;
  3. Be allowed a maximum of one third of the courses.
  4. The courses in which transfer of credit is sought shall not exceed one-third (1/3) of the total units for the relevant degree programme.

 

 

  1. Furniture Designer, Set Designer, Interior Designer, User Experience, Interactive Designer, Prototyper, ModelMaker,Production Manager, Ideation Lead, etc
  2. Freelance Designers, Advertising Agencies, Design Studios, etc
  3. Fashion Designers, Fashion Stylist, Illustrator, Patterncutter, Machinist, Textile Surface Designer, Costume Designer, Samplemaker etc.
  4. Freelance Illustrators, Art Director, Illustration for Development, Animation, Art Tutors, Artists, Experiential Design, Publishers, Art Curators, Editorial Illustration, Web&Content Design, etc.
  5. Interior Design Firms, Architecture Firms Freelance Designers, Interior Designers in Residential and Commercial Space, Indoor and Outdoor Landscape Designers, Exhibits and Display Designers for Expos, Marketer and Suppliers, Construction Project Managers, etc

Masters in Design-Year 1-(TOTAL of 11 units)      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL  
TUITION           216,000             216,000                 432,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)               5,000                      -                       5,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               5,000                      -                       5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               5,500                 5,500                   11,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
TOTAL           251,250             223,750                 475,000
Masters in Design-Year 2-(TOTAL of 11 units)      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL  
TUITION           216,000             216,000                 432,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               5,000                      -                       5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               5,500                 5,500                   11,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
THESIS EXAMINATION                 30,000                   30,000
TOTAL           246,250             253,750                 500,000
       
Grand TOTAL                     975,000
Exam Regulations

Examinations for the Master of Arts in Design programme has TWO components, theory and portfolio examinations.

 

  1. The examination will be governed by the general examinations regulations of the University of Nairobi.
  2. Examinations shall be conducted in the semesters in which the courses are taught
  3. Examinations shall take the form of continuous assessment, written, portfolio and dissertation.
  4. Continuous assessment shall comprise of tests, assignments, term papers, oral presentation and sketches executed during the semester.
  5. Two or three-hour written examination for all theory and studio courses.
  6. Portfolio examination shall comprise oral presentation and exhibition.
  7. The pass mark for a course shall be 50%; and the weighting shall be as follows
  8. A-45 hour course unit shall be examined by a 2-hour written examination and marked out of one hundred.
  9. A-90 hour course unit shall be examined by a 3-hour written examination and marked out of two-hundred.
  10. A design or research project is the equivalent of three course units is marked out of three-hundred.
  11. A pass obtained by re-sitting a course unit shall be recorded as 50%
  12. Examination of Courses
  13. A theory course shall be examined by continuous assessment and a two or three-hour written examination paper.
  14. A studio course (marked*) shall be examined by continuous assessment, and portfolio.
  15. Examination of portfolio/design project shall be by oral presentation and exhibition of work.
  16. Oral presentation shall be marked out of one hundred.
  17. Exhibition of work shall be marked out of two hundred.
  18. A research project shall be examined by continuous assessment regulations governing thesis examination.