History of Design MA Events and Publication

The HoD MA students at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art seek funding for their symposium, show and publication.

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA postgraduate show, symposium, and publication



Why we need your help

The History of Design MA students at the Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art are looking for funding for their end-of-year symposium, show and accompanying publication.

These three projects are organized collectively by this year's graduating students. The show takes place at the Royal College of Art and aims to exhibit the extensive research that students have been able to conduct for two years. This is followed by a symposium where students get to present their dissertation topics, which will be held in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the V&A. The accompanying publication documents each student's project, but just as importantly, it creates a legacy of this year's graduating cohort.


The History of Design MA...what is it?

Based in the world's leading museum of decorative arts and Britain's only postgraduate university specialising in art and design, the MA course introduces students to the skills of object based analysis and the context of design practice.

Research undertaken by this year's cohort features a broad variety of subjects, spanning across a wide range of geographies and time periods. Dissertation topics include: the materiality of ice-cream making in the nineteenth century, the representation of women in North Korea in the 20th century and the material portrayal of Africans by Europeans in Renaissance sculpture and jewellery.


How your funding will support us

The funds we hope to raise will go towards costs related to the organization of our show, symposium and publication - designed to help our group of promising / emerging design historians to present our work to the public.

To say thank you…

In return for your donation, and depending on the amount you pledge, we offer:

- your name on our virtual supporter wall on Unmaking Things 

- a ticket valid for 2 to the graduate symposium at the Victoria and Albert Museum (for the first 10 pledges)

- a student-led visit valid for 2 to the graduate show at the Royal College of Art

- a copy of the professionally-designed publication

- a 1000-word object analysis report on an object that you own and would like to know more about



RCA Graduate Show 16th to 29th of June 2014

Symposium 25th of June 2014

Publication June 2014


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via hodfundraising2014@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about Unmaking Things or the course, please visit the following websites.

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA course


Unmaking Things