James Fletcher

James Fletcher

Course
MSc Design Management

Year of graduation
2012

Current job title and company/profession
Design Manager at Highgrove Contract Furniture

After graduating with BA (Hons) 3D Design, I decided to enhance my career prospects through the MSc Design Management course at the University of Salford. My decision was based on a desire to differentiate myself from the seemingly uncountable number of design graduates competing for similar jobs in the UK. I also wanted to develop my knowledge of design theory and creative thinking regarding business and strategy.

The skills I acquired through studying at the University of Salford are undoubtedly put to good use every day. My confidence and willingness to develop new skills have also increased through my experience on the MSc Design Management course. Upon completion of the course I commenced work at a contract furniture manufacturing company as a direct result of my dissertation where I now hold the role of design manager. My responsibilities range from project management to product design. I have a large input into the businesses marketing strategy, including advertising, physical and digital presence, costing and branding.

In addition to this, the MSc Design Management course has also left me with numerous contacts and friends, some of which I am now collaborating with on freelance projects.