Overview

Qualification Level:
MDes
Course Duration:
3 Stages
Starting Semester:
September
Location:

In a world of increasing complexity, in which businesses and governments must consider the diverse and ever-evolving needs of the people they serve, design has become a vital tool for helping organisations transform their strategic direction.

Transformation Design focuses on change-oriented approaches to design, which engage with complex social or systemic issues. This course looks at ways to understand complexity and work with stakeholders using participatory processes that trigger transformation. Research and teaching feeds into projects that combine strategic thinking with hands-on exploration to shape future concepts in areas such as healthcare, education, housing and politics.

Taught at The Glasgow School of Art’s Highlands Campus, the programme provides opportunities to explore new forms of design in relation to public participation, social and technological innovation and policy-making. You will be encouraged to develop your own personal perspective on Transformation Design and to define new roles for your practice within complex social, economic and political contexts. The course also provides an opportunity to share knowledge and methods with students from prestigious international universities as part of the annual Winter School.

Our approach

The Innovation School is a community of designers and academics who operate within a wider network to deliver Design Innovation in a real-world context. We create a platform for collaboration by organising live projects with businesses and local communities, as well as public and private sector partners. Our studio-based approach to design and research results in a vibrant creative environment that supports various forms of interaction between faculty and students.

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Our team

The Innovation School’s faculty and support staff come from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. Our varied expertise enables us to cover many specialisms as well as providing a holistic overview of Design Innovation. Each tutor has a thorough understanding of human-centred design methods, and many are involved in their own research or projects that feed into our constantly evolving programmes.

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Past Projects

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