Overview

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

The Masters in Design Innovation & Citizenship explores the relationship between design practice and contemporary society. The course encourages design practitioners to step beyond their traditional professional and occupational role, and to consider the broader application of design practice as a means of formulating and articulating social change.

In challenging the purpose, methods and ambitions of current design practice, you will identify opportunities for new design activity, pioneer innovative forms of engagement and collaborate with citizens to generate responses to emerging problems, political issues and social phenomena.

Citizenship means being part of a community that has the power and capabilities to enact change when it is needed. We look at ways of helping people to take control of circumstances and processes that directly affect their everyday lives through the intelligent application of design thinking.

Graduates of Design & Citizenship will deploy their creative capacity beyond the world of consultancy or in-house design, embracing challenges within areas as diverse as public policy, private sector enterprise, citizen or social advocacy, public sector service provision, social enterprise and/or the voluntary sector.

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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