Overview

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

The focus of this unique programme is the potential for design to shape how we interact with the spaces we inhabit. In recent decades, our experience of space and place has been radically transformed, as people travel further and more frequently than ever before. Alongside this, the expansion of digital technology has led to novel forms of environmental interaction. As societies shift and adapt, the meaning of place and community are being redefined, presenting designers with an exciting range of possibilities and challenges.

The course focuses on ways of using design to explore our experience of the physical and cultural landscape, so that we can reimagine the potential and possibilities of places and communities. You will learn about tools and processes that are essential when responding to the needs of particular demographics and environments. After immersing yourself in your chosen context, you will develop, prototype and test proposals based on how people use and feel about that specific place.

You will also be encouraged to explore your personal motivations, which might relate to community development, design for sustainability, place-making or wayfinding. Through the programme’s emphasis on innovation and the exploration of preferable future scenarios, our alumni are well equipped to make a significant and lasting contribution to the field of environmental design.

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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Teaching Staff

The Innovation School’s faculty 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.

Past Projects

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