As the world undergoes massive, accelerated change, communities, cultures and societies are confronted by a variety of complex circumstances and systems, including disruptive technologies, ageing populations, economic instability, conflict and displacement, and environmental degradation.
What will I study?
This programme in Design For Change at The University of Edinburghwill address the complex, real world challenges these communities face through design-led interventions driven by tactical, critical, strategic and creative approaches. It places an expanded notion of design practice at the heart of the enterprise of social, technical and environmental change and nurtures an interdisciplinary approach to these complex circumstances.
Our approach starts with understanding designers as researchers, who weave the interstices of traditional design practice with new methodogical approaches, fostered by a sense of curiosity regarding uncertainty and instability. This new breed are seeking to understand the diversity of sociocultural perspectives and practices employed by the fragile networks embedded within these significant global challenges.
Who is this programme for?
This programme is ideal if you are looking to broaden your specialist approaches from a range of disciplines with new and appropriate 21st century design skills that can be applied in a variety of intellectual and creative contexts, including sociology, engineering, business, anthropology, geography, and design itself.
The professional knowledge, skills and abilities you develop will prepare you for a career as a designer, strategist or consultant in a variety of private sector organisations including design studios and government or non-governmental organisations.
We encourage you to think about a future career in academia leading to emerging fields of inquiry, including digital humanities, developmental studies and emergent forms of design study and practice as an academic researcher.
This programme engages you in structured teaching through a series of design labs, which provide thematic focus to open project briefs, encouraging independent interpretation in the design studio.Design labs
These labs have several aims for developing your design based skillset:
- to develop the innovative use of analytical design research methods
- to encourage application of contemporary methods of production and prototyping to discover new insights
- to facilitate cutting-edge forms of communication, presentation and dissemination of your work.
The design labs are complemented by options from subjects across the wider College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.Dissertation
The programme concludes with an independent dissertation embracing student-led, situated, and practical interventions, and addressing real-world challenges.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesDesign Graphic Design View 550 other Masters in Design in United Kingdom
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent
We also ask for evidence of your ability to communicate in non-textual forms as well as your motivation to engage in design-led practices which embrace a wide variety of media, materials and techniques. Each portfolio should contain two explicit components:
a two minute video where you introduce yourself and discuss a potential circumstance for change across one of the three programme themes (social, technical or environmental change). The video should showcase your ability to present complex subject matter supported by appropriate reference materials, which may include objects; images; visualisations; compositions; performance; drawing; writing; etc
a collection of visual support material (maximum 15 pages) which demonstrates your affinity and aptitude for engaging in creative, design-led, studio based work.
The portfolio is a requirement which helps us to determine your level of creative competency, to help us understand in which ways you will be able to flourish on our programme. Prior training in art, design or architecture is not required, but a desire and the courage to communicate change through multi-media means is expected.
International26300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26300 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National13400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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