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Ecological Design Thinking

Schumacher College

12 months
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15000 GBP/year
8000 GBP/year
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Never has there been a more important time for a new approach for engaging with the challenging situations we face from the local to the global levels.  In a rapidly changing dynamic situation, solutions rarely remain optimal for very long and continuous active participation is a necessary ingredient for success. This Ecological Design Thinking programme is delivered by Schumacher College.

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Overview

The programme in Ecological Design Thinking from Schumacher College embraces and explores this complex world of interactions with lively engagement and an optimistic approach. It offers powerful, practical and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of practices from design, education and business to the more specific roles of leadership, management and consultancy.

The Ecological Design Thinking programme is trans-disciplinary, insightful and universal in its application; pragmatic and integrative in its operation. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on ecologically inspired design, with methods of design thinking that are merged with the latest developments  in anthropology, psychology and socio- political economics. It aims to create a novel ground for change makers at the forefront of our transition to sustainable societies.

Ecologically inspired design includes the study of ecological worldviews, systems dynamics and applied complexity theory alongside the philosophies and practices of permaculture and biomimetic design.

Design thinking is a well-established participatory technique grounded in the empathic understanding of the feelings, experiences and emotions of others. It engages people in lively conversations, visually stimulated interactions and playful prototyping. It frames problems as opportunities, forms insights and generates creative and collaborative solutions in complex situations.

The Ecological Design Thinking programme aims to provide a nourishing environment for participants by incorporating short-courses led by internationally recognised thinkers, place-making projects in collaboration with the Dartington Hall Trust, the home of Schumacher College, and short live projects offered by external partner organisations.

You Will Learn

  • The foundation of an ecological worldview through subjects such as ecology, deep ecology, systems thinking, complexity science and Gaia theory.
  • Living systems principles through the philosophy and practice of permaculture design, biophilia and biomimicry.
  • Creative and process-focused problem solving techniques by applying the methods and principles of design thinking
  • A multi-perspective appreciation of ethical issues and their implications for the future consequences of redesigning existing systems and creating new ones.
  • To apply ecological design thinking knowledge and skills to the design of social systems as a part of an emerging new economics
  • Personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory and practice

Where you will go?

Ecological Design Thinking can be applied to a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the societal. This programme aims to create a new generation of designers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, educators, researchers, consultants and activists. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work for sustainable change in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society, or to set up their own projects or organisations that will contribute to the transformation of society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Ecological Paradigm: Living Earth and the Anthropocene
  • Social and Political Economy: From system maintenance to system transformation
  • Ecological Design Thinking: Catalysing transformation
  • Ecological Design Thinking in Practice 1: Transforming the story of place
  • Ecological Design Thinking in Practice 2: Transformation in action 
  • From Climate Science to Climate Policy: A strategy to communicate the consequences of climate change to policy-makers
  • DIY economy: A dynamic approach to transforming the economy
  • Communities of Transition: A proposal for reinvigorating community participation beyond transition towns
  • Designing for place: a holistic approach to urban design
  • Making Ecological Design Thinking the meta-objective for design;
  • Designing for organisational intelligence in community enterprise
  • Designing for behaviour change: using values and frames to transform society for good.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Students will normally possess a first degree in design or the natural or social sciences, or equivalent professional experience. As places are limited we will select candidates who we think will benefit most from the programme, and who will actively pursue transformative practice.

Students must be able to converse and write fluently in English. All applicants who do not hold a GCSE (Grade C or above) in English Language, must provide evidence of their English language ability in the form of a professional English qualification to the correct level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

£4,500 UK and EU, £8,000 International part time

Living costs for Totnes

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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