Yirui Xiao,  MDes Design Innovation & Environmental Design, 2023.

Design Innovation and Future Heritage

Award
MDes in Design Innovation and Future Heritage Design
Location
Highlands and Islands
School
School of Innovation and Technology
Applications
Direct to the School

Programme overview

Future heritage design is a speculative interdisciplinary undertaking that draws upon a variety of academic disciplines such as design innovation, design anthropology, heritage and museum studies, heritage-based design practice, and user experience design. This course aims to delineate the concept of heritage in contemporary society, questions its ownership and identify its role in the society, from both local and global perspectives. It makes an early and important impact on heritage practice and cultural policy, recognising the relationship between heritage, community wellbeing and sustainability. This course encourages us to think how we can interpret and be inspired by heritage in a way that is speculative and culturally relevant to our society. This programme aims to challenge conventions in heritage and cultural design and to develop critical engagement with, and a working knowledge of, heritage debates, history, environmental issues, and societal concern; and provide speculative and interdisciplinary design perspectives to explore the development of future heritage and its benefits on communities and the industry; as well as utilise theoretical and technical skills to complete a collaborative project within a heritage setting. You will also have the opportunity to engage with peers from international schools as part of the annual Winter School. This seasonal event brings together students and faculty from leading institutions around the world for a two-week programme of lectures, workshops and networking opportunities that offers an insight into what a career in design as a global activity looks like. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow.

Students working on projects. GSA Forres Campus.

How to apply

More on how to apply for all of our postgraduate programmes.

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Application Guidelines + Digital Portfolio

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This guide contains important information including entry requirements, English language requirements, the application process and sample portfolios.

Postgraduate Showcase

Join us for Postgraduate Degree Show - immerse yourself in our digital showcase of graduating students' work and see final year projects from students of this programme.

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Graduate destinations

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Information to Support You In Planning Your Learning

Information for future students on planning your budget, studio and workshop access, technical services, study abroad and exchange, library and further support.

Current Programme Specification

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Reading Lists

Visit the library for the specialist reading lists for this programme. Key resources are expected to be read/viewed by all students enrolled on this course during study. You can also find wider and suggested reading on the subject, with many of the contents available to read online once students have enrolled on the programme.

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International Students + VISAs

As one of the leading art schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its programmes. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued.

Ka Ki Wong, MDes Photography, 2017.

Exchange & Study Abroad

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This programme participates in the Associate Student Scheme

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This programme is subject to validation

We review the content of our programmes regularly, making changes where necessary to improve the student experience and our graduate prospects.  This programme is being reviewed and is subject validation. You can read more about what ‘Subject to Validation’ means here.

Kate Timney, MLitt Art Writing School of Fine Art, 2023.