Rebeacca Zu, MDes in Design Innovation & Collaborative Creativity, 2023.

Design Innovation and Transformation Design

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MDes in Design Innovation & Transformation Design
Location
Glasgow
School
School of Innovation and Technology
Applications
Direct to the School

Programme overview

Transformation Design focuses on change-oriented approaches to design, which engage with complex social or systemic issues. This programme looks at ways to understand complexity and work with stakeholders using participatory processes that trigger transformation. Research and teaching feeds into projects that combine strategic thinking with hands-on exploration to shape future concepts in areas such as healthcare, education, housing and politics. As a material practice, design brings form to and contextualises transformation within wider ecosystems at various scales; exploring person and place in parallel to people and planet. The co-creation of knowledge artefacts will play a key role in navigating and socialising this complexity in order to map strategic pathways towards meaningful change.You will explore a range of techniques, engagement tools and design-research approaches to identify key insights, opportunities and drivers to support creative capacity-building and collective future visioning. Taught at The Glasgow School of Art’s Highlands Campus, the programme provides opportunities to explore new forms of design in relation to public participation, social and technological innovation and policy-making. You will be encouraged to develop your own personal perspective on Transformation Design and to define new roles for your practice within complex social, economic and political contexts. The programme also provides an opportunity to share knowledge and methods with students from prestigious international universities 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.

Student working on a project. Forres Campus, 2023.

How to apply

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

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Application Guidelines + Digital Portfolio

Rebeacca Zu, MDes in Design Innovation & Collaborative Creativity, 2023.

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.

Chuan Du, MLitt Fine Art Practice, 2023.

Graduate destinations

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Information to Support You In Planning Your Learning

Additional information to support you in planning your learning. Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance.

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.

Weronika Siuda, Textile Design, 2018.

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.