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This programme aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of design practice in its full context. Launched in 1995, we believe that it is the first Design MA in the UK to introduce deep ethical and ecological perspectives into the design agenda. You are likely to have come from a specialist design tradition such as product design, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, landscape design or architecture, and are encouraged to challenge the existing boundaries and purposes of design as both a professional discipline and creative practice. In this sense it can be seen to offer a ?metadesign? approach. The MA assists you to: ? question the status, role, agenda, and effectiveness of design as we currently know it. ? reconcile your creative aspirations with your responsibilities as a designer. ? situate and expand your own design thinking and practice within a multicultural and interdisciplinary design discourse. ? develop a theoretical framework to extend your professional engagement within and beyond the design community. ? acquire a working design language to develop and articulate subtle ideas to relevant stakeholders. The MA in Design Futures provides a safe space for taking risks and asking difficult questions. In this sense, we offer you a licence to dream. You will be invited to challenge assumptions about the cultures, purposes and boundaries of design as a profession, or as a discipline. Our primary aim is to enable you to enhance your ability to address future design problems through writing and designing futuresfocused design proposals. We like variety ? we welcome professional and cultural diversity and endeavour to treat every applicant on his or her individual merits. Our unique approach to thinking and writing enables you to find a deeper meaning and value in the things that really interest you. What you study The programme structure is intended to be clear and simple. This is to help you to adapt it, with some guidance, to support your own aims. The following are our eight key assessment criteria that match our intended learning outcomes: * Self Knowledge ? How can you map yourself into a bigger picture of things? * Reader Empathy ? How can you become sensitive to the needs of a chosen client? * Curiosity ? How can you manage your own sense of curiosity? * Communication ? How can you communicate your ideas in a way that would be meaningful to a client? * Studentship ? How can you integrate new ideas with existing interests and concerns? * Research Skills ? How can you reflect upon your ideas in a way that is critical, responsive, analytical, creative and decisive? * Professional aims ? How can you optimise your own aims, intentions, knowledge and aptitudes to become employable? * Ethical awareness ? How can you ensure that you are sufficiently in touch with ethical and environmental issues to become more responsibly engaged with the world? Core courses: The programme highlights a range of shared issues that are intended to act as thematic ?filters? or ?lenses? through which you can explore individual concerns. They are also intended to broaden your knowledge and to bring new perspectives to your attention. The following four seminar themes correspond to four 5000-word design proposals required for assessment with the above criteria: ? Ethics and the Environment ? Knowledge and Communication ? Society and the Individual ? Culture, Technology and Change By the end of the programme, you also submit a 15,000-word Dissertation. This can address any design-related issue of your own choosing. Part of its purpose is to give you the opportunity to reflect upon your existing design concerns and beliefs in more depth. Public event: Students take part in an informal public event at the end of the summer term to present design proposals to selected members of design industry and academia.
This programme aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of design practice in its full context. Launched in 1995, we believe that it is the first Design MA in the UK to introduce deep ethical and ecological perspectives into the design agenda. You are likely to have come from a specialist design tradition such as product design, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, landscape design or architecture, and are encouraged to challenge the existing boundaries and purposes of des...