MA in Design

Best 157 Master of Art Programs in Design 2017

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Masters degrees, commonly known as MA, are postgraduate degrees lasting at least one year and sometimes two years, they are taught degrees normally requiring some actual research. MA is the most common name for a Masters degree and is often used.

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MA in Experience Design

Hyper Island - UK
Campus Full time 24  January 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Design. Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world. The role of a designer is shifting. A product today is rarely just physical and consumers expectations are higher than ever. The challenge for designers is to design and deliver meaningful experiences, both online and offline. The MA in Digital Experience Design will develop your technical, creative and strategic skills as an experience designer to lead the change within this evolving industry. You will explore experience design and related fields such as service design and interaction design, understanding human behaviour, rigorous research, digital technologies and prototyping, project management, business acumen and how to build and lead an effective team. You will leave us primed for roles across human-centred design such as Experience Designer, Information Architect, Interaction Designer and Service Designer. Within these roles, graduates will be able to design and develop high quality experiences, products and services. You will be able to work across disciplinary, cultural, and geographical boundaries to design innovative solutions to meet user and business needs. Above all, you will be able to operate strategically as an agent of change and have the knowledge, skills, and competence to work at the forefront of this fast paced industry. “You might call this type of work service design, experience design, design thinking, strategic design, system design, or even organisational design. Depending on your definition, this approach to solving problems really matters. The urgent, complex societal challenges our communities and businesses are facing require designers to up their game and equip themselves with the skills and talents required to design in this constantly evolving terrain” - Lauren Currie, Co-Founder, Snook The MA Digital Experience Design represents an alternative option in industry-led learning here in the UK. At Hyper Island, you will be immersed in collaborative and high-energy learning environments that mirror the modern workplace dynamics. We value both professional and personal development and we seek to help you achieve that by supporting you with new methods, tools and knowledge to develop your abilities. It is a post-graduate Master of Arts degree awarded by Teesside University. What you learn Digital strategy Business modelling Working with agile/lean processes Emerging and established technologies for creating experiences Human-centred design processes Idea generation, selection, and development Behavioural psychology Participatory research tools Building balanced teams to meet project requirements Global and remote collaboration Leadership and group dynamics Infinite career possibilities UX Design Visual Design Interaction Design Information Architecture UX Architecture Service Design Project Management From the programme content, you will be adept at a range of skills and capabilities, including: Developing a design strategy in response to a client brief Handling commercial client relationships effectively and be able to pitch ideas Demonstrating skills in personal development and teamwork Applying the Hyper Island methodology and contribute to effectiveness and productivity in groups Requirements Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. International students (from outside the EEA) applying for the MA Digital Experience Design are required to prove their English skills. You must achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 or above. We do not require students from Australia, USA, or countries where English is the native language to provide this language certificate. **Visa information:* If you are an international student you may need a Visa to study in the UK. You may be required to apply for the Student Visitor Visa which grants you 6-months in the UK for study purposes only. With this visa you are required by law to leave the UK no later than 6-months after entry. This means that international students with a Student Visitor Visa must fulfill their Industry Research Project requirement outside the UK. More information on whether you are required to have a Visa and guidance on how to make your application can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa Swedish applicants can apply for CSN (governmental student loan/bursary) for the MA Digital Experience Design programme. Just apply as usual via csn.se and state Teesside University as study location. BAC accredited We are proud to share that our MA Digital Experience Design is BAC Accredited. This is a leading mark of educational quality for the education sector, and awarded following a rigorous inspection of our Manchester school, its staff and learning environment. [-]

MA Design Management

Northumbria University London Campus
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom London Newcastle upon Tyne + 1 more

Our MA Design Management is ideal for designers looking to expand their knowledge of design and to approach projects from a managerial perspective. [+]

Our MA Design Management is ideal for designers looking to expand their knowledge of design and to approach projects from a managerial perspective. It will give a unique insight into the strategic side of design, offering the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and advance your career further. This course also offers the opportunity for managers and supervisors to broaden their horizons and develop an understanding of the value of design and how it can be used in a corporate context. Throughout your time on this course, you will cover the theories underpinning Creative Thinking, NSF Intellectual Property, Intercultural Communication, Research Principles, Reflective Practice, Contemporary Influences and Commercialisation. Start dates: September 2017 [-]

Master (MA/MSc) Wearable Futures

Ravensbourne
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Wearable Futures is a cross-disciplinary umbrella programme for designers who are interested in the cluster of technologies and experiences that have the human body and its covering as their centre of focus. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Design. Wearable Futures is a cross-disciplinary umbrella programme for designers who are interested in the cluster of technologies and experiences that have the human body and its covering as their centre of focus. The course offers a holistic environment based on the integration of creative computing, digital craftsmanship and material cultures, while also incorporating the technologies and advances in hardware that are impacting on manufacturing techniques and associated applications. Wearable futures has come about as part of Ravensbourne’s current commitment to become creative leader in the field of wearable applications and body-centric design. Ravensbourne's digital research culture is contributing significantly in this context. The main conceptual framework for the course will be provided by theories of digital craftsmanship, body-centric technologies and phenomenological readings and speculative philosophy. These will form an important research foundation for building Ravensbourne’s critical reach and will assist in helping you to sift and prioritise the current trends and thought relating to fashion and discussion around the body within data informed spaces. An interdisciplinary field of study will include interaction and experience design (UX), “making” and open source culture, design innovation and applied philosophy. You will be introduced to philosophical trends and these will tie in with your practice and help you to develop a critical view incorporating design fiction and other emerging theories. You will engage with research methods such as participatory, user study and user-centered design. The course is a platform for investigation, dissemination and analysis around contemporary theory and practice in the wearable industries. The course’s core role will be to foster your understanding of this market and to identify latent demand within the commercial sphere and to highlight future applications and directions. The aim will be to help you to influence the decision makers so that wearable solutions will be accepted and meet the cultural and ethical expectations when designing for the human body and the garment-industry. You are expected to consider the cultural and social role inherent to fashion as a part of wearable futures. Wearable futures students will focus their investigations on the key flashpoints of the body as an interface for what is a symbiotic, physical and digital exchange. As part of the design methodology of the course, you will be asked to develop future scenarios and narratives in order to help you and your clientele to understand the concomitant social, environmental or cultural challenges of designing for a matter as delicate as the human body. [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Rochester

The MFA is a professional degree for practicing artists, craftspeople, or designers who desire to leave a lasting impression on their fields by devotion to their work and high standards of discipline and artistic ideals. [+]

Applicants to this program come from diverse backgrounds such as architecture, interior design, industrial design, art history, law, and teaching, as well as undergraduate wood programs. In the first year, students identify issues in their technical and aesthetic background and, along with faculty, create a program of study to address these areas. Simultaneously, they discover directions in their work that are promising for further exploration. Based upon this experience, students develop a thesis proposal and, in the second year, create a comprehensive body of work. This work culminates in the end-of-the-year graduate thesis exhibition in the college gallery and a written thesis in support of the work.... [-]


MA Design Specialising in Digital Graphic

AAS College
Campus Full time 13  September 2017 Greece Thessaloniki

Digital Graphics is concerned with virtual spaces and interactive environments. These are understood as the spaces of experience, and may include combinations of the real and virtual, the spaces of [+]

MA Design Specialising in Digital Graphic

 

Digital Graphics is concerned with virtual spaces and interactive environments. These are understood as the spaces of experience, and may include combinations of the real and virtual, the spaces of publication, time based media and the internet. Interaction within spaces can operate at differing scales and levels of material intervention.

 

The contemporary cultural context of globalisation and dematerialisation leads to all spaces becoming less physically site specific, and arising from this an imperative to redefine and rediscover the real meaning of place. Representation becomes central to this as both the site of design production and increasingly the site of its dissemination and discussion. In this way the design of digital environments can be both the means to understanding our real experience of space or a means to explore other mixed or hybrid realities.... [-]


MA Design for Communication

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time United Kingdom London

This Masters reflects the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary communications, bringing together key subject disciplines in visual communication including graphic design, moving image, digital media and illustration. The course will help you to develop the analytical skills and generate conceptual thinking needed to prepare for high-level professional practice. [+]

This Masters reflects the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary communications, bringing together key subject disciplines in visual communication including graphic design, moving image, digital media and illustration. The course will help you to develop the analytical skills and generate conceptual thinking needed to prepare for high-level professional practice. We are committed to having a broad scope of activities on the course, from traditional graphic skills to future communication delivery methods. The course offers strong links to new media industries, and we work in collaboration with them, and use their advice and expertise, in the ongoing development of the course content. This is an ambitious programme for students who want to realise their creative potential and self-reliance, working as a freelance or small business operators in the challenging and changing world of the creative communication industries. Course content The content of the course is industry focused, and encompasses issues central to contemporary design practice through a process of analysis, experimentation and the practical testing and implementation of creative ideas. Core modules BUSINESS FOR DESIGN In this module you will examine the professional context for design business, management and enterprise. Through a series of lectures and seminars the module will focus on practices appropriate to freelance and small businesses. You will examine key elements of professional practice, and gain insights into the design business through site visits and guest lectures from industry professionals. The module will give practical advice for starting up in business, covering topics including forming and naming your business, choosing and setting up premises, creative thinking and project management, copyright and intellectual property rights, and marketing and managing your business. CRITICAL DEBATES IN DESIGN You will address and review current visual, social and technological debates in design, and develop informed views on contemporary topics in design. The module will explore the role of the designer’s responsibilities in a social, cultural and economic sense, the role of the designer in communicating to audiences, and the construction of meaning in verbal and visual language. You will increase your awareness of debates and issues in the design field and hone your incisive thinking skills alongside technical abilities. You will develop an engaged reflective practice to make more effective use of your perceptions and discoveries, and work practically and creatively with reference to a wider cultural context. DESIGN PROJECT A: VISUAL IDENTITY During this module you will focus on visual identity and how an entity declares itself within an environment. Visual identity is one of the central tasks of design. Organisations previously described their identities as their ‘house style’, then their ‘corporate identity’; more recently the term ‘branding’ has been preferred. The module encourages the development of distinctive graphic and typographic visual language through visual identity for specific target audiences. You will develop a range of graphic and image-based solutions, through collaboration, group working and presentations of case studies, while building contacts with industry. DESIGN PROJECT B: DESIGN AUTHORSHIP Building on the experience you gain in Project A, in this module you will focus on publishing and design authorship, acquiring skills in areas such as editorial, magazine, book design, e-book, interactive and website design. You will examine the traditional role of the designer as facilitator, the use of design to communicate other peoples’ messages, and the notion of ‘designer as author’. You can work on competitions, external projects, collaborative cross-course projects, and self-defined projects, as appropriate, and wherever possible we will run training sessions and workshops, to give you the chance to improve your existing visual communication skills and develop new ones. DESIGN RESEARCH METHODS This module enables you to develop your research skills and methods at a deeper level, in preparation for further study at doctorate level and for professional practice. It introduces the field of design research as an analytical and practical tool for designers, and establishes the role of critical thinking as a support to the development of an engaged design practice. Theoretical models of design analysis covered include semiotics, communication theory, systematic approaches, semantics and discourse theory. The emphasis will be on why we do what we do and how we can ensure it is effective, through research testing, feedback and a rigorous approach to design. MAJOR PROJECT/EXHIBITION This module enables individual students and student teams to initiate, produce, manage and present a comprehensive design project. The major project is a summation of experience in which you focus your interests, skills and aspirations as designers, and express them in a substantial project. The intended target audience, design strategy, design exploration, research testing, concept development and the chosen mode of presentation of the finished concepts, are among the key issues you will cover and implement. This project will showcase your potential as a visual communication designer and demonstrate your ability to work at a high level of professional practice. Associated careers As a graduate from this course you will be well placed to work across all sectors of the design and visual communications industries. You will have the knowledge and background to consider setting up your own design company, or to work on a freelance basis within this lively and expanding sector, building on your expertise and potential to be influential within the visual communication industry. Course-specific entry requirements You should normally have a good first degree or a professional qualification in an area of art, design or visual media. Students with other first degrees will be considered, but will be required to show evidence that they possess some knowledge of, and a practice in visual art or design. Home applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the course team. Overseas students will be asked to submit a portfolio either by post or electronically. It is essential that you have a good command of spoken and written English language (an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent). [-]

MA in Design, Technology and Society

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

The MDes Program with graduation project consists of a total of 10 courses, amounting to a minimum of 30 credits. The length of the MDes program is one year, or [+]

MA in Design, Technology and Society

 

The MDes Program with graduation project consists of a total of 10 courses, amounting to a minimum of 30 credits. The length of the MDes program is one year, or two semesters.

 

 

Application

 

MDes Degree Application Process:

 

Contact the coordinator (or one of the coordinators) of the project(s) in which you are interested by June 8, 2013, at the latest. If the project coordinator or faculty member accepts you as a potential applicant, he/she will approve preparation of your research proposal. Following approval, please submit the documents listed below until July 8, 2013; ... [-]

Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time September 2017 Switzerland Basel

The combination of iconic practice, iconic theory, and iconic research forms the profile of the MA in Visual Communication and Iconic Research. [+]

The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany. While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research At the center of our MA program Visual Communication and Iconic Research stands the interrelationship of practice-oriented design with Image/Media Research. The program is for students with a bachelor's degree in Art, Design, or Cultural Studies. Graduates with a design oriented background, major in complex issues of design in combination with Image/Media Research and Image/Media Theory. Graduates with a Cultural Studies background, major in the strategic and conceptual issues of Visual Communication. Practical and analytical “image competence” is developed through collaborations in interdisciplinary project teams. The degree prepares graduates for work in various areas of visual communication, cultural fields, as well as teaching or research at a college level. The degree program is a collaboration of The University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Academy of Art and Design (FHNW/HGK), Visual Communication Institute and "eikones," The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR), at the University of Basel. Key Issues Connecting Iconic Practice, Iconic Theory, and Iconic Research In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from iconic theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized iconic communication. For students with a fine art background, these qualifications consist of the expansion of practical design skills to include models from theory and research. Conversely, students with a university degree will augment their analytical skills with knowledge of design and the creative process. The combination of iconic practice, iconic theory, and iconic research forms the profile of the MA in Visual Communication and Iconic Research. Interdisciplinarity: Design Practice and Culture Studies According to our governing principle, the deepening of practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of the image is central to the master’s program. In light of the range of disciplines that take part in reflecting on images, a close exchange between students with practical and theoretical backgrounds is a primary goal. Partner Institutions The master’s program is a collaboration between the following partner institutions: - eikones, National Centre of Competence in Research Iconic Criticism - University of Basel, Department of Art History - Academy of Art and Design of the University of Applied Sciences The master’s program occupies an international position and incorporates the network of the Basel School of Design, eikones, and the University of Basel in its activities. Duration of Study
/Costs 4 semesters/120 ECTS
/60 US Credit Points. The master’s thesis is integrated into the fourth semester.
 Language of instruction: English Tuition MA: Students from Switzerland/Europe: CHF 700.– per semester.
 Students from other countries: CHF 5000.– per semester Accredited by the British Skill Funding Agency (PCDL listed institution). Application Dead Line The Master’s Program in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and the International Master in Design begin in September 2017. The application deadline for our MA is April 30, 2017. Submitting applications in advance of this deadline is encouraged. Goals for Students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Intensive experience with reflective design processes and methods in the context of complex projects - Augmented theoretical-analytical skills through knowledge acquisition in the field of iconic- and media theory - Increased aptitude for the methods of scholarship - Theoretically supported, practical research experience (inquiry by design) in iconic and design research - Heightened facility for the discussion of images [-]

Master of Arts in Architecture

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 3 more

The Master of Arts in Architecture is a multidisciplinary postgraduate course that deals with and debates contemporary design issues. The course places particular emphasis on experimentation within the framework of the design, engineering and humanities professions. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Design. Concentrations: 1. Sustainable Architecture, 2. Interior Architecture Duration (years): 1.5 years Qualification Awarded: Master of Arts in Architecture Level of Qualification: Master Degree (2nd Cycle) Language of Instruction: English and Greek Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum Credits: 27 Minimum ECTS Credits: 90 Profile of the Programme: The Master of Arts in Architecture is a multidisciplinary postgraduate course that deals with and debates contemporary design issues. The course places particular emphasis on experimentation within the framework of the design, engineering and humanities professions. Two concentrations are offered through this MA programme which will give prospective students the opportunity to develop mature analytical and creative methods of working while redefining and extending their individual study areas. Students may select between two concentrations: (a) Sustainable Architecture and (b) Interior Architecture. Sustainable Design and Interior Architecture is already a key element of the Architecture programme. Sustainability as a principle is been taught throughout the Bachelor programme (both of Architecture and Interior Architecture) and the Professional Diploma (Architecture). Both programmes consider the principles and practice of designing architecture suited to climatic and physical specifics anywhere in the world and it explores the profound impact of local and regional site analysis and understanding to the practice of sustainable design. Students become aware of design factors affecting large-scale components such as ecosystems and smaller scale ones such as indoor comfort and they subsequently explore concepts, structures and techniques that lay behind the realization of energy-conscious design. One the purpose of this MA programme is to operate as a cross-disciplinary experience and to bring its participants in familiarity with other design specializations. The post graduate courses are open to architects, engineers, such as urban planning and design, landscape architecture, engineering, construction and property development, interior design and interior architecture, and suitably qualified candidates from other disciplines. Architecture is of critical importance to designers and engineers, whose work determines much of the environmental impact of the objects, buildings and systems around us. It also shapes the social behaviours responsible for our on-going environmental crisis. Knowledge of the principles and practices of a more sustainable approach to design therefore has become an essential component of design education in all fields. The principal objectives of the programme are for students: 1. To build upon students’ existing disciplinary knowledge, examining, reviewing and developing progressive approaches to design within ever-changing social, environmental and economic contexts. 2. To instill in future practitioners the knowledge and ability needed to design healthy, comfortable and secure environments that place a minimal strain on global resources 3. To provide a practical and scientific understanding of the impact of climate on design and to use of energy efficient design principles 4. To acquire a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice 5. To investigate social and political processes and ramifications that are triggered by habituated and uninhabited environment, their affect on our perception, attitude and actions 6. To be visually sensitive, socially aware, environmentally responsible, technically competent and with an appreciation for the arts and humanities 7. To be respectful and responsible to cultural roots and sensitive to human needs; 8. Plan and bring to closure large-scale research and, therefore, to generate new knowledge and thus contribute to the further development of the sciences in sustainable design. Career Prospects: Students who complete successfully the master programme will be able to: 1. Work in their chosen fields with higher knowledge and competency by applying values and principles of different aspects within their specialized field 2. Have a competitive edge in the more demanding job market and at the same time enhance their professional and/or academic skills for their future development 3. Be appointed in various departments/services of the Government or decision making bodies 4. Exercise an administrative and/or supervisory role in consulting units, private institutions of higher education or in research centers 5. Engage in research projects or research projects undertaken by either nonprofit (such as NGO) or profit institutes in the fields of either sustainable design or in their specialized field or work as Research Faculty Members in higher education institutions 6. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level; 7. Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; and 8. The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development. Graduates of the programme will also be able to pursue doctoral studies within their relevant area, should they wish. Access to Further Studies: Graduates of the programme will also be able to pursue doctoral studies in their own field or any other relevant area, should they wish. The design of this programme makes provision for these students, through the offering of a Thesis option. By selecting to complete a Thesis, students will have the opportunity to work on a substantive piece of research work and they will be positioned in an advantageous position to be accepted in a doctoral programme over graduates with no experience in Thesis writing. Upon completion of the master programme students may have direct admission to the Ph.D. programme in Architecture offered by the department or prepares students for PhD or other practice based doctorate degree work in their specialized area. This will offer a valuable gateway into a career in academia. Graduation Requirements The programme for the MA in Architecture for both concentrations is structured around three academic semesters. In each semester students are required to take 30 ECTS (i.e. three courses), completing 90 ECTS after 3 semesters of full-time tuition. Concentration 1: Sustainable Architecture Concentration 2: Interior Architecture. To successfully complete either concentration of the programme students must complete 90 ECTS. 30ECTS are required courses which are common for both concentrations. 30ECTS are also required courses but are different for each concentration. 30ECTS are Elective Courses (common for both concentrations, students must select any course not taken as concentration requirement). Students can elect whether they want to complete a Thesis or Design Project as part of their elective courses. The selection of the Thesis Option or Design Project should be made by the end of the first semester of study and by the end of their third semester A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required. Learning Outcomes Upon the successful completion of the programme, the students of both concentrations should be able to: 1. Have acquired deep knowledge of the new trends (subject- and research-wise) on sustainable design and the specific concentrations 2. Understand the problems associated with innovation in sustainable design both on a micro- and macro-level of the sustainable design world. 3. Undertake and exercise successfully leadership role(s) in the area of their concentration/work environment. 4. Designing, maintaining and operating all scales and formats of the built environment, social and otherwise, in an environmentally sensitive and climatically suitable manner. 5. Manage resources while tackling socio-economic and political issues and relationships. 6. Invest on knowledge and experience of architecture practices that will help bring forth a paradigm shift in a global attitude towards the natural environment. 7. Pursue career development in the building industry and/or secure high-level employment in related profession 8. Critically evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. 9. Combine creative and innovative skills to produce work suitable for seeking opportunities in their chosen field and take responsibility for their own professional and academic development. 10. Demonstrate the expertise, independent skills and competence required to solve creative problems and be in charge of complex design processes. 11. Recognise and assess the ethical challenges and the influence of major historical and contemporary cultural trends on sustainable design. 12. Communicate and cooperate efficiently with others either in the practical or theoretical or in design-related development processes, within and outside their own subject area. 13. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level 14. Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of essential notions, principles, theories and concepts 15. Demonstrate the ability to research appropriate material and analyse the structure and content of research material through written and drawn documents 16. Demonstrate time management and organizational skills. Demonstrate the ability to organize information and apply a hierarchy/ structure to information in written and drawn work. 17. Keep well informed and in tune with current developments in the discipline to continue individual professional development 18. Expand their knowledge of processes, building materials, construction and technologies appropriate to the design and representation of architectural space; 19. Able to use appropriate criteria and sound argument to support, discuss and evaluate design proposals; [-]

MA in Transportation Design

Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design
Campus Full time September 2017 Sweden Umeå

The MA in Transportation Design Programme is unique in its scope of interest, dealing with the whole transportation design field in cooperation with industry. Students are educated to have an ... [+]

MA in Transportation Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

 

During the last century man has come to depend on transportation as a social and lifestyle necessity. The world has evolved with the desire and need to use vehicles. Cars, for instance, have become an integral part of our culture.

 

Our Transportation Design Programme is unique in its scope of interest, dealing with the whole transportation design field in cooperation with industry. Students are educated to have an open mind on both conceptual ideas and detailed realistic design solutions. They are encouraged to have a balanced thinking process where form and function work together. ... [-]


MA Ecological Design Thinking

Schumacher College
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Totnes

Be active and transformative within organisations, communities, economics and education as we meet the challenge of transitioning to low carbon, high well-being and resilient places and systems. Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to design. - starts September 2017. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Design. Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we. But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we. Then join us in this innovative new postgraduate programme from Schumacher College in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dartington Hall Trust and surrounding communities. Ecological Design Thinking 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. Growing resilience in individuals and communities is the way to keep going despite the continuous change around us. Our programme in Ecological Design Thinking 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 placements offered by external partner organisations. This programme is the fourth radical postgraduate programme developed at Schumacher College and contributes to and enhance the College’s ongoing collaborative inquiry into sustainable living – a live and networked inquiry of practice underway around the world by the College’s 20,000 alumni and others. Who Is This Course For? We would be delighted to receive your application whether you are coming directly from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to develop your understanding of a practice that is of great importance to all of our futures. We encourage applications from community practitioners and activists as well as planners, educators, architects, politicians and policy makers. You do not necessarily need a first degree in design to apply for this course. You only need to be enthusiastic, resilient and committed. We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-design new approaches to the way we live that are socially just and ecologically sustainable. We are looking for those prepared to take risks and stand on the cutting-edge of new practices in this area. Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in a diverse mix of cultural experience and age that allows for rich peer- to- peer learning. 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 economic. Personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory and practice. Co-creative participatory practices and theoretical principles for new approaches to the ecological design process that include a range of stakeholders in the full lifecycle of projects, and you will apply these both in the studio, on the Dartington Hall Estate and in short placements on live projects. Special Features An interdisciplinary programme integrating design methods with those of ecology and the social sciences. An integrative design programme rooted in deep ecological understanding and practice and informed by cutting edge thinking in new economic approaches and social dynamics. A balanced distribution of time and resources on skill-based and cognitive-based knowledge and between practice and theory. Access to some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in design, Gaia theory, complexity, climate science, systems thinking, new economics and social change. Short courses led by internationally recognised thinkers and researchers. Short practical placements with a range of partner organisations operating at the leading edge of social innovation. An immersive, integrative and transformational teaching and learning approach rooted in the principles established by Schumacher College and Dartington Hall, and engaged in a living and working community on and around the Dartington Estate in Devon. 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. Our Teachers Dr Simon Bradbury, Plymouth University School of Architecture, Design & Environment Simon is a Lecturer in Architecture at Plymouth University and on the management group of the Institute of Sustainable Solutions Research. He runs the Master of Architecture 1st year course, co-ordinates sustainable design across the department. He has a background in both industry and Government. In Government he worked at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) where he was responsible for the commissioning of research to influence changes in policy on issues including sustainable masterplanning, housing and the value of good design. He also was instrumental in developing CABE’s policy and strategy on housing standards and has given numerous lectures across the UK on the issue. He is a registered Architect with over 10 years experience and has worked for internationally recognised Architecture and Urban Design practices. He was responsible for the design of a number of award winning projects ranging in scale from large masterplanning projects to individual houses for government, third sector and private clients. Mona Nasseri Mona has a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Design from the University of Dundee and BA in Crafts from the Tehran Art University. She was a member of the Craft team in Duncan of Jordonstone and also the Centre for the Study of Natural Design where she first met Professor Seaton Baxter. This was the beginning of a long collaboration with Seaton, first as a PhD student and later as a research assistant, which brought her to Schumacher College. Mona’s research focuses on pattern of transformation in humans as bio-sociocultural beings. She has a particular interest in the role of perception and embodied knowledge in such transformation. Her PhD explored the interface of self, craft and sustainability. Ruth Potts, development co-ordinator, MA Ecological Design Thinking Ruth co-ordinated the development of the MA in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College and is part of the teaching team. She is a co-founder of bread, print & roses, a collective engaged in seditious pamphleteering, radical walking, anarchist baking and transformative education. Previously, Ruth was Campaign Organiser for the Great Transition at nef (the new economics foundation) where she co-developed a new model of campaign designed to kick-start the decade -long transition to a new economy and society. She is the co-author of The New Materialism, covered by the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, and a co-author of nef’s Clone Town Britain reports. Ruth helped to organise the Green New Deal Group in 2007 and managed the launch of the Group’s First report, A Green New Deal, in July 2008. The concept was subsequently taken up by UNEP, and influenced policy around the globe. Ruth is a trustee of the Pioneer Health Foundation, the pioneering holistic model of health that influenced the World Health Organisation. She brought together and co-hosts eco-feminist collective: the Hoydens, co-created and curated a series of events about the joy and intelligence of craft at the School of Life: Practitioner’s Parlour, and more recently helped to devise a series of poetry events celebrating unusual spaces and liminal places: ‘Somewhere in Particular.’ These will include: Partner Institutions School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University The School was formed in 2009 to establish a vibrant multi-and interdisciplinary portfolio of courses and programmes, supported by a culture of research and research-informed teaching. The School has already won several prestigious international awards, has propagated a vibrant PGR community and receiving a special commendation for research environment and strategy from the Royal Institute of British Architects (BA Architecture Revalidation 2012). Associated institutions School of Design,Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design is one of the oldest and most respected programs in North America, with a rich history in product, communication, and interaction design. It is one of only a few design schools to offer education across the full spectrum of learning – from pre-college to doctoral degrees – in a research setting renowned for its teaching innovations. Transition Network The Transition Network supports an international movement to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities and organisations to rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. [-]

MA Interior Design

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior spatial environments and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies. It gives you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior design or specialist areas of three dimensional design, through concise and focused study. [+]

This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior spatial environments and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies. It gives you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior design or specialist areas of three dimensional design, through concise and focused study. You will cover a range of issues, both theoretical and practical. Design modules deal with contemporary issues in a variety of interior design typologies, including retail, exhibition, gallery, performance and speculative efforts broadly described as installation. Careful studies are made in the pursuit of a fresh approach to their design resolution, through analogous and figurative studies, as well as comparison using suitable contemporary exemplars. The thesis can be undertaken as a design project, a dissertation or a piece of research – effectively a hybrid, both a project and a written summary or theoretical proposition. Core modules DECODING THE INTERIOR This module provides a holistic investigation of interior environments, drawing from aspects of various critical theory streams, while at the same time encouraging students to create their own tools for conducting primary research on a range of chosen interiors. You will look at historical and contemporary interior environments, covering psychological, cultural, social and economic codes that underpin their creation. INTERIOR DESIGN CASE STUDY This module is committed to the thorough investigation of a chosen interior environment(s), designed or otherwise, contemporary or historical, and the relationship to/within the architectural setting. It should provide a vehicle for you to examine particular design criteria and articulate your personal philosophical agendas about spatial design, together with the perceived and ambient quality of interior space. Investigation is published both as written work and through a short film media. INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN COMPUTING This module will introduce you to two-dimensional digital graphics, image manipulation and animation. It considers the use of these techniques in relation to the broader context of architectural/art-based representational practices and conventions. MAJOR THESIS PROJECT The module specifically deals with the research, development, exploration, synthesis and conclusion of your chosen area of study for your Major Thesis Project. The aim is to evolve the project developed from the position formulated in the Thesis Development module. The project requires substantially greater commitment than any previous project task, and can be either design based or text based. You will work individually on the project, which will need to embrace the highest standards of critical review – whether in challenging particular theories and their manifestations in design and architecture, or in demonstrating a personal or innovative approach to the design process. RETAIL DESIGN This is a vocationally based, applied design module. You will consider in context how design is utilised as an effective and persuasive tool in the contemporary retail environment. You will investigate issues of product marketing, branding, promotion, evaluation of public perception and the potency of image, through several focused design projects. THESIS DEVELOPMENT This module prepares you for the subsequent Major Thesis Project by introducing research issues and themes, and covers research methods, analysis, agenda, concept and strategy. You will undertake a series of short projects and/or studies throughout the module. It is important to note that the Major Thesis Project can take a form that is design based or text based, depending on your choice. The course of study for the Thesis Development module will as a consequence depend also on the type/format of research methods that you are evolving for your thesis project. Associated careers Former graduates from the Interior Design MA practise in a variety of areas of design. These include interior design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, retail and product design, and interior conservation, as well as multidisciplinary and traditional architectural and design practice. The MA may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. For students who take the course and are interested in further study, we offer suitable applicants the opportunity to study for a MPhil/PhD degree, not only through the traditional research mode, but also through a PhD by design route. [-]

MA in Innovation Design Engineering

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom London

The Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme is a leading-edge, creative product development course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities. [+]

MA in Innovation Design Engineering

The Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme is a leading-edge, creative product development course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities. In multidisciplinary teams or as individuals, participants work at the centre of complex, demanding projects with an emphasis on prototyping and proving propositions. The programme requires that a wide range of design skills and thinking are utilised (industrial design techniques, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, design research, user-centred design and sustainability, among others). It is external facing and encourages all to tackle important real-world issues involving advanced technical, design and social parameters. We believe that design is a verb not a noun.... [-]


MA in Design

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. [+]

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. Admission requirements A relevant Bachelor Honours Degree. A “professional” Bachelor’s Degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma, with sufficient preparation to conduct research with a recommended minimum of 60% for all final-year modules. Selection criteria In addition to the minimum admission requirements as outlined above, prospective students may be required to present a portfolio of their work to an interview panel. A portfolio would be requested if further evidence is required of a students’ readiness to conduct textual or artefactual research. In case of textual research the portfolio would contain examples of written research, and in the case of artefactual research a portfolio with design would be required. Curriculum MODULE Research Dissertation: Communication Design Research Dissertation: Fashion Design Research Dissertation: Multimedia Design Research Dissertation: Jewellery Design Programme structure a) Minimum duration: One year full-time/two years part-time. [-]

MA Web Design & Content Planning

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme takes graduates from many disciplines and provides them with the skills to plan, design, build and promote effective websites. It is designed for people who manage corporate websites, those who wish to start their own web business and those who would like to build a career in the web design industry. The design of excellent websites presents a notable intellectual challenge and, during the programme, students develop a modern, professional and 'real-world' approach. Our objective is to provide a balanced education in the three main aspects of web design and content management: technical, functional and aesthetic. [+]

The technical aspects of the teaching provide an understanding of the tools, technologies and principles used for the design and development of contemporary websites. This includes the creation of semantically correct markup, the separation of presentation from content (HTML and CSS) and compliance with web standards (W3C).

The functional aspects focus on the creation of websites with good information architecture that are accessible, useable and findable as a result of effective search engine marketing and optimisation (SEM/SEO). Students learn how people use the web, how they navigate web content and how they search for information. The aesthetic aspects of web design are considered in relation to graphic, artistic, typographic and business objectives, including corporate identity and branding.... [-]