The MA Design and Innovation course enables graduates and practitioners to question the nature of their practice and its context relative to the creative industries.
*This course will start in 2019 and is subject to validation
Design problems will be addressed through applying a process of systematically interrogating design practice; using design methods to analyse and comprehend situations and behaviour and generating alternative and novel, even experimental solutions. Research is the fundamental driver for creative thinking and innovation to be developed through a specific individual and critical approach to reflective enquiry and practice.
Closely aligned with the AUB Innovation Studio and supported by partners in the design industry, live projects and business and entrepreneurship will be an integral element of your study.
What You'll Study
Students may join the course from a number of diverse design backgrounds including product design, industrial design or graphic design. Students should show an aptitude for design, we also welcome backgrounds in interaction design, interior design and interior architecture, architecture, textiles, fashion, illustration, fine art or non-design specific subjects such as journalism, philosophy, psychology, anthropology or sociology.
Reflective practice and the inherent ability to remain open-minded; paired with a passion for design and a desire to challenge traditional practice and current world views will form the starting point for your professional or academic career.
‘Every business is now a design business. Design thinking — using the methods of design analysis and creativity to understand a problem as an opportunity and creatively iterating multiple disruptive solutions — is the future of business. If you don’t have a design business you may not have a business at all.’ (Bruce Mau – Designer and Educator, founder of the Massive Change Network, 2015)
You may want to focus or broaden your design practice, so during your MA studies you can take a variety of approaches from theoretical experimental design to artefact based making/material focussed design. Designers mostly work in teams, sometimes cross- or multi-disciplinary. The MA Design and Innovation provides many opportunities to work with other disciplines as it sits alongside other MA courses at AUB and is supported by the local and national design industry. It also takes full advantage of the AUB creative community with some taught sessions delivered in interdisciplinary groups and environments.
Studios & Resources
“At AUB, we take great pride in the innovative and head-turning architecture that makes up our campus. We are delighted to be expanding upon our existing specialist resources to provide a creatively inspirational space for local businesses to experiment, innovate, be curious and push boundaries.” – Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of AUB
Part of the course will be housed in the brand new purpose built CRAB Innovation Studios.
MA Design and Innovation students will share the innovation studios with local start-ups. The ground floor will be teaching/studio and meeting space. 2nd and 3rd floor will be custom-furnished workspaces. Students will be encouraged to form business as part of their MA studies.
Staff On The Course
BA, MSc, PGcert, FHEA
Franziska founded her design studio in 2005 which has since grown into INHERENTLY GOOD DESIGN, a platform allowing her to create commercially viable product design solutions with sustainable design principles at the core. She is a designer & educator with BA and MSc Degrees in Product Design & Sustainable Product Design. She is currently developing a new Design Masters degree and is also involved in project tuition and seminars across various BA programmes. Specialties: Sustainable...Full profile