Glasgow School of Art: Design Innovation and Environmental Design (Master of Design - MDes)

InstitutionGlasgow School of Art
Department Innovation School
Telephone 0141 353 4512
Study type Taught


This programme allows students to engage with the craft of user-led and co-created innovation in design practice across a variety of fields and in widely differentiated social, economic, technological and industrial contexts. The course aims to respond to the changed context of design practice in the 21st century, where the discipline-based skills of the product designer, ceramicist, visual communicator or textile designer sit alongside the working practices and expertise of a professionally-diverse and often globally-dispersed workforce. The programme is aimed at postgraduate students who wish to expand and develop their creative practice through an exploration of user-led, collaborative and research-focused techniques of design innovation; it encourages students to identify historically novel or nascent areas in which the complexity of contemporary life threatens to overwhelm any existing solutions, systems, services or design responses and to pioneer collaborative and user-led solutions for these through the deployment of design innovation strategies and creative thinking.

1 course option

Qualification Master of Design - MDes
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

Good degree in a relevant area plus, normally a portfolio of work.


Assessment throughout the programme is by a combination of individual essay or group project, written and oral examination.

Location Garnethill Campus
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

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