Taught course

Design Innovation and Transformation Design

Glasgow School of Art · Glasgow School of Art

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree in a relevant area and a demonstrated interest in the subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is taught at the Creative Campus, the GSA's campus in Forres in the Highlands of Scotland. More information on the Creative Campus is available here. Please note that this programme is subject to validation for September 2016.

The complexity of modern life isn’t going away and the practice of design, as a profession and as a form of exploring the world and creating knowledge must respond to this. This one-year Taught Postgraduate programme (PGT) provides an opportunity for students to embrace this challenge

'… in transformation design the designers are not always ‘designers.’ Whereas most designers will have experiencing of collaborating with colleagues from related disciplines such as engineering, marketing and R&D, and may seek advice from specialists during a project, transformation design is truly interdisciplinary, forming teams in which economists, policy analysts, psychologists and others all take part in the design process itself. Collaborators in transformation design, no matter what their background, are likely to be strong in their core discipline and able to connect to adjacent disciplines.' - Red Paper 02, Transformation Design, P.20, 2006.

This emphasis upon collaborative working and real world engagement is explored through projects exploring the impact of the Internet of Things, "big data" and emerging technologies on subjects as diverse as high-rise living, improving the experience of homeless people, encourasing political discourse. Many projects are "live" with organisations as diverse as Toshiba, the Scottish Government, Tesco bank and Alzheimer's Scotland offering graduates a professional portfoloio of work on graduation.

Information for international students

International students from non-English speaking countries will also need a UKVI IELTS of 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Gordon Hush