Taught course

Design Innovation and Transformation Design

Glasgow School of Art · Glasgow School of Art

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Entry requirements

Bachelors Honours Degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is taught at the GSA's campus in the Highlands of Scotland.

The world we live in and the issues we face are becoming increasingly complex. The practice of design as a profession and as a form of exploring the world and creating knowledge must respond to this. We now recognise it is not enough to solve problems. Expanding opportunities exist for design to play a strategic role in mapping complex situations and enabling transformation towards preferable futures.

Transformation Design focuses on change-oriented approaches to design, which engage with complex social or systemic issues. We seek to understand complexity and work with stakeholders in participatory design processes to combine multiple alternatives, images, narratives and aesthetics, and develop strategies to trigger processes of transformation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MDes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Emma Murphy
+44 (0)141 353 4734