Taught course

Design Innovation and Transformation Design

Glasgow School of Art · Glasgow School of Art

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. More information on living and studying at our Highlands campus is available here.

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.

Information for international students

IELTs 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Fees and funding

Please see the website for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Dr Emma Murphy
+44 (0)141 353 4734