Taught course

Design Innovation and Citizenship

Glasgow School of Art · Design

Entry requirements

Good first degree in a relevant area; portfolio of design work

Months of entry


Course content

This new one-year taught postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to use design practice, thinking tools and methods to engage critically with the changing social, economic and political imperatives of contemporary culture.

Students on the programme will engage with, examine, critique, and propose contemporary and emerging definitions of design practice and citizenship by addressing political and technological issues faced by today's society as it moves into the future. This will include exploration of present societal arrangements for the generation and dissemination of wealth, social opportunity, scientific knowledge and technical advance, and the provision of services by the State, the public, private and voluntary sectors, and the organisational forms associated with these. In doing so, design practice will demonstrate a relevance and value to the inhabitants of society through the formulation of language (visual, material, and conceptual), the generation of new tools, methods and strategies, and a critical vocabulary capable of creating opportunities for dialogue between various social, technological, economic or political constituencies.

Graduates of this degree programme will be capable of making a contribution in areas as diverse as public policy, private sector enterprise, citizen or social advocacy, public sector service provision, social enterprise or the voluntary sector. In particular, graduates will possess the disciplinary expertise conferred by design practice combined with the discursive capacity for critical debate normally associated with the social sciences or humanities.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0 International Students will be offered and interview via skype/telephone (where required)

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
4 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

Gordon Hush
+44 (0)141 353 4500