The Ravensbourne MA Environment Design investigates spatial design in its real-virtual, and macro-micro scales. Encompassing interior, architecture, cities and natural environments the programme analyzes a series of different perspectives of theory and practice from art, science, and technology towards an understanding of a cultural sustainability.
Systems - Every year the course aims to produce new research that takes forward questions inherent in Modernity. Currently focused on natural ecological systems (earthquakes, tectonic plates, deltas and shorelines), (re)contruction and war, cosmographies and cultures of outerspace, and bio-tech materials ; the course encourages you to explore your own field of research and practice.
Technologies - The Environment Design operates with a multidisciplinary team where knowledge exchange is one of the core points to focus. From: applied technologies, visual effects, interactive digital media, moving image, communication design and fashion, the programme aims to deploy students with methods and techniques from different perspectives embracing new possibilities offered by new technology and the creative processes involved in designing.
Modeling and simulation - with a hands on training in the use of the scientific instruments and computational tools, Ravensbourne offers you with full access to digital facilities for digital imaging and prototyping; where you will be able to experiment and innovate through technical, user and interaction workshops based upon strategies deployed by leading practitioners within the field.
You will be encouraged to engage with advanced practice within a global context and explore the similarities and key differences and emphases of different centres across the world and to put your learning and design solutions into context.
Here you will expand your own research and practice, by developing and managing an individual programme of enquiry and creative development in environment design culminating in the realisation of a final major project fully informed by professional and industrial contexts and multi disciplinary perspectives.
- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project
The Research Process unit supports you in gaining the research skills needed for the development of your individual projects.
Three five-week workshops in the Technology Issues unit will enable you to explore interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary and individually negotiated projects.
In the Business Innovation unit, you are helped to develop an understanding of business and innovative practices in the creative industries.
The Concept and Prototyping unit allows you to further develop the skills you have learnt; for example: using hybrid bottom-up strategies and to take a single line of inquiry, idea or theory embedded in environment design and research and develop the concept.
The Major Project represents the culmination of the your investigation and the final stage of the research strategy.
You will receive regular support from tutors, peers and subject-specific group tutorials as part of a constant critical dialogue to help create a professional and critical understanding of your individual creative process.
You will benefit from working alongside students on other MA pathways in a multi-disciplinary environment, creating opportunities to widen and expand approaches to your own research and practice giving the opportunity to adapt and adopt new and innovative methods and solutions.
The course benefits from its positioning and relationship to allied creative disciplines, such as the Applied Technologies, Fashion, and Interactive Digital Media pathways, affording opportunities for collaboration, cross-fertilisations and synergies. You are also expected to engage with the architectural design profession and to make full use of the resources and opportunities available in London.
All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:
- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;
- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;
- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;
- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;
- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.