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Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we. But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we. Read more

Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we.

But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we.

Then join us in this innovative new postgraduate programme from Schumacher College in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dartington Hall Trust and surrounding communities.

Ecological Design Thinking

Never has there been a more important time for a new approach for engaging with the challenging situations we face from the local to the global levels. In a rapidly changing dynamic situation, solutions rarely remain optimal for very long and continuous active participation is a necessary ingredient for success. Growing resilience in individuals and communities is the way to keep going despite the continuous change around us.

Our programme in Ecological Design Thinking embraces and explores this complex world of interactions with lively engagement and an optimistic approach. It offers powerful, practical and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of practices from design, education and business to the more specific roles of leadership, management and consultancy.

The Ecological Design Thinking programme is trans-disciplinary, insightful and universal in its application; pragmatic and integrative in its operation. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on ecologically inspired design, with methods of design thinking that are merged with the latest developments in anthropology, psychology and socio- political economics. It aims to create a novel ground for change makers at the forefront of our transition to sustainable societies.

Ecologically inspired design includes the study of ecological worldviews, systems dynamics and applied complexity theory alongside the philosophies and practices of permaculture and biomimetic design.

Design thinking is a well-established participatory technique grounded in the empathic understanding of the feelings, experiences and emotions of others. It engages people in lively conversations, visually stimulated interactions and playful prototyping. It frames problems as opportunities, forms insights and generates creative and collaborative solutions in complex situations.

The Ecological Design thinking programme aims to provide a nourishing environment for participants by incorporating short-courses led by internationally recognised thinkers, place-making projects in collaboration with the Dartington Hall Trust, the home of Schumacher College, and short placements offered by external partner organisations.

This programme is the fourth radical postgraduate programme developed at Schumacher College and contributes to and enhance the College’s ongoing collaborative inquiry into sustainable living – a live and networked inquiry of practice underway around the world by the College’s 20,000 alumni and others.

Who is this course for?

We would be delighted to receive your application whether you are coming directly from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to develop your understanding of a practice that is of great importance to all of our futures. We encourage applications from community practitioners and activists as well as planners, educators, architects, politicians and policy makers. You do not necessarily need a first degree in design to apply for this course. You only need to be enthusiastic, resilient and committed.

We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-design new approaches to the way we live that are socially just and ecologically sustainable. We are looking for those prepared to take risks and stand on the cutting-edge of new practices in this area.

Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in a diverse mix of cultural experience and age that allows for rich peer- to- peer learning.

You Will Learn

  • The foundation of an ecological worldview through subjects such as ecology, deep ecology, systems thinking, complexity science and Gaia theory.
  • Living systems principles through the philosophy and practice of permaculture design, biophilia and biomimicry.
  • Creative and process-focused problem solving techniques by applying the methods and principles of design thinking
  • A multi-perspective appreciation of ethical issues and their implications for the future consequences of redesigning existing systems and creating new ones.
  • To apply ecological design thinking knowledge and skills to the design of social systems as a part of an emerging new economics
  • Personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory and practice
  • Co-creative participatory practices and theoretical principles for new approaches to the ecological design process that include a range of stakeholders in the full lifecycle of projects, and you will apply these both in the studio, on the Dartington Hall Estate and in short placements on live projects

Special Features

An interdisciplinary programme integrating design methods with those of ecology and the social sciences.

An integrative design programme rooted in deep ecological understanding and practice and informed by cutting edge thinking in new economic approaches and social dynamics.

A balanced distribution of time and resources on skill-based and cognitive-based knowledge and between practice and theory.

Access to some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in design, Gaia theory, complexity, climate science, systems thinking, new economics and social change.

Short courses led by internationally recognised thinkers and researchers.

Short practical placements with a range of partner organisations operating at the leading edge of social innovation.

An immersive, integrative and transformational teaching and learning approach rooted in the principles established by Schumacher College and Dartington Hall, and engaged in a living and working community on and around the Dartington Estate in Devon.

Where you will go?

Ecological Design Thinking can be applied to a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the societal. This programme aims to create a new generation of designers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, educators, researchers, consultants and activists. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work for sustainable change in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society, or to set up their own projects or organisations that will contribute to the transformation of society.



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The session will provide a chance to meet the course leader and some current students who will share their projects and experiences. Read more
The session will provide a chance to meet the course leader and some current students who will share their projects and experiences. You will also take part in a design activity that will give you a real taste of what we do on the course in addressing social and sustainability challenges.

Choose Kingston's Sustainable Design MA

This course is aimed at designers, creative workers and other specialists who want to direct their practice towards progressive sustainability and social agendas. It focuses on the value of design as a vehicle for addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. It will equip you with the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to challenge the status quo by applying design thinking to the generation of design-led interventions for a sustainable future.

Key features
-The overarching course philosophy, based on an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, allows individual and personal concerns to be explored through focused study in sustainable design.
-The course takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the study and practice of sustainable design, by recruiting students from all creative and design backgrounds and beyond.

What will you study?

The Sustainable Design MA is directed towards the goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable society. You will explore innovative and practical ways to help realise those visions, emphasising design, creativity, empathy, innovation and activism.

The course encourages critical thinking about the social and ecological agendas it addresses. The course is design-based, but not confined to design practice - it includes a significant amount of theoretical and contextual studies. It is possible to choose a dissertation option for the final major project.

You will be taught by leading academics and practitioners in sustainable design, social design, social innovation, participatory design, strategic design, service design, design-led innovation, and related topics. The course incorporates collaboration with partners such as Design Council, Futerra, Greengaged, Sorrell Foundation, ThinkPublic and Uscreates.

Assessment

Design project work, live projects, research project folders, 5,000-word critical essay, and a major design research project.

Course structure

The Sustainable Design MA course is part of the School of Design's postgraduate programme. The structure – shared with students from Communication Design MA, Product & Furniture Design MA, and Fashion MA – enables you to explore your individual specialist interests in sustainable design within an integrative learning environment that provides a comprehensive understanding of the value and role of interdisciplinary methods and ways of working. The influences and impact of thinking from other related design subjects on your own specialist study is an important aspect of the identity and the community of interdisciplinary practice at masters level in the School of Design.

This structure is designed to help progress and develop your independent learning, encouraging you to construct and explore projects concerned with areas of particular personal interests. The overarching course philosophy, based upon an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, allows individual and personal concerns to be explored through focused study in sustainable design.

The two shared modules of the School of Design's Postgraduate Framework both commence with a symposium, in which high-profile external speakers present their work and contribute to a debate on a topic of relevance to all courses in the Framework.

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As a cultivated form of invention, design shapes, modifies and alters the world around us for better or worse, and the need for modern design to be more sustainable and ethically responsible has never been more important. Read more

As a cultivated form of invention, design shapes, modifies and alters the world around us for better or worse, and the need for modern design to be more sustainable and ethically responsible has never been more important.

Many multinational companies, research centres, governments and individuals acknowledge that a change in attitude to the way we design products, spaces, communications and communities is a positive step and long overdue. Indeed, over the last 10 years, commercial understanding of sustainable design has transformed, shifting from being about risk and compliance to a dynamic leadership issue.

Our Sustainable Design MA helps you to rethink the parameters of good design in an unsustainable age. Working alongside experts in ecology, psychology, design and business, you will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to focus your practice and become a more effective agent of change.

Why study with us?

  • Interdisciplinary approach to sustainable design that incorporates ideas from ecology, psychology and business with a balance of theory and practice
  • Campus in one of Europe's most progressive and creative cities
  • World-renowned staff, including sustainable design expert Professor Jonathan Chapman
  • Guest lecturers from industry including Louis Joseph (head of global strategy at Puma), Richard Gilbert (director of The Agency for Design) and Oliver Heath (founder of OH Designs)
  • Diverse student body with backgrounds in graphic design, illustration, architecture, fashion, education, politics and product design (introduce yourself on our Sustainable Design Facebook group)

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Areas of study

Sustainable Design: Present(s)

Semester one, 20 credits

You start with a foundation in sustainable design principles, theories and methodologies. Themes include cradle to cradle, low-carbon building and production, design for recycling, biodegradability, biomimicry, alternative energy, ecological thinking, permaculture, and disassembly.

Research Methods

Semester one, 20 credits

This module gives you an overview of design research methods and how they are used in professional practice. It enables you to construct the kind of research questions, hypotheses and methodologies that underpin innovative design, as you develop a more autonomous position in the process of critical inquiry.

Studio

Semesters one and two, 60 credits

The Studio module spans two projects – ‘Behaviours’ and ’Matters’. The Behaviours project takes place in semester one and provides you with a theoretical context for the studio-based investigation, analysis and generation of essential design criteria that shape patterns of consumption.

In semester two, you undertake the Matters project, a studio-based experience that places emphasis on materiality and the nature of physical experience as mediated through the design, production and physical manifestation of things.

Sustainable Design: Future(s)

Semester two, 20 credits

This module takes the form of a series of seminars, workshops and discussion groups where specialist practitioners, writers, researchers, manufacturers and theorists present their work on sustainability. It covers themes including consumer motivation, behaviour, phenomenology, deep ecology, temporality, consciousness, emotional durability, materiality, defuturing and experience-authoring.

Master

Semester three, 60 credits

The Master project represents the culmination of your work throughout the course. It allows you to apply all of the experiences and skills that you have accumulated, as you choose an area of sustainable design that you want to pursue in detail.

You work is structured by an individually defined 'statement of intent' that provides the framework through which you will be assessed. This process enables you to explore distinctive areas of expertise with a unique approach to the ubiquitous issues of sustainability and design.

The final body of master work must be developed through practices relevant to you and your statement of intent. These might include the development and production of design proposals, a written thesis, a documentary, an ad campaign, an article for a leading publication, a touring exhibition or a combination of the above.

Our studio

From 2016, students will work in the new Masters Centre, which provides studio, seminar and tutorial space for all postgraduate students in the School of Architecture and Design.

Students on MA Sustainable Design will have dedicated studio space with access to workshop and digital model making facilities. More specialised materials and making requirements can be supported on an individual basis with colleagues in engineering, crafts and arts.

Careers and employability

After graduation, many students secure influential positions within major global businesses, charities and NGOs. Previous students include:

  • a product designer for Thammasorn in Bangkok, Thailand
  • an assistant professor at Suwon Science College in Hwasung, South Korea
  • a media designer at AKT II
  • a sessional lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts
  • a designer at the Graphic Thought Facility
  • a media producer at Paper Tiger Television
  • a design and technology teacher at Brighton and Hove College
  • a lecturer at Petra University in Amman, Jordan
  • creative head at Archeng Designers
  • a BIM engineer at CC
  • a senior sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future.

A number of our students establish independent design agencies, social innovation labs and research centres. Many decide to continue their research in the form of a PhD, and have a particularly strong record of achieving fully funded studentships, both here at Brighton and internationally.



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Overview. Garden Design is a rich and diverse interdisciplinary and collaborative discipline spanning the traditions of arts and sciences. Read more

Overview

Garden Design is a rich and diverse interdisciplinary and collaborative discipline spanning the traditions of arts and sciences. The MA Garden Design aims to provide an integration of the creativity of art and design with the core knowledge of ecology, landscape and garden theory, history, technology, restoration and the understanding of the theoretical and applied levels of knowledge and practice in Garden Design.

MA Garden Design is a progression and a complement to the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design (LGD) course in the School of Design at Writtle University College. The Masters is intended to take the next steps in developing theory and practice of garden design by providing more advanced perspectives and applications to the undergraduate course. Garden Design focuses on the meaning of gardens, theory and history of gardens, conservation and restoration of gardens, and rural and urban social, economic and ecological contexts. The MA Garden Design is part of the School of Design and part of the overall postgraduate design programme that includes Landscape Architecture.

Professional Accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Europe).

You can find out more about these here;

http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/

http://iflaeurope.eu/about/

Core modules in Year One

Semester One: Theories of Landscape and Garden Design, Landscape Ecology, Advanced Design Studio (Urban Territory Project, contextual to Garden Design), Research Methods in Landscape and Garden Design, Research Colloquium, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Gardens (option).

Semester Two: Theory and History of Landscape and Garden Design, Designing within a Historic Context, Advanced Design Studio II, Options (e.g. Restoration and Management of Historic Gardens, Professional Practice, Special topics (specific project/research interest area) and Dissertation or Design Research Project.

Delivery and Assessment

The most successful teaching method across the UK for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, Art and Environmental Planning and Design has been this combination of design studio and classroom.

Work Experience

Internships are made available through project, research and industrial resources internal and external to the College. Visits and study tours are an important part of the course curriculum in conjunction with other design courses at Writtle University College.

Careers

Graduates have many employment possibilities with local authorities, technical and planning offices, government advisory and private sector landscape and garden design consultancies within the UK and internationally.



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A New Approach to Design

Graduates leave the program able to work in traditional design consultancies, while many elect to apply their skills in nontraditional design realms, such as restructuring services like health care and public education, initiating microbusinesses, and developing projects for nongovernmental organizations. Recent graduates have gone on to present research at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, open a consultancy with peers from the Transdisciplinary Design program, and take a position with the U.S. government’s first design-led innovation lab. The MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program is housed in Parsons’ School of Design Strategies (SDS), alongside graduate programs in Design and Urban Ecologies, Strategic Design and Management, and Theories of Urban Practice. In its programs and projects, SDS employs innovative approaches to design and business education in relation to cities, services, and ecosystems. Many students explore elective offerings in schools throughout the university, including The New School for Social Research and Schools of Public Engagement.

Emphasizing collaborative design-led research and a systems-oriented approach to social innovation and service design, Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Transdisciplinary Design program serves as an academic laboratory in New York City for graduate students seeking to define the next phase of design practice globally. The Transdisciplinary Design program was created for designers interested in developing ideas, tools, and working methods to address pressing social issues and the complex challenges of a global culture. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams, consider issues from multiple perspectives, learn from industry leaders, and emerge with a portfolio that showcases design as a process for transforming social relations and contemporary life. 

This program is part of Parsons' School of Design Strategies (SDS). Learn about the SDS community and explore our blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/parsons-sds?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_grad&utm_term=sds

Flexible Pathways

This two-year, 60-credit program focuses on project-based work in four flexible and overlapping research pathways:

  • Systems explores ways to integrate ecological, economic, technological, and social systems to achieve common ends.
  • Sustainability considers how to build public infrastructure for sustainable practices.
  • The Social investigates the use of design to envision new modalities of social interaction and community.
  • Urban seeks ways to reshape everyday practices within highly networked urban environments.

Future Opportunities

Graduates pursue a variety of careers, including design consulting, teaching and research, business development, international development, service design, in-house design leads within government organizations and other industries, and entrepreneurship. 

You can request more information here: http://www.newschool.edu/m/parsons-sds?utm_source=find_a_masters&utm_medium=hyperlink_listing&utm_campaign=pm_parsons_grad&utm_term=sds



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Our. MA Interior Design. course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment. Read more

Our MA Interior Design course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment.

This degree provides you with a launchpad to potential higher level interior design careers within a diverse range of subjects. These include museum and exhibition design, design for film, television and digital games and brand interpretation for retail, leisure or promotional events.

An emphasis on ecological issues and processes is also a prominent aspect of this course, and underpins all aspects of the course.

Explore your interests

You'll explore your area of interest to an advanced level, through establishing new spatial paradigms that build on your existing knowledge. Our course, at UCA Canterbury, combines theoretical and practical skills, and encourages engagement with industry at all levels.

In-depth research into design processes and technologies, along with related work placement opportunities, will prepare you for new career directions. Your project work will be supported by ongoing staff research into sustainability, architecture, design-related digital technologies, experiential environments and brand communication.

You'll be taught through tutorials, seminars, self-directed study in relation to your project proposal, work-in-progress reviews and visits or references to sites of local and international interest.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Tuesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

Industry Partners

We've got extensive contacts across the range of interior design disciplines. Live projects, research analysis and feasibility studies will draw on our wide range of contacts and associations.

Connections include specialists in the related fields of audio-visual technologies, lighting design and interactive design.

Recent guest lecturers have included:

-David Callcott, CADA Design, retail and leisure design consultants (London and Hyderabad, India)

-Emma Vane, Production Designer for Atonement, the Harry Potter series, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Captain America: The First Avenger

-Finlay White, ModCell, sustainable construction

-Mick Pearce, award-winning international architect (Title: Bio-mimicry and the 3rd industrial revolution)

-Phil Hughes, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, museum and exhibition designers (London, New York, Beijing)

-Uwe R. Brückner, Atelier Brückner, exhibition design (Stuttgart, Germany).

Careers

Career opportunities exist within design or architectural consultancies in retail, leisure, exhibition, office, hotel, residential and cruise ship design, as well as in the fields of design management, interior or film-set design.

Our course has a strong ecological focus with opportunities for engaging with both the theoretical and practical aspects of real-world sustainability.

Virtual Media Space

Visit our Postgraduate Virtual Media Space to find out more about our courses, see what it's like to study at UCA and gain access to our campus virtual tours.



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This programme aims at providing a multidisciplinary background for architects, with a special focus on environmental sustainability and landscape design. Read more

Mission and Goals

This programme aims at providing a multidisciplinary background for architects, with a special focus on environmental sustainability and landscape design. The concept of sustainability is associated with a high quality transformation of landscape, from the macro-scale of urban planning, to the micro-scale of technical details, how the varied scales connect and interrelate with each other. This method is oriented to a physical, social and technical approach, passing over a close specialized theme vision. The international program involves also workshops, study trips, and summer schools.

The programme is taught in english.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/sustainable-architecture-and-landscape-design/

Career Opportunities

The programme trains architects with an expertise in sustainable architecture and landscape design, to follow a career in the private and public sector as covered by EU directives in: architecture, urban planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Architecture-Piacenza.pdf
The MSc Degree programme in Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design offers the student the tools to become an Architect with a sound competence on theories, methods and applications of Architecture and of Landscape Design, highly skilled in the issues of contemporary territories: regeneration of productive landscapes; sustainable transformation of the architectural, urban and rural landscapes; transformation of the built environment and re-use of the existent soil; design of open spaces and infrastructures; protection of the territory; valorisation of the ecological and cultural resources; design strategies for new forms of sustainable inhabiting.
To this aim, this Degree Programme offers a complex view on the environment, dealing with all the landscape forms: from urban, to agricultural and to suburban areas, in line with the European Landscape Convention (2000) which “applies to the entire territory of
the Parties and covers natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas”. More specifically, the landscape is seen as “represented”, “constructed” and “productive” landscape, with a specific attention to the aspects of sustainability (from a physical, economic and social point of view). The programme is taught in English.

Subjects

Theories of architecture, city and landscape; Steel, timber and reinforced concrete structures; History of architecture and landscape in the contemporary age; Urban and landscape Regeneration studio (environmental technology, landscape as heritage, general ecology); Architectural design studio 1 (sustainable architecture, technical environmental systems, multi-criteria analysis and project appraisal); Urban and environmental design studio (design of public spaces and infrastructures, agronomy and food sciences, sociology of the environment); Architectural design studio 2 (advanced architectural design, topography and cartography, landscape urbanism and land planning); Landscape design studio (advanced landscape design, physical geography and geo-morphology, techniques and tools for environmental design); Landscape representation and aesthetics.

Optional courses
- Italian territories and landscape tradition
- Open source architecture
- Arboriculture and agrobiotechnologies
- Architecture and creativity: cultural industries
- Special topics in landscape (workshop)
- Special topics in architecture(workshop)

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/sustainable-architecture-and-landscape-design/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/sustainable-architecture-and-landscape-design/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. Read more

About the course

The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. The next big challenge for society is to transform our economy to incorporate the principles of sustainability. This presents an exciting opportunity to rethink, redesign and rebuild a positive future for business practice.

The MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. There is an option to complete the MSc in Sustainability,
Entrepreneurship and Design in 12 months (without the professional development phase) but students will be encouraged to engage with the professional development phase to achieve the maximum from the programme.

Brunel University also offers the Graduate Entrepreneur post-study visa, which represents a perfect opportunity for our international graduates to apply their new skills in the UK following graduation.

The course is jointly run between the College of Health and Life Sciences, the School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and Brunel Business School.

Aims

This programme will equip entrepreneurial minded graduates with two essential ingredients:

- firstly, the mindset and ability to play a key role in building a sustainable world – one that is not only prosperous, but also environmentally stable and socially inclusive
- secondly, hands-on experience, such that they can become entrepreneurs, business leaders, change-makers and innovators.

Upon graduating, students will be able to become key figures in local, regional, national or global businesses; holistic thinkers and visionary leaders in their communities, corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

They will be encouraged to infuse environmental awareness into societies and make tangible contributions to the theory and practice of environmental protection, sustainable business and a circular (green) economy.

Course Content

Core modules

Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development
Entrepreneurship
Business Planning
International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance
Sustainable Design
Professional Design Studio
Integrated Assessment - Sustainability, Entreprenuership and Design
Dissertation
Sustainable Development in Practice (Compulsory for the MSc with professional development).

Teaching

The programme will be delivered beginning with an overview of core concepts and followed by progressively deeper consideration and application of the concepts later on through a self-directed learning approach. It is structured to provide leadership opportunities and move progressively from learning the "rules of the game" to "playing the game". This means that as the programme progresses it becomes less instructor-led and more student-led where students direct their learning towards their own needs and tap the collective wisdom of the group via project work.

There will be four integrated streams:

1. Ecological and sustainability theory
2. Leadership
3. Design and Innovation
4. Business planning and start up.

The benefits of this combination will be unique; students will be cross trained, drawing upon the resources of a world class university. They will develop three complementary networks of peers and alumni and engage in Brunel’s collegiate experience, interacting with students and faculty from three corners of the university. Through this combination, graduates will able to enter the professional arena with an energetic and inspired approach to societal change.

By taking part in the programme, students will gain:

o The deep scientific knowledge for strategic planning towards a sustainable society, including ecological theory and sustainability design principles
o Innovation, creativity and team working skills
o Experiential learning and mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and business leaders
o Communication skills to enable working with members of engineering, design and marketing teams
o Leadership skills
o Intensive corporate exposure
o Career paths as sustainability practitioners in business, academia, government, and community organisations.
o Business start up opportunities
o Membership of the Made in Brunel Sustainable Business alumni, an elite group of successful ecopreneurs and their mentors
o Additional support to enhance your employability skills beyond the MSc through the Business Life Programme.

Assessment

- Integrated coursework on core sustainability and business, and sustainability & design module content.
- Formal written examinations
- Individual and Group coursework assignments
- Oral and Poster presentations
- Dissertation in the form of a Business plan, product design or research proposal
- Reflective Portfolio (for optional six-month Professional Development period)

Special Features

The programme has a number of innovative features. For example:

The fusion of environmental education with design, entrepreneurial and business skills

Structural flexibility - so that the needs and desires of individuals can be met through offering optional modules within various themes relevant to sustainable enterprise

Practice based assessments - for example, the development of a detailed business plan for those who wish to start their own business, a product design for those taking the designer/innovator route, or a research proposal for those wishing to pursue a career in research or bid writing

Professional development activities - following the multidisciplinary learning programme, students will undertake a six month professional development activity in which - for example - they will undertake an internship or start their own business. (The provision of incubator space for these students will be an integral part of the MSc and is another distinctive feature of the programme. The students will also be equipped with pitching skills and a business mentor).

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-Allocated specialist support. -Time to reflect and develop as a designer. -Flexibility of core module delivery. -Supported studio & workshop space. Read more
-Allocated specialist support
-Time to reflect and develop as a designer
-Flexibility of core module delivery
-Supported studio & workshop space
-Collaborations with other Creative Arts disciplines

Why choose this course?

MA Product Design is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Product Design degree aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of design practice and to develop your creative and technical abilities as a designer. It will be of interest to product and industrial designers and design professionals working in related fields.

You will develop the entrepreneurial and industrial skills you need to develop your career to its full potential and gain a detailed understanding of the commercial and industrial contexts of contemporary design, alongside some of the theoretical and cultural ideas that shape contemporary design practices.

You will also consider design from the perspective of the society and people who use it. The course looks at practical approaches and the research methods involved in product design. Attention is focused on human users from ergonomic, ecological, social and psychological perspectives and the development of products in a post-industrial age where technology and production may respond to customer demands with speed.

Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers, makers and design professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme and close links with industry partners.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as a product designer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching methods

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a product designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

Structure

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Discourse/Reflection: Art and Design
-Practice 1: Art and Design
-Practice 2: Art and Design
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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Urban design brings together professionals from a range of backgrounds who share a passion for improving the design of our urban environments. Read more

Urban design brings together professionals from a range of backgrounds who share a passion for improving the design of our urban environments. Whether you have studied town planning, geography, fine art, engineering, architecture or landscape design, this course will give you the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment, questioning conventional assumptions about urban design.

You will study the latest methods and design theories relating to urban environments, exploring the development and resolution of projects and focusing on achieving environmental sustainability. We will build your understanding of ecological, management, social and economic principles that contribute to environmental and sustainable development.

You will be encouraged to apply your design skills to live projects. Working with landscape architecture and town planning students, you will address briefs provided by real clients, developing your ability to work as part of a team and making a significant contribution to innovative designs. Previous students have explored the potential for promoting urban agriculture and developing green spaces in collaboration with community groups in Leeds.

This is a flexible studio-based course which will give you the opportunity to work with and learn from students from a range of backgrounds, sharing experiences and building professional networks. It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and will prepare you for professional membership.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture at Leeds Beckett University. Find out more on the Landscape at 50 website.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Core modules

  • Site Analysis Project: Theories & Practices
  • Place-Making Project: Design Challenges & Solutions
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Landscape & Urban Design Studios
  • Reflective Practice
  • Research Methods: Theory & Practice
  • Advanced Urban Design Project

Job Prospects

Our strong links with industry will provide you with plenty of opportunities to network with practitioners during your course, and we will keep you up to date with job vacancies in private design consultancies, local government agencies and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas. In addition, we will also provide research opportunities working with our academic staff.

  • Urban Designer (Public Sector)
  • Urban Designer (Private Consultancy)
  • Urban Designer (Voluntary Sector)
  • Urban Designer (Research and Teaching)


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This postgraduate programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional Landscape Architects. Read more

This postgraduate programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional Landscape Architects. Graduates from the programme, which is recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute, have joined some of London's leading landscape practices, have founded award-winning international design studios and have led strategic urban design projects like the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The core component of the MA Landscape Architecture programme is the design studio where students engage with landscape, urbanism, agriculture and infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. With a team of academics and practitioners the students develop their design projects through tutorials and design reviews. They are supported to develop innovative and distinct approaches to landscape architecture, reflected in their final design project and dissertation thesis. Teaching is informed by comprehensive technical and theoretical seminars and guest lectures from international artists, designers and academics. Details of international events, open lectures and student events can be found at thelandscape.org.

Accreditation

Direct entry to the Master's degree in landscape architecture requires a design portfolio as well as completion of either the postgraduate certificate in landscape design or a Bachelor's degree with honours in landscape architecture. The MA is part of a Landscape Institute accredited route to becoming a professional landscape architect.

Outcomes

The aims of the MA Landscape Architecture programme are to:

  • Act as part of a professionally accredited set of programmes, for students wishing to become Landscape Architects, leading from the Certificate Landscape Design or BA Hons Landscape Architecture
  • Establish social, ecological and design processes as a fundamental aspect of landscape architecture
  • Encourage design experimentation leading to advanced and exceptional forms of designed landscape.

Facilities

The Department is based in a new state of the art building designed by the award winning architects Heneghan Peng; it is equipped with fourteen rooftop landscapes, cutting edge digital workshops, extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces.

Our building is located in the heart of Greenwich, the newest addition to a suite of magnificent buildings that occupy the UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the Greenwich Prime Meridian.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through design portfolio, essays, seminars and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

The MA Landscape Architecture programme is part of a Landscape Institute accredited route to becoming a fully-qualified Landscape Architect.

Careers

Opportunities are available in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning and Urban Design. Recent graduates have successfully gained employment in the public and private sectors in the UK and worldwide. Many have continued to design and work on leading landscape projects such as the London Olympic Park, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Eden Project.



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About the course. The taught part of the course – from autumn of year one to summer of year two – leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, which is the professionally accredited qualification. Read more

About the course

The taught part of the course – from autumn of year one to summer of year two – leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture, which is the professionally accredited qualification. You can then continue over the summer period of your second year to complete a dissertation, leading to the award of MA.

The Special Project helps you develop your professional competence. You may specialise in design, planning or management. With guidance from a member of staff, you’ll work on a landscape architecture solution for a real-world site. You choose the site – it could be in Sheffield or in your home town, even if your home town is in another country. The work is presented in an end-of-year exhibition.

Your career

Our graduates work all over the world,

in private practice and for public organisations. Some work for councils

and national parks or for wildlife trusts. Others go into conservation and forestry.

Our graduates also work in administration and policy making for organisations such

as Natural England and DEFRA.

A world-leading department

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us the best landscape department in the UK. World-leading research informs our masters courses. You’ll be taught by leading experts such as Catherine Dee, Anna Jorgensen, Nigel Dunnett, and Olympic meadows co-designer James Hitchmough.

We offer taught courses including design, management, planning, and the ecological, social and cultural aspects of landscape. Our Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

A creative environment

Each year-group has access to a studio. You’ll use the latest technology, just as you would in practice. Our computer suites are equipped with CAD and digital imaging and publishing software, and A4–A0 colour printing facilities.

We’re based in the Arts Tower, an iconic, Grade II* listed building that has just had a £25 million refurbishment. Our studios are equipped with wireless and digital projection facilities, portfolio and locker space and you have your own kitchen and common room.

In the UK’s greenest city

Sheffield is an exciting place to be a landscape student. It’s England’s fourth largest city and also its greenest in terms of public open space and tree cover. The many urban parks and extensive green infrastructure provide inspiration for much of our project work.

Core modules

  • Landscape Architecture: nature, design, and people
  • Urban Ecological Design and Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Urbanism and Design
  • Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation
  • Landscape Research Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Urban Landscape Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Urban Design Project
  • Landscape Design and Art Practice
  • Greenspace Maintenance
  • Greenspace Management

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. You’re assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.



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The MArch is designed to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. Critical thinking, independent learning, imaginative solutions and the rigorous justification of design decisions are at the heart of our course. Read more
The MArch is designed to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. Critical thinking, independent learning, imaginative solutions and the rigorous justification of design decisions are at the heart of our course.

The architectural profession is rapidly developing through the influence of new technologies, emerging markets and political and ecological drivers. You will develop the tools to respond flexibly to authentic situations and possibilities, to deal with contingency and complexity.

This course can also be taken part time - for more information, please view the web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/architecture-march-pt-dupaht1/

Accreditation

-Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 2 qualification.
-Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

The skills you will acquire are transferrable and focus upon: autonomous learning; authentic and analytical methods of inquiry; critical curiosity; social responsibility; and design and communication skills via a comprehensive mix of manual and digital methods.

Learn From The Best

You will learn from staff with a wide range of expertise, research and scholarship. An acclaimed, award-winning, teaching team comprising outstanding architects and academics will offer guidance, support and expertise throughout your course. Collectively, this team has designed and built award-winning buildings, both nationally and internationally, as well as publishing world-leading research.

The research-informed teaching methods used in the MArch focuses on industry and practice-based inquiry; this is reinforced by using real projects, often collaborating with professional practice and real clients, and importantly using regional sites. This approach has been recognised as being outstanding by national and international authorities, external examiners and professional bodies, and has led to unmatched levels of student satisfaction and employability.

Teaching And Assessment

A supportive studio design culture ensures that you will learn as part of an educational community, sharing knowledge, precedents and techniques in replicating architectural practice. You will be encouraged to make extensive use of the department’s design studios, workshops, and computing laboratories to develop knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding. Your interaction in this respect is regarded as a critically important factor in the learning process. Assessment is by design project portfolio and assignment.

Architecture is a design-led discipline, and at least half of your study time will be focused upon the development of key architectural design skills, via the use of real-life studio design projects. The design modules are supported by taught modules (including history and theory, technology and environment, manual and digital communications, and practice, management and law).

Module Overview
Year One
KA6006 - Cultural Context (NC, 20 Credits)
KA6007 - Authentic Design Inquiry (NC, 60 Credits)
KA6008 - Practice Management and Law (NC, 20 Credits)
KA6016 - Architectural Research Methods (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Two
KA7011 - Design Project 3: Analysis and Proposal (NC, 40 Credits)
KA7012 - Design Project 4 - Realisation (NC, 50 Credits)
KA7013 - Student Selected Investigation (NC, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

Whatever your aspirations in architecture and the built environment, you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios. Throughout your course you will be able to survey, visualise, model and take your ideas out of the department and into the world around you.

Your studies are supported by some of the best studio and workshop facilities in the country, including state-of-the-art 2&3D rapid prototyping machines and associated computer software. You are encouraged to use the full suite of technology enhanced learning (TEL) opportunities available to you as part of our modern curriculum.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich methods are embedded within the learning, teaching and assessment strategy of the MArch course. You will build upon research-based knowledge to develop your critical curiosity, informed judgement and ability to evaluate proposals. Assessment methods encourage critical and deep approaches to learning, including your use of focused research inquiries specific to design processes.

Architecture and Built Environment is a top 30 research department with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA16).

Give Your Career An Edge

The high employability rates of Northumbria architecture graduates are a testament to our approach. By aligning the course with the General Criteria and the Desired Graduate Attributes of the professional bodies (the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architects Registration Board), the skills and knowledge expected of Part II graduates are intrinsic to the teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Consequently, you will be fully equipped to enter the profession and practice at the required levels expected on completing the course.

Our department functions within an expansive network of employers and contacts at local, national and international level, all aware of the course’s reputation for academic and professional excellence and eager to connect and collaborate with you on graduation.

Your Future

The MArch course fulfils the ARB/RIBA Part II requirements for professional accreditation, and will enable you to develop the higher level skills of design and research needed to support self-directed architectural design projects, and to shape your future career. The majority of MArch graduates secure positions in national and international design-led architectural practices.

Many of the skills developed through the programme are transferrable, including autonomous learning, critical curiosity, social responsibility and both manual and digital communication skills. The skills acquired through the course have enabled our graduates to diversify into such fields as construction, BIM, visualisation, property development, urban design, set design, project management and housing, as well as to continue into doctoral studies.

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The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is designed for graduates who wish to become professional landscape architects. The programme is accredited by the . Read more

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is designed for graduates who wish to become professional landscape architects. The programme is accredited by the Landscape Institute, offering a 2-year 'graduate entry' route for candidates from diverse backgrounds, professions and educations.

The MLA programme has a focus on design excellence, with landscape architecture projects exploring issues of cities, society and the environment. Students develop skills and knowledge in: design, history, theory, professional practice, technology, ecology, sustainability, horticulture, drawing and digital representation.

Facilities

Through your studies, you will engage fully with the digital and workshop facilities of the new Stockwell Street building in Greenwich. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with the 14 green roofs at Stockwell Street and the resources of the adjacent Royal Park in Greenwich. Examples of student work can be found on our blog, http://www.thelandscape.org.

Student backgrounds

Applicants include graduates from architecture, design, art, geography, sociology, ecology and many other disciplines. The programme attracts many applicants who are changing career or further focusing their career in the profession of Landscape Architecture.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Introduce to and advance students through the design, technical, professional, and theoretical skills of Landscape Architecture practice
  • Encourage an environment of innovation and creativity in the development of exceptional landscape architecture projects
  • Establish social, ecological and design processes as a fundamental aspect of landscape architecture

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Assessments include a design portfolio, technical reports, professional reports, theory essays, and a thesis.

Professional recognition

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programme is part of a Landscape Instituteaccredited route to becoming a fully-qualified Chartered Landscape Architect.

Careers

London is home to many leading international landscape architecture firms. Recent graduates from the University of Greenwich have successfully gained employment in the public and private sectors in London, the UK and worldwide. Many have designed and worked on extraordinary landscape projects such as the London Olympic Park, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Eden Project. Other graduates, such as Marti Franch, have established international award winning design studios.

Specialised equipment

Facilities include design studios, a model workshop, digital workshops and green roofs.



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Our. MA Urban Design course. is designed to develop your understanding of contemporary issues in urban design, planning and urbanism through sustained critical and creative engagement. Read more

Our MA Urban Design course is designed to develop your understanding of contemporary issues in urban design, planning and urbanism through sustained critical and creative engagement.

This course will develop and advance your understanding of the economic, ecological, social and political dynamics shaping the urban environment. We'll encourage you to build advanced urban design skills.

This course at UCA will help you to develop a range of strategies, tools and skills, including research methods and critical theories. The core of the curriculum is project based, supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

For part of the course you'll study alongside postgraduate students on the MA Architecture and Master of Architecture courses at our Canterbury campus.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Tuesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

Industry Partners

The Canterbury School of Architecture maintains constant contact with the architectural and planning professions. The course team is well placed to provide you with links to specific individuals, urban design practices, public institutions and professional organisations.

Our MA Urban Design course continually develops close cooperations with a variety of partners, ranging from cultural initiatives via local authorities, to public bodies and institutions with both national and international backgrounds.

Careers

MA Urban Design equips you with the essential knowledge, understanding, and intellectual and transferable skills you'll need to succeed in contemporary design practice. This is within both private and public sectors. The course will also enable you to look for a career in higher-level research and/or teaching.

Virtual Media Space

Visit our Postgraduate Virtual Media Space to find out more about our courses, see what it's like to study at UCA and gain access to our campus virtual tours.



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