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Course Overview

Redefine the way we live, the way we work and how we perceive the world through design-led innovation. Work in a dynamic, fast-paced and creative environment on a wide range of in-house, commercial and social projects. Enhance your creative, innovative skills and knowledge. Graduate well-suited for employment in collaborative and creative industries.

This exciting course will equip you with skills and knowledge in design thinking and strategic innovation. In a world where organisations are having to adapt faster than ever in order to survive, MA Applied Innovation offers great potential for opening doors to fascinating and rewarding jobs.

From day one of the course you’ll explore systematic processes for innovation, design and evaluation. Working partly in a design studio, you’ll develop your own prototypes and concepts, gaining hands-on experience of sustainable and holistic approaches. You’ll work both individually and as part of a team, and you’ll be taught by a unique mix of the University’s arts and creative and business and management academics.

Course Content

Modules on this course include:

Module 1 - Ideation Studio
This module is all about ideas and Design Thinking. What are ideas and where do they come from? How do you improve skills at generating them? What makes a good idea?

Module 2 - DFX (Design for X)
This module follows the ideas, concepts and processes generated from the Ideation Studio module. You'll work predominantly in the Design Studio and/or Workshops and together with staff, further explore and develop your innovations with a view to creating prototypes/concepts for further practical evaluation and customer/user feedback.

Module 3 - Innovation Leadership
This module deals with multidisciplinary team dynamics and the management and leadership of innovation projects and considers new product development, services and processes and non-commercial projects seeking positive social benefit and change.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, demonstrations, tutorials, sketchbooks, independent study, field trips and work-based learning. The majority of work will be practical studio-based design work, and will develop the kinds of techniques that are most widely used in the creative industries and business for ideation, design thinking and strategic innovation.

To keep up-to-date with current professional practice, some new processes and applications may continue to be introduced even in the later stages of the programme, where this is appropriate to the learning outcomes of modules.

Facilities & location

Our Priestman Building provides well-equipped facilities and industry-standard design software so it's easy to make a seamless transition from your studies to the workplace.

Facilities you’ll have access to include:

Mac and Cintiq suites
3D printing and Scanning
Virtual Reality Systems
Motion Capture Systems
Photography and video equipment
Virtual learning Environment

Visit the Applied Innovation - MA page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!




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