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Design & Environment (MA)


Course Description

The MA in Design and Environment addresses the intersection of design and environmental issues from the perspectives of both theory and practice-based study- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-design-environment/

The MA considers design's relationship to, and impact upon, our environment from a holistic perspective. Drawing on more conventional ideas of green material culture, we investigate philosophies, theories and practice concerned with sustainability and ecology to produce new social and cultural contexts for environmental design.

We therefore welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines to create projects and undertake research that contributes to reinvigorated definitions of 'green design'.

In distinction to other programmes in the area, the programme undertakes an intensive inquiry into environmental discourses and practices, and maintains that such an inquiry enables creative projects that would not be possible in other contexts.

Challenge existing theory and practice

In this sense, the MA establishes a critical-creative setting in which you can challenge existing theory and practice and explore ways to expand your own research and practice.

Develop your practice

The MA is transdisciplinary in focus, and offers you the opportunity to develop a specific design practice or area of research at Masters level in relation to environment topics.

Students may have training in design, arts, architecture and landscape architecture. In addition, the programme offers a thesis pathway option, which may be suitable for applicants with training in cultural and social theory, environmental studies, and geography.

The MA helps you to:

-develop a systematic understanding of relationships and connections between design and environment, as informed by both theory and practice
-develop reflective abilities through exploring new practices and discourses in design and environment
-review methods and processes used in design and environment practice and research
-research, explore and extend understanding of sustainable practices and their social impact in design and related fields
-develop new approaches and skills to a high level to inform and develop practical and intellectual domains of professional work

Depending on their area of focus, graduates from the programme will also develop strong conceptual and critical design skills alongside a broad range of transferable skills in areas such as project management, creative facilitation, research methods, and also a working understanding of contemporary environmental topics in relation to creative practice.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Duncan Fairfax.

Modules & Structure

The MA in Environment and Design is structured around core modules, options modules and a major project.

Design and Environment- 30 credits
Researching Design and Environment- 30 credits

You can also choose from a number of option modules that have been planned in collaboration with other MA programmes within the Department of Design.

Option modules include:
Design Ecologies
Technonatures
Materialities
Sustainability

The core and option modules allow students to develop understandings and expertise that they can draw together and utilise in their final project.

The final project will enable students to engage in a significant research undertaking in a context of their choosing that will inform understandings of design and environment.

The project can be undertaken as either practice-based research supported by theory or theory-based research supported by inquiries into practice.

The MA in Environment and Design is structured around core modules, options modules and a major project.

Final project

The core and option modules allow you to develop understandings and expertise that you can draw together and utilise in you final project.

The final project will enable students to engage in a significant research undertaking in a context of your choosing that will inform understandings of design and environment.

The project can be undertaken as either practice-based research supported by theory or theory-based research supported by inquiries into practice.

Assessment

Assessment is through peer review, tutor appraisal, student self-evaluation and student-tutor consultation. The assessment may be both formal and informal. In discussions through seminars and tutorials, tutors and students will be able to assess learning through process to final outcome. Depending on a student’s focus, the outcomes may consist of essays, design work, portfolios, and formal presentations.

Skills

You will develop strong conceptual and critical design skills alongside a broad range of transferable skills in areas such as project management, creative facilitation, research methods, and a working understanding of contemporary environmental topics in relation to creative practice.

Careers

We produce graduates of consistently high calibre, including many who have become leaders in the creative industries of a number of countries, including China, Japan and Korea.

Our students have won numerous awards (including UK Young Designer of the Year and Eco-Designer of the Year) and their shows have attracted positive attention in the media and achieved great acclaim in the design community.

A number of graduates are now working in top London design consultancies (Fitch, Thomas Heatherwick Studios, Imagination, Pentagram) and major UK companies (John Lewis Partnership, Eden Project, Harvey Nichols).

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Design & Environment (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Jordan Dalladay-Simpson

118.gif Being at Goldsmiths has been a creative awakening for me. I have had the freedom to think, and encouragement to embrace deeply tentative and problematic issues within my practice and discipline which would be impossible within the design industry. From engaging with ethics to philosophy, Goldsmiths has really allowed me to develop a deep understanding of design, both as practice and as possibilities. The department encourages interdisciplinary thinking and practice. Firstly, by approaching ‘design’ as a unified mode of practice (unlike the increasing specialisation within the creative industries, e.g. ‘graphics’, ‘product’, ‘interior’), liberating it from otherwise predefined outcomes, a priori to any brief given. Secondly, we have been encouraged to look to the boundaries of our practice and beyond, taking influences from recently emerging debates within philosophy, physical sciences and social sciences to name a few. This freedom has allowed me to grow both as a person and as a researcher, as well as dovetailing those two parts firmly together.

If you want to ask some difficult questions, embrace the reasons of why you do what you do, meet some fantastic people, or challenge how you perceive design, then this is the place for you!


(Scholarship)

Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
Brazil
Colombia
China
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.

As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.

For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/scholarships-2016/


(Scholarship)

Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/scholarships-2016/


(Scholarship)

The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Please see website for more details

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/scholarships-2016/



Entry Requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Design, Architecture, Art, Geography, Sociology, Cultural Studies or a related field. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).

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