Critical Design Philosophy
This course is currently offered in collaboration with Creative Futures Academy (CFA). CFA is a ground-breaking partnership between: The National College of Art and Design, University College Dublin, and the Institute of Art, Design + Technology. Our tailored programmes and micro courses offer access to expertise and networks across the three leading creative institutions and our industry partners. Learn with us as we experiment, innovate and respond to change.
What is Critical Design Philosophy?
Our postgraduate certificate explores recent design history from a critical perspective and proposes new theoretical frameworks for design that are matriarchal, eco-centered, and non-anthropocentric.
The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations of design, particularly those of the Enlightenment period, and their impact on contemporary design practice, and contribution to the multiple crisis in the Anthropocene.
We will then introduce alternative design philosophies and frameworks that centre on ecological sustainability, social justice, and more-than-human perspectives.
These approaches challenge the modernist and anthropocentric assumptions that underpin traditional design practices and offer new ways of thinking about design that prioritize care, interdependence, and collective sustainment.
This course is offered within the MA in Design for Change which was developed with George Brown College in Toronto. The MA programme is now affiliated with the Brookfield Sustainability Institute which works with industry and government partners and engage, the programme also works with projects through IADT's Public Design Lab.
What will I do on the course?
Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary theories and approaches, you will critically analyse the role of design in perpetuating global crises such as environmental destruction, social inequality, and political instability.
Through a series of lectures, seminars, and independent research, you will develop a nuanced understanding of the complex relationships between design, power, and social change.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to apply these theoretical frameworks to your own design practice through a series of practical exercises and case studies.
By the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of the historical, social, and philosophical contexts of design and will be equipped with the tools to develop and apply more ethical, sustainable, and socially just design practices.
The course aims to:
• Critically analyse the philosophical foundations of design and their impact on contemporary practice.
• Examine the role of design in perpetuating global crises such as environmental destruction, social inequality, and political instability.
• Introduce alternative design philosophies and frameworks that centre on ecological sustainability, social justice, and more-human perspectives.
• Provide you with the tools to develop and apply ethical, sustainable, and socially just design practices in your own work.
Min Entry Requirements
Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level in design or a related discipline.
Applicants may also be considered provided that they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through our RPL [recognition of prior learning] process.
How do I apply?
Please complete the online application form via link below.
As part of the application, you will be required to provide a CV with details of:
Education / Qualifications,
Professional experience, and
Creative work (e.g., a link to a portfolio website).
Applications are now open
IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a submitted and complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).
Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled.
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Institute of Art, Design + Technology
Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin, Ireland, A96 KH79
5th October 2023 - 11th January 2024
Thursdays (10am – 1pm)
Classes are delivered in studio and online.