Interdisciplinary Design Strategies

Our Interdisciplinary Design Strategies MA aims to give designers and non-designers alike an in-depth knowledge of integrated design strategies and the skills to leverage design in the pursuit of organisational change and sustainable innovation.

The programme offers powerful, collaborative design skills which our graduates utilise to achieve co-created solutions which engage everyone and forge progressive change in individuals and communities.

Students are introduced to the latest developments in design theory and practice, and through project based learning, collaboration with our partners at the Institute without Boundaries and real client engagement they learn to apply the transformative capacity of design.

The programme responds to the great challenges of the present and future; economic, cultural and ecological. All require strategic approach to design and problem solving and this programme offers a dynamic new way of engaging those challenges creatively, purposefully and responsibly.

What will I be doing?
• Complex Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
• Developing creative solutions for economic and cultural challenges.
• Working with industry partners and stakeholders on "live projects".
• Manage and participate in national & international charrettes.
• Develop interdisciplinary outcomes for services, products & strategies.

In term two the MA students and faculty will travel to Canada to participate in the Toronto International Charrette. This is an annual Institute Without Boundaries event that brings together 200 plus students, faculty and industry experts from organisations around the world. The goal of each charrette will be for participants to design detailed project proposals that respond to the major themes of the current Institute Without Boundaries major project.

This course is developed and delivered in collaboration with the Institute Without Boundaries / George Brown College, Canada.

Entry requirements

Min Entry Requirements
Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.

Applicants may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through our RPL (recognition of prior learning) process.

Some prior experience in a cognate discipline is desirable.

Advanced Entry Requirements
Entry to an advanced stage of the MA Programme is available via two pathways
(i) Successful candidates of approved Access/Feeder Programmes (AFPs).
(ii) Applicants may be considered for advanced entry through a combination of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and relevant Industry Experience in the discipline area.

Please contact IADT Admissions for further information on advanced entry.

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
An international collaboration, developed by two established centres of excellence, the curriculum is carefully crafted to allow students to both learn and apply models and theories of design strategy using real case studies with global significance. Throughout the process, students have on-going access to a large list of industry professionals, expert advisors, and faculty.

Modules include:
• Interdisciplinary Research Methods
• Applied Design
• Design: Context and Theory
• Integrated Design Strategies
• Communication Design
• Professional Studies
• Major Project


3 Semesters over 14 months

Semesters 1 - 2: Sep 2019-May 2020.
Semester 3: Sep 2020-Jan 2021

1 full day + 1 evening per week.


Fees IE/EU Students: €6,000
Fees International Students: €16,000

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Future careers
Graduates will be prepared to work independently or as a partner at a strategic level across a broad range of sectors. Typical pathways include traditional design studios; technology sector (product development teams); professional services; non-for profits; government and private organisations, cultural institutions or their own enterprise or consulting service.

Areas of specialisation areas include; service design, communication design, planning, architecture, design strategy, project management, research and entrepreneurship in a variety of local and global enterprises.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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