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Interdisciplinary Design Strategies

This MA offers students skills in collaborative design
practice with the objective of solving prominent economic
and cultural challenges. Through the group project (over
semesters 1 + 2) and the Final Project (an individual project
in semester 3), the course provides you with a systematic
and in-depth knowledge of integrated design strategies and
how they can be applied to affect meaningful change. You
will spend one week in George Brown College in Toronto,
Canada. You will have to fund the costs for this trip.
What will I do?
− Complex Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
− Design Theory and Application
− Developing creative solutions for economic and
cultural challenges
− Work with industry partners and stakeholders on
"live projects"
− Manage and participate in national and
international charrette
− Develop interdisciplinary outcomes for services,
products and strategies

Entry requirements

This course is open to holders of an 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 the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
progress. Two references must support your application.
You may be asked to attend an interview. An online portfolio
of your work may be submitted with your application
providing the online link and access details.


15 months

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Clyde Doyle and Shirley Casey, Course Co-ordinators
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Subjects taught

Design Research, Design: Context + Theory, Design
Integration, Design: Communication, Applied Design
Development, Design: Professional Studies,
Design: Communication, International Charrette
(Toronto – 1 week), Final Project.

Application date

Application Date: 25 May 2018, 4pm.
Second round: 22 August 2018, 4pm where places are available.

Course fee


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