The Masters in Design Innovation & Citizenship at The Glasgow School of Art explores the relationship between design practice and contemporary society and encourages a design-led critique of the present. The programme asks design practitioners to step beyond their traditional professional and occupational roles and consider the broader application of design practices to formulate and articulate social change.
In challenging the purpose, methods and ambitions of current design practice, you will identify opportunities for new design activities, pioneer innovative forms of engagement and collaborate with citizens to generate responses to emerging political issues and social phenomena. Citizenship means being part of a community with the power and capabilities to enact change when needed. We look at ways of supporting people to take control of circumstances and processes that directly affect their everyday lives with the application of ‘thinking through design’.
Graduates of Design Innovation & Citizenship will deploy their creative capacity beyond the world of consultancy or in-house design, embracing challenges within areas as diverse as public policy, private sector enterprise, citizen or social advocacy, public sector service provision, social enterprise and/or the voluntary sector.