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The Master of European Design (MEDes) is a unique programme created by the Innovation School in partnership with other eminent European institutions. The course sets the school's trans-disciplinary approach to product design in an international context, providing an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in different cultures and experience alternative approaches that will inform your future practice.

You will explore complex social, ethical and environmental issues as subjects for design projects, and learn how to apply research methods and analytical skills from the social sciences in order to ensure your designs respond to the needs of the people who will use and be affected by them.

Through a programme of studio-based learning and live projects, you will acquire a wide range of visualisation, communication and material-making skills that will enable you to bring together user insights, expert input and ethnographic information to drive the design and innovation process. You will also be offered languages teaching as part of the programme's international outlook.

The MEDes pathway shares its first two years with the BDes programme, at which point you can choose which of the two directions best suits your academic objectives. MEDes students spend the following two years studying abroad in two different European schools, before returning to Glasgow for the final year.

Our Approach

The Innovation School is a community of designers and academics who operate within a wider network to deliver Design Innovation in a real-world context. We create a platform for collaboration by organising live projects with businesses and local communities, as well as public and private sector partners. Our studio-based approach to design and research results in a vibrant creative environment that supports various forms of interaction between faculty and students.

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Graduate Destinations

Innovation School graduates go on to work in a variety of different roles for a diverse mix of employers and organisations, including the NHS, Google, Facebook, Intel and the BBC. Others continue into further study or set up their own businesses. They are particularly sought after by financial institutions, charities, healthcare providers and government, as they are well equipped to develop and implement transformative processes that can improve how these organisations operate.

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