MDES Design Innovation & Environmental Design

This newly launched programme focuses on the developing role of the designer in the context of the environment. In recent decades, our experience of space and place has been radically transformed. Across the globe, populations are on the move, with people traveling further and more frequently than at any point in history.

Alongside this, the expansion of digital technology has led to novel forms of environmental interaction. We have more opportunities than ever to explore and communicate with the wider world. As societies shift and adapt, the meaning of place and community are being redefined, presenting designers with an exciting range of possibilities and challenges.

Design for the future
Throughout this pioneering programme, we use design to explore our experience of the physical and cultural landscape so that we can reimagine the potential and possibilities of places and communities. You will learn tools and processes essential in responding to the needs of particular demographics and environments.

Teaching staff
Our staff hold expertise in architecture, visual communication, product design, heritage studies and human geography. Through their guidance, students are encouraged to explore their personal motivations, which, for example, might relate to community development, design for sustainability, place-making or wayfinding.

Course structure
The programme is based in Glasgow and centres on collaborative, multi-disciplinary group work, undertaken in an open studio space. There may also be opportunities to study at the GSA’s Highlands and Islands Campus. Students are supported by regular tutorials and review sessions, as well as numerous workshops and lectures. Key areas of learning will include: the application of participatory and human-centred research methods in real world settings; the appropriate communication of design outcomes; and the ability to articulate of the role of the designer as an agent of change.

An international studio
Students benefit from strong links with other academic institutions across Europe and internationally (USA, India and China). The course is taught in a truly collaborative studio setting that brings together students from around the world, e.g. UK, China, India, South Korea, Japan and South America.

Our international links provide an opportunity to gain experience that is relevant on a global platform. You will experience our annual Winter School, which is a collaboration with students and faculty from schools such as The Royal Academy of Art & Design (Copenhagen) and KISD (Køln), while participants from Japan and the USA may also feature.

Career Destinations
It is expected that graduates of the programme will be able to operate across a range of disciplines. Immediate possibilities include positions in UX design, wayfinding design, event design and urban planning. Others may wish to continue careers in architecture or engineering. Through the programme’s emphasis on innovation and the exploration of preferable future scenarios, our alumni are well equipped to make a significant and lasting contribution to the field of environmental design.

Programme Director
Dr. Gordon Hush
Programme Leader
Don McIntyre
Programme Co-ordinator
Dr. Iain Reid
Studio Leader
Elio Caccavale & Dr. Brian Dixon
Studio Tutor
Dr. Brian Dixon & Dr. George Jaramillo

How to Apply

More information about this course is available onThe Glasgow School of Art’s website.

Further information on applying to the Graduate School is available from registry@gsa.ac.uk