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  • Design Without Borders: A Multi-Everything Masters

Stevens, John, 2015, Conference or Workshop, Design Without Borders: A Multi-Everything Masters at 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers, Chicago, USA, June 2015.

Abstract or Description:

Design is increasingly a global activity: addressing issues that challenge and affect people and populations other than our own, involving stakeholders from many cultures, realized through borderless networks of knowledge, services, materials, manufacturing and distribution. There is an appetite among graduates, especially in design and engineering, to broaden horizons and raise ambitions, to tackle big issues through innovation to bring about life-changing or world-changing impact. Employers demand such thinkers and doers: culturally attuned, multidisciplinary and T-shaped, unafraid to shake things up.
In 2013, twelve postgraduates embarked on a new joint Masters course in London; students from eight different nations, studying together in three capital cities over two years. This programme is a collaboration between four centres of academic excellence in UK, USA and Japan; these students soon become its first graduating cohort, having experienced differing teaching styles, perspectives and specialisms around design, technology and innovation from four world-class institutions; immersion in three very different cultures; collaboration with students and faculty from many diverse disciplines and cultures; forming friendships and networks spanning the globe.
This paper outlines the rationale and philosophy of the course, the challenges in its realisation and development so far, and its likely future evolution.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Other > Education > X300 Academic studies in Education > X340 Academic studies in Tertiary Education
School or Centre: School of Design
Copyright Holders: Aalto University, DRS, Cumulus, DESIGN-ED and the Authors
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 13:44
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 13:44
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1797

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