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Summer Study Abroad - Design Management

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Human-centred values, sustainability and design thinking

An intensive, immersive course where you will apply critical thinking and design research methods to a range of projects and collaborations that address social, business and environmental needs.

Summer Study Abroad: Design Management is a 3-week intensive practice-based course where you will apply critical thinking and design research methods to a range of projects and collaborations that address social, business and environmental needs.

A course with human-centred values, sustainability and design thinking at the core of subject delivery. Design thinking involves an approach to innovation and problem solving that takes into account “the needs of people, the possibilities of technology and the requirements for business success” (Tim Brown, IDEO).

With real-world multidisciplinary design projects at its core you'll work with a diverse team of industry active educators, professionals, creatives, external collaborators and visiting practitioners. See further course information below.

Learning outcomes

  • An ability to research ideas that can be developed into a business model canvas (Enquiry)
  • Experiment and evaluate methods and results (Process)
  • A knowledge of design thinking process and methods of project working (Knowledge)
  • An ability to communicate ideas and concepts through a presentation of a final project (Communication)

Mo-Ling Chui

Mo-Ling is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Design Management at London College of Communication. She is a creative director and strategist, project manager, curator and educator with 20 years experience creating, managing and delivering diverse projects internationally (China, Canada, UK).

She has worked on integrated marketing campaigns, large-scale brand activations, exhibitions and with digital products with agencies and events including the Olympic Games and World Expos.

Working with international agencies and commercial clients, Mo-Ling gained expertise in designing and managing large-scale cultural and corporate brand pavilions, mounting public participatory projects and strategically orienting brands to Chinese markets. She continues to work as a creative consultant and facilitator for companies, brands and multidisciplinary projects.

Mo-Ling graduated from London College of Printing in 2002 with an MA in Interactive Multimedia and has a BA International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia.

In her research and creative practice Mo-Ling applies ethnographic and human-centred design thinking approaches to develop cultural intelligence and social design projects. She explores themes around creativity pedagogy, emerging and future identities, diversity and diaspora.

Mo-Ling has recently presented research work at Cumulus Hong Kong 2016, Cumulus Kolding 2017 and the 2017 AIGA Design Conference “Designer of 2025” in Minneapolis, USA.

Robert Urquhart

Robert Urquhart is a Lecturer on BA (Hons) Design Management at London College of Communication. He is an editor-at-large, copywriter and strategic consultant.

Robert studied fine art before moving in to sound design, producing sound effects for animations on Channel 4 Learning. He then went on to curate an art gallery and to host music events. From there he moved into large-scale music festival production, as well as research and development for a technology start-up in London.

In 2005, Robert started writing for design magazines and working in viral advertising as a copywriter. Bringing skills in production and knowledge of design together, in 2010 Robert worked for the London Design Festival heading up the new online vision.

Since then Robert has travelled a lot, lectured, written as a freelance journalist and futurist for many of the world's leading design press, worked as a copywriter and, latterly, as a strategic consultant working with product designers and architects.

At the moment Robert is editor-at-large for Elephant Magazine, writing for and working on a new online archival product.


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Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements

Academic - You should have some prior study in design, but do not need to have studied Design Management before. If you have questions about your academic background, please email the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.