Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:
- Sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in a specialist subject area to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and have an academic or professional background in design for social innovation
- A willingness to work as a team player, excellent language skills in speaking, reading and writing, the ability to work independently/be self-motivated and work collaboratively.
- A proactive team attitude, with strong communication skills and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
- Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for design as place of social transformation and capacity for research-led design, intellectual inquiry and reflective thought through: contextual awareness (professional, cultural, social, historical, environmental); evidence of investigation, analysis, development and evaluation (from previous academic study and/or employment) and a grounded understanding of the world of design cultures and be able to engage in and contribute to critical discussion.
- Via the ‘Personal Statement’ – a curiosity to explore responsible and ethical design practice in order to transform society and enable sustainable futures.
- Via the ‘Portfolio’ – creative and research-based projects, that show problem-solving, experimentation and making processes.
Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.
Personal statement advice
Your statement should be 500 words
Please say why you are applying for this course, in particular giving examples of your enthusiasm for, and inquiry into, ‘design as an agent of transformative change’.
Your personal statement should also outline relevant prior experience (design or otherwise) demonstrating current knowledge of social innovation and socially focused design developments and discourses.
Ensure that your personal statement is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes.
It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.
Portfolio and interview advice
All applicants will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio of work, which includes maximum of six projects (10-20 images) with supporting material – demonstrating creativity, research and working process as well as the final outcome.
- Examples of creative work (visual and written).
- Evidence of developmental research and process competencies.
- Evidence of personal areas of interest in the field of sustainability and social innovation.
If you have links to web projects or other media, please note these in your CV.
Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview conducted by the course team before a place can be offered. Interviews will take place at LCC, or via Skype/telephone.
Deferring an offer
If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.
Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2020/21)
Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.
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