MA Global Collaborative Design Practice uses project-based methods and contexts to interpret global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) from different local standpoints.
The UN SDGs are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
The course is co-designed and co-hosted by Camberwell College of Arts in London, UK and Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) in Kyoto, Japan. Students interact between the 2 cities throughout the programme and receive 2 Master's Degrees upon graduation. Applicants are welcome from all design disciplines and from fields and roles that overlap with design.
The design process is used as a common language to bring together, test, communicate and implement ideas. By working in cross-cultural, multidisciplinary teams the course helps you develop the sensibility and tools for international design practice.
What to expect
The 2 cohorts, one based in London and the other in Kyoto, share a programme of study. You will interact in person and remotely as one group. This extended studio and community spans disciplines, distance and cultures to develop creative responses to 4 core themes and questions underpinning the course.
How can we understand global challenges in distinct local contexts and address them practically and/or speculatively?
How can sensitivity and inventiveness bridge cultures? How can they help us communicate in diverse teams and prompt new models of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning?
How can design prototyping across media, material, process and culture act as a hands-on, non-textual language for iterating ideas?
How can design evolve to practice beyond creative industries, to demonstrate new roles in addressing society's most critical challenges?
In the first year of study the course is structured to emphasise each of these 4 themes through project based learning. In the second year, these themes help students focus and locate future practice through a final major project underpinned by work-based learning and immersive fieldwork.
Students engage with the course on global and local scales, using UN SDGs as a framework. Interactions between London and Kyoto serve as a localised comparative mechanism.
The course will operate from a dedicated joint studio space. This is an active learning environment and community, which exists physically in both London and Kyoto and digitally in between. This studio is key to our practice-led approach to designing and learning as a community.
Students from each location will meet at the beginning of each academic year for intensive face-to face collaboration before interacting remotely as a global collective from Camberwell and Kyoto.
By using various modes of interaction and forms of practical and speculative design, students establish the fundamentals of their own flexible future practice in different cross-cultural and interdisciplinary roles and contexts.