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MA Global Collaborative Design Practice

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College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
September 2021
Course length
2 years (full time)

MA Global Collaborative Design Practice pushes design practice beyond the creative industries, towards strategic, interdisciplinary roles which positively address social challenges.

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Course overview

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.

Course themes

Global

How can we understand global challenges in distinct local contexts and address them practically and/or speculatively? 

Collaborative

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?  

Design

How can design prototyping across media, material, process and culture act as a hands-on, non-textual language for iterating ideas?  

Practice

How can design evolve to practice beyond creative industries, to demonstrate new roles in addressing society's most critical challenges?

Course structure

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.

Course units

Year 1 

During year 1, project-based learning will be based around our 4 key course themes. You will assemble a body of work and set up networks beyond the course that you will draw upon in year 2. Students work on 6 units, with Camberwell and KIT leading 3 units each. Teaching is delivered to the entire cohort.

Year 2

In year 2 you will work on a major project and undertake work-based learning through internships as well as field research through voluntary community work. This off-site learning is supported and assessed. Students work on 10 units with Camberwell and KIT leading 5 each. Tuition is delivered to the entire global cohort together across 10 units with Camberwell and KIT teaching teams taking the lead on 5 units each.

Mode of study

MA Global Collaborative Design Practice is offered in full-time mode and runs for 80 weeks over 2 years. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Cross cultural exchange      
  • Design sprints   
  • Face-to-face and virtual studio 
  • Group and individual tutorials 
  • Hands on workshops 
  • Individual and collaborative projects 
  • Live studio model 
  • Local and global seminars 
  • Making and prototyping 
  • Mentor sessions 
  • Major project 
  • Multimodal communication 
  • Non-textual and non-verbal languages 
  • Off-campus work-based learning and research fieldwork 
  • Peer-to-peer exchange 
  • Presentations, crits and debates 
  • Self-directed learning 
  • Set and self-initiated projects 
  • Study trips, virtual and physical 
  • United Nations SDGs 

Assessment methods

  • Crits 
  • Design portfolios 
  • Dialogue-based summative assessment 
  • One-to-one and group tutorials 
  • Peer assessment across 2 universities 
  • Presentations 
  • Professional practitioner testimony 
  • Reports 
  • Staff assessment supported by partner institution staff 
  • Subject stakeholder testimony 
  • Symposium 

Staff

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree. Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work
  • Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

  • IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English language requirements)

Selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit recent graduates or professionals returning to education or those with backgrounds in design, in fields adjacent to design or in emerging design contexts.
 
The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
 
•    Openness to redirecting existing educational, occupational and/or life experience 
•    Appetite for working at the edge of disciplines or in spaces between disciplines
•    Motivation and sensitivity to work collaboratively and towards a social purpose
•    Commitment to the challenges and benefits of cross-cultural dialogues
•    An eagerness to reconsider the role and application of design practice 
•    Evidence of invention, prototyping, making, whether in a design context or another context
•    Experience of (or appetite for) co-design with end-users and audiences

Making your application

Portfolio advice

We look for:

A range of practical project work and/or in-depth, sustained working or life experience related to social challenges at global or local scales. This work can be within a design discipline or related discipline. This experience professional or personal.

We seek evidence of:

  • Feeling - Motivation and empathy to work towards a social purpose through processes that are cross-culture, user-centred and collaborative
  • Making - Iterative making (sketching, prototyping, hacking) leading to resolved outcomes, whether in a design context or another
  • Thinking - Strategic and speculative thinking when analysing challenges and synthesising responses
  • Hunger - Ambition to reconsider, reshape, reimagine future design practice boundaries and roles

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Apply

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Application deadline

15 March 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.


Fees and funding

Home fee

£5,870 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£14,725 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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