Phase 1: Exploring Emergent Design Contexts and Practices
In the first phase of the course you will address emergent design practices and issues by selecting one of the following 3 themes:
- Proximities and Encounters - The focus of this theme is on users, spaces of experience and interaction. You will look at how people's behaviour is evolving as a result of changing relationships to community, environment and policy
- Mobilising the Studio - This theme will explore discourses and practices around co-created knowledge as a result of designers becoming mobile. We use the word mobile both in a physical and an intellectual sense. By physical we mean activities for shared knowledge and skills. The intellectual is about looking at the renewed definition of interdisciplinary practice.
- Materiality and the Post Real - This theme will explore a wide range of interpretations of materiality. It will also look at ways in which its’ meaning is formed through practices of graphic design communication
Once you have selected one of the themes you will organise yourselves into groups. In these groups you will share knowledge, test responses and grow creative ideas and practices in response to set briefs and tasks.
You will learn how to use methods of analysis and experimentation to assemble your own findings and responses. This will lead to a defined position for a personal project.
This introduction to the course brings into focus different components of a design framework. They are critical context, conceptual enquiry and advanced practice.
Phase 2: Initiating a Framework for Design Enquiry and Practice
At this stage you will start to work on your individual major project proposal.
You will work on studio practice, reflective writing, prototyping, display and demonstration. As well as this you will occupy and perform within spaces beyond the college. This will allow you to begin to combine your own intellectual and creative experiences with the knowledge of other experts.
This part of the course also includes a short external residency at various cultural centres in London. The residency should inspire intellectual and physical interaction with existing and emerging bodies of knowledge and sites of practice.
This aims to create a relevant and engaging mode of professional practice. It also encourages excellence in practice-based research.
Phase 3: Innovating Modes of Communication and Dissemination
You will use the final stage of the course to learn how to refine your project outcomes in relation to a specific audience.
You will learn how to differentiate between the terms -communication, engagement, interaction and participation. You will find inventive ways to involve these in the final form and behaviour of your work.
Building upon the international context of the subject area you will also experiment with remote and local platforms for publishing, distribution and intervention.
Learning and teaching methods
- Exhibition tutorials
- General theory forum lectures
- Independent research
- Individual and group tutorials
- Research methodology workshops
- Technical support and courses
- Essays, reports and dissertation
- Final show examination
- Peer assessment
- Student self-evaluation
- Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews