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MA Biodesign

College
CSM
Start date
September 2019
Course length
2 years

Course summary

Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

MA Biodesign explores the intersection of design and biological sciences as a catalyst for sustainable innovation.

This research-led two year Masters degree integrates biomimicry and principles of biology into design practice, to grow a new breed of designers that can lead the way developing better sustainable futures. Our biodesigners will work in the context of the emerging bio-circular economy to articulate alternative and innovative new design propositions that can redefine what and how we design and make in the future.

The course will introduce designers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to biomimicry principles, biofabrication techniques, biological systems, and to synthetic biology protocols that can be applied to designing new sustainable materials, products, services or systems.

“I am delighted that Central Saint Martins is leading the way by setting up this groundbreaking MA in Biodesign. This builds on the College’s long-standing reputation for using design to intervene in other disciplines and producing innovative hybrid outcomes. The Central Saint Martins MA Biodesign will develop a rigorous practice-led research approach, equipping students with a range of skills and processes. I am confident that the graduates from the course will emerge as pioneers in this developing field.”

Professor Jeremy Till
Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, University of the Arts London

Great reasons to apply

  • MA Biodesign is a unique interdisciplinary design programme dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sustainable design via biomimicry and biological sciences
  • The course team includes a dedicated lecturer specialising in biology and biomimicry
  • Our research-driven curriculum benefits from the Central Saint Martins Design and Living Systems Lab international scientific and biodesign network
  • The course combines the creative, disruptive and experimental culture of Central Saint Martins with a rigorous scientific curriculum to create innovative sustainable design proposals.

Open Days

Open days will be announced soon. Please check back on this page or register your interest for updates.

Course details

MA Biodesign is currently subject to validation. More information about the course content, teaching staff and how to apply will be available soon.

“Biodesign is one of the most exciting and promising fields which can help us address fundamental environmental issues. We need more designers to engage with this hybrid practice to drive sustainable innovation.”

Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, Director Design and Living Systems Lab, Central Saint Martins, UAL.

Biodesign as a driver for sustainability

The ethos of the course is to learn from nature and to collaborate with living systems to revisit our approach to design and manufacture, be it in the context of textiles, jewellery, fashion, architecture or product design. The course does not foster a speculative design approach but rather a creative-led appropriation of biological dynamic properties applied to contemporary products and services. By hybridising design methods with biology protocols, our students learn to develop a new and original practice fundamentally inscribed with sustainability.

Experimentation and prototyping as research tools

We promote a rigorous practice-led approach to research, whereby students will develop new insights and alternative ecological propositions through making and designing.

Course units

Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Staff listing

Carole Collet

MA Biodesign is currently subject to validation. More information about the course content, teaching staff and how to apply will be available soon.

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How to apply

Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.


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What we look for

The course will introduce designers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to biomimicry principles, biofabrication techniques, biological systems, and to synthetic biology protocols that can be applied to designing new sustainable materials, products, services or systems.

What happens next

Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

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Please note that MA BioDesign is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which the university develops new courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

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