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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.

Associate lecturers

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

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

*          An honours degree in a relevant design subject area OR

*          An equivalent EU / international qualification

AND normally at least one year of professional experience.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. 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

*          OR 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

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria. These criteria are assessed through a review of the Personal Statement, Portfolio and Interview. Interviews are only arranged on the basis that the portfolio demonstrates the applicant’s ability to skilfully generate and communicate a range of ideas addressing problems relevant to the discipline of biodesign.

  • Demonstrate that your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of MA Biodesign (Personal Statement/Interview)
  • You can demonstrate the necessary skill and fluency in your own design thinking and processes to benefit from the course (Portfolio review/Personal Statement/Interview)
  • You can demonstrate a strong personal commitment to sustainable change and an ability to articulate and reflect on issues relating to sustainability (Portfolio review/Personal Statement/Interview).

What we are looking for

We are looking for people who are personally committed to contributing to sustainable change through their own design practice and who are excited about the potential of biodesign practices to contribute to this. Successful applicants will be able to embrace iterative, speculative and experimental approaches to developing biodesign practices and will relish the opportunity to articulate and debate how their work can contribute to the wider issues relating to sustainability.

Making your application

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all 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 tell the University as soon as possible.   This helps us to plan the right support and adjustments for you during the admissions process and before you arrive. Please contact the University Disability Service to discuss your disability and support needs. (All enquiries are treated confidentially.)

Email: disability@arts.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6156.

To find out more, please visit our disability support webpage.

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.

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Start your application now

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

You will need to submit a short statement about why you want to study MA Biodesign. This gives us a clear sense of your interests and your suitability for our course.

Here are some tips for what should include:

  • Please give your reasons for applying to this course
  • Please provide details of your particular subject interests, relevant experience or abilities
  • Provide details of your engagement with sustainable issues and debates in your educational and professional experience to date and describe how these have informed your design process.
  • Describe what you wish to achieve on the course, and how you intend to use the experience to advance your career aspirations?

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

To guarantee consideration you must apply in full by 15 April 2019.

The application schedule for this course is as follows:

Apply in full by 15 April 2019

Submit an online portfolio 22 April 2019

Interviews take place during April and May 2019

Final application outcome by 10 June 2019

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.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Start your application now

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

You will need to submit a short statement about why you want to study MA Biodesign. This gives us a clear sense of your interests and your suitability for our course.

Here are some tips for what should include:

  • Please give your reasons for applying to this course
  • Please provide details of your particular subject interests, relevant experience or abilities
  • Provide details of your engagement with sustainable issues and debates in your educational and professional experience to date and describe how these have informed your design process.
  • Describe what you wish to achieve on the course, and how you intend to use the experience to advance your career aspirations?

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

To guarantee consideration you must apply in full by 15 April 2019.

The application schedule for this course is as follows:

Apply in full by 15 April 2019

Submit an online portfolio 22 April 2019

Interviews take place during April and May 2019

Final application outcome by 10 June 2019


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents or book an audition, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

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 portfolio through the UAL Portal.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be up to 20 pages and demonstrate that:

  • You have the necessary skill and fluency in your own design thinking and processes to benefit from the course
  • You have a strong personal commitment to sustainable change and an ability to articulate and reflect on issues relating to sustainability

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

Interview

Applicants who are invited to interview may be interviewed either in person or by skype.

In addition to the skills demonstrated in the portfolio and in the written statement, the applicant’s potential ability will be assessed using the following criteria during the interview:

  • Demonstrate that your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of MA Biodesign (Personal Statement/Interview)
  • You can demonstrate the necessary skill and fluency in your own design thinking and processes to benefit from the course (Portfolio review/Personal Statement/Interview)
  • You can demonstrate a strong personal commitment to sustainable change and an ability to articulate and reflect on issues relating to sustainability (Portfolio review/Personal Statement/Interview).

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2019/20: £6,265 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use this register your interest form.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2019/20: £14,305 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

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