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Postgraduate

MA Regenerative Design


College
Central Saint Martins
Start date
September 2022
Course length
Two years (60 weeks)
Extended full-time

Sustainability is not enough: MA Regenerative Design goes further, helping you to develop your creative practice for a more-than-human world.

Please note this course 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.

This course equips you to place biodiversity, climate, cultural and socio-economic equity at the heart of your work. This course is part of the Jewellery, Textiles and Materials programme.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

    A living systems approach: You will learn how to adopt living system thinking and deep ecology principles in your practice to design at the service of the regeneration of earth’s systems and communities.

    Hybrid and interdisciplinary expertise: The core course team consists of a designer, an ecologist and a cultural anthropologist.

    Situated learning: The course is online and “ultra-local”. You will be embedded within your home biosphere and community to develop a locally specific regenerative design project.

    Action research: You will learn to design for a more-than-human world through an individual, localised and bespoke action research project that integrates multi-species thinking.

    Ethical and holistic principles: This course focuses on holistic and ethical skillsets to work with ecological restoration, indigenous knowledges and local communities.

Course overview

In the context of a fast-accelerating climate and biodiversity emergency, sustainable design is not enough. To date, the integration of environmental considerations in the design process has largely focused on more efficient use of natural resources or the reduction of our environmental impact. Regenerative design goes further to restore and replenish what human activities have radically deteriorated.

With a fast-expanding human population, one million species at risk of extinction and a looming global climate shift, we need to transition towards a new culture of repair. Regenerative design is a rising discipline that incorporates principles of deep ecology and living system thinking and a fundamental understanding of planetary health to develop new design propositions that can help empower communities and restore our biodiversity and climate. Instead of perpetuating an anthropocentric mindset which leads to the depletion of our underlying life-support systems, regenerative design goes beyond sustainable and circular design principles to actively promote a multi-species approach in which humans and non-humans co-habit holistically.

On this course you will be part of an online community of designers studying from their local contexts. You will develop an action research project to help restore your local biosphere considering endemic cultures, indigenous voices and socio-cultural tenets.

Students on this course come from a range of craft and design backgrounds and you will learn how to recalibrate your practice through a regenerative lens whether you are in an urban or rural context.

Design questions addressed through the teaching and curriculum include:

  • How does multi-species thinking manifest in design? How do we create objects, services or systems for a more-than-human world?
  • How do we translate permaculture principles into life-enhancing design at the service of planetary health?
  • How do we design to restore our biodiversity and climate while empowering local communities?
  • Can design be a pivotal agent of change for an interconnected decarbonisation, decolonisation and de-extinction agenda? 
  • What can design learn from cultural anthropology to adopt new locally and culturally specific regenerative models?

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Course dates

Autumn term
Monday 26 September 2022 – Friday 9 December 2022
Spring term
Monday 9 January 2023 – Friday 17 March 2023

Summer term
Monday 17 April 2023 – Friday 23 June 2023

Course units

The course is online and builds on an integrated mode of learning where the knowledge acquired in one unit provides the foundation for the learning in the next. Annual knowledge-gathering sprints will bring the student community together to exchange, share and help build an online community.

Unit 2 is designed as an elective unit to broaden access to the wider postgraduate community through interdisciplinary group and work addressing themed global ecological challenges.

Unit 1: Design for Life

Living Systems Approach to Design 

In order to reach beyond the limitations and pitfalls of sustainable design, we need to shift how, what and why we design. Informed by deep ecology principles, living system thinking and scenarios for regenerative cultures, this unit deconstructs prior learning. It challenges you to re-evaluate your design practice with radical new lenses that embody living systems thinking and places biodiversity, climate, cultural and socio-economic equity at the heart of your creative process.

By integrating knowledge, tools and methodologies from the fields of ecology and cultural anthropology, this unit will enable you to build the foundations of a holistic and regenerative design practice. The unit starts with a three-day workshop to build an online cohort dynamic by sharing cultural values, design tales and backgrounds as well as introduce the course ethos.

The unit comprises a series of short design briefs combined with lectures, seminars, tutorials, group critiques and workshops. These design briefs will provide a creative canvas for you to experiment with new knowledge informed by planetary boundaries, permaculture, regenerative systems, biodiversity framework, climate research and science-based targets, nature conservation and rewilding, international frameworks and governance, cultural anthropology, decolonisation and indigenous methodologies, holism and ethics of care.

Unit 2 (Elective): Design with Permaculture Principles 

Translating permaculture principles in design to address planetary challenges

This unit is shared with other postgraduate courses at Central Saint Martins. You will work in interdisciplinary groups to respond to a global planetary challenge via a regenerative design lens. The challenge will be identified on an annual basis and the unit will start with a workshop to present and frame the design challenge.  

Unit 3: Design for and with your local biosphere 

Place-based action research   

In this unit you will research and develop an individual regenerative design brief related to your local biosphere and community via an action research project. You will explore how to adopt a multi-species approach to design where humans and non-humans can co-habit holistically. You will use living system thinking tools to frame a pertinent research question, establish a relevant network of stakeholders and develop experimental design work.  

This unit will include lectures and seminars on ecological, anthropological and design research tools, ethics, as well as new economic frameworks and business models (for example doughnut economics and the circular economy). 

At the end of this unit you will present your research proposal, situate your action research (including rationale, research methodology and stakeholder cartography) and map out the regenerative blueprint for your design practice in terms of biodiversity, climate and communties.

Unit 4: Design for regenerative futures  

Regenerative design development and conclusions, evaluation and legacy  

In this concluding unit, you will use the research and outcomes produced in Unit 3 as a platform to develop a well-resolved final regenerative design project. You will also evaluate and forecast the holistic impact and regenerative legacy of your project in terms of planetary care.

The unit will start with a knowledge-gathering sprint when students will come together for a three-day online workshop to share the outcomes of Unit 3, map regional knowledge for regeneraative design and generate a world view of key stakeholders based on their individual research and development. At the end of this Unit, you will submit an annotated design portfolio and a project presentation at an online public symposium.

Mode of Study 

MA Regenerative Design is offered in extended full-time mode which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years. The course is delivered entirely online. You will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.  

The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue studies, while also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. 

Credit and Award Requirements

The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.   

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).   

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.   

If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.  

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures 
  • Knowledge-gathering seminars  
  • Design workshops  
  • Learning sprints  
  • Technical demonstrations  
  • Tutorials  
  • Group critiques   
  • Independent study

Because of the online delivery mode, applicants will need to have access to:

  • A recent computer with an IT system and web browser. 
  • A reliable broadband connection (slow internet connection can affect the learner experience, especially during a live session in a virtual classroom. A cable connection is the most reliable). 
  • Webcam, microphone and headphones. 
  • Connectivity on the course and between students will be further supported by postal exchange and low bandwidth online platforms. 
  • On this course there is a strong emphasis on using digital tools to support and sustain continuous online learning and community building (Padlet, Workflow, Teams Discord, as well as encrypted communication apps such as Telegram).  

In addition to the UAL Creative Attributes, formative assessments will encourage skills such as creative risk-taking, independent enquiry, effective negotiation skills, as well as critical, ecological and civic engagement. We also recognise that empathy and the ability to listen are key attributes when developing meaningful relationships with community stakeholders, with each other, and with other species.  

The underlying pedagogy of the course will take into consideration staff and students well-being and balance online learning with offline creative and self-directed modes of study. 

Assessment methods

This course will integrate formative and summative assessments in each unit. All assessment will be online. 

  • Document submission 
  • Online presentations  
  • Group critiques
  • Peer assessment 
  • Self-assessment.

Whilst Professor Carole Collet is the course founder and will be involved in some teaching on the course, we will be appointing a whole new course team shortly. This will include a course leader (designer), an ecologist and an anthropologist.

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

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.

AP(E)L –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

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • Personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of MA Regenerative Design (interview, personal statement)
  • Evidence of your ecological and civic commitment to planet justice and social equity (both as a designer and as a citizen of Earth) (interview, personal statement)
  • Strong creative design and technical skills, excellent visual presentation and communication skills and a clear ability to develop self-directed creative briefs (portfolio)
  • The ability to discuss your portfolio demonstrating a critical perspective of your work with a clear understanding of your design context and an engagement with global and local issues that affect your industry/craft practice
  • A commitment to experiment and explore new creative avenues, new schools of thoughts and the ability to engage with a range of online learning tools and learning materials (interview, personal statement)

Interviews are only arranged on the basis that the Portfolio demonstrates the applicant’s ability to skilfully generate and communicate strong design concepts and sophisticated, informed and well-resolved design outputs.

We are looking for people who are ecologically-driven and personally committed to use their creative skillsets to develop an ethical, holistic and design-led regenerative project bespoke to their home region.

Making your application

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.

Deferred entry

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

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 Central Saint Martins, 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.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Start your application now

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, preferred 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 Regenerative Design. 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 the information above.

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 / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

There are 2 rounds of applications for postgraduate courses at UAL. This is to make sure we can consider all applications fairly. We will always keep places for students applying in Round 2, so we will treat your application equally whether you apply in Round 1 or Round 2.You must apply by 11.59pm GMT on 12 January 2022 for Round 1 or 13 April 2022 for Round 2.

We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible. Please note that your portfolio will be requested separately after initial processing of your application is complete, which may be after the deadline. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are two ways international students can apply:

You can only apply to the same course once per year.

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.

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 Central Saint Martins, 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.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Deferred entry

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

Visas

Read our visit our immigration and visa advice page to find out whether you need a visa to study.

Start your application now

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, preferred 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 Regenerative Design. 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 the information above.

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 / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

There are 2 rounds of applications for postgraduate courses at UAL. This is to make sure we can consider all applications fairly. We will always keep places for students applying in Round 2, so we will treat your application equally whether you apply in Round 1 or Round 2.You must apply by 11.59pm GMT on 12 January 2022 for Round 1 or 13 April 2022 for Round 2.

We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible. Please note that your portfolio will be requested separately after initial processing of your application is complete, which may be after the deadline. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

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 your UAL Portal.

Digital Portfolio

Your portfolio should be up to 15 pages and demonstrate that:

  • You have the ability to skilfully generate and communicate strong design concepts and sophisticated, informed and well-resolved design outputs
  • 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 and an engagement with global and local issues that affect your industry/craft practice

For more portfolio advice please visit our portfolio advice page.

Interview

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 online interview, lasting 15 to 20 minutes.

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 Regenerative Design (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 and an engagement with global and local issues that affect your industry/craft practice (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 and funding

Home fee

£4,835 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

£12,130 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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