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Transform the world and your career through the potential of Design.
The RCA will be launching a new MDes/MFA Design Futures programme for the start of the 2023/24 academic year – the information on these pages is subject to validation.
In an era of turbulence for people, planet and nature, how we navigate our future is more critical than ever.
The Design Futures programme is designed to enable you to work across all the disciplines and beyond, to build future-shaping knowledge and skills, address the challenges we face, envision and then navigate towards a preferred future through design-led interventions. It will allow you to ask the ‘big questions’ about disruptive innovation, ethics for design, design resilience, shared values, future forecasting and design for safety.
Design Futures is focused on professional development and action, identified and implemented through research methods and strategies.
The programme is aimed both at postgraduate students and career changers, and offers a balance between core knowledge, elective and collaborative work and a self-defined research project – enabling you to choose your own areas of interest, while developing the skills to implement your ideas. It will take a ‘burst-mode’ approach to teaching and learning.
Within the overall credits of electives on offer, you'll have the opportunity to further define your learning journey by choosing electives in areas such as Design Safety, Design Resilience, Design Ethics or Design Innovation. You'll also be able to choose from either an MFA or an MDes award when applying.
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