MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

Apply for Jan 2021
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This course applies the lens of design thinking and creative intelligence to the worlds of organisational change, brand value, service design and social innovation. It explores the strategic use of design and its application as a tool to put people at the heart of new business models, technology and social change - all within a framework of sustainability

In a recent survey, our postgraduate courses scored 91% student satisfaction for creativity and design, and 93% satisfaction overall*

*Source: Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2020

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Student work

Student work example on MDes course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

BRING PLAY INTO PLAY
A Play Learning Mindset for Design Management

By Frances Catherine C. Poblete

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MDes student brief - Best Bank

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

An example of the live briefs students on the course work with

Student work on the MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

STRATEGIC DESIGN & INNOVATION

OPERATIONALISING DESIGN - THE CYPHERCODERS MODEL

This report explores the lives and experiences that surround the context of Cypher, a summer coding camp for kids that aims to encourage creativity through the lenses of technology.

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Student work on the  MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

DESIGNING LEADERSHIP: Thoughts, Questions, ideas

Learning Log by Emnet Woubishet Teklu, March 2019

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Student work on the MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

Disrupting the Disrupters: Algorithmic Inequality in Music Streaming

By Tania Carregha

This essay will analyse the case of a particular industry- music, analysing the music streaming giant Spotify and its role in transforming the music industry. It will describe some of the negative externalities of the platform, identified through primary and secondary research. It will then present a proposal for a plugin, “Remora”, that has the potential to transform Spotify, generating a more transparent browsing experience.

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Student work on the MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

Remora - democratising the music industry

A plugin for Spotify that lets users see and control the data and algorithms that are shaping their music browsing experience

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What can this course do for me?

Become part of a dynamic community to creative practitioners, polymaths, changemakers, disruptors and communicators, collaborating together for a year on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Students develop a leadership mindset that enables them to come up with original approaches to design, strategy, social and business innovation problems.

Based in our new Institute for Creativity and Technology in the heart of London’s new Design District, this programme will embed you into a dynamic, physical and conceptual matrix of practice.

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Our alumni

GradSchool: In Conversation series

The Institute's GradSchool academics discuss creativity and innovation with leading edge thinkers and practitioners. 

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GradSchool In Conversation Series

In this series of events, the Institute's GradSchool academics discuss creativity and innovation with leading edge thinkers and practitioners. 

Paul Sternberg and Joanna Choukeir

During the first event Paul Sternberg, Director of Design Innovation for our Institute of Creativity and Technology, talked to Joanna Choukeir, Director of Design and Innovation at the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce).

Paul and Joanna discussed how design for social innovation has the potential to create a better future for us all within the framework of the Institute’s new MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership.

Paul Sternberg and Akil Benjamin

In the next event in the series Paul Sternberg talks with Akil Benjamin, Design Strategy Director at COMUZI, a design studio. They will talk in depth about how social innovation, service design and entrepreneurship have the potential to create a better future for us all.

GradSchool In Conversation Series

GradSchool In Conversation Series

Paul Sternberg, Director of Design Innovation for our Institute of Creativity and Technology, talked to Joanna Choukeir, Director of Design and Innovation at the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce).

Paul and Joanna talked in depth about how design for social innovation has the potential to create a better future for us all within the framework of the Institute’s new MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership.

Joanna is a leading social designer with four main roles: practitioner, researcher, thought leader and educator.

With 15 years of experience in the UK and Lebanon, prior to joining the RSA, Joanna was Health Director at FutureGov, as well as spending 10 years leading the pioneering health and wellbeing design agency Uscreates, alongside her two co-founders.

In 2015, Joanna completed a PhD on design for social integration at the University of the Arts London.

Alongside research and practice, she leads our Social Innovation Masters course, as well as teaching at the Royal College of Art, the University of the Arts London and Kingston University.

She is a Mega Mentor and founder of micro-social enterprise Design My Family Tree.

A senior member of the Institute’s GradSchool team, Paul oversees a number of our social innovation and civic engagement projects, as well as being responsible for designing and leading on postgraduate courses in design innovation and business.

Unfold: Postgraduate Degree Show

A multidisciplinary exhibition showcasing the work of our postgraduate students

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition that showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

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