MA/MSc Design Innovation

Institute for Design Innovation

The focus of this programme is ongoing development of Design Practice. You will take part in a series of processes and projects that will build a real and relevant portfolio of work.

Learning through doing is at the core of our London campus experience. A key feature of our MA/MSc Design Innovation programme is a project with industry looking at studying a real business or social problem and working collaboratively with others to innovate and design a solution.

Programme Aims

a) To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams

b) Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time

c) To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers

d) To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial design and evaluation project with a focus on a particular area of design.

Programme Structure

To complete the MA/MSc Design Innovation students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules (4 in the first semester and 4 in the second semester). In the first semester 3 modules are compulsory with the option to choose your final 1 module from another Institute. In the second semester all 4 modules are compulsory. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

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Duration

1 year full-time or up to 4 years part-time

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.

Students will be asked to produce project briefs, concept drawings, user scenarios, storyboards, project blogs and multimedia documentation.

Entry qualifications

Minimum of a lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) in Design, Innovation, Business, Media, Technology or related subjects. Applicants from non-Design backgrounds require 55% and above in their final year.

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent. See www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/

Career prospects

Upon graduating, you will be equipped with advanced knowledge to enhance your career opportunities in design and branding consultancies, in-house design and marketing departments as designers and design managers. You will become a professional versed with design skills and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Fees and Finance

£10,000 (UK/EU) / £22,650 (International)

Click here to see our available scholarships for 2017 entry.

Compulsory modules

Identity, Culture and Communication

Module Description

This module focuses on developing skilled communication strategies and principles for working in cross-cultural contexts. Key theoretical concepts of ‘identity’, ‘otherisation’ and ‘representation’ will be introduced through lectures and seminars in order to explore the complex interrelationships between identity, culture and communication. Students are expected collect and analyse data from the Collaborative Project module to be used for the case study assignment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand the complex interplay between identity and culture and demonstrate these concepts through application to a relevant design context (Process/Reflection)

b) Analyse communication events, written texts and visual images to explore how culture and power relations work to produce particular meanings and communicate this in an appropriate language and report structure (Communication/Research)

c) Discuss the concepts of identity and culture outlined in the course

d) Apply outlined key concepts when undertaking the analysis of communication strategies observed within the student project teams

e) Develop and communicate ideas in a coherent sequence

f) Use appropriate language and report structure

g) Reference and attribute correctly

h) Provide critical peer feedback

i) Work in cross-cultural teams

j) Use concepts from the module to inform their professional practice

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (104 hours)

Tutorials (30 hours)

Lectures (12 hours)

Supervised time in studio (4 hours)

Assessment

Group report (60%)

Weekly blog (40%)

Design Thinking

Module Description

This module will enhance students’ ability to use design approaches and tools for identifying and implementing human-centred innovation opportunities. Students are expected to deploy knowledge learned in this module into the parallel Collaborative Project module.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This module will introduce students to a systematic design-based approach aimed at identifying and implementing user-centred innovation opportunities.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (108 hours)

Supervised time in studio (30 hours)

Lectures (8 hours)

Tutorials (4 hours)

Assessment

Written report (80%)

Peer feedback (20%)

Reflection and Action

Module Description

This module will enable students to start planning for their major project by focusing first on generating a suitable topic to be explored. The goal is for the students to arrive at a feasible, agreed major project plan. Students will consolidate their prior learning and use it to develop a learning plan to complete their chosen study pathway.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and advanced scholarship and display evidence of understanding the requirements of focusing research ideas

b) Develop a feasible research project plan

c) Plan and generate a suitable major project proposal

d) Identify and agree a major project plan

e) Engage in a sustained piece of individual, academic research on a chosen topic

f) Articulate a feasible major project plan

g) Manage their time and resources effectively

h) Use initiative and take responsibility

i) Develop skills in research project planning

j) Display evidence of independent research skills

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Tutorials (24 hours)

Lectures (12 hours)

Supervised time in studio (4 hours)

Assessment

Project plan (70%)

Peer feedback (30%)

Meaning Making in Design

Module Description

Building on concepts introduced in the Identity, Culture and Communication module, the Meaning Making in Design module aims to locate design within broader cultural issues and practices of creativity and innovation. This module will use the Circuit of Culture and its five interrelated categories (i.e. Identity, Representation, Regulation, Production and Consumption) as framework to explore processes of meaning making. Students are expected collect and analyse data from the International Project module to be used for the case study assignment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Through analyses of processes between geographically distributed collaborative project teams the students should demonstrate their understanding of how their practices are interwoven with elements of production and consumption of culture.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand the cultural processes which form the culture of circuit

b) Understand the interplay of elements within the culture of circuit in construction of meaning

c) Understand the relation between design and culture

d) Explain the key concepts of `culture¿, cultural formation and production in relation design

e) Analyse complex cultural issues and evaluate design processes and products

f) Collect data and analyse these using the key concepts discussed in the module

g) Provide peer feedback

h) Respond to peer feedback

i) Develop understanding of culture as non-essential

j) Understand the interplay of elements in construction of meaning

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Tutorials (24 hours)

Lectures (12 hours)

Supervised time in studio (4 hours)

Assessment

Case study (80%)

Peer feedback (20%)

Foresight and Strategy

Module Description

The aim of this module is to broaden the experience and skills of the student designer to include knowledge of, and competence with, the deployment of foresight, forecasting and scenario writing to inform future design and business strategy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to engage in research and analysis to gather key insights appropriate to the future strategy of a business, and propose design solutions which complement, inform and challenge that strategy, as appropriate.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Supervised time in studio (24 hrs)

Lectures (12 hrs)

Tutorials (4 hrs)

Assessment

Project (70%)

Peer feedback (30%)

Collaborative Project

Module Description

This module tests your skills in a team environment. With a multi-talented group of students you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem for a real client. Student teams will research and build solutions to a business deadline supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. We expect clients to include BT Sport, The London Legacy Development Company and other companies and charities working to respond to the digital age.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Deal with challenges associated with working in interdisciplinary teams

b) Undertake a project development process informed by organisational frameworks

c) Demonstrate interdisciplinary communication skills

d) Apply Design Thinking methods

e) Plan and execute a project plan in collaboration with other team members

f) Identify user needs, collecting and analysing appropriate data, creating conceptual solutions and develop a prototype

Modular Weight

15 credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (99 hours)

Supervised time in studio (40 hours)

Lectures (10 hours)

Tutorials (1 hour)

Assessment

Project plan (20%)

Group report (50%)

Project outputs including presentation (30%)

Dissertation

Module Description

The aim of this module is for the student to conduct an individual research project on a core programme related topic which is either an issue of their choice, an exploratory question agreed with an industry/external partner. The project will investigate this research in depth and with rigour. The project should build on methodological skills developed in earlier modules.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the Dissertation module is for the student to display the knowledge and capability required to perform independent work within the context of the programme of study.

Modular Weight

60 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1 and 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (555 hours)

Lectures (25 hours)

Tutorials (20 hours)

Assessment

Dissertation (80%)

Project proposal (20%)

Design Innovation Project

Module Description

This module will provide students with skills for working in design innovation work teams. The Design Innovation Project is designed so that students develop and gain experience in using key skills that will enable them to work successfully with various organisational project team members in the face to face and distributed product development process. The module will prepare the students to develop as culturally competent project leaders.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Develop strategies to plan and execute a project across distributed collaborative teams;

b) Understand the impact of distributed project teams on project management;

c) Develop and gain experience in using distance communication;

d) Explore cultural issues and concepts with exchanges and project evaluation;

e) Develop skills in generating and evaluation of project briefs;

f) Demonstrate increased awareness of cultural issues and concepts;

g) Develop strategies to make a contribution diverse project teams;

h) Use digital, distance communication tools;

i) Provide critical feedback to peers;

j) Articulate a project brief and project review criteria;

k) Develop teamwork skills;

l) Develop the means to implement and communicate the strategy to a 'client';

m) Communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media;

n) Solve problems in creative and innovative ways.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Lecture (6 hours)

Supervised time in studio/workshop (10 hours)

Tutorial (24 hours)

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Assessment

Design Process Diary (30%)

Reflective Article (30%)

Project Deliverables (40%)

Second subject modules

Choose one module only

Introduction to Mobile Internet and Media Clouds

Module Description

The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of the mobile Internet and cloud technology with a special emphasis on media cloud applications shifting to mobile Internet platforms and its associated challenges.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Receive an overview of the mobile Internet and cloud technologies with specific knowledge in media cloud applications on mobile devices, systems and Internet in general, and the challenges that are associated with making such applications available to the end-users via the mobile Internet and cloud technology

b) Understand the mobile Internet technology, media cloud applications, and the strengths and associated challenges by utilising mobile cloud technology and applications

c) Understand mobile networking and media cloud topics

d) Understand privacy and security issues in mobile cloud services

e) Understand mobile Internet and cloud business models Skills

f) Gain experience with the understanding of mobile Internet architecture and access techniques, system performance and limitation

g) Gain specific skills in media cloud applications and how the combination of mobile Internet with cloud computing technology will fast-changing the future of media applications for people on the move and the daily life of public in general

h) Apply their knowledge of mobile Internet and media cloud technology in media service delivery and communication industry

i) Tackle media cloud application and mobile communication networks related problems and deal with their possible solutions

j) Equip themselves with the necessary understanding and essential knowledge that are required for service provider jobs in the cloud computing, applications, and mobile services provision domains

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (126 hours)

Lectures (20 hours)

Tutorials (4 hours)

Assessment

Exam (80%)

Final coursework report (20%)

Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

Module Description

The aims of this module are to equip students with an in depth knowledge of the innovation process, its importance to the economy and an understanding of all of the various factors affecting its success including intellectual property, funding and strategy. We will introduce the academic theories of entrepreneurship and analyse the personality traits and behaviours associated with entrepreneurs.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand innovation as a process

b) Understand the academic theories of entrepreneurship

c) Understand the factors influencing the success of organisations

d) Relate innovation theory to the performance of organisations

e) Use investigative and research skills

f) Demonstrate effective report writing skills

g) Demonstrate commercial awareness

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (123 hours)

Lectures (20 hours)

Tutorials (7 hours)

Assessment

Report (100%)

Sport Media and Marketing

Module Description

This module will cover the following topics: Main themes that underpin media and marketing, Evolution of media and marketing in a sport context, Practices and techniques for effective sport media and marketing, Types of media and marketing, Consumer and fan engagement

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Assess the major theories, principles, and concepts surrounding sport media and marketing;

b) Apply techniques and practices involved in conceptualising and developing a marketing plan;

c) Gather, analyse, and present sport media and marketing ideas and concepts;

d) Apply sport media and marketing principles that can be utilised in different sport environments;

e) Demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility;

f) Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Tutorial (10 hours)

Lecture (20 hours)

Guided independent study (120 hours)

Assessment

Sponsorship Pitch (40%)

Marketing Plan (60%)

The Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries

Module Description

The module will include the following topics: defining media and creative industries; ownership, concentration and control in media and creative industries; innovation and technological change; media and creative markets; business models in media and creative industries; copyright; global media cities; clustering of media and creative industries; media and cultural policy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand how and why the media and creative industries have been defined;

b) Understand the importance of industrial structure in media and creative industries;

c) Understand the implications of innovation and technological change for media and creative industries;

d) Understand changing business models in media and creative industries;

e) Understand the importance of copyright and how this is affected by technological change;

f) Understand why media and creative industries cluster in particular spaces and cities;

g) Understand the globalisation of media and creative industries and understand media and cultural policy;

h) Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions of contrasting perspectives;

i) Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;

j) Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation; and assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;

k) Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice;

l) Understand the behaviour of firms in media and creative industries;

m) Understand emerging trends in media and creative industries and be able to use critical perspectives to analyse these emerging trends.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Tutorial (2 hours)

Supervised time in studio/workshop (10 hours)

Lecture (18 hours)

Guided independent study (120 hours)

Assessment

Essay (100%)

Introduction to Diplomacy

Module Description

This module will include the following topics: The evolution of the International System, The evolution of the study of diplomacy: traditional approaches and debates; critical approaches and new debates, Elements of Diplomacy: practices, procedures and dynamics (including international protocol and etiquette; image projection, reputation management and nation branding), New dynamics and emergent trends in the practice of diplomacy in the face of global change (focusing on the post-Cold War and Post-9/11 era): heteropolarity, advances in science and technology, new forms of conflicts and threats, as well as new forms of interaction and dialogue, Diplomacy as interaction across fields and disciplines: media and diplomacy; digital technologies, statecraft and diplomacy; business/entrepreneurship and diplomacy; management culture/design and diplomacy, Intercultural awareness and dialogue, Normative and ethical dimensions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Evaluate the historical evolution of the modern international system;

b) Critically evaluate the key concepts and theories of diplomacy;

c) Evaluate the role and behaviours of international organisations and states in the international system;

d) Evaluate the context of the present-day international political and economic relations within which diplomacy takes place;

e) Identify and assess the importance of such dynamics for their respective fields of study;

f) Construct reasoned arguments utilising concepts and approaches to the study of diplomacy;

g) Recognise established and emergent phenomena in the practice of diplomacy within the current global affairs;

h) Creatively and critically evaluate the possibilities of various intersections between diplomatic practice and the objectives and modes of delivery in their respective fields;

i) Gather and organise evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources;

j) Develop research and presentation skills;

k) Develop a cross-disciplinary and collaborative research and learning ethos.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Lecture (30 hours)

Guided independent study (120 hours)

Assessment

Business Model Development

Module Description

Elements for this business model include: The essentials of business planning, Market analysis and research, Risk analysis, Strategy and positioning finance, marketing, competitor analysis, supply chain analysis, staffing, legal (including IP), governance, value proposition and executive summary.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Critically reflect on and provide well-grounded analysis of the elements of a business model which contribute to business success;

b) Analyze the elements that constitute a business model;

c) Provide critical assessment of a potential product or service;

d) Provide strategic positioning of a novel business idea;

e) Evaluate and critically determine the likely commercial opportunities and risks for the business model in an intended commercial environment;

f) Identify key commercial drivers in different business models;

g) Evaluate business model elements required for financial success given an intended commercial environment;

h) Apply critical analysis to the development of a business plan from a generated idea;

i) Interpret complex commercial environments;

j) Demonstrate effective communication to persuade and influence stakeholders;

k) Evaluate business need for expert intervention;

l) Demonstrate effective report writing skills;

m) Demonstrate good oral communication and presentation skills;

n) Demonstrate a positive attitude towards a commercial opportunity.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Practical classes and workshops (3 hours)

Tutorial (9 hours)

Lecture (18 hours)

Guided independent study (120 hours)

Assessment

Coursework (50%)

Presentation (50%)


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