The greatest challenge of design education and design is how to create for a dynamically changing world. This poses the question: how can designers help society, culture and the planet? The main aim of the MA programme is to direct research and design towards our main goal that is the restoration of harmony between humanity and nature. This strategic goal requires sensitivity to social issues as well as synergy with developing technologies in order to build a new and ethical economy.
The MA programme is based on the values and traditions of the Faculty of Design, where at its centre is the integration between theory, art and design. Research and teaching concentrates around three wide, evolving, current subject areas: society, culture and the planet and their interconnectedness.
Main teaching-research goals
- Educating aware, sensitive and open designers that are prepared to undertake research and design problems in a rapidly changing world
- Educating organisers of the design process who are able to initiate positive economic, social and ecological change
- Widening design knowledge and how it connects with other disciplines
- Researching the design process and its methodology
- Researching the boundary between art and design
- Creating new areas for designers by breaking traditional boundaries and strengthening interdisciplinary discourse that provokes the meeting of visions, authority figures and given individuals
- Building a whole start of career path for our students
Methods of programme realisation
- Networking and collaboration with partners outside the Faculty and Academy that will lead to the exchange of knowledge and search for new areas of design and specialisations
- Stimulation of independent work that encourage the student to realise their set aims, grow initiative as well as find unconventional methods to solve their problems
- A broad spectrum of design training that incorporates various tasks that allow for the creation of the student’s unique design style and language both in individual and team work.
- Ensuring the education process is international with collaborations with international lecturers. Lectures will be held in both Polish and English, in which, proficiency will be an admission requirement
- Combining life at the Faculty with the outside world where collaboration with business partners will be monitored and nurtured. This aims to build a ‘creative laboratory’ culture
- Emphasis on tech-experimental design, conceptual design, social-critical design and contextual design
- The introduction of classes dedicated to planning the start of each student’s career, based on their design-research portfolio created during the MA programme
Diploma award criteria
The diploma is awarded based on the student’s presentation of a practical MA project as well as a written dissertation. The presentation of these two aspects must be supplemented with the presentation of a few research-design projects that show the work of the diploma student during the MA programme.
The graduation show will be planned during dedicated lessons that combine the diploma project, dissertation, chosen portfolio projects as well as the interest and career plans that portray the start of the diploma student’s career.
Tomek Rygalik PhD
Head of the MA programme