MA Design: Explorations and Translations

Iceland University of the Arts

Program Description

MA Design: Explorations and Translations

Iceland University of the Arts

The MA Design: Explorations & Translations at the IAA brings together multiple practices: design, media studies, social sciences and natural sciences. By synthesising and embodying different knowledge and using the dynamic landscape and industries of Iceland as an experimental ground, you will develop a unique voice in the expanded design field.

To translate this personal vision, the MA Design Programme asks you to materialise and manifest possible realities through relevant media: you may e.g develop a concept for the industry, propose a new sensory experience, or craft a fictional scenario for a future reality. Using both real and fictional design strategies, we work to build ethical awareness, form dialogues to engage with contemporary culture.

You will have access to a range of hands-on and media facilities. Through the program, you will develop your own working process through a series of visits, encounters with experts, exploratory workshops and collaborations. You will participate in publications and exhibitions and develop online platforms for the mediation of your projects.

Programme director

Iceland: A New Territory for Design Speculations

We are explorers and translators of experiences: we sense the world, question borders and challenge production and value systems. We engage with the imagination and participate in contemporary debates regarding the environment, new ecologies, and human production processes through a balance of applied and speculative work.

In a conflicted climate, the MA Design Studio is a place for collective debate, an area filled with material and media experiments visited by international guests and industry specialists engaged in contemporary practices.

If you are interested in researching contemporary zeitgeist topics, if you believe experiencing and sensing are ways of learning; if you can collect and synthesize different forms of knowledge, and if you want to explore ways of developing your own authorship as a designer through the use of material and media, we will be happy to welcome you at IAA.

Gardar Eyjolfsson MA Design Programme Director on behalf of the Design and Architecture Department at Iceland University of the Arts.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

The student possesses knowledge within the field of design. This implies that the student:

  • has knowledge of the theoretical issues and debates in design,
  • has acquired knowledge through research and artistic practice,
  • can present arguments for his decision making in the solution of projects,
  • has knowledge of ideas and concepts related to design and main movements, theories, methods and works in the field of design,
  • has knowledge of different research methods in the field of design,
  • has knowledge of ethics and an understanding of designers’ ethical responsibility.

Skills

The student is able to use the methods and procedures of design. This implies that the student:

  • has adopted working methods that are effective in design work,
  • is proficient in analysing information and communicating this through different mediums,
  • can understand and engage with complex and professional design issues,
  • can apply his knowledge and understanding to engage with varied design issues,
  • has mastered and can apply the relevant methods, technology and software in the conceptualisation, development, presentation, publication and implementation of works and subjects,
  • can obtain, analyse and assess data in the process of research and design,
  • demonstrates originality in practice, uses intuition and imagination in design work,
  • can apply his knowledge and understanding of design and related disciplines to engage with different circumstances and previously unknown problems which may occur in the design process,
  • can make independent decisions on the conceptualisation, development and implementation of projects and present an argument for these on professional grounds,
  • has knowledge and intuition to engage with complex subjects, to integrate knowledge and to communicate this through design,
  • can develop and apply research methods in a design process,
  • knows how to read his own work and that of others on professional grounds and reach independent and reasoned conclusions.

Competences

The student is able to utilise her/his knowledge and proficiency for work and/or for further studies. This implies that the student:

  • has developed the necessary learning capabilities and independence in design to engage in further study,
  • can initiate and manage projects, actively participate in and lead collaboration and shoulder responsibility for his own work and that of others,
  • has developed the necessary learning capabilities and independence in design to engage in further study,
  • can initiate and manage projects, actively participate in and lead collaboration and shoulder responsibility for his own work and that of others,
  • is able to present complex subjects in design and can communicate these in professional and reasoned conclusions in a public and a specialist forum,
  • has the ability to present and describe professional issues of design in speech and in writing in English,
  • can make independent, professional decisions and present arguments for these,
  • can take an independent and critical position on which analytical methods are appropriate in a design process.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Iceland University of the Arts

Last updated November 23, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 19, 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
420,000 ISK
per semester
Information
Deadline
Mar. 29, 2019
Locations
Iceland - Reykjavík
Start date : Aug. 19, 2019
Application deadline Mar. 29, 2019
End date Request Info
Dates
Aug. 19, 2019
Iceland - Reykjavík
Application deadline Mar. 29, 2019
End date Request Info