Master of Arts in Design major in Space and Communication

HEAD - Geneva

Program Description

Master of Arts in Design major in Space and Communication

HEAD - Geneva

The program champions an explorative approach to design where investigation through thinking and making is critical to the development of a designers personal practice and their future professional progress. The MA program content is devised to give students all they require towards developing personal themes and establishing a strong individual design practice.

As a student on the MA, you will spend two years in transdisciplinary workshops, working with experimental media and materials, learning a broad range of specialized tools and techniques to create unique innovative experiential environments, situations, interventions.

By the end of year 1, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to establish the framework and methods necessary to take a major design project from inception to completion.

What

The MA brings together graduates from design, visual communication, architecture, media and art with the ambition of creating an expanded field of design, a design in which traditional disciplines collide and blur, allowing new possibilities for the interaction between space, information, narrative, performance, media and art to emerge. The program champions an explorative approach to design where investigation through thinking and making is critical to the development of a designers personal practice and their future professional progress. The MA program content is devised to give students all they require towards developing personal themes and establishing a strong individual design practice. As a student on the MA you will spend two years in transdisciplinary workshops, working with experimental media and materials, learning a broad range of specialised tools and techniques to create unique innovative experiential environments, situations, interventions.

How

The program offers the opportunity to gain experience through a variety of learning modules ranging from workshops and collaborations with external partners, to collective and individual projects, exhibitions, as well as editorial platforms, debates, and publications.

Outcome

As a graduate of the MA, you will become an independent design practitioner with the ability to master design in real spaces, confidently developing from the architectural into scenography, graphics, media, objects, projection, furniture. You will understand the tools and techniques required in the design process with an ability to generate models, plans, illustrations, publications, and an understanding of materials and fabrication methods. You will look at design from new perspectives, forever looking for new opportunities to expand and enrich your practice with the unexpected, the innovative, the poetic.

Course structure

The MA is a two-year course that culminates with the designing of a 1:1 scale total environment that will be produced and exhibited in a gallery open to the public. In the first year, you will start investigating and establishing the key themes and subjects that will become the basis for your personal design practice. Alongside this, you will gain experience and build skills around a bewildering array of tools through numerous workshops and projects under the direction of worldwide renowned designers, architects, curators, and artists. The projects run in the first year are a combination of independent projects and collaborations with partners from various industries. Projects from previous years include Minima Cinema for Tous Les Ecrans Film Festival, Salone del Mobile, Petit h Hermes, Natural History Museum Geneva.

By the end of year 1, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to establish the framework and methods necessary to take a major design project from inception to completion. During the second year, you will focus on this personal project through an intense dialogue with the program tutors which finalizes in a major exhibition. In the process of this year, you will become a compelling communicator, able to master a design project and its inherent variables like objects, signage, spaces, media, installation, displays, films, texts, books, photographs, including its post-documentation and publishing in different mediums.

Communication strategies, partners, and network

From the pages of a magazine to the exhibition gallery, from the Internet to the city, the MA provides a series of professional platforms for emerging designers work to be constructed, exhibited, seen and discussed within a larger community.

The MA collaborates and partners with public institutions, museums, galleries, companies, and magazines, as a way to expand and explore what a professional design practice can be.

The MA also encourages you to join the wider community of HEAD and Geneva, promoting the engagement with other departments (visual arts, cinema, fashion etc) and the opportunity to attend open workshops, talks, and conferences that constantly take place within HEAD – Genève.

Head of Department

  • Arno Mathies
  • Rosario Hurtado

Assistants

  • Oliver Graney
  • Mathias Zieba

Teaching staff

  • Ruedi Baur
  • Alexandra Midal
  • Dominic Robson

Invited speakers

Johanna Agermann, Enrique Corrales, Matali Crasset, Sébastien Delot, Claire Didier, Roberto Feo, David Roux Fouillet, Martino Gamper, Jan & Randoald, Tristan Kobler, Felipe Ribon, Cristina Ricupero, Noam Toran, Nick Williamson, Yarza Twins

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French


Last updated January 9, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
4 semesters
Full time
Price
Price
2,300 CHF
CHF 575/Per Semester
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Locations
Switzerland - Geneva, Geneva
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Sept. 2018
Switzerland - Geneva, Geneva
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