Global Innovation Design MA/MSc

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (2 Years)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Global Innovation Design (GID) is a joint Master's programme between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. GID is a multidisciplinary, multicultural and multinational design programme offering an engaging global curriculum and provides powerful cultural experiences crafted to nurture innovators and designers who are prepared to take on the changing needs of the enterprise in the twenty-first century.

Students will have opportunities for exchanges with international partners such as Pratt Institute (New York), Keio University (Tokyo), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Tsinghua University (Beijing).


Who should take this course

This programme is ideal for those looking to enhance their expertise, develop creative and design-thinking mindsets or change careers. Current students on this programme include:

  • Graduates
  • Early-career professionals
  • Mid-career professionals
  • Advanced career professionals

Course content

The Global Innovation Design programme provides a double Master's degree with Imperial College London. The GID Masters programme is made up of elements that are delivered by RCA/Imperial and elements that are delivered by selected international institutions. An overview of the formally taught elements of the curriculum is as follows:

  • GID1 London - Core Development: A two-term foundation in leading edge research-based design theory and methodology, mechatronics, form-giving, design research and anthropological methods, innovation, communication and creation of vision.
  • GID1 Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) Dissertation Programme: A key element of the GID Masters programme is the chance for students to write a significant piece of written work on a reflective theoretical subject area related to their studies.
  • GID1 Partner Residency: A one-term residency with either Keio University in Tokyo or Tsinghua University in Beijing during the final term of the first academic year.
  • Critical and Historical Studies: The CHS programme runs throughout the entire first year of the programme and culminates in the delivery of a 6,000-10,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student's choice. For the CHS programme support and guidance is provided by RCA CHS staff.
  • GID2 Partner Residency: A one-term residency with either Pratt Institute in New York or Nanyang Technological University in Singapore during the first term of the second academic year.
  • GID2 Professional Development: A two-term period back in London directed toward refinement of the body of work and professional development. The course culminates in Final Examination and the Final Show.

About Course Provider

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at Number One in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Wholly postgraduate and specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,750 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them - including scholars, art and design practitioners--along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors.

The College is rightly proud of its graduates'​ achievements. Alumni from the RCA form part of an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the culture surrounding all of us – from the landscape of our cities to the furniture and appliances in our homes, and from the clothes we wear and the films we watch to the work we experience in galleries and the cars we drive.

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