MA Interdisciplinary Design Strategies

Solving the most prominent economic or cultural challenges requires a strategic approach to design and problem solving. Solving such complex, or “wicked problems”, requires designers and other discipline experts to face new challenges that typically have no precedent. Working collaboratively to forge new solutions and drive progressive changes.

This exciting new programme has been designed in collaboration with the Institute Without Boundaries in Toronto. Through collaborative practices the programme provides candidates with a systematic and in-depth knowledge of integrated design strategies. They will develop critical awareness and employ advanced design methodologies.

The programme responds to the needs of industry for graduates with the required combination of knowledge, skills and competencies to work within interdisciplinary teams in the broader design, technology and professional services sectors.

What will I be doing?

  • Complex Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
  • Developing creative solutions for economic and cultural challenges.
  • Working with industry partners and stakeholders on “live projects”.
  • Manage and participate in national & international charrettes.
  • Develop interdisciplinary outcomes for services, products & strategies.

What modules will I study?

An international collaboration, developed by two established centres of excellence, the curriculum is carefully crafted to allow students to both learn and apply models and theories of design strategy using real case studies with global significance. Throughout the process, students have on-going access to a large list of industry professionals, expert advisors, and faculty.

Modules include:

  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • Applied Design
  • Design: Context and Theory
  • Integrated Design Strategies
  • Communication Design
  • Professional Studies
  • Major Project


In term two the MA students and faculty will travel to Canada to participate in the Toronto International Charrette. This is an annual Institute Without Boundaries event that brings together 200 plus students, faculty and industry experts from organisations around the world. The goal of each charrette will be for participants to design detailed project proposals that respond to the major themes of the current Institute Without Boundaries major project. 

Future careers

Graduates will be prepared to work independently or as a partner at a strategic level across a broad range of sectors. Typical pathways include traditional design studios; technology sector (product development teams); professional services; non-for profits; government and private organisations, cultural institutions or their own enterprise or consulting service.

Areas of specialisation areas include; service design, communication design, planning, architecture, design strategy, project management, research and entrepreneurship in a variety of local and global enterprises.

This course is developed and delivered in collaboration with the Institute Without Boundaries / George Brown College, Canada.