Design Innovation and Transformation Design

Glasgow School of Art


Highlands and Islands Campus


Transformation Design focuses on change-oriented approaches to design, which engage with complex social or systemic issues. We seek to understand complexity and work with stakeholders in participatory design processes to combine multiple alternatives, images, narratives and aesthetics, and develop strategies to trigger processes of transformation.

Through this programme you will experience collaborative working and real world engagement preparing you for a dynamic design career. We research and teach through projects that combine strategic thinking with hands-on exploration to shape future contexts in areas such as healthcare, education, housing and politics. The programme is studio based and many projects are ‘live’ with organisations as diverse as Toshiba, the Scottish Government, Tesco Bank and Alzheimer Scotland, offering you a professional portfolio of work upon graduation.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Design Innovation and Transformation Design.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Design Innovation and Transformation Design.

Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject.Please visit GSA website for details.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


School of Design

SCQF Level