About Design for Change
Design for Change is a gathering of creative and critical changemakers from across the globe. It is an MA postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the University of Edinburgh. The Programme fosters the study and co–exploration of wide-ranging, complex and topical issues—from disruptive technologies or ageing populations to economic instability or environmental degradation. Here, we support our students in their examination of how design, broadly understood, might help bring about the changes they wish to see in the world.
Based at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), but situated within the wider University of Edinburgh, our students are free to explore their own interests across the range of subjects offered by the University, while supported by the carefully–curated core courses of the Design for Change [MA] programme. The city of Edinburgh, and Scotland as a whole, provide a further rich backdrop to the programme. Our students are encouraged to look beyond the classroom and to learn from their surrounding communities, cultures, and natural environments in order to grow as designers, as citizens.
Students of the Design for Change programme come from all corners of the world, bringing unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds with them to enrich the studio. Over their year of study at ECA, and together with our staff, they learn to work together and create a plural community of practice. Beyond their year here, as alumni, they become part of a much wider Design movement for change. Therefore, while Design for Change is a programme, it is also becoming a way of seeing and engaging with the world. It is a shared ethos, one that connects its community of practitioners in their common goal of using design as a critical tool for good. It is a community whose members encourage one another to question the role of design, and the implications of design interventions, whilst striving to create positive change for today’s world and tomorrow’s.
4th August 2021
Alumni Group and More Yum Studio Design D4C Website
A talented and generous group of alumni have worked with the agency More Yum to design this website! The…
27th July 2021
Alumni Ellie Horwood’s Work on Empathy Features in Leading Penal Reform Bulletin
Ellie Horwood, D4C graduate of 2019-20, has had her dissertation work on empathy and the prison system featured in a…
17th May 2021
‘Searching for the Ethos of a Lost Art School’ by Judith Winter
The ‘Critical Change’ Talk Series. We were delighted to welcome independent curator and Gray’s School of Art lecturer, Judith Winter,…
3rd May 2021
‘Practices of Use, Experiments in Sociality’ by Dr Giovanni Marmont
The ‘Critical Change’ Talk Series Giovanni Marmont is an independent researcher based in Edinburgh and tutor on the MA Design…