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Service DesignLondon College of Communication
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Location: London College of Communication
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2020/10/01
Duration: 15 months
Intl fees: £22920
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University of the Arts London has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
The course is structured to guide you through your understanding and practice of service design, starting from current challenges at the local and user scale and progressing through to futures and systems levels. From the very beginning of the course, You'll work collaboratively on projects using research and co-design strategies. The course evolves from a focus on team work in the first terms to more individual work towards the end of the course. MA Service Design is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant and Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL). What can you expect?You will undertake projects that will tackle many of the social, corporate and environmental challenges facing the 21st century. Through working on course projects, you will gain the confidence to engage with stakeholders and learn how to analyse and apply the results of this engagement through meaningful interventions. Course projects can be as diverse as working on homelessness and the barriers to accessing services in a London borough, to improving the employee experience of a major retailer, through to proposing future scenarios of government and policy development. Students' Major Projects have ranged widely in terms of subject and geographical location. Recent examples include redesigning educational systems in India, creating games to facilitate conversations between relatives of transgendered people, designing post-acceleration support programmes for start-ups in the tech sector, and designing digital services for refugee camp volunteers in Greece. MA Service Design is aimed at applicants from a design discipline who wish to broaden their understanding of innovation and design as a collaborative interdisciplinary process. The course is also open to students with backgrounds in social sciences, business and innovation and other related fields. The teaching staff are active researchers and practitioners in different areas of design and innovation, and engaged with cutting edge research projects within UAL, and this feeds directly into the curriculum and the projects you will work on. Practice and theory are both embedded into everything that You'll do, so each practice-based project will have underpinning theory, and each theory-based assignment will have an element of practice or research-through-design. About London College of Communication London College of Communication is for the curious, the brave and the committed: those who want to transform themselves and the world around them. Through a diverse, world-leading community of teaching, research and partnerships with industry, we enable our students to succeed as future-facing creatives in the always-evolving design, media and screen industries. The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies, including Penguin, the National Trust and Royal Mail, to name a few.
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MA Service Design welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world, from an Honours degree course in a field relevant to design or those with other, equivalent qualifications. The course team also welcomes students with good degrees from social science backgrounds, and those who have previously worked in the industry, or those with relevant experience in non-traditional backgrounds, as well as those already within employment.
IELTS: 6.5 (at least 5.5 in each)
Notice: This is the default IELTS grade for University of the Arts, London.
About this university
Students travel from over one hundred different countries to study at the colleges within the university due to the internationally recognised courses on offer. For those to whom English isnâ€™t a first language, there is free English language support and courses on offer for the duration of their study through the Language Centre. There is also help on hand for matters such as immigration and visas and the university has an airport pick up service in place so that there is someone on hand from the very beginning of their student life. There is also a student advice service for day-to-day matters such as finances and getting work while studying. All students are automatically a member of the Students Union who are on hand to help with extracurricular activities as well as support and advice across a range of subjects. The union organise the various clubs and societies on offer to occupy time between studies including arts groups, sports clubs and also helping others through volunteering and charity groups. So whatever a studentâ€™s interest there is something for them and if not, they can look to begin their own club as well. The union also operates the Students Union Advice Service offering free and impartial advice on various topics, all of which is completely confidential. The union also operates a shop supplying students with a range of useful items as well as branded products to help raise money for the charity.