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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Central Saint Martins

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 10-JAN-22, 19-APR-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course overview

Biodesign is an emerging discipline. Despite a growing number of publications and exhibitions, there is no universal definition of biodesign as such. Other terminologies exist, such as biophilic design, bio-integrated design, biomimetic design and bio-informed design. While they vary in definition, they all relate to a similar principle: that we can learn from nature to create more sustainable ways of living. The MA Biodesign at Central Saint Martin’s specifically understands biodesign to incorporate the inherent life-conducive principles of biological living systems into design processes – to transition into a more holistic, sustainable future.

MA Biodesign explores bio-informed design strategies as a driver for sustainable innovation. You will articulate alternative and new innovative design propositions for the emerging bio-circular economy. Through this work, you will redefine the use of energy, water, air, waste and materials.

The course will introduce designers from multidisciplinary design backgrounds to whole system thinking, biomimicry principles, biological systems, bio-computational design, digital and bio-fabrication techniques. You will apply these principles to designing new sustainable materials, products, services, systems and architectural propositions. There is a strong emphasis on ethical issues and on learning through making. Theoretical, global cultural and socio-environmental contexts will inform the development of your personal biodesign agenda.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through: Portfolio; Annotated bibliographies; Presentations; Self-assessment; Project proposals; Position film/animation.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,450per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of the Arts London

  • University League Table

    51st

  • Campus address

    University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London, London, WC1V 7EY, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 59 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    160 81%

    13th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%

    42nd

    8

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