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Recognizing the increasing importance that design thinking can play in positively impacting society, enhancing business success, and managing organizational change, students in the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation address the complex dilemmas of contemporary society. The program focuses on the application of foresight and design innovation methods to develop solutions which are transformative and sustainable — economically and environmentally —  and which address human needs. The program interweaves design with social science, technology and business providing the skills and knowledge to identify critical issues, frame problems and develop innovative solutions and implementation plans. Through holistic thinking in a co-creative environment, the designer, the business person, the social scientist and the engineer will develop together the skills required for true socio-technological innovation.

The MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is a part-time program.


The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation will enable students to:

  • Explore and test new methods of organization, creation and production.
  • Develop strategic, innovative and anticipatory solutions (strategic foresight) and implementation plans for design, business or policy innovations, or for organizational or infrastructural change.
  • Navigate complex problems through the study of systems theory and the analysis of relevant systems including ecological, social, economic and political organizations.
  • Develop an ethical sensibility that promotes socially and ecologically sound responses to complex global issues.

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Curriculum: 45 credits

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