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Certificate in Critical Design Philosophy

Certificate in Critical Design Philosophy is a course run by IADT, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of 3 months. Certificate in Critical Design Philosophy gives a Course Qualification of Special Purpose Award / Certificate, awarded by IADT. For more information about Certificate in Critical Design Philosophy at IADT, please review the details below.

Explore recent design history from a critical perspective and new theoretical frameworks for design, and examine the philosophical foundations of design.

Our postgraduate certificate explores recent design history from a critical perspective and proposes new theoretical frameworks for design that are matriarchal, eco-centered, and non-anthropocentric.

The course begins by examining the philosophical foundations of design, particularly those of the Enlightenment period, and their impact on contemporary design practice, and contribution to the multiple crisis in the Anthropocene.

We will then introduce alternative design philosophies and frameworks that centre on ecological sustainability, social justice, and more-than-human perspectives.
These approaches challenge the modernist and anthropocentric assumptions that underpin traditional design practices and offer new ways of thinking about design that prioritize care, interdependence, and collective sustainment.

This course is offered within the MA in Design for Change which was developed with George Brown College in Toronto. The MA programme is now affiliated with the Brookfield Sustainability Institute which works with industry and government partners and engage, the programme also works with projects through IADT’s Public Design Lab.

Note: course is subject to validation.

Application deadline:

IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a submitted and complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).

Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled.


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Training ProviderIADT
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeCo. Dublin
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationSpecial Purpose Award / Certificate
Awarding BodyIADT
Awarding Body DetailsPostgraduate Certificate
Course Duration3 months
Course TimeThe course runs on Thursdays (10am – 1pm), from 5th October 2023 to 11th January 2024. Classes are delivered in studio and online.
Course Fee€1,100
Entry RequirementsUndergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level in design or a related discipline. Applicants may also be considered provided that they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through our RPL [recognition of prior learning] process.
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