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GID is a transformative experience aimed at cultivating the design leaders of the future. It is also a diverse global family, a set of emerging trans-disciplinary practices, and an evolving state of mind. Our graduates are independent, self-managed and highly motivated designers who have begun their journeys to become global change makers.

GID is the result of six leading universities coming together to make one innovative and interdisciplinary masters design programme. Coming from all corners of the world, its students bring with them a rich diversity in experience, culture, and mindset, but all share a belief that we can have a positive impact on the world through design.

Jointly-based out of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, GID students spend the first six months of the programme in London learning the fundamentals of design before traveling to either Tokyo & New York or Beijing & Singapore and adding a global perspective to their education. Students graduate with both an MA and MSc in Global Innovation Design after two years.

❏ london / new york / tokyo / london

Students travelling to Tokyo and New York experience life in three distinct global cities on three separate continents. Through exploring these vastly different cultures, and extremes of working across media and craft, GID students are required to explore themselves and their work through a variety of different perspectives, lenses and approaches during their travels.

In Tokyo, they study at Keio University in their specialist graduate school Keio Media Design, whose mission is to develop media innovators who have the ability to innovate on their own to create social value. Media innovators who are able to go beyond specific disciplines and national borders and be active on the global stage will be the leaders in the creative society of the 21st century.

In New York, they study at the Pratt Institute in their renowned Industrial Design Graduate School, whose mission is to develop designers with a deeper understanding of the design process from research through concept creation and design skills. The curriculum is founded on the common pursuit of creativity, experimentation, and innovation, explored through a series of projects, large and small that translate ideas into a wide variety of new forms, systems, and structures.

❏ london / beijing / singapore / london

Students travelling to Beijing and Singapore take a deep dive into the unique Asian context, spending time in the fastest growing economies and most rapidly developing parts of the world. Through learning about the unique diversity of this continent, GID students are required to draw on deep histories, and modern advances to push themselves and their work forwards through their own individual practice.

In Beijing, they study at Tsinghua University’s Academy of Arts and Design. Tsinghua is one of the best performing universities in China, and designers on the GID programme take part in a customised programme that explores the intersection of social design, designing for manufacture and cultural transfer. This has been developed by Tsinghua with the aim of providing a unique multidisciplinary educational experience to help students to meet local academics, and become leaders of innovation for a globalised world.

In Singapore, they study at Nanyang Technological University in the School of Art, Design, and Media, which is host to a range of interdisciplinary courses designed to mould creative individuals into outstanding artists, designers, animators, new media performers and even business leaders. The school’s aim is to liberate imaginative minds to unleash breakthrough design as an integral part of life.