The Innovation School is a leading centre for design teaching that applies Design Innovation to the key issues defining contemporary society. We examine design’s role as a catalyst for positive change, and investigate its potential impact on people and places.

Our students, faculty and researchers adopt a human-centred, research-driven design approach as they explore the “near future” and “next now” in search of actionable innovations. We challenge traditional perceptions of design, and promote new ways of thinking, doing and designing, which we apply in diverse and complex real-world contexts.

Students at our campuses in Glasgow and the Highlands have access to dedicated teaching staff and outstanding facilities. Live projects provide opportunities to engage with businesses, communities and the public sector, while workshops and exchange programmes with international partners enhance the Innovation School’s global outlook. 

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses provide a unique and rounded skill set that prepares graduates for roles in private or public sector organisations, consultancy, self-employment or further study.

Human-Centred Innovation

At the Innovation School, we believe that life is social, and therefore the exercise of creativity, imagination and making is also social. We work with people as well as designing for people. The dialogue that drives the design process – the conversations with users, stakeholders, communities and organisations that shape collaborative and shared ambitions – is a central part of the design innovation process.

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Making Change Happen

Innovation is about shaping the world we live in. Our graduates and faculty confront complex issues that impact people’s lives through roles at companies such as Google and Facebook, as well as organisations like the NHS and the Scottish or UK Government. Others start their own businesses or work with local communities. The Innovation School prepares creative practitioners to make a difference in the world, whichever personal path they choose.

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