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The Institute Of Design InnOvatiOn

the Winter schOOL

The Highlands and Islands Creative Campus


The Creative Campus is the location of The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. The Creative Campus is a research and post-graduate teaching centre for international excellence in creativity and innovation. The location enables us to research in geographically distributed contexts and pioneer new teaching methods. We deliver Design Innovation Masters and PhD programmes, and we teach digitally, remotely and residentially as well as through short seasonal schools. Led by the Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), The Winter School 2016 is an exemplar of our progressive teaching modes. Research and teaching carried out during the schools benefits organisations and communities, as well as students on our programmes. The Creative Campus and the activities that are held within it all share a pioneering vision to contribute to the long-term, sustainable development of a creative, entrepreneurial and internationally connected Highlands and Islands, a vision we share with our partners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The Winter School 2016 demonstrates our vision in action, and gives a brief glimpse into the pioneering activities of our new campus.

Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam OBE Head of School of Design Director Creative Campus Highlands & Islands The Glasgow School of Art


“Creativity is a human capability. It is not owned by, or restricted to artists, designers and architects. Everyone has it, but the real question is how you harness creativity in such a way that it can be made productive.� Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam OBE

Mor Stein Standing Stone, Orkney Islands. Photo by Iain Sarjeant/Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


The Institute Of Design InnOvatiOn (InDI)

InDI is a research institute at The Glasgow School of Art. We are a distributed, creative collective of researchers, lecturers and students specialising in Design Innovation. Together, we address complex issues through new design practices and bespoke community engagement to co-create preferable futures. We are located in both Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, which is home to our headquarters, enabling us to teach and research in urban and geographically distributed contexts. Joe Lockwood Director of the Institute of Design Innovation

Designing creative collaborations. Photo by Sanne-Ree Barthels.


A panel discussion at a Design Network event in Inverness during Winter School.


Design InnOvatiOn The Integrative DiscipLine


Design researchers working in the field. Main photo by Hannah Laycock

Design Innovation means both innovation through design and innovation of design. It is a way to engage a range of expertise and structure creativity.

Professor Philipp Heidkamp of KISD.


Design InnOvatiOn Masters A visiOnary apprOach tO teaching

Professor Eva Brandt of KADK, lecturing at Winter School.


The 2016 Winter School provided a unique learning and teaching opportunity for Design Innovation Masters programmes at InDI. We collaborated with international partners and engaged with members of the Hebridean communities. These aspects of our design process create a new direction for social design as an emergent practice rooted in immaterial or non-object based approaches. The GSA has three new Design Innovation Masters programmes located at The Creative Campus, which build upon our existing portfolio of programmes. Students and faculty work with technology corporations, local communities and academic institutions around the globe to create, develop and share new and preferable futures. Their outcomes propose alternative visions of how humanity and technology might interact born from real-life research and a desire to imagine change. The programmes focus on Social Design as a method to respond to the complex challenges and opportunities offered by contemporary culture. This pioneering approach applies a user-focused, culturally and contextuallyaware design process. It also enables us to engage with local communities and their aspirations, and embrace the rural rather than the metropolitan perspective. The pedagogical approach centres upon the local as a focal point for the global. The exploration of human experience in a world of networked technologies, interactions and communication is at the heart of our teaching methods.

M.Des Design Innovation & Interaction Design www.gsa.ac.uk/study/graduatedegrees/design-innovation-interactiondesign/ M.Des Design Innovation & Transformation Design www.gsa.ac.uk/study/graduatedegrees/design-innovationtransformation-design/ M.Des Design Innovation & Collaborative Creativity www.gsa.ac.uk/study/graduatedegrees/design-innovationcollaborative-creativity/ https://vimeo.com/119460821 (link to MDes Design Innovation trip to Toshiba, Tokyo) Dr Gordon Hush Head of Product Design at the GSA, and Programme Director for Learning & Teaching at the Institute of Design Innovation g.hush@gsa.ac.uk In addition, the GSA offers a Masters of Research and Doctoral opportunities. For more information please contact Dr Lynn McHattie-Sayers: l.mchattie@gsa.ac.uk

“Design students and faculty members from three different countries had valuable time to explore a common theme, exchange experiences and learn from each other. It is not very often that we have these opportunities.� Professor Eva Brandt KADK


KISD student Mary Michel with her group’s work during Winter School. Photo by Hannah Laycock


Winter SchOOL 2O16 Designing a preferabLe isLand future

The Winter School 2016 brought together more than 80 students and academics from three European Schools, as well as business and community leaders, and art and design practitioners to our campus in the Highlands and Islands. Students from Köln International School of Design (KISD) and Copenhagen’s KADK (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation) joined their GSA counterparts to explore the theme Island Life: Designing Research Questions, which kick-started a research project focusing on the Scottish Hebridean islands.

Students investigated the culture of the Hebrides and spoke with islanders to identify ways in which design can improve life across the islands. The students looked at issues as varied as transport, health & wellbeing, cultural life and tourism.

“The Glasgow School of Art is doing something really innovative in encouraging creativity and fresh ideas in geographically dispersed areas.” Malcolm MacLean Chairman of UNESCO Scotland, and adviser to the St Kilda Centre, Isle of Lewis

“Bringing together different perspectives and tools in the intensive format of a retreat was highly rewarding. Designers have a particular take on research, and this type of school is important to push the development of innovative modes of addressing societal problems with design.” Associate Professor Joachim Halse KADK


An internatiOnaL OutLOOk

Students at the first InDI Winter School. Photo by Hannah Laycock


Our schools bring international students, academic partners, art and design practitioners together with local communities and corporate organisations to work, teach and research. “Challenging our assumptions about places and framing our research questions were enlightening aspects of The Winter School.” Lisa Tomalak Design Innovation Master’s student


The Design NetwOrk SuppOrting a flOurishing design cOMMunity in the HighLands and IsLands

The Design Network is an internationally linked, entrepreneurial design and design research network, which strives to support a flourishing design community in the Highlands and Islands. Design Network events take place during our schools, and offer an opportunity for students, academia and local businesses and designers to network and share learning. The Design Network is a programme within the Creative Futures Partnership between the GSA and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). designhighlands.co.uk


Findhorn Bay. Photo by Oliver Pilcher


Fair Isle Knitting, Shetland.

For further information around the work of the GSA in the Highlands and Islands please contact Kate Hooper, k.hooper@gsa.ac.uk


The Creative Futures Partnership (CFP) is a pioneering partnership between The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). It has been established to deliver transformational benefits for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The CFP combines the GSA’s strengths in creativity and innovation with HIE’s economic and community development expertise. Through research and teaching programmes the partnership is committed to the long-term and sustainable development of a creative, entrepreneurial and internationally connected region.

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