Safe environments for innovation: developing a new multidisciplinary masters programme

Mark Bailey, Neil Smith

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Abstract

This paper outlines the research and resulting curriculum design activities conducted as a collaborative venture between Northumbria University’s School of Design, School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences and Newcastle Business School undertaken in the creation of a new postgraduate programme in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation. With the area of multidisciplinary innovation education practice being comparatively new, the research conducted in support of the programme development was undertaken through a series of industry-linked pilot-study projects conducted with Philips, Hasbro, Lego and Unilever. The key finding from this research was an understanding of the importance of freeing students from different disciplines of the inhibitions that limit creativity in collaborative settings. This paper gives an account of the pilot studies and the associated learning derived from them, the collaborative development of the programme and approaches in curriculum and assessment design adopted in order to create what we call ‘safe environments for innovation’; environments designed to free students of these evident inhibitions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhen Design Education and Design Research Meet: proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education EPDE10
EditorsCasper Boks, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Place of PublicationWestbury
PublisherThe Design Society
Pages60-65
Number of pages607
ISBN (Print)978-1904670193
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
Event12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: when design education and design research meet - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 1 Sep 2010 → …

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: when design education and design research meet
Period1/09/10 → …

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