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Research Proposal

Dear Postgraduate Student

Next Tuesday [17th May] we start the Research Proposal element of the PG04 unit and we will be in the MA space at 10am and finish at 1pm.

The next session will be on Tuesday 24th May from 2pm-5pm and then all day 10am – 5pm on Tuesday 31 May

You will:

B1. Devise a Research Strategy that enables the concept development processes appropriate to the realisation of a creative solution to their lead question or area of enquiry.

B2. Systematically evaluate and implement a range of research methodologies and integrate those that are appropriate into their practice.

Be assessed on your

‘… ability to present evidence of the coherence and rigour of their research strategy and an understanding of its positioning at MA level.’
‘…Research Strategy evidencing the concept development processes, synthesising theory and practice, that are appropriate to the realisation of a creative solution to their lead question or area of enquiry.’

‘… ability to systematically evaluate, implement and interrogate a range of research methodologies appropriate to their practice.’

‘…independent, in-depth study of strategies for innovation taken from professional and academic sources, and their ability to relate their findings to their own practice-based work;

Write a Research Proposal (1350-1650 words and visualisation):  outlining project and schedule for the Final Major MA project.

Any questions just ask and see you next Tuesday.



Design Criticism and the Creative Process

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‘Manifestoes’resemble contracts that the undersigned make with themselves and with society. As with all contracts, manifestoes imply certain rules laws and restrictions. But they soon become independent from their authors. At this point, a masochistic realtionship begins between the author and the text itself, for the manifesto-contract has been drafted by the very person who will suffer from the restrictions of its clauses. No doubt such carefully devised laws will be violated. This self-transgression of self-made laws adds a particularly perverse dimension to manifestoes. In addition, like love letters, they provide an erotic distance between fantasy and actual realisation. In many respects, this aspect of manifestoes has much in common with the nature of architectural work. It plays on the tension between ideas and real spaces, between abstract concepts and the sensuality of an implied spatial experience. (B. Tschumi, preface of Architectural Manifestoes, London, 1979).

PG Debate is now on Tuesday 14 December 10-12.30

The date for the debate has been change to Tuesday 14 December 10-12.30

PG Debate Groups PDF


On Tuesday 14 December you will become a debating society. You will be split into teams and asked to argue for or against and series of propositions. There will be 6 teams, 2 on each side of the debate. Each team will be given one of three propositions at random and will then have to debate against the team who has drawn the counter argument. You will have to research your proposition so that you can ‘win’ the debate by your ‘force’ of argument.

Each team will have 10 minutes to put their case, each member having to contribute in some way to this presentation. There will then be a 10 minute session where the rest of the MA group will be able to question the team about their proposition. After this it will be the turn of the team opposing the first proposition and the same format will apply. The session will then continue until all 3 propositions have been debated. We will then vote on each proposition in turn to see which teams debated their points most convincingly.

The three propositions will be:

1. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

2. “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

3. “That form ever follows function. This is the law.”

Multi-disciplinary design education in the UK

Ravensbourne relocated to a purpose-built £70million design and digital media centre on Greenwich Peninsula in October 2010. The building and its technologies have been designed to encourage multi-disciplinary working and collaboration between courses, sectors, education and business. All spaces are open and flexible with product design, graphic design, architecture, innovation, animation, engineering, fashion, immersive technologies and other disciplines being taught side by side. Postgraduate research students and businesses share the same spaces and facilities with the aim that this will enable them to develop new innovations, bring new ideas to market and test new concepts and prototypes.

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