MA Design: Final Show
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    Level 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA

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Artists, sculptors and innovative designers at the University of Plymouth have been exploring how to solve modern social problems, highlight the use of plastics and predict change through the use of materials and speculative thinking.

The MA Design: Final Show, a free event, allows students and members of the public to view fascinating works created under themes such as; crafting ambitions through heritage, preserving social cohesion in our city centres, delivering imaginative data solutions, densifying suburbia and designing with food for education.

Pete Davis, Lecturer in Design Culture at the University of Plymouth's School of Art, Design and Architecture, said: 

"The scope and complexity of design is changing, our students are trying to meet those challenges, with socially responsive work about resilient sustainability, place and multi-generational living, affordable housing for the homeless and those in transit. 

"Our ethos is that design can be force for change and good, in our design thinking we use cooperation, co-design, material challenge and need, as objectives. 

"Some of the design work on show is also speculative ‘what if design’ that draws attention to difficult data and the communication of that data. Inspiring design, that maps our own ancient trade routes to develop responses and critical design questions about materials.

"Design that focuses on the virtual while retaining connection to real surfaces and finally design that questions food packaging and educates the consumer on choice.
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The Plymouth Pier, by Jurate Scerbinskaite


The Plymouth Pier, by Jurate Scerbinskaite


"Design at the University of Plymouth offers an incredible depth and range of technical innovation and human-centred design. Our design ethnos is tangibility through design, sometimes this starts as speculative design; but moves on to students proving concepts with live, working prototypes.

"Our different programmes immerse students in global cultures, enabling them to tackle significant innovation challenges, as well as building international networks of collaborators. Our students are technology-orientated, cultural translators, creating unique cultural understanding and culturally appropriate design, with a real appreciation of traditional analogue skills and processes."

Dates: Tuesday 9 – Friday 26 October 2018.
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10:00–17:00, Saturday 11:00–16:00.
Venue: Level 2, The Roland Levinsky Building.
Free admission


Lost in the maze


MA Design student Hitanshi Agrawal explains her work on heritage and legacy as part of the Final Show.

"Our ethos is that design can be a force for change and good, in our design thinking we use cooperation, co-design, material challenge and need, as objectives."

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BA (Hons) 3D Design and MA Design graduate profile - Laura Lane

The BA was great for pointing me in the right direction, and it also gave me a good business grounding which has been invaluable.

The MA really helped Laura to focus on what was important and helped her find a process and a way of working.

Find out more about how Laura went on to set up her own ceramics business

Facilities and resources

Our designated architecture studio spaces provide a unique learning environment. A range of well-resourced specialist laboratory, CAD, and materials workshop facilities are all in close proximity, putting industry standard facilities at your fingertips.

Find out more about the facilities and resources available to you

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