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Global Innovation Design (GID) is a new joint Masters programme between Imperial and the Royal College of Art.
It is a unique, trans-national Master's design initiative which brings together three major centres of design, culture, enterprise and industry: Europe, North America and Asia.
The programme is a world-class design collaboration between four internationally-renowned academic institutions. Each partner brings distinct expertise and complementary approaches to design, engineering, technology and business with an emphasis on internationally-oriented design and innovation.
GID offers a new international style of learning and unique educational and cultural experiences designed to meet the changing needs of enterprise in the 21st century.
GID Masters students on the joint RCA/Imperial College London programme study in New York and Tokyo during their first year and then in London for their graduation year. Graduates from the programme are expected to be central to innovation leadership in the 21st Century.
The programme is full-time and runs over a period of two calendar years. It will offer:
- A double Master's: MA Royal College of Art and MSc Imperial College London – students are fully enrolled at both institutions
- Significant study periods during the first year of the programme at world renowned institutions: Keio University in Tokyo and the Pratt Institute in New York
- A London-based second year of the programme in a shared vibrant creative studio at the RCA (all students have their own desk) with access via Imperial College to a world-leading technology environment
- A diverse and international mix of students
- Teaching staff who are highly experienced practitioners and work professionally in their field
- Potential enterprise and commercialisation support through theInnovationRCA incubator
- Leadership skills for design-related enterprises operating in international environments
- High-level graduate destinations: RCA and Imperial alumni work at leadership level in international corporations, global consultancies as well as new self-started commercial enterprises.
Applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent). The subject(s) of that first
degree can be any subject however the individual needs to show aptitude or great potential in the
area of design or technology led innovation. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this
degree qualification will be considered (for example, excellent professional experience or outstanding
creative or technical abilities). Applicants must also have achieved English Language proficiency
requirements of or equivalent to an IELTS score of 7 with a 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).
In addition to the minimum entrance requirement, all applicants must undergo the following:
Portfolio: Entrance Examination Part 1
Applicants must submit a portfolio of work relevant to innovation for assessment by the GID Masters
team. The portfolio should show:
• Applicant’s excellence in their current expertise, study area or professional activity.
• Evidence of interest or ability in the fields of innovation, engineering and design.
• Samples of creative abilities or relevant personal interests.
Interview: (if invited) Entrance Examination Part 2
Selected applicants are invited by the programme for an entrance examination which comprises of a
creative exercise (one hour) and an interview with an Entrance Examination Board including staff from
the RCA and Imperial and a GID student representative (15 minutes in duration).
A list of accepted candidates on the GID Masters course at RCA/Imperial, along with their portfolio,
application forms, references, letters of recommendation and other relevant information or data will be
shared within the GID consortium (i.e. with KMD and Pratt ID). The partner institutions will have the
opportunity to comment on the candidates and raise issues regarding the selected applicants. The
RCA/Imperial will take such comments into consideration before making the final offer to the
candidates. Similarly lists and associated application/portfolios for students accepted onto the
programmes at KMD and Pratt ID will be shared with the RCA/Imperial GID admissions team for
comment. While the opinions of partner institutions will be considered the ultimate decision on
acceptance onto the GID Masters will be taken by the RCA/Imperial Entrance Examination Board.
Funding assistance to students provided by the Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition http://www.royalcommission1851.org.uk/