‘Although clearly creative, the [UK design] workforce lacks diversity and is therefore ill-equipped to work in increasingly multi-cultural and global markets.’

The Design Skills Advisory Panel, 2006


Why The Global Studio?

It is difficult to ignore the shifts that have taken place over the past two decades in the way that products are developed, produced, distributed and consumed. It is these changing trends in manufacturing, and the related emergence of globally-networked organisations, that stimulated the development of The Global Studio.

How does The Global Studio work?

Following in the tradition of the design studio, with its emphasis on project-based learning in and through ‘doing’ (Donald Schön), students in The Global Studio design a product to meet the specifications outlined in a design brief. However, additional layers or complexity are woven into the course to facilitate the development of new skills in cross-organisational and cross-cultural communication and collaboration – skills that are increasingly required in order to work effectively in globally-networked workplaces and distributed design teams.

How is The Global Studio delivered?

The course structure has been developed in close collaboration with academics from various disciplines including industrial design, engineering and education. The Global Studio is delivered using a blended learning approach, with a combination of online learning and face-to-face teaching. Student teams across the globe are linked, acting in ‘designer’ and ‘client’ roles for each other while undertaking a product development project – for example, a workgroup at Loughborough University acts as ‘client’ to a ‘designer’ group at Hong-ik University, as well as being ‘designers’ working with their ‘client’ at Hong-ik University.