The Masters Degree in Integrated Design (M. Design)
Program Head: Dr. Dror K. Levi
Design as a social structuring project
"We shape instruments and instruments shape us" – wrote Marshall McLuhan, in his attempt to define the nature of the relations between mankind and the surrounding world.
To see the whole picture: The Masters degree studies in Integrated Design at HIT is a unique track, intent on granting the students interdisciplinary skills in a dynamically changing world. This program is open to Bachelor degree graduates in various fields of design: internal design; game design; industrial design; etc., and in tangential fields, such as: architecture; arts; engineering; management and marketing. It simultaneously offers them a comprehensive systemic vision of the design's essence, as a power for change, while providing experience of different design practices.
Participatory discourse: The idea is to create one classroom with suitable student-candidates for the M. Design studies, to put together engineers and fashion designers, architects and writers, business managers and artists – to form a participatory discourse on collective and individual projects.
The power to generate change: The purpose of the Masters studies in Integrated Design is to train designers, architects, engineers, artists and curators who graduated from humanities and social sciences faculties to rethink 'design' as an active space in which social action is performed. This discourse on design grants the participants in these discussion forums and groups the theoretical and practical tools to generate sustainable change.
The program relies on design laboratories, thematic seminars and practical studio sessions, in which the best researchers present their theories and examine, with the students, creative means of action and practical solutions to current problems on the agenda, as well as to those that will occupy the designers of tomorrow. These studies, combining theory and practice, individuals and team-work, provide the students with the skills to realize social and design innovativeness.
Experimental-Research Gallery and Magazine – The pivotal axis of the program will be a new experimental-research gallery and a new magazine, which should reflect the lives of the faculty members and the world beyond academia, as an integral part of the second degree studies in Integrated Design.
This program exposes the students to a wide range of contents and subjects, including: the language of design; visual culture; spatial studies; the sociology of design; urban ecology and sustainability; globalization; information society; theory, control and interpretation; design management; marketing strategies; advertising; branding; and much more. It offers cooperation with other faculties at HIT and with local museums. Leading researchers specializing in their fields, from Israel and abroad, are invited to give lectures and conduct workshops.