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Master's inInnovation-based Integrated Design

West University of Timișoara
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
At the beginning of the academic year (either at the end of September or the beg...

Program description

Master's inInnovation-based Integrated Design

Unlike traditional design, integrated design is not a one-sided and unidisciplinary justifiable action, but in order to generate a durable and sustainable sustainable design solution, it uses a holistic, three-way assessment. Thus, in order to be accepted and implemented in practice, the design solution must be "sound" - according to the "ecologically necessary versus technologically possible" binomial - from the ecological point of view, be fair, equitable and timely, from the point of view of ethical, social and economic view, as it must be designed to meet a certain utilitarian function, and to aesthetically enrich and signify a product, a space, a service, or an individual.

Student advantages

Theoretical and practical content

- favors the best possible integration in the informational current through the passing of some humanistic and real-world disciplines (eg Digital Media for Data Communication in Design, Contemporary Cultural Theories of Design & Media)

facilitates the development and cultivation of the ability to express and translate ideas into languages specific to the integrated design (eg, Creative Stages of the Design Process, Principles & Methods of Research-Oriented Project Development).

- stimulates imagination and creativity, the desire to innovate or to invent (eg, Design's Sources of Innovation, Stages and Opportunities, Transversal Knowledge)

- knowledge of the normative culture of the field as well as the norms / standards whose use makes the theoretical solutions to be transposed in practice, with the technology currently available to society.

- theoretical knowledge that highlights the theoretical and practical discourse of the professional at a level that transcends the narrow and perhaps meschinous horizon of the creator who responds to a simple, orderly social order, giving him an overview (Weltanshauung germ) on the field in (eg, Pragmatic Ontology of the Utilitarian Object, Environmental Coherence: information-energy-natural & artificial systems).

- cross-cutting skills, responding to the latest requirements of European academic education.

Career impact

The program investigates both the perspectives and the challenges of current professional practices, prefiguring the future practices of the vast field of integrated design ( holistic design derived from the holistic Greek word meaning "whole") through trans- and interdisciplinary approach, in close correspondence with the professional experience specific to the three major sub-domains of specialization - Product Design, Environmental Design and Graphic Design;

The principles and methods by which strategic predictions can be built and can be invented and / or innovated in any of the subdomains of the design by identifying new functions or services, by improving the environment as a result of using the solutions offered by the integrated design, by improving the relations of individuals, either within the social, public, or intimate family environment.

The program as a whole seeks to practice but also to familiarize itself with an experimental approach specific to the scientific and theoretical research, and which can ultimately be validated and justified by materialisations related to a specialized practice (articles published in journals, specialty conferences organized by prestigious design entities, pragmatic foundation through projects and / or prototype execution);

Admission requirements

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Program content

Main subjects

  • Contemporary Cultural Theories of Design and Media semester I; semester II, semester III
  • Digital Media for Data Communication semester I; semester II, semester III
  • Sources of Innovation semester I; semester II, semester III
  • Research-Oriented Projects for Luxury Products semester I; semester II; semester III; semester IV
  • Crafts and Raw Materials & Fabrics semester I; semester II
  • Creative Stages of the Design Process semester I; semester II; semester III; semester IV
  • Interdisciplinary Experimental Design semester I; semester II
  • Onthology of the Utilitarian Object semester I; semester II
  • Environmental Coherence semester I; semester II
  • Procedures of Project Implementation semester I; semester II semester III; semester IV,
  • Design for Master Essay Thesis semester III; semester IV

Scholarships & funding

We offer homestay in one of the university's dormitories, in one room, available for 2 up to 5 inhabitants at low costs (aprox. 50 euro per month). Student residence available for one academic year with the possibility of prolonging the stay during the summer holiday and for the next academic year.

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West University of Timișoara

Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara (UVT) / West University of Timişoara (WUT) is the main higher education institution and research center in Western Romania. Its community comprises roughly 15000 students and over 700 academic staff. It is a comprehensive university...

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West University of Timișoara

Vasile Pârvan Boulevard, No. 4, Timiș county
300223 Timișoara

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