Designing Alternatives

Project Details


Designing Alternatives is a teaching and research project that seeks to introduce students to forms of design practice that stand self-consciously outside the mainstream of creating commodities for mass production and consumption. Embedded in real life projects, students are given the opportunity to contribute toward the development of their local community as they explore sustainable and ethical design practices and relevant issues and as they enhance their own understanding of the designer’s role in today’s society. The course is offered to third year students in the School of Design within Edinburgh College of Art and forms the basis of research into design education, ethics and practice by the two course leaders, Emma Gieben-Gamal and Sonia Matos.

Key findings

Current collaborations include: Capability Scotland, Sciennes Primary School and Towerbank Primary School.
Effective start/end date19/09/1328/11/13


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