Course Description

Certificate in Speculative Design Futures

As design, in all disciplines, evolves to cope with new developments in technology (artificial intelligence, immersive virtual environments, digital identities, etc.), the urgency of climate crisis, and changing legal, social and ethical contexts, it is vital that designers continue to upskill and future proof their practice. Designers are problem solvers and creative solution proposers who make a difference to people’s daily life, environment, and interactions.

Our postgraduate certificate course is suitable for designers from all disciplines interested in learning how to tackle the challenges of designing for uncertain futures. The course will equip designers with the skills to critically engage with complexity and uncertainty and to create speculative design prototypes, narratives and probes that give them the confidence to address future design challenges.

During the course, you will:

Be guided through a range of different speculative and critical design thinking, approaches, processes and methods as you learn about how to map time and describe future design contexts.

Explore new ways to practice as you critically explore changing and evolving human, ecological and technological perspectives.

Apply a range of interdisciplinary research methods to question and analyse the social, environmental, economic and political impact of predicted future trends and emerging technologies.

Note: course is subject to validation.


Application deadline:

IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a submitted and complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).

Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled.


For more information, please visit Speculative Design Futures – IADT

Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeCo. Dublin
Course CategoryArt & Design
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationSpecial Purpose Award / Certificate
Awarding BodyIADT
Awarding Body DetailsPostgraduate Certificate
Course Duration5 weeks
Course TimeThe course will be delivered on a blended format as follows: Wednesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Online 4th, 11th and 25th October 2023 1st and 15th November 2023 Saturdays | 9.30am – 3.30pm | On Campus 4th and 11th November 2023
Course Fee€1,100
Entry RequirementsUndergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level in design or a related discipline. Applicants may also be considered provided that they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through our RPL [recognition of prior learning] process.
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