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Duration 4 Weeks
Location Online
Hours: 60
Language English
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The Course

Designing Futures

28th Sept – 23rd Oct 2020
18th Nov – 19th Dec 2020
11th Jan – 5th Feb 2021

This course introduces methods and strategies for envisioning the future as part of the design process. The course will explore the field of futures studies and foresight practices in relation to design to help participants design products, interaction and services scenarios for our near and next futures.

– Design methodology
– Creative methods
– Forecasting and envisioning
– Design-based futures
– Futures studies and speculative design

Who Should Apply

Domus Academy Short Courses are tailored mainly for postgraduate students, students in the process to be graduated and young designers.

All courses are taught in English. A high level of proficiency in the English language is required.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
– Analyse new and emergent cultural changes extracted from a variety of sources to inform the formulation of a possible future context;
– Develop a concept for a future scenario;
– Demonstrate knowledge in the field of experiential futures;
– Design an object, service or interaction project responding to a constructed future scenario;
– Create a digital and/or physical mockup to experience a future scenario.


The act of designing is projecting into the future; it involves imagining, creating and producing an object (an artifact) or service that doesn’t yet exist for future use or consumption. However, the future as a temporal phenomenon cannot be examined. Designers have traditionally referred to the past and present to developed products and services to meet users’ needs and desires –often using ethnographic research in a usercentric design approach.

The complexities and uncertainties of the contemporary global and interconnected world require design to address broader themes and issues—a condition in which the role of design is being redefined. New methodological approaches need to be applied to address this for continued relevancy in the 21st century.


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Course Programme

The first week of the course provides participants with a set of theoretical approaches to understand and discover the field of futures studies as related to design. It will be theoretical and practical. A structural framework that is both methodological and creative will be presented. It will allow the participants to perform guided research in an identified area and enter into the creative and analytical process to generate knowledge and ideas for possible and probable future scenarios. A set of tools will be introduced to help identify and comprehend signals that will help shape the vision.

The second week will explore a series of participatory tools and techniques to build ideas and concepts of multiple future scenarios. The main objective is to gain practical experience in the speculative design process, leveraging ‘observation with intuition to create new insight’. Supported by different methodologies, each participant will collaboratively explore perspectives and possible developments in a constructed future scenario and begin envisioning an artefact.

During the third week, each participant will work on the creation of an experience or artifact prototype capable of exhibiting and responding to a given idea of the future. The ideation and conception phases will lead to ideas prototyping to be represented and tested within the developed context of the future scenario. Various media and techniques from storyboards and video to physical or digital mockups will be used to describe and illustrate both the scenario and the constructed proposal.

In the final week, the participants will concentrate on strengthening the derived and creative proposals. They will identify and apply a defined communication style while constructing a final digital presentation that successfully and convincingly places the proposals within an intentioned context and reading desirable, plausible, utopian or dystopian.


Domus Academy short courses involve the following costs:

All Students
€ 2500

Fee Description
€ 0 Pre-Enrollment
€ 2500 Tuition


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