Space and Service Design
Postgraduate in daytime education (English)
Designing for change
- Are you ready to use your design skills to create products, services and communication systems that have impact?
- Many of today’s social, cultural and economic challenges can be solved with future-proof, inclusive services.
- Build on your BA or MA in design (industrial, product, graphic, etc.) or architecture with this fully accredited (60 ECTS) international postgraduate programme
- Use your own, personal vision to add sustainable value to public spaces and improve the accessibility and user experience of the clients of public services.
- Learn and apply research-led, user-centred design methodologies to create solutions to real, socially oriented design challenges.
- Expand your professional network with weekly Master Classes from industry experts and challenge yourself through collaborations with design agencies on real-life design projects
- Make tangible differences as a proactive and socially aware agent of change in your community
Why choose Space and Service Design
Making the future sustainable
Space & service designers focus on making the future sustainable. Designers are key players in shaping solutions that support the UN sustainable development goals. Our students work on emerging challenges like ageing, health and wellbeing, education and the circular economy.
Short-track Master’s in China
Keep going! Once you get your postgraduate in Space & Service Design, why not complement your studies with a Masters of Design in Service & Experience Design? Enrol in an exclusive short-track master's programme in English at our partner university, Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China.
We strongly encourage our students to participate to national and international design competitions, to share how service design can make a difference to day-to-day lives. Postgraduates Iske Tjolle and Adela Hankus won the Universal Design award in 2020 in the themes Interior and Architecture.
- Targeted students
- Postgraduate Certification
- Personal coaching
- Go International
- Real-life clients
- Designing for change, design with impact
- Add value to the labour market
First semester | Your first semester provides you with knowledge and skills in researching and designing service, communication systems and experiences. The methodologies and tools presented support you in developing innovative design ideas and delivering relevant solutions to the real-world design problems presented by our client-organisations.
You collaborate in international, multidisciplinary design teams and take up individual designer roles (the designer-researcher, designer-sustainability coordinator, designer-manager, designer-entrepreneur, designer-social media guru,…). As part of this team, you will apply and share your previous design knowledge and interact directly with our clients and users. Learning directly from experts, SSD Master Classes, brings in professionals from creative industries that will share their knowledge, approaches and experiences.
To extend your academic programme, you can take additional electives within Thomas More such as design communication, languages and intercultural communication.
Second semester | The second semester offers the opportunity to focus on your own strengths by working on an individual real-life project and take part in an (international) internship or taking a client project to production.
In the individual, major project you will demonstrate your research skills and your ability to define tangible and intangible context and needs related to the project. Your end work will be the creation of a relevant user-centred space and service design solution that you effectively document and present.
You have a design degree (BA or MA in interior design or interior architecture, architecture, product or industrial design, furniture design, graphic design, interaction design, … design, …) but ...
- you are convinced that designers are not only responsible for the shape of spaces and objects but also for the experiences and well-being of all users in order to achieve true change.
- you share the idea that the future-proof designer has a role to play in tackling contemporary social, cultural and economic challenges through evidence-based and human-centred design.
- you want to learn even more how to apply designers’ skills, methods and user-centred approaches to improve spaces, objects, communication and services so they become more effective and closer to day-to-day lives.
- you want to exchange knowledge and skills and collaborate in a cross-disciplinary way in challenging design projects in specific and real contexts such as Design for Learning, Design for Health, Design for Ageing, Design for Sustainable Development, Design for Hospitality, Design for Nature Preservation and much more.
- you are looking for a specialization course which can empower and complement your current design competences.
Below you can find an overview of the courses (under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit.
- We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.
Phase 1 Semester 1 Space & Service Design i 12 Future Proof Designer i 3 SSD Master Classses i 6 Design & Research i 3 Phase 1 Semester 2 Space & Service Design Final project i 24 Professional Experience i 12 Electives semester 1 Design communication, Survival Dutch, Chinese, French, Autocad i 3 or 6 Phase 1 Semester 1 Space & Service Design i 12 Future Proof Designer i 3 SSD Master Classses i 6 Design & Research i 3 Semester 2 Space & Service Design Final project i 24 Professional Experience i 12 Electives semester 1 Design communication, Survival Dutch, Chinese, French, Autocad i 3 or 6
Check out an example timetable for phase 1.
Postgraduate programmes aim to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in a bachelor's or a master's degree programme. A postgraduate largely focuses on developing your professional skills in a way that can be immediately useful in a work environment, while simultaneously helping you develop your professional network. A postgraduate programme is a specialisation for students who already have a degree in design or architecture (bachelor's and master's).
Why do a postgraduate? A postgraduate from Thomas More will give your CV and portfolio added value on the labour market, transforming you into a future-proof designer!
Throughout the design process, student teams are coached by a team of design professionals, lecturers and researchers. They collaborate with stakeholders, users and experts from the project field through desk research and first-person participatory, co-creation or feedback research sessions.
Postgraduate students are further supported by ID&A services such as Whats’on (the Design Learning Centre and Fab-Lab) and the ID&A Workshop Facilities (wood/metal/plastic workshop) and by Thomas More’ s Admissions and International support service.
Fostering international and intercultural collaboration is vital for a society-oriented design course. Besides welcoming Belgian students, we welcome international students with their specific design knowledge and specific cultural background that creates a dynamic international class-setting.
Student learning is facilitated through a range of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials by both national and international professionals and experts which allows for the exchange with other service design schools and networks.
Over the past decade the ID&A unit has collaborated with various professional, national and international design firms looking for talented interns. Continuing this tradition, in the second semester, postgraduate students work within a professional design context through an (international) internship or service project.
Our programme is demand-driven. Each year offers new opportunities and new real clients: City of Leuven, NGO Join For Water, House of Entrepreneurs Mechelen, elderly care De Lisdodde, Regional Landscape Riverland, national agency Nature & Forest, Flanders DC, Samenlevingsopbouw vzw, Ekisande vzw, several public services and NGOs.
In this project (see photo), our students designed the new services and service touchpoints for the circular mushroom nurseries in the city of Mechelen. Picture: Kimberly Vonckx (B), Hélder Rosa (Portugal), Olivier Vanhamme (B)
Designing for change, design with impact
Our postgraduates offer clients research-driven solutions: spaces, objects, communication and services that effectively change people’s day-to-day life. Our future-proof designers can play a significant role in tackling contemporary social, cultural and economic challenges through evidence-based and human-centred design. For the Mama Sabina Health Care Centre in Bwera Uganda, students converted an existing school building into inviting and vital spaces and service experiences. Supported by Ekisande, Medics Without Vacation, the TM nursery department and Aquafin, feasible and desirable solutions were designed. The project is planned to be executed.
Add value to the labour market
The postgraduate programme is a specialisation course which aims at widening or deepening existing design competences with service design knowledge and skills in a cross-disciplinary educational setting. Professional experts share their insights about service design and design methodologies and approaches in our SSD Master Classes.
Our partners in education also offer internships, site visits, guest lectures and workshops in design agencies and service organizations. With this you are not only focussing on developing professional skills but also on expanding your personal network. The acquired knowledge can be used immediately in a working environment.
- Additional Studies
Once you have completed your postgraduate in Space & Service Design, there is the opportunity to extend this to a Master’s of Design in Service & Experience Design?
Space and Service Design graduates can enrol in a short-track master's programme in English at our partner university Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China.