• Date: Friday 26 January 2018
  • Location: Newton Grand Hall, Avenue Campus, Northampton, NN2 6JD
  • Cost: Free

Multidisciplinary Design: Distinctions and Blurred Boundries

After nearly forty years of introducing multidisciplinary design practice to education and creative industry and embracing its role in education and economy growth in the UK, there is still a lack of consensus about what the term ‘multidisciplinary’ actually means. One definition proposes that ‘it describes situations in which several disciplines cooperate but remain unchanged’1.

Besides the questionable implication to the immutability of disciplines while practicing multidisciplinary, the definition fails to expand to the challenges facing the practitioner nor to the potential of benefits acquired. As academics, designers and researchers we all have experienced both benefits and impairments of multidisciplinary approaches to material and conceptual thinking and application.

The aim of this symposium is to explore the meaning, risks and benefits of multidisciplinary design in academic and/or professional contexts and to discuss the significance of distinctions between creative disciplines in both contexts as well as the blurred boundaries in between.

Academics, creative practitioners and researchers are invited to submit 200 words abstract for a twenty minutes paper presentation about their views on Multidisciplinary Design. Focus of paper presentations are encouraged to be about your personal experience and/or view on one of the following*:

​- The connotations, risks and benefits of multidisciplinary design in academic contexts; research or teaching and learning multidisciplinary design.

​- The connotations, risks and benefits of multidisciplinary design in professional context; working with others towards corporate aims using multidisciplinary design.

– The distinctions between creative disciplines in industry and/or academia.

​- The blurred boundaries between creative disciplines in industry and/or academia.

*Please note that points of focus are not limited to the above. You are welcome to submit your own preference of focus on the subject. Presentations can include creative output i.e. personal or contextual creative practice, videos, designs, multimedia projects, etc.

Please send your submission and any questions to Dr. Hala Georges.

More information can be found on website here.


Paper submission: 26 January 2018

Register to attend: 1 March 2018

Symposium: 27 April 2018

1. Design Council (2010) The Multidisciplinary Design Network Report on Multidisciplinary Design Education in UK. Retrieved from http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/multi-disciplinary-design-education.pdf (Last accessed 3rd Oct.2017).