Master in Design for Responsible Artificial Intelligence

Develop your skills in creative research, context analysis, critical thinking and storytelling, and strategic decision-making while investigating the multiple ways in which artificial intelligence systems are impacting our daily lives and engaging with complex questions emerging: from wider issue areas related to digital technologies in sustainability, ethics, media and social justice to intersectional and transdisciplinary perspectives. 

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Develop your skills in creative research, context analysis, critical thinking and storytelling, and strategic decision-making while investigating the multiple ways in which artificial intelligence systems are impacting our daily lives and engaging with complex questions emerging: from wider issue areas related to digital technologies in sustainability, ethics, media and social justice to intersectional and transdisciplinary perspectives. 

Degree

Master's Degree in Design for Responsible Artificial Intelligence.
Awarded by UVic-UCC. 

Direction

Andres Colmenares

ECTS Credits

60 Credits

Duration

September to June

Part time / Low-residence mode. 
In-person sessions in Barcelona: 
+ Kick-off week (1 week in September 2022) 
+ Module 4 (10 weeks between February-March 2023) 
+ Final project presentations (1 week in June 2023) 

Language

English

Access and admission requirements

Design graduates and professionals with experience in the public or private sector of the digital economy in areas related to tech, social innovation, culture or media. It is not essential to have a bachelor's degree to take this master’s degree; we value professional experience as much as college education.

The Master in Design for Responsible Artificial Intelligence is a part-time and low-residency programme for professionals interested in developing skills in creative research, context analysis, critical thinking and storytelling, and strategic decision-making while investigating the multiple ways in which artificial intelligence systems are impacting our daily lives and engaging with complex questions emerging from wider issue areas related to digital technologies in sustainability, ai ethics, media and social justice from intersectional and transdisciplinary perspectives.

The Master in Responsible AI is created for professionals with backgrounds in digital service design, strategic design and communications, interaction design, cultural management, political science, social innovation, journalism, trend research, data science or other technical disciplines as data or computer science related to artificial intelligence systems, who are working in different areas of the digital economy, leading or participating in digital transformation projects across public institutions and private sector organisations.

We will create the conditions for you to become a specialist in designing for responsible artificial intelligence, an emerging field that aims to understand artificial intelligence as socio-technical systems to study the different impacts they have in society and the Planet, investigating and designing theories, frameworks, methods and other tools for an ethical, legal, and sustainable development, deployment, governance and usage of artificial intelligence systems for a more responsible artificial intelligence.

There is a growing need in the public and private sectors, particularly in the US and Europe, for designers and other creative professionals with technical and non-technical backgrounds able to apply a critical design attitude and a transversal set of capabilities and mindsets to collectively learn how to transform principles (ways of thinking) such as transparency, justice and fairness, non-maleficence, responsibility and privacy into action (ways of doing) to assess and mitigate risks, increase digital media literacy in the wider public and learn the best ways humanity can use these powerful technologies to address the socio-ecological implications of the environmental emergency and make possible the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

This master in responsible AI is designed as a creative research collaboratory with a strong focus on collaborative and transdisciplinary learning offering participants a unique context to develop skills in investigating and analysing complex topics while specialising on the design and implementation of strategies, narratives, decision-making techniques and methodologies for responsible artificial intelligence systems to engage with a broad range of stakeholders. All of this taking into account the ethical dilemmas derived from this field and addressing ethical ai as a basic and inseparable approach of this discipline.

The Master in Design for Responsible Artificial Intelligence is organised into three terms offered in a low-residency mode which runs for 40 weeks over 10 months. You will be expected to commit 10-12 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.  

The program is delivered via a blended part-time/remote learning journey, online and through 3 in-person sessions in Barcelona that will take place in September 2022 (Kick-off week), February-March 2023 (10 weeks) and June 2023 (Final project week). 


Term I: September - December 2022 

In this term, students, alongside faculty and other guest collaborators, will interact to organise as a creative research collective around a self-assigned theme related to the Master’s core topics that will run across the three terms of the program, as a way to practice and reflect on the power of collective intelligence.  

Through group discussions, creative foresight experiments, collective decision-making and reflection exercises, students will develop rigorous methods of collecting and analysing information and alternative ways of understanding, situating, and exchanging knowledge in collaboration with their peers. 

With guidance from specialists and collaborators, students will design and run a low-tech digital publication as an experimental media platform to share the outputs of their collective research and learning journeys.  

  • Kick-off week: Creative research collaboratory + Critical Design/Media lab setup (in-person sessions. September 2022 @ Barcelona) 
  • Module 1: Decoding artificial intelligence systems (weekly remote sessions) 
  • Module 2: Artificial intelligence systems Impact on Society and the Planet (weekly remote sessions) 


Term II: January - March 2023 

Through lectures, case studies, debates and workshops, during this term students will engage in a critical study, analysis and discussion of the foundations of responsible artificial intelligence, the evolution of its legal dimension and different principles and guidelines for artificial intelligence ethics in public and private sector, with a strong focus on the requirements for trustworthy artificial intelligence according to the High Level Expert Group on artificial intelligence set by the European Commission. 

Students will explore and analyze the practical dimension of responsible artificial intelligence: how the guidelines and principles are being implemented, discussing and testing different impact assessment methods, technical and non-technical approaches, and tools to make artificial intelligence explainable to the general public. 

  • Module 3: Responsible artificial intelligence/ Governance, principles and requirements (weekly remote sessions) 
  • Module 4: Responsible artificial intelligence/ From principles to implementation (in-person design sprints and workshops. 10 weeks between Feb-March 2023 @ Barcelona) 
  • Critical Design/Media Lab + Final project  (weekly remote tutoring sessions) 


Term III: April - June 2023 

Through group discussions, editorial challenges, tutorials and workshops, students will apply and develop their learnings from other modules, while practising critical design and sharing their reflections with a wider audience in different formats, creating the conditions for students to exchange and engage with experts across different fields and regions, as part of their learning experience. 

The final weeks of this ms in artificial intelligence will include a final round of internal presentations to provide final comments on the projects, as well as final public external presentations both on location and online. The last week will also include feedback, and collective reflection on the whole learning experience. 

  • Critical Design/Media Lab + Final project development (weekly remote tutoring sessions) 
  • Final project presentations (in-person event. June 2023 @ Barcelona) 

Director 

Andres Colmenares 
Creative foresight strategist. Co-founder of IAM and co-director of the Billion Seconds Institute. 

Professors 

  • Ariel Guersenzvaig. Director of the Master in Design and Management of User Experience and Digital Services (Elisava).
  • Filippo Cuttica. Co-founding member of art group IOCOSE.
  • Xiaowei Wang. Lead facilitator of Logic School.
  • Simone Rebaudengo. Product and interaction designer. Co-founder of oio. 
  • Michelle Thorne. Sustainable Internet Lead at the Mozilla Foundation. Senior advisor to the Green Web Foundation and co-organizer of Open Climate. 
  • Caroline Sinders. Founder of the Convocation Design+Research.
  • Raziye Buse Çetin. Co-founder of the AI research, advocacy and art platform Dreaming Beyond AI.
  • Martín Pérez Comisso. Researcher in Socio-Technical Systems.
  • Nadia Piet. Founder of AIxDesign.
  • Abdelrahman HassanDigital Ethics Specialist at IKEA.


Photo credits: Image by Alan Warburton / © BBC / Better Images of AI / Plant / CC-BY 4.0