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Speculative Design Masterclass

5 live virtual sessions, 3 hrs each
Nov 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 _ 2024
A masterclass in the application of speculative design for organisational impact
£ 2,500 
£ 2,500 

This applied speculative design masterclass allows for a deeper level of conversation and exploration. Our masterclasses are typically attended by individuals with some experience or expertise in the approach or subject already including graduates of our Speculative Design Introduction programme. In these sessions participants actively apply methods to existing or future organisational challenges and engage in a deeper critique and reflection on previous or current work. Together we work through how we can use speculative design methods to impact strategy. We also offer a 45 minute one-to-one session with participants as part of this class. Together we will explore thinking on future applications and next practice. For more information on this course or to discuss a bespoke masterclass for your team please contact hello@critical.design

5 live virtual sessions, 3 hrs each
Nov 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 _ 2024
11:00-14:00 GMT (London)

★★★★★ (5 Stars) (15)
100% of our past participates would recommend this course to others. (Really, its true!)

What our past participants have said...

"The course is interesting, creative, challenging and fun - and I assure that you'll walk away very convinced and excited about the methodology."

"A well-paced introduction to a valuable, clearly-structured, and pragmatic approach to design that I can already see value and application for. The core message of going out and exploring the future in an inclusive way and then, critically, bringing that back to today and connecting it to action, is just great. I'll admit that I had been slightly concerned that it might be much more about futurism and design fiction, when it fact the course was very grounded."

"A friendly, enthusiastic, stimulating foray into the future and back again."

"J. Paul and Gemma guide you on the methodology of speculative design specifically for practical application in organisations. In the fast changing, constantly adapting world of startups, they make a strong case for companies and product teams to think more in the future. The course guides you through a process with your own project of thinking beyond the box, mapping out probable scenarios and learning how to apply the learnings from speculative futures into practical and strategic decisions to make today."

You will leave with:

- A new approach to product and service development & innovation

- An empathetic approach to systems thinking

- Frameworks for connecting  long term considerations and near term action

- Freshly ignited creativity and energy for change

- An approach to shaping organizational change, strategy and purpose

- Opportunities for networking around deep purpose with other alumni

This course is for:

- Designers, Strategists, Product or Innovation Managers, Researchers, or anyone interested in using speculative design in their work

- Anyone interested in learning about speculative design ability to create organisational value

- Anyone interested in learning about the commercial applications of speculative design

Your Teachers:

J. Paul Neeley - Designer & Researcher

Ted Hunt - Speculative Designer

Gemma Jones - Cultural Strategist

Accessible Pricing:

We are finding ways to make School of Critical Design a more inclusive and representative forum as we face the critical challenges facing our planet, people and organisations.

We understand that income and means is unequal across personal, regional and global contexts. To accommodate these differences we ask you to self-select from the following price bands:

Please consider which price band you can afford without financial anxiety.  Higher price bands are enabling those with less financial security to participate.

If your organisation is funding your training please opt for the top band. If you organisation is non-profit/ academic and funding your place we suggest you opt for the second or third band. If you are in an early stage or your career or a student and you are self funding please choose the third band.


B: £2,000 - use code MCLASSB

C: £1,500 - use code MCLASSC

Which Speculative Design course should I take?

Many people are curious if they should take the Speculative Design Basics, Speculative Design Introduction, or Speculative Design Masterclass.

Our Basics course covers the same material as the Introduction, but is run as an online self administered program, allowing participants to complete it anytime at their own pace. This is also helpful for individuals living and working in timezones not supported by the Speculative Design Introduction course, which is a live and interactive version of this material hosted by our instructors.

The Speculative Design Masterclass is for individuals with some background understanding of or experience with Speculative Design. They may have read about or studied Speculative Design, they have familiarity with the basic methods, they may know example projects and practitioners, or they may have even done Speculative Design projects. The familiarity with the approach allows us to have a more in-depth discussions about the methods, tactics, and meaning. Participants can make their own determinations on comfort with masterclass. We suggest taking the Speculative Design Basics or Introduction course as a prerequisite, to get up to speed on the SoCD language and basic approaches before taking the Masterclass.

For Companies:

For more information on multiple spots on a program or to discuss a bespoke version of this course for your team please contact hello@critical.design for details.

We are also happy to invoice your company for spots on the course if that is easier. Contact hello@critical.design for details.


Interested in bringing speculative design or other emerging innovation approaches into your wider organization?

Skill up your team

We can run any of our open enrollment courses or lectures as a dedicated session for your organization or in-house teams.

Custom Experience

We can develop custom topic and futures explorations for your organization.

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