PRODUCT & FURNITURE DESIGN / PRODUCT DESIGN

Designing for tomorrow, with a hint of ‘Made in Italy’ artistry

Master's Course**

1 Oct 2019 - 5 Jun 2020
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fees
enrolment fee € 5.500
tuition fee € 22.000

** Students who successfully complete the programmes taught in Milano will be awarded with an Istituto Marangoni diploma.

Programme Specification

Highlights

Master's Degree*

1 Oct 2019 - 29 Jan 2021
3 Feb 2020 - 23 Apr 2021
en
fees
enrolment fee £ 4.400
tuition fee £ 18.000

Programme Specification

Highlights

Product design, project methodology and the added value of ‘Italianness’. This 15-month course (including placement) is for individuals looking for advanced design skills, and an in-depth knowledge of the furniture and contemporary product design industry, becoming experts in managing and developing professional design projects. Participants learn how to integrate creativity with an extensive knowledge of materials, studying their properties and technical features alongside the application of new technologies. Visual representation in the form of renderings, and the creation of small prototypes further assist their ability to design and visualise products in connection with space or location, and accurately evaluate their functional and aesthetic properties.

With a focus on Italian craftsmanship, and design language the course explores how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and techniques to build strong aesthetic identities. Cult products of the ‘Made in Italy’ tradition are analysed in order to fully understand ‘aesthetic sensibility’ – one of the main features of the world-renowned Italian style, and showcased at the most important annual event in the international furniture design calendar, the Salone del Mobile Exhibition in Milano, Italy.

Looking at the realities that define tomorrow’s furniture and product designs, participants take a look at key trends, contemporary lifestyles, user needs and emotional perceptions, understanding the relationship and ‘identity’ of the project to be developed. They look at new influences in the industry including sustainability, renewable resources, and innovative materials, as well as high profile designer case studies; researching the key steps in project development to obtain a full ‘360°’ vision of product design.

Participants build their skills and potential as creative practitioners collaborating with companies on industry projects, taking an idea from concept through to final presentation. Throughout the projects they receive professional feedback and guidance from the company and are supported in the negotiation and presentation of ideas to companies and new clients. At postgraduate level participants will already have prior undergraduate level study, or relevant industry experience in order to successfully follow the course components in creative research, product design, and professional project development.

** Students who successfully complete the programmes taught in Milano will be awarded with an Istituto Marangoni diploma.



**** Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London will be awarded with a BA (Hons) Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; BA (Hons) Degree (sandwich) is a four-year course which includes a 36-week placement. 120 credits points are available eachyear of study in order to gain an honours degree, obtaining 360 credits upon successful completion of the three year course. Participants on the four-year sandwich course will receive 120 practice credits for the additional year. All candidates should meet specific entry requirements (please check www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/ for international equivalents); for further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at the chosen school.



LEARNING FOCUS

  • Design of contemporary products
  • Concepts in product design
  • Reflections on design
  • Research methods
  • Material studies
  • Contemporary Italian design manufacture
  • Design languages analysis
  • Design culture & new scenarios
  • Branding
  • Client projects

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

  • Furniture designer
  • Product designer
  • Product development manager
  • Concept designer.

STUDY UNITS · LONDON

  • Design Culture
  • Contextual and Cultural Studies
  • Design Process
  • Research Methods
  • Industry Placement
  • New Design Approaches
  • Dissertation

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