The MA Product Design programme is designed to have a strong focus on research, practice, creative problem solving, teamwork and innovation, where technology supports traditional design skills, such as sketching and model making skills, refined through CAD detailing, 3D software, 3D printing and AR/VR applications.
The programme structure ensures that students have the opportunity to develop as responsible, global citizens through contemporary product design practice, evidenced through a well-constructed, industry relevant curriculum.
The MA programme is delivered through a highly qualified academic and studio practitioner team in addition to invited Industry mentors. Students also have the opportunity to participate in global collaborative projects within their specialised fields of study.
The MA Product Design programme combines theoretical approaches with practical investigations through a dialogue between theory and practice. The programme provides students with a highly informed and broad academic learning environment, challenging design ethics, research and practice on a global level.
Throughout the 15 month programme, students will engage in experimental and practical design strategies, considering new and emerging design thinking scenarios within contemporary product design practice. Students are also encouraged to assess the role of contemporary product design practice and the role of the product designer as a whole within an ever-changing, complex design environment.
Each unit is delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars and field trips.
In addition, to support the students overall learning experience, specialist support is provided by design technicians in the Design Lab, Digital Lab, Material Lab and Photography studio.
- To develop a critical awareness of key theories and practices within contemporary product design, considering ethical approaches towards new and emerging design scenarios.
- The articulation of complex and innovative ideas, considering environmental, social, economic and political impacts.
- Working collaboratively within peer groups to formulate, design and test new, theories, processes and practice.
- Professional development within the field of contemporary product design practice, through understanding the complexities within the role of product design in the 21st
- Problem analysis and critical problem-solving scenarios within a client project brief.
- Research, analysis, reflection and testing design scenarios through a theory or practice-based dissertation.
- Become a professional product designer
- Establish their own design practice
- Collaborate with other design practitioners
- Provide professional CAD detailing, 3D rendering and 3D prototyping skills
- Develop product design proposals for global charities, social enterprises and NGO’s
- Undertake critical research within product design thinking systems and practice
- Progress further onto PhD or MPhil academic programmes
- Design Culture
- Contextual and Cultural Studies
- Design Process
- Research Methods
- Industry Placement
- New Design Approaches