Product Design & Furniture

Crafting the future in contemporary furniture design

Three-Year Course

1 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
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fees
enrolment fee € 4.000
 
tuition fee EU € 13.900
tuition fee non-EU € 15.500

* Students who successfully complete the programmes ‘AFAM’ taught in Milano will be awarded the Diploma Accademico di I Livello. Recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education as an academic diploma equivalent to a university undergraduate level degree, students will obtain 180 CFA (crediti formativi accademici) equivalent to 180 ECTS credits. The pathway is a specialisation of the recognised diploma core program Fashion Design & Accessories. For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at the chosen school.

**Los estudiantes que completen con éxito los cursos trienales de Interior Design, Interior Design & LIghting, Product Design, Product Design & Furniture y Visual Design en Milán conseguirán una titulación propia del Istituto Marangoni.

Programme Specification

Ba (Hons) Degree* **

1 Oct 2019 - 5 Jun 2020
en
fees
enrolment fee £ 3.300
 
tuition fee EU £ 11.500
tuition fee non-EU £ 13.000

** For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only

Programme Specification

Highlights

Designing contemporary furniture for volume production or creating one-off bespoke designs – technology, innovation, and style hold the key to success. This three-year course covers a mix of applied manual, technical and digital design skills together with creativity, nurturing and developing individual style in the growing and competitive product and furniture design industry. With a focus on Italian craftsmanship, design and style, the course explores how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and manufacturing techniques. During the course participants will learn advanced furniture design skills (technical drawing, 3D modelling, visualisation and prototype development with CAD), and the translation of a design concept into a finished product.

They will work on abstract or luxury pieces for display, multifunctional designs that may include hidden compartments or secret components, and products for mass production, taking into consideration the principles of ergonomics and the emotional and functional experience of the end user. The study of materials is key: looking at their properties and potential manipulation for product crafting and manufacture is an important part of the furniture design process that seeks to address contemporary requirements of wellbeing and comfort. Participants are encouraged to experiment with contemporary design aesthetics whilst considering new approaches put forward by the industry today, including renewable and sustainable resources, and innovative new materials.

Participants research the history and evolution of product design, considering user preferences and industry trends, company briefs or brand image strategies. Throughout, particular attention is given to research methods, ethnographic studies and project management skills, working individually and in groups. Participants are also given the chance to test their skills in a professional setting collaborating on industry projects with companies looking for original and innovative contributions. Throughout the industry driven project they receive professional feedback and guidance from the company.

A final graduation showcase event allows participants to further network, while business preparation and communication skills provide a professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of contemporary furniture design ideas to companies and new clients.

This course is part of the design for products study pathways. With product design as the core subject, participants specialise in the chosen area of interest (furniture), completing the course with a distinct professional profile.

This course is also available as a BA (Hons) four-year course (including Sandwich Year Placement).

* Students who successfully complete the programmes ‘AFAM’ taught in Milano will be awarded the Diploma Accademico di I Livello. Recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education as an academic diploma equivalent to a university undergraduate level degree, students will obtain 180 CFA (crediti formativi accademici) equivalent to 180 ECTS credits. The pathway is a specialisation of the recognised diploma core program Fashion Design & Accessories. For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at the chosen school.



**** Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in Paris and London will be awarded with a Master’s Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Master’s Degrees include a 12 week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA course. 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.



** For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only



LEARNING FOCUS

  • Technical drawing & rendering (CAD)
  • The design process
  • Product analysis
  • Industry project work in collaboration with companies
  • The history and culture of product design
  • Basic principles of interior design
  • Design methodology & development
  • Industrialisation of the creative process
  • Final project and portfolio creation
  • Creative research practice and theory
  • History of art and design
  • Research methodology

Possible career paths

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

STUDY UNITS · LONDON

Year one

  • Product Design Methodology
  • Product Design
  • Furniture Design Product
  • History of Art, Design and Visual Culture

Year two

  • Aesthetic Culture
  • Project Culture
  • Furniture Design Culture
  • Design and Cultural Perspective

Year three

  • Integrated Product Design
  • Professional Design
  • Final & Graduate Projects
  • Researching Theory & Practice


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