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Product Design MA

Product Design MA will enable you to further your understanding of design practice, design and research methodologies and explore how emerging digital technologies can be applied to design.

Overview

Reasons to study the Product Design MA at DMU:

  • Learn in a flexible learning environment, by selecting a specific pathway you can tailor your course to ensure it matches your personal career aspirations
  • The School of Design’s close-knit and passionate community of postgraduate students and staff creates a supportive learning environment for design students from around the world
  • You will develop the design skills and creativity required by tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and design industry professionals
  • You will learn from an expert teaching team, who are all active in their own field and who maintain links with the commercial sector ensuring you are taught relevant skills seen in industry today
  • You will benefit from top-class facilities, working in a dedicated centre with access to a range of workshops and a host of specialist equipment

Through this course, you will gain new insights within the field of product design. You will develop an enhanced understanding of design practice, learn more about design and research methodologies and explore how emerging digital technologies can be applied to design. At the same time, you will deepen your knowledge of business, global markets and sustainability.

The School of Design has gained international recognition for its design and research activities and its undergraduate and postgraduate success. Our expert academics and design practitioners are uniquely placed to help you to broaden and deepen your understanding of design.

Studying a variety of core and elective module choices, will allow you to create a personal and distinct programme of learning that is focused on your individual interests and ambitions. These studies culminate in the final term where you will undertake a comprehensive design project within your own specialised area of product design.

‘Design is what links creativity and innovation. It shapes ideas to become practical and attractive propositions for users or customers. Design may be described as creativity deployed to a specific end’ - Sir George Cox, DMU Honorary Doctor of Design and author of The Cox Review for the UK government. 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

Design MA
Design Innovation MA/MSc
Design Management and Entrepreneurship MA
Digital Design MA

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: UK/EU: £4,750 (full-time), £2,375 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2016


Fees and funding: International: £12,200 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK Bachelor’s Honours degree in product or furniture design or a directly related subject.

If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. 

Portfolio

Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Product Design MA application portfolio advice for full details). Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Modules

Core modules:

Research Methods (Compulsory)
Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.

Creative Design Studio   
Introduces you to the overarching design process. You will study design method theories, advances in technology, concept development, prototyping techniques, design testing and user-centred (or inclusive) design. The module will see you developing project management skills and investigating ethical and environmental design issues. As part of a multidisciplinary team, you will also work on live design projects

Action Research Laboratory   
Enables you to develop your major project design work while exploring creative and innovative design and research methods. You will produce a specification report (based on primary research) and a portfolio of investigative design development work that shows an individual creative response

Major Project 
Following on from research undertaken in term two, and with expert tutor guidance, you will develop a major design project in term three. With the support of design tutors and technical staff, the module requires prototyping, testing, technical specification and design presentation as its final submission.

Optional modules:

Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur
Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.

Design for Retail
Covers all aspects of in-store retail design, including product, environment, technology, communication and service. You will also examine brand perception, buyer behaviour and engagement with the retail experience.

Design as a Strategic Business Tool
Looks at how design itself can be the driving force behind the strategic management and development of digital design and creative businesses. You will audit the use of design, design management and design thinking in the creative industries and business.

Design Futures 
Introduces you to new design practises and links them to the emerging digital technologies that have been developed to aid, consolidate and improve the entire design process. These include data capturing techniques, reverse engineering, and additive manufacturing

Strategic Markets for Design in the Global Economy
Examines the key issues involved in developing new international markets and the role of the design manager and entrepreneur in enabling design and creative businesses to compete effectively in the global economy.

Sustainable Design 
Introduces the broad concepts of sustainability, resource-efficient design and eco-design. You will also explore how best to keep sustainability, as a driver of innovation, at the heart of any corporate or marketing strategy

Service Design
Examines the role of design in the service industries. You will pay particular attention to ethical, political, social and ecological concerns, all of which require approaches that focus on design and the designers’ role in maintaining sustainability.

Technology for Design
Provides a platform for designers from various fields to explore a range technology and potentially help to advance their knowledge and practice in this area. This module recognises that digital technology and the development of new equipment, materials, artefacts and devices are all growing exponentially.

Overview

Assessment methods include report submissions, individual/group oral and design-based presentations as well as a major design project submission comprising development, technical specification, prototyping and testing elements. 

The School of Design’s close-knit community of postgraduate students and staff creates a supportive learning environment for design students from around the world.

All postgraduate module teaching staff are involved in research and commercial activities that shape the curriculum. Within the product design subject area, the team maintain the currency of their modules and design project teaching through involvement in consultancy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships as well as noteworthy research activities.

The teaching staff have particular expertise in additive manufacture, new product development and inclusive design.

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 23 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

Supported by specialist technicians, the excellent CAD and workshop facilities include: soft modelling, wood, plastics, metal fabrication, metal machining and finishing. The workshops are also home to four computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, a CNC lathe, two laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and three rapid prototyping machines as well as a 3D paper printer and a CNC water jet cutter.

There are also 29 Wacom drawing tablets, which allow you to sketch directly into the screens, linked to high specification Intel Core2 Duo computer workstations. These facilities make it possible for you to access the best industry-standard, vector-based and 3D modelling packages available. This equipment allows you to experiment with techniques and finishes to a high level, adding unique skillset to your portfolio.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.

 

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

 

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Graduate careers

Our graduates are employed in product and display design and manufacturing across Europe and the Far East. For example, recent Product Design MA student James Murray secured a job for the UK-based retail designers 4G Design while still studying for his master’s

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