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Product Design MA

The Product Design MA will enhance your portfolio, professional standing and employability by offering a study specialism in either a Design Practice or Design and Business.

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Overview

Reasons to study the Product Design MA at DMU:

 

  • Specialism and Choice
    Learn in a flexible learning environment, by selecting a specialism – and choosing from several optional modules within your specialism, you can tailor your course to ensure it matches your personal career aspirations
  • Skills and Creativity
    You will develop the design skills and creativity required of tomorrow’s designers, entrepreneurs and design industry professionals
  • Expertise
    You will learn from an expert teaching team, who are active in their own field and who maintain links with the commercial sector - ensuring you develop the most relevant skills for the requirements of industry
  • Community
    The school’s close-knit and passionate community of postgraduate students and staff creates a supportive learning environment for design students from around the world
  • Facilities
    You will benefit from first-rate facilities, working in a dedicated postgraduate centre with access to a range of workshops and a host of specialist equipment
  • Art and Design Building
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Through studying this course, you will gain new insights within the field of product design. You will develop a greater understanding of design practice, learn more about research methodologies and have the opportunity to explore service design or how emerging digital technologies can enhance your skillset and your work. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of design business and global markets.

By choosing a specialism, and studying a variety of core and elective module choices, you will be able 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. You will have the option of undertaking a year-long work-based project* in industry between term 2 and term 3 OR you will have the option to undertake a term 3 work-based project* as an alternative to the final major project.

The school 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.

*work-based projects are arranged by the student not by DMU or provided by DMU

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

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

Start date: September 2020


Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £8,100 (full-time) per year, £4,050 (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.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2020


Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,100 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.

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 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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

Design Practice Specialism

Core modules

  • Research Methods
  • Design Innovation
  • Insight, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Final Major Project

Optional modules

  • Design Futures
  • Design as a Strategic Business Tool
  • Marketing for the Creative Entrepeneur
  • Service Design
  • Business Planning for the Creative Entrepeneur
  • Design, Innovation and Sustainability
  • Technology for Design

Design and Business Specialism

Core modules

  • Research Methods
  • Creative Design Studio
  • Action Research Lab
  • Final Major Project

Optional modules

  • Design Project Management and Portfolio Development
  • Design as a Strategic Business Tool
  • Marketing for the Creative Entrepeneur
  • Integrated Brand Management
  • Global Markets: Designing Businesses for International Growth
  • Service Design
  • Business Planning for the Creative Entrepeneur
  • Managing a Web Presence

 

Click here for further module information.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

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 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 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 25 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 CNC milling machines, a CNC lathe, several laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and a wide range of 3D printing / Rapid Prototyping machines as well as a CNC water jet cutter.

There are also dedicated postgraduate CAD facilities, 25 Wacom Cintiq drawing tablets, which allow you to sketch directly into the screens, linked to high specification HP 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

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Enterprise

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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#DMUglobal

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 DMU Global, 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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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.

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