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Product Design Engineering is the development phase of product design within the creative industries, and this qualification supports graduates in taking leadership and management roles in this sector. Read more
Product Design Engineering is the development phase of product design within the creative industries, and this qualification supports graduates in taking leadership and management roles in this sector. Product Design within the Creative Industries refers to the design of user operated products, usually of a technology and electronic base.

This course aims to help equip graduates to take responsibility for the development phase of creative product design providing them with the opportunity to develop team leadership and decision-making skills. Students will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the material, production and product function aspects of creative product design and develop deeper levels of understanding of engineering and electronics, building on hard science approaches as well as application of industry level computer aided design packages (CAD) and rapid prototyping techniques (RP).

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) has one of the longest established undergraduate product design courses in the UK with a portfolio of industry partnerships, competition success and graduate careers as well as about 200 creative students at this level working in the discipline.
-The Product Design Alumni and other industry associations of the course provide opportunities for students to work closely with industry.
-The Faculty’s sector leading technical workshops including a substantial Rapid Prototyping center are a major asset to the student’s learning experience.
-The FAH Postgraduate ‘Agile Lab’ developed in association with Herman Miller from research titled, ‘The Future of the Learning Environment’ is an appealing location for this course.
-The Faculty has a Product Design Engineering staff team all with extensive industry and educational experience in this area.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The successful graduate should possess an understanding of the creative product design process to completion of the design for realisation and production. This knowledge can enable graduates to apply for positions of responsibility such as leading projects and creative teams in companies and design agencies, or to develop their own business in this area.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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The Masters in Product Design Engineering, taught in collaboration with the School of Design, Glasgow School of Art will develop your ability to design products with significant engineering content, address user needs, and optimise solutions for specific markets. Read more
The Masters in Product Design Engineering, taught in collaboration with the School of Design, Glasgow School of Art will develop your ability to design products with significant engineering content, address user needs, and optimise solutions for specific markets.

Why this programme

◾This exciting programme will enable you to benefit from the combined resources and complementary expertise of staff of two top ranking Scottish institutions, University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.
◾Studio-based, student-centered learning based around design project activities. Students have access to state-of-the-art product design engineering prototyping and manufacturing processes in the PDE workshops at GSA and University of Glasgow.
◾There are increasing pressures, from both existing and emerging world marketplaces, for products which not only respond to the needs of function, user and society, but which can be brought to market ever more rapidly through state-of-the-art development and manufacturing processes. Industries which develop, manufacture and market today's products need high-caliber graduates equipped to handle these processes with management skill and creative drive, and this programme develops graduates with these skills.
◾The studio programme explores cultural, management, perceptual, process and psychological issues, offering a curriculum relevant to the needs of industry and an understanding of the role of the design engineer in society.
◾The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab, project, team and studio work, industrial visits, and workshops.

Core courses
◾Advanced manufacture
◾Core research skills for postgraduates
◾Human factors
◾Integrated engineering design
◾Micro-electronics in consumer products
◾Product design engineering introduction project
◾MSc project.

Optional courses
◾Instrumentation and data systems
◾Software engineering
◾The Glasgow School of Art elective (you will choose from a list of options).

Background/Aims

The MSc in Product Design Engineering aims to:
◾Offer each individual student the opportunity to critically develop his or her own work in the context of a rigorous but supportive intellectual climate;
◾Acquire key skills in the areas of user-centred design, product design, mechanical engineering, and electronic and electrical engineering;
◾Encourage students to identify and explore key contextual issues relevant to their practice;
◾Develop students' awareness and knowledge base in design philosophy, theory, practice and research in the context of innovative forms of design;
◾Enable students to achieve the highest possible standards in their work, so that graduates have the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function successfully in the design engineering field;
◾Equip students with the highly developed intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills deemed necessary for their career.

Graduates destinations should expect to follow a similar pattern to our integrated masters programme which include Apple Computers (USA), BAESystems, Cambridge Consultants, Dyson, Hoover-Candy, JCB, Nokia, Philips, Polaroid, Schlumberger and Terex. Graduates could also establish their own companies.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include product research and development, system design, product manufacture and engineering design. The programme aims to provide opportunities to work on live projects with industry: this can lead to employment opportunities. Examples of companies that employ our Product Design Engineering graduates are Apple, DELL, Dyson, Jaguar-Land Rover, TomTom and Smart.

Accreditation

The MSc Product Design Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering. An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

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The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. Read more

About the course

The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. It covers the whole design process, integrating all aspects relevant to product development, in particular global new product design.

It meets industrial demand by integrating technology, management, aesthetics, environmental sustainability, ergonomics, marketing, business and design methods – to produce highly qualified and sought after designers able to cope with the challenges the global economy presents.

Specifically, the course aims to:

Provide an integrated programme of study across a broad range of knowledge and skills in product/industrial design
Develop design and technology research skills related to the design process through practicing applied research
Develop advanced design skills, enabling graduates to practice as an independent design professional and to further develop design and professional skills in product/industrial design engineering
Nurture scientific rigour as well as creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful career in product/industrial design and assume leadership roles in national and international companies and institutions.

Aims

Students master all aspects of integrated product design advancing their design skills and knowledge by applying systematic state-of-the-art theories and methodologies, and by integrating user, technology and business aspects. This not only opens up dynamic career options, but equips students with a comprehensive skillset to take into the commercial world.

The primary aim of this programme is to provide students with the practical knowledge and transferable skills required to be at the forefront of global product and services design research and development, in either an industrial or academic environment.
Graduates of this MSc will also have the independent learning ability required for both continual professional development and the acquisition of new skills at the highest level.

The course provides an integrated approach and promotes advanced studies in design theory, creativity and aesthetics, innovation methods, advanced design techniques, human factors and applied ergonomics, engineering, material and production science, sustainability and research methods.

Course Content

The first term includes three taught modules worth a total of 45 credits plus one double module of 30 credits which continues into the second term alongside three further modules. The thick module, Professional Design Studio, will include guest lectures, research seminars and group or individual project. The projects can be based on design research or product/industrial design.

The ‘Design Futures’ module will introduce the importance and potential value of future foresight techniques and develop a vision of the future and critically evaluate its implications for design, innovation and enabling technology.

The ‘Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques’ module will introduce CAD and graphics based design modelling, rendering techniques and tools, product design simulation techniques and tools, rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques.

For the final four months of the programme (June to September), students can either continue their projects to greater depth as their dissertation project, or undertake a new subject. Students are encouraged to form industrial links as part of this project.

Typical Modules

Sustainable Design
Design Creativity and Aesthetic Awareness
Human Factors in Design
Professional Design Studio
Design and Innovation Futures: Seminar & Workshop
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques
Strategic Design Management and Research
Dissertation Project

Assessment

Work in each module is predominantly assessed through practical project assignments including both individual and group work. The dissertation makes up a third of the overall degree and may include a substantial practical design element, but in all cases will be assessed through a final 20,000 word submission.

Special Features

High league table standings: Our courses are among the highest-ranking for Product and Industrial Design in the UK. In all the most recent university guides, as well as in the National Student Survey, Brunel Design is placed in the top four out of all UK Art and Design courses.

High employability: Design graduates enjoy excellent career prospects – see student graduate articles.

Accreditation

Brunel's Integrated Product Design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

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Innovative industrial products are now produced in many parts of the world, and the strategy for originating these products is an emerging area of study. Read more
Innovative industrial products are now produced in many parts of the world, and the strategy for originating these products is an emerging area of study.

This MSc in Industrial Product Design covers areas such as branding, the social impact of design, design management, design innovation, design technology and global design issues.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course has been developed with your future employability as its focus, by choosing to study at Coventry you will benefit from:
-A flexible course structure, whereby modules can be studied in the workplace, others in full-time attendance mode
-The benefit of gaining further education in the structure and business of industrial product design
-Close collaboration with Coventry University's Centre of Excellence for Product and Automotive Design

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Modules you will expect to take when studying the Industrial Product Design MSc degree:
Term 1
-Creative Studies
-Ergonomics
-CAD Modelling
-Product Design

Term 2
-IPD project
-Product Design
-Professional Practice
-Research Methods

Term 3
-MSc Project

The course covers areas such as branding, the social impact of design, design management, design innovation, design technology and global design issues.

TEACHING CONTACT HOURS

We do not offer a part-time evening or weekend pattern of delivery, but if you wish to study part time during the day, please contact the course director to explore further.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The course can lead to management of design functions within industry, consultancy roles, work for publicly funded organisations or to research.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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The MA Product Design programme within the Contemporary Dialogues portfolio offers an exciting and innovative re-thinking of the Postgraduate provision that reflects the strategic thinking of Swansea College of Art. Read more
The MA Product Design programme within the Contemporary Dialogues portfolio offers an exciting and innovative re-thinking of the Postgraduate provision that reflects the strategic thinking of Swansea College of Art. The portfolio facilitates migration between diverse thematic disciplines, exploring new ideas and conceptual approaches that confront us in society today and that of the future.

Course Overview

The MA Product Design programme is about pushing the envelope of Product Design by educating the next generation of visionaries and implementers, who will embrace, reflect and address environmental, economic and social-cultural challenges through the medium of creative dialogue. An interdisciplinary approach is adopted, allowing the students the freedom to challenge conventions through cross collaborative experimentation and lateral thinking, with a goal of harnessing design ambiguity into a tangible outcome. You will explore the nature of human & product inter-relationships through self-expression and design focus by challenging the current conventional approach and proposing new paradigms for the design of innovative and sustainable products, systems or services. The modules will challenge and develop your critical design thinking and philosophical stance, acting as a platform for reflection in your development as a design.

This programme is delivered in the newly refurbished Alexandra Road building in the Swansea Arts Quarter, and during the course of your studies you will be supported by specialist staff, leading professionals and practicing artists through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. We have exceptional traditional and digital facilities, housed in spacious purpose-build workshops. Through these, we encourage creative freedom within all of our students and support you in challenging conventional thinking and established practices and facilitate new technological advances across a broad range of disciplines. We have found that through collaborative experimentation and innovative design thinking our students are able to produce work that meets the challenges and respond to the demands of the 21st century. This ensures that the course delivers a qualification and experience that is highly relevant to the changing needs of the industry.

Modules

-Collaborative Dialogues (20 credits)
-Co-Existent Perspectives (20 credits)
-The Thought Experiment (20 credits)
-Explorative Research Praxis (60 credits)
-Confirmative Praxis (60 credits)

Key Features

The MA Product Design programme within the Contemporary Dialogues portfolio offers an exciting and innovative re-thinking of Postgraduate provision that reflects the strategic thinking of Swansea College of Art. The portfolio facilitates migration between diverse thematic disciplines, exploring new ideas and conceptual approaches to allow young artists and designers to confront the issues that face society today and into the future.

The portfolio’s ethos of collaborative dialogues through material practices provides an innovative model of design, fine and applied arts education. This development allows students from all pathways to experience and share creative practices and innovative mind-sets through inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary dialogues. This ethos is enhanced within each programme to stimulate ‘collaborative’ practices and experimentation across a broader spectrum of specialist fields, developing graduates with the contextual awareness, creative thinking and technical skills to operate at the forefront of their discipline.

During the course of your studies you will be supported by specialist staff, leading professionals and practicing artists through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. We have exceptional traditional and digital facilities, housed in spacious purpose-build workshops. Through these, we encourage creative freedom within all of our students and support you in challenging conventional thinking and established practices and facilitate new technological advances across a broad range of disciplines. We have found that through collaborative experimentation and innovative design thinking our students are able to produce work that meets the challenges and respond to the demands of the 21st century.

Facilities include:
-Firing kilns for glass and ceramics
-Printmaking, Screen Printing and Digital Textile Technologies
-Traditional and Digital Stitch
-Wood, Metal, Clay
-Cutting Etching and Engraving Technologies - Waterjet, Laser, Plotter
-3D Printing and CNC
-Chemical and Digital Darkrooms
-Specialist computer facilities with commercial standard software

Assessment

The three main modes of assessment used on this programme are: studio projects, written assignments and seminar presentations The taught modules in Part 1 are assessed through a combination of these modes of assessment. Part 2 is assessed through the submission of either a practice biased project & report or a theoretical dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Assessment at postgraduate level is reflected by your ability to reformulate and use relevant methodologies and approaches to address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors. It includes taking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action that initiate or underpin substantial change or development, as well as exercising broad autonomy and judgement. It should also reflect an understanding of the relevant theoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect your area of study or work.

Career Opportunities

This programme is written from an employability enhancement perspective, creating the platform for students to embrace the spectrum of commercial and cultural opportunities available, encouraging real life engagements, networking and other activities.

One of the guiding principles and enhancements of this programme is a commitment to flexible learning, with creative flexible learning and teaching relationships and discourses in order to make sure that the student’s individual needs and projected career opportunities are at the centre of their activities. This flexibility and concentration on individual needs and opportunities within learning is placed primarily at the service of employability.

Students will be encouraged to embrace professional networks and create links with enterprise – locally, nationally and globally, as well as connect with external agencies and organisations. Additionally the postgraduate programme has great potential to contribute to the commercial, academic and applied research aspirations of the University and its desire to contribute knowledge to the field of innovation, product and transportation research and development.

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The Product Design MA will allow you to gain new insights within the field of product design, and to develop an enhanced understanding of design practice, design and research methodologies, as well as the application of emerging digital technologies, knowledge of business, global markets and sustainability. Read more
The Product Design MA will allow you to gain new insights within the field of product design, and to develop an enhanced understanding of design practice, design and research methodologies, as well as the application of emerging digital technologies, knowledge of business, global markets and sustainability.

You will benefit from an internationally acknowledged subject area, recognised for its undergraduate and postgraduate successes along with its design and research activities. You will be supported by expert academics and design practitioners to broaden and deepen your understanding of design. You will also study a variety of core and elective module choices, creating a personal and distinct programme of study 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.

Modules are taught through seminars, lectures, team working and design workshops, supported by tutorial guidance. You will also undertake independent research, analysis, design development and writing up of your projects, supported by individual tutorials. Assessment methods include report submissions, individual and group presentations (oral and design based presentations) and a major design project submission comprised of development, technical specification, prototyping and testing.

Teaching staff are involved in research and commercial activities that inform the curriculum, and have expertise encompassing additive manufacture, new product development, inclusive design plus publications related to material and manufacturing technology and innovation. You will have access to excellent CAD and workshop facilities including soft modelling, wood, plastics, metal fabrication, metal machining and finishing. The workshops house four computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, a CNC lathe, two laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and three Rapid Prototyping (RP) machines with a 3D paper printer and CNC water jet cutter. There are also 29 Wacom drawing tablets linked to high specification Intel Core2 Duo computer workstations.

Graduates are employed in product and display design and manufacturing in Europe and the Far East. Current Product Design
MA student James Murray recently secured a job for the UK based retail designers 4G Design. As their Development Designer,
James' job involves all aspects of design including concept origination, CAD development, specification for manufacture and graphic presentation.

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Simulation Driven Product Design at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Simulation Driven Product Design at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Computer simulation is now an established discipline that has an important role to play in engineering, science and in newly emerging areas of interdisciplinary research.

Key Features of Simulation Driven Product Design

Using mathematical modelling as the basis, computational methods provide procedures which, with the aid of the computer, allow complex problems to be solved. The techniques play an ever-increasing role in industry.

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of computational engineering. Internationally renowned engineers at Swansea pioneered the development of numerical techniques, such as the finite element method, and associated computational procedures that have enabled the solution of many complex engineering problems.

MSc by Research in Simulation Driven Product Design typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Facilities

Engineering at Swansea University has utilised an award of £3M from the Science Research Infrastructure Fund (SRIF) to provide state-of-the-art research facilities.

Simulation Driven Product Design research students will benefit from one of the most advanced university computing facilities in Europe.

Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Links with Industry

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering has an extensive track record of industrial collaboration and contributes to many exciting projects, including the aerodynamics for the current World Land Speed Record car, Thrust SSC, and the future BLOODHOUND SSC, and the design of the double-decker super-jet Airbus A380.

Research

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 ranked Engineering at Swansea University as 8th in the UK for the combined score in the research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The RAE showed that 73% of research produced by academic staff is classified as world-leading (4*) or of internationally excellent (3*) quality.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering, Swansea University harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.



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The Product Design Enterprise MSc was developed to interest graduates from a business or design background. Read more
The Product Design Enterprise MSc was developed to interest graduates from a business or design background. To enhance knowledge and understanding of the principles underlying professional product design, and enable the student to develop appropriate entrepreneurial skills enabling viable manufacturing, marketing or business enterprises.

The programme requires the student to undertake 10 taught modules and to complete a major project of approximately 15,000 words. Each taught module involves up to 22 contact hours per week, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and project classes. The course will run from October to September with examinations/assessments held in December and March/April. The Research Project explores fully the feasibility of the Major Project, which must be completed by early September.

Modules

Core Modules
-Product Design Innovation (PD4002)
-New Product Development (EM4006)
-Research Project (PD4001)
-Sustainable Design (PD4005)
-Innovation Business Development (PD4008)
-Design Realisation (PD4009)
-International Studies (PD4010)
-Major Project (PD4000)

Elective modules
-Management of Change (EM4005)
-Renewable Energy (ME4504)
-Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application (ME4502)
-Advanced Computer Aided Design (ME4518)

Learning Teaching & Assessment

The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures, seminars and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.

Creativity will underpin much of the interactive work during this course. Developed ideas can be manufactured using a variety of techniques including the use of our range of Rapid – Prototyping equipment.

Modules are assessed mainly through coursework although some modules may also have exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work.

Examples of past major projects range from the development of innovative Rigging for Stunt Kite Boarding, Race Car Suspension using composite technologies with Innovative Designs to the use of Solar Energy to help cool domestic conservatories.

Professional Accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers leading to Chartered Engineering status (CEng).

Career Opportunities & Personal Development

This programme is suitable for candidates seeking to develop their own product ideas and innovations ‘ready for manufacture and marketing’, start their own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations at a higher level of responsibility.

This is an interactive course aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the changes, developments and potential opportunities that face us all in a Global economy. You will create and deliver a major project and develop effective research and specification skills.

Semester 1 modules will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required for this level of work, as well as the opportunity to initiate the research for the major project idea. Semester 2 modules will enable you to extend your professional understanding and expertise through module coursework, individual projects and teamwork.

You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.

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This MSc Product Design programme is for students with a background in design, engineering or related areas. The course and modules aim to develop and enhance your innovation skills and knowledge required to achieve successful product design development and innovation. Read more
This MSc Product Design programme is for students with a background in design, engineering or related areas. The course and modules aim to develop and enhance your innovation skills and knowledge required to achieve successful product design development and innovation.

You will develop a high level of creativity and design ideas as a part of your response to possible market opportunities. This is a key element to your learning on this programme.

The course will also enable you to develop a critical understanding of sustainable factors and its relevance and importance to all our futures. The course creates opportunities for students to originate new ideas and model or prototype design solutions that will meet perceived manufacturing, marketing and consumer needs.

Subject guide and modules

The range of modules reflects the nature of innovative design solutions plus the additional knowledge and skills required to put it into practice professionally. Elective module selection is detailed in the Programme Specifications.

Core Taught Modules
-New Product Development (EM4006)
-Research Project (PD4001)
-Product Design Innovation (PD4002)
-Sustainable Design (PD4005)
-Innovation Business Development (PD4008)
-Design Realisation (PD4009)
-International Studies (PD4010)

Optional Taught Modules
-Strategic Management (EM4002)
-Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications (ME4501)
-Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application (ME4502)
-Renewable Energy (ME4504)
-CAD Principles and Materials Selection (ME4505)
-Advanced Computer Aided Design (ME4518)

The Major Project module is completed between April and September.
-Major Project (PD4000)

Learning, teaching & assessment

The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures, seminars and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.

Creativity will underpin much of the interactive work during this course. Developed ideas can be manufactured using a variety of techniques including the use of our range of Rapid – Prototyping equipment.

Modules are assessed mainly through coursework, although some modules may also have exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work. Examples of past major projects range from the development of innovative Rigging for Stunt Kite Boarding, Race Car Suspension using composite technologies with Innovative Designs to the use of Solar Energy to help cool domestic conservatories.

Personal development

This is an interactive course aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the changes, developments and potential opportunities that face us all in a Global economy. You will create and deliver a major project and develop effective research and specification skills.

Semester 1 modules will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required for this level of work, as well as the opportunity to initiate the research for the major project idea. Semester 2 modules will enable you to extend your professional understanding and expertise through module coursework, individual projects and teamwork.

You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers leading to Chartered Engineering status (CEng).

Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates are excellent On completion of this one year course the student should be able to confidently develop their own product ideas and innovations ‘ready for manufacture and marketing’, start their own design business enterprise, or enter new product development organisations and other creative businesses at a higher level of responsibility.

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This course is an innovative collaboration between Manchester School of Art, the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Business School. Read more
This course is an innovative collaboration between Manchester School of Art, the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Business School. It brings together students from creative and manufacturing backgrounds to study on projects that challenge and develop personal philosophies within product design, and explore the creative use of materials and processes from hand making to digital production. In support of the project work, students develop advanced skills in contemporary digital design and manufacturing, embracing the opportunities they offer product designers.

Finally, students contextualise their design ambitions within a business unit that develops project planning and management skills, raises understanding of markets and marketing opportunities, and highlights financial factors that impact on product design and production within commercial environments.

Features

Graduates will develop theoretical and practical skills suitable for roles in; design consultancy; design for engineering and manufacturing; design management; and design research for industry or academic research and teaching. The programme will also prepare graduates who wish to go on to self-employment, establishing and running their own design/manufacturing businesses.

Course Content

Students develop advanced knowledge of design theories and philosophies, and skills in contemporary digital design and manufacturing technologies. The business unit develops project planning and management skills, raises understanding of markets and marketing opportunities, and highlights the financial factors that impact on product design, development and production in commercial environments.

Students build a portfolio of projects that develop and resolve individual design philosophies and ambitions, and are reflective of a range of professional practices that exist in contemporary design and manufacturing environments. In addition to the project work, students are required to reflect on their own development throughout the year via a personal on-line blog, and this acts as a key resource from which written submissions are developed.

Resources

We have developed a dedicated postgraduate area occupying an entire floor of the main School of Art building, offering an exciting space to be, both intellectually and practically. The centre is located in the newly refurbished Chatham Tower with studios, design laboratories, seminar rooms and extensive workshops that form the nucleus of this vibrant, cross-disciplinary learning environment.

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Product Design at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) centres on the exploration of problem spaces, understanding that much of what designers do is re-define and re-interpret products and their contexts enabling people to lead engaged, productive and meaningful lives. Read more

Product Design at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) centres on the exploration of problem spaces, understanding that much of what designers do is re-define and re-interpret products and their contexts enabling people to lead engaged, productive and meaningful lives.

Product design is a broad discipline, and at the University of Edinburgh we understand our discipline through a ethnomethodological lens. At the heart of our research programme is people; particularly those who currently struggle with existing objects in identified circumstances. We embrace a variety of approaches to people-centred design practice including participatory action research; affective design; design for disruption and inclusive design. The core to our approach is to speculate and build preferred futures, based on design-led evidence constructed through observation and engagement with others. Our aim is to understand the agency of objects and configure intended impacts on communities of people moving through and across various services and systems.

As a student on programme, you will join a vibrant, international community of creative practitioners and researchers. Members of the academic team are involved in a variety of research interests relevant to design production, maintaining strong partnerships with academics from across the University in allied disciplines such as engineering, informatics, anthropology, sociology, health and business.

Programme structure

There are two semesters in your first year, each providing the opportunity to engage three courses: one core requirement, and two elective options from supporting programmes relevant to the ethos of the programme.

Core courses foster exploration and development of ethnomethodological approaches to product design research and development, with a strong emphasis on action research, ethnographic observation, participation and prototyping, driven through a strong iterative approach to practice.

One-year MA degree

If you choose to pursue the one year MA degree, you will engage your dissertation in the summer period following the first year of study, focusing on the development of an individual project which emphasises product theory in context.

Emphasis on the MA degree pathway is to prepare students with interests in design management, policy or direction, or pursuing further academic research programmes such as the PhD.

Two-year MFA degree (Under review for 2018 entry)

Students enrolled on the two year MFA degree demonstrate interest in pursuing a career as autonomous designers, often establishing their own studios of practice.

In Year 2 of the MFA, you will undertake an additional four courses, with a core component in semester 1 entitled "Incubator", which is designed to help develop your skills in researching, developing and delivering a practice-led thesis.

The MFA dissertation takes place in your final semester, and culminates in the presentation of a significant body of work presented in exhibition format, showcasing exceptional skills in making, prototyping and manufacturing of high-quality, proof of concept models which articulate your understanding of theory in practice through artefacts, images and text relevant to people-centred design.

Career opportunities

The professional knowledge, skills and abilities developed on this programme will prepare you for a rewarding career as a product/industrial designer, designer-maker, user-experience designer, user-interface designer, design manager, production manager, or a variety of other related roles within design-related industries.

Our graduates have an excellent track record moving into employment in a variety of sectors following graduation.



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Nowadays, skilled designers can make it in the design world of the post-industrial and information era only if endorsed by a complex and sophisticated professionalism, which can autonomously master very dynamic and multi-disciplinary competences. Read more

Overview

Nowadays, skilled designers can make it in the design world of the post-industrial and information era only if endorsed by a complex and sophisticated professionalism, which can autonomously master very dynamic and multi-disciplinary competences.

Stemmed from this viewpoint, the Domus Academy Master Course in Product Design offers a path of research, experience and design which combines the theoretical richness of an expert and innovative didactic system with the close and concrete collaboration of prestigious firms and professionals who chose to follow the students in their education.

The program includes an internship in a company working in the disciplinary field.

Audience

Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate and with a knowledge of the English language (IELTS 5.0 academic or equivalent certificate).
The program is addressed to candidates with a curriculum in design, architecture, engineering and visual arts, or other disciplines related to the program’s field of study.

Job Opportunities

Students attending Domus Academy’s Master in Product Design are about to become professionals able to create and design products for the different fields of the industrial system.
The trained professional profiles are destined to found opportunities in several contexts, from companies (product, furnishing, materials) that are more and more creating their own research centres or structures for internal design, up to architecture and design studios, able to represent a consolidated reality both in Italy and worldwide and operating in different fields.

Companies

A network of professionals and leaders of different areas of interest are in constant and proficient interaction with the Master in Product Design at Domus Academy, actively participating in educational programming, workshops and international competitions organized by the department.

The Master has worked with:

3M, Alpi, Artemide, Bayer Material Science, BLM, Brix, Candy, Canon, Confindustria Ceramica, Electrolux, Elica, Fondazione Bracco, Gufram, Hager Group, Ikea, Illywords, IMRA/AISIN, Industreal, Leroy Merlin, LG, MaterialConnexion, Pirelli, Rotaliana, Samsung, Swarovski, Teuco, Toto Bagni, Veneta Cucine, Veuve Clicquot, Wega.

For more information please visit http://www.domusacademy.com/

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-Allocated specialist support. -Time to reflect and develop as a designer. -Flexibility of core module delivery. -Supported studio & workshop space. Read more
-Allocated specialist support
-Time to reflect and develop as a designer
-Flexibility of core module delivery
-Supported studio & workshop space
-Collaborations with other Creative Arts disciplines

Why choose this course?

MA Product Design is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Product Design degree aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of design practice and to develop your creative and technical abilities as a designer. It will be of interest to product and industrial designers and design professionals working in related fields.

You will develop the entrepreneurial and industrial skills you need to develop your career to its full potential and gain a detailed understanding of the commercial and industrial contexts of contemporary design, alongside some of the theoretical and cultural ideas that shape contemporary design practices.

You will also consider design from the perspective of the society and people who use it. The course looks at practical approaches and the research methods involved in product design. Attention is focused on human users from ergonomic, ecological, social and psychological perspectives and the development of products in a post-industrial age where technology and production may respond to customer demands with speed.

Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers, makers and design professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme and close links with industry partners.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as a product designer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching methods

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a product designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

Structure

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Discourse/Reflection: Art and Design
-Practice 1: Art and Design
-Practice 2: Art and Design
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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The two-year MA in Design - Product Design enables participants to complete their training as a designer, establishing an atelier in which the challenges of contemporary design can be experimented first-hand. Read more

Overview

The two-year MA in Design - Product Design enables participants to complete their training as a designer, establishing an atelier in which the challenges of contemporary design can be experimented first-hand: from the design of a product to actual production, defining
design strategies, searching for concepts and materials, creating prototypes.

Through theoretical and practical lessons, workshops and seminars students gain an insight into design methodologies and the techniques available to contemporary designer. These are then applied to real projects developed with partner companies.

Language: English
Credits: 120 CF
Placement rate: 81%

Audience

Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate in the areas of architecture and design and with a knowledge of the English language (according to the medium of instruction of the program) equal to a B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Career

The two-year MA in Product Design equips students with the necessary fundamentals to continue their studies or to enter the world of professional design and creative industries. Graduates may find employment in all areas of professional activities and businesses operating in the field of design in its broadest sense, from consumer goods to furniture, from service systems to interactive products. Professional studios and companies employ graduates as: Design managers, Product design consultants, Project coordinators, Product development managers.

Companies

NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Aldo Cibic – Cibicworkshop, Azimut-Benetti, Bonetto Design International, Festina Italia, Giochi Preziosi, Giorgio Armani, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, Luxottica, Pininfarina Extra, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Tagua, The Swatch Group, Zanotta.

Admission

Discover how to apply: http://www.naba.it/admission-postgraduate-programs/processo-di-ammissione/?lang=en

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It aims to produce successful individuals who can. - Understand the whole of the professional design development process and how the initial phases flow to inform the latter stages. Read more

Course Overview

It aims to produce successful individuals who can:
- Understand the whole of the professional design development process and how the initial phases flow to inform the latter stages.

- Appreciate commercial realities and the designer’s role in business.

- Design desirable products for bespoke, batch or mass manufacture.

- Understand sustainability, inclusively, and other important ethical and social issues that must be considered by today’s designers.

- Have traditional design skills such as sketching, dealing with form, communication and innovation.

- Are able to use design tools such as 3D CAD, CAM and rapid prototyping in order to optimise the design and reduce time to market.

The Cardiff School of Art & Design have substantial expertise in the delivery of courses at the interface of engineering and product design whilst the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research is one of the UK’s leading centres for rapid product design & development whose expertise covers the whole process from design management, concept and detailed design, ergonomics and CAD to prototyping, tooling and batch manufacture.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/artanddesign/courses/Pages/mscapd.aspx

Course Content

MSc students take the following modules:
- APD401M Product Development Principles & Practice (20 Credits)
- APD403M Sustainability Issues in Design for Production (20 Credits)
- MAA7001 Research Methods in Art & Design (20 Credits)
- APD405M User Testing & Evaluation (20 Credits)
- APD406M Form Shape & Colour (20 Credits)
- APD407M Major Project (60 Credits)
- APD408M(A) Industrial Placement (20 Credits)

Each 20 credits is equivalent to 240 learning hours (80 typically are taught and 160 are directed study or independent study).

- Facilities
Dedicated studio space. Cardiff School of Art and Design offers an extensive range of spaces, workshops and equipment, creating a vibrant and creative learning environment, within a new purpose designed building and a fully renovated extension. Workshop and technical facilities include a foundry; and access to other workshops across the full range of Art and Design disciplines. Membership of the Fablab is included in the indicative coursework costs below. Cardiff School of Art and Design has a wide range of tools and equipment for use by students; necessary workshop training in their use includes access to materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions. You also have access to and use of recycled materials within workshop areas.

Assessment

For each module, assessment is as follows:
- APD401M Product Development Principles & Practice (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent assignment. This will normally be a written assignment.

- APD403M Sustainability Issues in Design for Production (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. This module will typically be assessed via a design project. A proportion of the assignment may however be awarded for written or presentatio​n work.

- MAA7001 Research Methods in Art & Design (20 Credits) Written submission, plus seminar presentation, typically 3,000 words plus a 10-20 minute presentation.

- APD405M User Testing & Evaluation (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. This module may be linked with others in order to provide a design project vehicle. In any case it will involve practical exercises and a proportion if not all of the assignment may be awarded for written or presentation work.

- APD406M Form Shape & Colour (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. This project is likely to be assessed through practical design activity, although a proportion of the assignment may be awarded for written or presentation work.

- APD407M Major Project (60 Credits). 18,000-word equivalent. Performance will be measured using the Final Report, Formal Presentation, Viva Voce examination and final product. Of the marks that are available for the project the allocation of the marks to each of the measures is as follows:

Final Report: 40%

Final Product (prototype): 40%

Formal Presentation: 5%

Viva Voce: 15%

- APD408M(A) Industrial Placement (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. A 3000 word ( maximum) report reflecting on the student’s experience within the professional working environment. A reflective placement Logbook (or Blog equivalent) recording critical reflections on events, activities and experiences. Important Note: Because of the difficulties of assessment in the workplace and the potential for disparity of treatment, this module is not awarded a mark other than “Pass” or “Fail”.

Support will be available through weekly small group seminars (normally no more than 16 students per group), exploring the theme of lectures and allowing students to clarify their understanding.

These sessions may also be workshops where practical demonstrations, involving student participation, are run. This may include, for example, communal writing or small group discourse analysis. Weekly tutorials will also be available.

Employability & Careers

Your year(s) of study with us enable you to develop professional contacts, observe how successful practitioners make their living, and hone your skills and ideas for commercial and professional advantage. Such cross-disciplinary collaborations prepare you for a world where you will inevitably work with people from all walks of life. Your live projects and assessments will get you accustomed to the importance of deadlines and working to specific briefs and tight specifications.

Over the next few years, CSAD will be developing opportunities for incubation of business proposals from its graduates and postgraduate training to get business opportunities up and running.

All students’ are expected to complete a portable ‘record of achievement’ and use their PDP to support employability and life-long learning, normally in the form of a blog, that integrates opportunities for self-reflection in programmes in order to help them develop as effective and confident learners.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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