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MA/MSc/MFA Product Design


Course Description

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.

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.

Special Features

Graduates will develop skills suitable for roles such as design for engineering and manufacturing, design consultancy, design management, and design research and development within industry, or within 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.

Visit the MA/MSc/MFA Product Design page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least a second class Honours degree in an engineering or product design related discipline is usually required. EU/international equivalents or equivalent usually professional qualifications, or unclassified degrees in engineering or product design with relevant professional experience are also accepted. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on merit.

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