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Product Design (MFA/MA)

Course Description

Programme description

Product design is about understanding and meeting the needs of people, society, business and the planet, and questioning existing ways of designing and manufacturing things to discover opportunities to design innovative, sustainable products that enrich quality of life and push the discipline into new territory.

You will join a vibrant international community of creative practitioners, from a variety of cultures, to study, learn and develop innovative product design. Students find the programme demanding and stimulating and produce product design of an exceptionally high standard.

Product design is a broad discipline, and we support postgraduate students exploring a wide variety of approaches including opportunities to discover and to solve genuine problems with innovative, research-led solutions; opportunities to raise questions and promote ethical debate through critical and speculative design; and opportunities to experiment in new ways with materials and making processes.

Programme structure

Each semester you will take one theory-based course and one practice-based course. Courses are designed to align with the product design process.

Semester 1 courses focus on introducing a variety of methods of design research and how to apply these methods in practice, within an individual research-led design project.

Semester 2 courses introduce methods and practice of developing new product design.

Semester 3 courses on the MA focus on the theories and practice of communication and exhibition of product design. Those on the MFA introduce deep reflective thinking and practice through a series of events and prototype deployments, which enable you to open up your design work for wider critical input.

Semester 4 courses on the MFA focus on the theories and practice of communication and exhibition of product 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, CMF (colour/materials/finishes) designer, design manager, production manager, or a variety of other related roles within the design industry.

Our graduates have an excellent track record moving into employment following graduation. Our recent alumni can be found working as product designers internationally and some have established successful design businesses.

You will also gain valuable experience leading and managing undergraduate students working on a live project with a world leading international design-led product or furniture manufacturing brand such as Philips, NCR, Herman Miller, Salcomp and Franke.

Visit the Product Design (MFA/MA) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

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