The MA Design: Products & Furniture course is aimed at the designer with a passion to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice that reflect the designer’s personal philosophies and creative methodologies while engaging in the realities of designing for new and emerging markets.
As designers, you'll be encouraged to explore the multidisciplinary field of design and challenge the norms in design thinking. The course sets out to challenge pre-conceived attitudes to the relationship between traditional craft skills, new technology and modern manufacture; encouraging the cross fertilisation of ideas and approaches informed by collaborative working and hands on experience.
-Develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of emerging technologies, materials and philosophies, including recent thinking with regards to innovative design technologies and materials
-Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential
-Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry.
-Work and study in a strong student design community, focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work in a professional context.
-Interact with industry professionals through a variety of lectures and workshops
-Work on an exciting range of projects driven by links with industry
-Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU
-Work in industry-standard studios, facilities and laboratories on our City Campus and benefit from expert technical support
What you'll study
You'll study modules designed to expand your awareness and understanding of product design while developing a wider appreciation of a designer's role within modern society, and the impact of new thinking in business in the design industry.
The course focuses on the needs of future professional design practice and work to promote the understanding of both local and international business and support entrepreneurial approaches to developing products and services, and the development of strategic design for business success.
Through it's project-based nature, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You'll develop a practice-based project for your final Major Study Project via the creation of a learning agreement as part of the Research Methods module; this is written in consultation with tutors and informs your final learning outcomes.
How you’re taught
Learning and teaching methods will comprise:
-Lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of concepts
-Studio sessions, workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts
-Seminars and tutorials to provide academic sites
-Case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications
-Project presentations to develop confidence and identity in professional practice
By the end of the course you'll be able to:
-Situate your work within the context of design theory and practice and critically reflect on the wider social, ethical, economic, global, environmental and sustainability issues in your discipline
-Demonstrate extensive knowledge appropriate to product design and comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your practice
-Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in product design
-Demonstrate an understanding of the role and potential of evolving production processes and evaluate their part in successful design outcomes
-Appraise and anticipate trends through analysis of projected cultural, economic and technological developments
Careers and employability
This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in a business context by identifying new service, strategy and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever changing global market place.
On completion, graduates will have acquired skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.