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Interactive Product Futures (MA/MSc)


Course Description

This is a creative, project-based course focusing on the practical and theoretical study of product design and its relationship to interaction. As an advanced product designer, this course supports your continued development and will refine your practice in interaction and user-centred product design.

The course explores academic theories as well as industry practice within interactive media, digital arts, entertainment and product design; and is a combination of two separate fields: product design and interactive media.

In Interactive Product Futures you will focus on user-centred design processes and research and analyse “user interaction” as your primary focus. The emphasis is on technology-mediated communication between humans and objects or spaces, allowing you to apply design and apply technological solutions to people’s infinite needs. You will also examine how technology gives personality to objects, and thereby how to ensure technology and design are more empathetic to people and their behaviours.

In the early units of the course you will be given short project briefs in which to design, implement, test and evaluate solutions in the form of an interactive product. Each project brief may take the form of an online or offline product; for example: an online quiz, an e-commerce type application, a toy. This is also an opportunity to produce a series of creative works within the specialisation of rapid prototyping (3D printing), animation, game design, web design, installation art, projection mapping, creative coding, computation design and entertainment media. The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to develop a software solution to a given problem, or aspect of a larger problem.

You will be encouraged to experiment with new ways of working with objects/scenarios and their integration with technology both creatively and collaboratively, and to apply emerging and existing technological solutions through personal fabrication, research and the experimental application of technology.

The course promotes cross disciplinary thinking as an approach to product design, so that the relationship between interactivity, artefacts, environments and the systems and organisations in which they operate can be re-examined.

By studying the course you will develop your creative design skills to innovate and influence product and interaction design practice and realise the commercial potential of your design proposals.

- Collaborative project
'The Digital Gym' project, which allowed students to research how emerging technologies are applied and user behaviour enhanced to provide a distinct, immersive gym experience on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Study units

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

Through the Business and Innovation unit you will have the opportunity to explore the generation of innovative new business models that will help to shape your emerging project concept.

The Technology Issues unit encourages you to engage and explore emerging new technologies as well as skills in scripting and coding, first within a group, then as a cross-disciplinary, and finally in an individual project.

Through the Research Process unit, you will explore academic theoretical frameworks and research methodologies and their application within industry practice.

In both the Technology Issues and Concept and Prototyping units, youwill explore the dialogue between product and user, the function, usability and forms, flow and creativity and user experiences.

The course will culminate in your final Major Project.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

Visit the Interactive Product Futures (MA/MSc) page on the Ravensbourne website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Riccie Janus

1543.jpg After studying my Abitur I worked for a number of media companies (fashion, advertising, TV) in Australia and Munich. I then studied a degree in illustration and visual communication in the UK and whilst on the course I won a D&AD competition that led to lots of job offers - on graduation I worked for Penguin Group as a graphic designer.

At Penguin the work was visually-led scientific content that lent itself to being developed interactively and digitally, and I became interested in studying the potential at postgraduate level.

In the future, new technologies such as 4G and Li-Fi will drive how we use and interact with products and I want to be in front of, not behind, these advances in technologies.

I chose Ravensbourne because its collaborative, multidisciplinary spirit is a true inspiration and it reflects how business and educational models will have to work in the future. Moreover, I have not come across any other university with so many industry links and opportunities, and industry events happening on our doorstep.

The state-of-the-art course facilities, knowledge of the staff, and Ravensbourne's location at the heart of London's digital community form the ideal requirements for truly innovative study outcomes.

After graduation I hope to work as a link between coders, media (print and digital) and education.

(Student Profile)

Jack Wilkinson

I have started my own creative construction company that design and build set for the events and retail industries. We finished our first job that was a pop-up mustard shop in Spitalfields market and we're currently doing our second job for Tommy Hilfiger making them a book vending machine for their head office. So far I think it relates to my MA because I'm essentially designing products for my clients as well as turning my new business into a product in itself.

(Student Profile)

Natalie Wild

Joining Ravensbourne with an open mind, this course allowed me to develop my skills in a vibrant and creative environment. It’s a very hands-on course with lots of opportunities to get involved in a variety of exciting projects, including in industry. The facilities are excellent for product design, and the staff very supportive. I have also gained valuable work experience that will make a difference to my ability to secure employment.


(Scholarship)

The Professor Baker Scholarship - Single Award

The Professor Robin Baker Scholarship is a merit-based award which is open to applicants to Ravensbourne’s postgraduate programmes.Professor Robin Baker was director of Ravensbourne from 1994 to 2015. In that time, he developed Ravensbourne’s pioneering strategic emphasis on the creative use of digital technology. Professor Baker‘s vision led to our relocation to our current building and transformation of Ravensbourne into the cutting edge and innovative specialist higher education institution we are today.The purpose of the Professor Robin Baker Scholarship is to:
- Encourage national and international applicants for Ravensbourne’s postgraduate courses with the greatest academic potential and creative talent
- Encourage excellent postgraduate work which demonstrates innovation and creativity in the use of technology
- To provide access to Ravensbourne’s innovative postgraduate courses to those who might otherwise find it financially challengingNormally, Ravensbourne will award either one full fee scholarship (up to £9000) or two part-time/half full time fee scholarships (up to £4500) annually depending on the range and calibre of applicants.- SelectionApplications for the scholarship will be evaluated and ranked by a selection panel consisting of:
- Head of Student Services (Chair)
- Two members of the postgraduate academic staff
- Head of International DevelopmentRanking will be on the basis of the evidence provided of the applicants’:
- Previous, and current academic or professional performance and future potential.
- Creativity and innovation in the application of technology
- Benefit to be derived from the course and ScholarshipAward of scholarship:
The successful applicant will be informed on 31 May 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9000 (Full-time); up to £4500 (Part-time)

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship an applicant must be:
A Home or EU student who has applied for a place and been accepted on a full-time or part-time postgraduate course at Ravensboune between the 1 October and 1 June immediately prior to entry.
Or,
An international student who has applied for a place and been accepted on a full-time postgraduate course at Ravensbourne between the 1 October and 1 June immediately prior to entry.
Applicants should have confirmed acceptance of their place on the course in advance of applying for the scholarship or provide clear evidence of their intent to do so.

Application Procedure

Eligible candidates seeking consideration for the scholarship must submit an application via email to Student Services by Friday 29th April 2016.The application should take the form of a personal statement of no more than 300 words together with any additional evidence they may wish to supply (e.g. CVs, images, videos, hyperlinks, examples of creative work or academic references).This statement should supplement rather than replicate the personal statement submitted during the application process for the course. It should set out:- Further detail about the nature of their anticipated research during the course and its creativity, originality and innovativeness in terms of the application of technology.
- Further detail about how the applicant will benefit from the course and the additional support the applicant would gain from scholarship.Any additional information that the applicant believes would assist the selection panel in evaluating their application.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate (Home/EU) scholarship - 10 Awards

Students beginning a postgraduate course at Ravensbourne are encouraged to apply for a postgraduate scholarship. Applications are welcome from Home & EU students. Qualifying students will need to have been offered and accepted, a place to study a postgraduate course at Ravensbourne.If you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship, Ravensbourne will communicate this to you. There are ten postgraduate (Home/EU) scholarships available worth £1,000 each, paid in two instalments of £500. Please note all applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 29 April 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates via email on 31 May 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

See the website

Application Procedure

Students should download and complete an application form and supporting statement demonstrating how this scholarship will positively contribute to their postgraduate progression.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


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Postgraduate (International) scholarship - 3 Awards

This scholarship is aimed at promoting postgraduate studies to students with the ability to make an exceptional contribution at Masters level. We invite applications from students with an outstanding portfolio, academic merit and dedication for high quality study in their chosen discipline area. We look for the articulation of how this scholarship will contribute to the applicant’s long-term career aims.There are three scholarships available worth £1,500 each, paid in two instalments.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500

Eligibility

International students who:
- require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
- have received and accepted an offer at Ravensbourne
- have a UK bank account.

Application Procedure

Students should download and complete an application form demonstrating how this scholarship will positively contribute to their postgraduate progression. Alll applications must contain links to an online portfolio or CD-ROM / DVD, submitted separately. For more information, please contact Student Services.All applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday 29 April 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates via email on 31 May 2016.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Stationer’s bursary - 3 Awards

Ravensbourne is very grateful to The Stationers' Company for this generous bursary support of postgraduate students. There are three awards available worth £3,000 each.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from students resident in the UK who have been accepted to study a postgraduate programme focussed on the content and communications industries E.G. MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media. Please be advised that only students classified as, and, paying UK tuition fees will be considered.

Application Procedure

For more details of the criteria, application form and important dates, please visit the Stationer's Website. Application forms must be submitted to [email protected] by Friday, 27th May 2016. Ravensbourne panel of tutors will send its shortlisted applications by 6 June 2016. Final decisions will be communicated to the candidates in mid-July.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/


(Scholarship)

Chevening Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Over 1,800 dynamic future leaders from all over the world, and from all professional backgrounds, have arrived in the UK to start a life-changing year studying and discovering the UK as a Chevening Scholar. This time next year, this really could be you, and the first step to being awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship is to apply.What are Chevening Scholarships?:
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.Available in over 160 countries and territories, the scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue one-year Master’s degrees in any subject and at any UK university.Chevening Scholars have ambition and leadership potential, a strong academic background, and an excellent record of rising to prominent positions in their countries.There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world, together forming an influential and highly regarded global network.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential leaders across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia.Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.

Application Procedure

Students should complete the on line appllcation form on the Chevening Website.

Further Information

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/discover-ravensbourne/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate/



Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area. With an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area. In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or a country outside the EU. You will need a level of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.

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