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Product & Furniture Design MA


Course Description

Overview

This course was previously called Design: Product+Space MA.

This course offers a space for students to exercise their own design curiosity and motivation within the broad spectrum of product and spatial design. There are no predetermined leads to follow, simply an expectation to challenge and take risks rather than to passively accept. In this spirit, design is seen as a journey of discovery and a genuine means to provoke change. Students from a range of international design disciplines create a lively studio environment.

Key features

This course is part of the Design School's Postgraduate Framework, which promotes interdisciplinary practice opportunities, underpins research, supports personal trajectory and industry contact, and includes a supporting lecture series.

Regular visiting studio tutors include Harry Richardson of Committee and Simon Hasan. Other visitors/collaborators to date have included the Bauhaus Dessau, Frank Duffy, Land Design Studio, Colin Davies, Jason Bruges Studio, Mischer Traxler, WGSN, Givaudan, Incrops, Alternative Packaging Solutions, the V&A and iGuzzini.

You can choose to specialise in either product or spatial design, with the spirit of innovation and enterprise sought throughout both routes.

What will you study?

More emphasis is placed on ‘how’ than ‘what’ you will study. Students take responsibility for shaping their specific study interest with support from the staff team. This evolves through a series of three-dimensional design projects encouraging the expression of creative insight and viewpoint. Designing through making is integral, and the extensive 3D workshop is fully utilised. Design workshops and a lecture series to stimulate creative freedom run in parallel, and opportunity for greater interdisciplinary collaboration and group work is provided by live industry projects.

Assessment

Practical design projects, presentations, masters project, and exhibition.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

This course is part of the Design School's postgraduate programme. The structure – shared with students from the Communication Design MAs, Fashion MA, and Sustainable Design MA – enables you to explore your individual specialist interests within an integrative learning environment that provides a comprehensive understanding of the value and role of interdisciplinary methods and ways of working. The influences and impact of thinking from other related design subjects on your own specialist study is an important aspect of the identity and the community of interdisciplinary practice at masters level in the Design School.

This structure is designed to help progress and develop your independent learning, encouraging you to construct and explore projects concerned with areas of particular personal interests. The overarching course philosophy, based upon an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, allows individual and personal concerns to be explored through focused study in product and furniture design.

The two shared modules of The Design School's Postgraduate Framework both commence with a symposium, in which high-profile external speakers present their work and contribute to a debate on a topic of relevance to all courses in the Framework.

Modules

Designing Research
Creative Futures
Context I: Product+Space
Context II: Product+Space
Major Project

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Product & Furniture Design MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a related arts or science subject and/or appropriate professional experience.We also welcome applicants with relevant professional or vocational experience.

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