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MA Product Design: Contemporary Dialogues

Course Description

The programme is about pushing the envelope of Product Design and Innovation by educating the next generation of visionaries and implementers, who will embrace, reflect and address environmental, economic and social-cultural challenges through the medium of creative dialogue.

An interdisciplinary approach will be adopted, allowing the students the freedom to challenge conventions through cross collaborative experimentation and lateral thinking, with a goal of harnessing design ambiguity into an entrepreneurial outcome. It is our intention to promote the growing reputation of the School by embedding a culture of design led research activity closely supported by local, national and international organisations.

The MA Product Design and Innovation programme aims to educate designers for professional practice with the modules in Part 1 focusing on design thinking and the development of the student’s creative and philosophical attributes, with Part 2 allowing the student freedom to deliver an in-depth investigation to a self-defined question.

Students will explore the nature of the innovation process and its relationship to the design and development of consumer and industrial products, challenging the current conventional approach and proposing new paradigms for the design of innovative and sustainable products, systems and services.

The programme has been designed as a platform for students to realise the exploitation of their own or their company’s IPR, providing graduates with the opportunity to develop their expertise to make them a more effective and reflective design practitioner, reflecting society’s desires and future needs.


Part One consists of two parts in which the two ‘drivers of creativity' are introduced and related to personal practice. In part one practical and theory modules interact to enable students to explore the dialectical relationship between individual identity and the wider social group issues. In part two, the practical work is related to the second dialectic, which drives creativity: that between nature and culture. Modules relating art and design to the environment, and art and design considered as cultural communication inform the practice.
Student-led presentations provide the opportunity to explore these relationships between theory and practice.

Part Two consists of the Major Practical Project, this is student-directed, under supervision, and, together with an integrated report of at least 6,000 words forms the final submission for the MA. An option to submit a written dissertation of 15,000 words in lieu of a major Practical Project is available.

* Collaborative Dialogues
* Co-existent Perspectives
* The Thought Experiment
* Explorative Research Praxis
* Confirmative Praxis

The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre

Since 2005, the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC) has collaborated on more than 200 creative research projects with Welsh businesses and provided tailor-made advice and guidance to over 300 of its members working across the creative sector in Wales..

These creative practitioners represent disciplines as wide reaching as video, fine and applied art, architecture, photography and graphics. Each member has benefited from CIRIC's unique support package, which includes access to the latest digital technologies: laser cutting and etching, digital printing and video editing.

CIRIC is a Knowledge Transfer Centre, which acts as an umbrella organisation for several projects across several creative areas.

CIRIC was originally funded by The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the former Swansea Metropolitan University and private sector finance to re-invigorate the creative industries sector within Wales. For too long creative practitioners have been forced to leave Wales to gain access to the necessary resources that are needed to further their practice. CIRIC aims to provide an environment that supports creativity and research in Design, Video, Applied Arts, Textiles and other areas. We encourage and support high-level research and development, innovation and business success within the creative industries sector. We aim to assist and energize a cluster of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME‘s) by fostering research and development partnerships for the creation of high quality contemporary products, processes and services. CIRIC is creating a technology-rich, knowledge-based research infrastructure that will lead to a culture of entrepreneurship throughout the creative industries supply chain and transform attitudes across the Welsh economy as to the value of the creative industries.

Entry Criteria

All students that enrol on the programme will have a great desire to explore Product Design and Innovation for our future needs. It is expected that the typical student would be familiar with the core skill set for implementing and disseminating design opinion in their associated field. Students at this level need to be curious, broad-minded, open to new challenges and seriously self-motivated, with the ability to be an inventive problem-solver and lateral thinker with a ‘can do’ attitude. In addition applicants would be expected to demonstrate the intellect and emotion to propose change with regard to transportation infrastructure and the individual needs.

The normal entry requirements for admission to the MA programme are:

An Honours degree (ideally 2:1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
For Graduates of non-UK universities, sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme.
The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Product Design: Contemporary Dialogues page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gareth Lloyd

"I would encourage anyone who is interested in this field of post-graduate study to do the MA, as I feel it has helped me personally to define and achieve the goals I have set out for myself as a designer"

(Student Profile)

Keira Gwynn

3797.jpg Swansea College of Art graduate Keira Gwyn started her studies with UWTSD on the BA Product Design course. Her final year project opened doors for her after displaying her work at the National Maritime Museum in Swansea and New Designers showcase in London. R82 a company that specialises in high quality aids for children and teenagers with special needs liked what they saw and encouraged Keira to undertake further study. In conjunction with her MA Product Design programme Keira is living in Denmark and undertaking an internship with the company.

"I cannot believe I'm actually here, developing my idea into product reality."
"The programme gave me opportunities to find myself and explore my potential, culminating in me gaining an internship with R82. They were interested in taking my undergraduate project further, which resulted in me undertaking further research during my Master's degree to demonstrate a definite need and consolidate the design features."

"The past two years (studying) have been like a whirlwind, with trepidation and excitement, and now I'm pushing the project to manufacture for a global launch. Product Design is one of those disciplines where you can visualise and create your imagination; there is no better feeling than seeing your outcome putting a smile on someone's face."


Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a related discipline or relevant industry experience. Each candidate will be considered on their own merit.

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