You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.
Theory and Analysis
This unit focuses on challenging and confirming your practice through the development of critical reading, observation, and handling. You'll also think deeply about products and craft artefacts and contextual research associated with your work, as well as the field of enquiry surrounding it.
This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative product design practice to inform the detailed development of your project proposal for stages two and three of the course. The unit provides a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline.
During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.
Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It enables you to become critically aware and allows you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you explored in the Exploratory practice unit. Work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of inquiry through selected materials, concepts and a clearly articulated context. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.
In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.
The final phase of your MA study requires the production of a portfolio, including finished interaction models and product prototypes of a high quality. In addition to considering the aesthetics and form of design studies, the final product design unit needs to represent the quality and purpose of your design process, combining academic and practical skills to realise design concepts that demonstrate your design identity and profile.
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:
- UK and EU students full-time - £8,000
- UK and EU students part-time - £4,000
- International students full-time - £16,250 (standard fee)
- International students full-time - £15,600 (full early payment fee)
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs, these are still to be finalised for 2020 entry but as a guide please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Fee discounts and scholarships
To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.
Our range of industry contacts include:
- Industrial Design Consultancy
- TheAlloy (product and interaction consultants)
- IDEO (design consultants)
And recent guest lecturers include:
- John Gertsakis, product ecology
- Philip Davies
- Stuart Heron, Design Director.