Product Design

MA - UCA Farnham - 2018, 2019

Our MA Product Design course provides a conceptual process and context for the development of creative and innovative products. This includes the study of socio-cultural and economic issues, new technologies and creative visual language in relation to your practice. 

As a student on our course, you'll undertake individual research projects using an integrated product design process. You'll also develop and communicate design solutions which align with design criteria and respond to broader issues such as lifestyles, markets or the information economy.

On this course, you'll benefit from seminar sessions with visiting professional product designers. They'll provide critical feedback to advance your design concepts on to prototype stage in order to ready them for final exhibition and commercial manufacture.

UCA is extremely proud to encourage and develop sustainable design, and the Farnham campus is home to The Centre for Sustainable Design - a research centre which facilitates discussion and research on eco-design, and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development.

Graduates from our MA Product Design course have gone on to work in Architectural firms, independent design studios, create their own businesses and roles in design management. Demand is high for graduates with technical skills in the product design industry, particularly those who have access to industry quality equipment and the know-how and passion to succeed. We aim to create product designers with a breadth of knowledge, up-to-the-moment industry experience and the passion and drive to succeed in a fast-paced industry.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    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.

    Exploratory Practice

    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.

  • Term 2

    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

    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.

  • Term 3

    In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

    Major Project

    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

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & 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.

Facilities

Product design facilities include, well-equipped workshops, providing both hand and mechanical processes for model and product making; digital suite with 3D printers, laser cutters and rapid prototyping; resin room with ventilation, work benches and safety equipment. We also have a dedicated space open to all MA courses at UCA Farnham, which can be used as a personal studio space or for group working and discussions.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Our range of industry contacts include:

    • Industrial Design Consultancy
    • TheAlloy (product and interaction consultants)
    • IDEO (design consultants)
    • Philips
    • Kenwood/De'Longhi.

    And recent guest lecturers include:

    • John Gertsakis, product ecology
    • Philip Davies
    • Stuart Heron, Design Director.
  • Careers

    Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Graduate opportunities exist within:

    • Product design practice
    • Independent design studios
    • Specialist design consultancies
    • Design teams in manufacturing industry
    • Design management
    • Environmental management
    • Service design sectors.
  • Further study

    You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

     

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who present a degree with a lower classification, but can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements


Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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