Theory and Analysis
You’ll challenge and confirm your practice through critical reading, observation and handling. You’ll think deeply about products and craft artefacts and investigate contexts associated with your own work.
You’ll explore creative product design practice based around a theme of transportation and journey – physical and emotional – and this will help inform the development of your own project proposal for stages two and three of your course. There will be a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline.
Using the knowledge you’ve gained through the first term, you’ll reflect upon your own practice and consider the practice of others to develop your own sense of critical awareness and creative independence. You’ll build on the research questions you explored in Exploratory Practice, and establish a clear line of enquiry 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.
The final phase of your MA study requires the production of a portfolio, including finished interaction models and product prototypes of a high quality – the realisation of the concepts and explorations you will have made already through the course. In addition to considering the aesthetics and form of design studies, the final product design should represent the quality and purpose of your design process, combining academic and practical skills.
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:
- UK students full-time - £10,400
- UK students part-time - £5,200
- EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)
- International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
- International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 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.