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Entry Requirements: Either a first degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications and experience Subject Routes MA Product Design MA Product Design (Furniture) MA Product Design (Ceramics and Glass) Introduction to the course This course is aimed at students who are fascinated by everyday products and who wish to better understand the design decisions that led to their creation, in order to challenge current expectations through design practice or theory. You will undertake a wide variety of projects which ultimately prepare you for senior level design positions within the field. Personal projects will build upon the studio and workshop skills you bring from your previous experience and education. You will also analyse contemporary products and the commercial and cultural contexts that influence their form and function. Your learning experience You will benefit from studying within a large, diverse and dynamic postgraduate community through group assignments and informal sharing of a well-equipped workspace. An extensive programme of lectures and assignments is delivered by an enthusiastic team of staff that includes eminent theorists, practitioners and researchers. Focused around a creative studio ?hub?, the communal nature of the course provides a supportive environment in which you are able to develop your personal practice. Studio-based sessions are complemented by an extensive virtual learning environment, providing you with 247 online access to up-to-date information, course documentation and examples of previous student work. In the Postgraduate Certificate stage conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques are developed through assignments in commercial contexts and markets, strategic design policy, product evolution and design processes. These assignments introduce new perspectives to further inform and develop your design knowledge base. During the Postgraduate Diploma and Master?s stages you will pursue subjects such as postoptimal design and research methods, along with your own personal project in a chosen pathway, which will be developed through comprehensive research and practice phases. You will also participate in team projects with top international companies and organisations. Recent examples include Forest Garden, Marks and Spencer, Cadbury and AGA. Taught modules are assessed through assignments. These account for half of the credits available on the course. The majority of the remaining half of the course consists of a personal project involving a negotiated mix of theory and practice. You will receive regular feedback on your performance throughout the course. Career prospects Successful graduates will be highly employable within the design industry and will be well equipped to enjoy the opportunities available to them in a variety of professional destinations. These include manufacturing, design consultancy, design management, academic research and teaching. Recent graduates have secured employment with organisations including Renault Design Studios (Paris), Glass Domain (UK, furniture), Rotadex Systems (UK, office furniture), DCA (UK, design consultancy) and Design Knowledge Network (UK, advisory service). Others hold senior teaching posts in Santiago (Chile), Valletta (Malta), Caracas (Venezuela) and Beijing (Chinese Academy of Fine Arts).

Entry Requirements: Either a first degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications and experience Subject Routes MA Product Design MA Product Design (Furniture) MA Product Design (Ceramics and Glass) Introduction to the course This course is aimed at students who are fascinated by everyday products and who wish to better understand the design decisions that led to their creation, in...

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