MA Design: Products and Furniture

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Program Description

MA Design: Products and Furniture

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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The MA Design: Products & Furniture course is aimed at the designer with a passion to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice that reflect the designer’s personal philosophies and creative methodologies while engaging in the realities of designing for new and emerging markets.

As designers, you'll be encouraged to explore the multidisciplinary field of design and challenge the norms in design thinking. The course sets out to challenge pre-conceived attitudes to the relationship between traditional craft skills, new technology and modern manufacture; encouraging the cross-fertilisation of ideas and approaches informed by collaborative working and hands-on experience.

You will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of emerging technologies, materials and philosophies, including recent thinking with regards to innovative design technologies and materials;
  • Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential;
  • Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry;
  • Work and study in a strong student design community focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work in a professional context;
  • Interact with industry professionals through a variety of lectures and workshops;
  • Work on an exciting range of projects driven by links with industry;
  • Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU;
  • Work in industry-standard studios, facilities and laboratories on our City Campus and benefit from expert technical support.

What you'll study

You'll study modules designed to expand your awareness and understanding of product design while developing a wider appreciation of a designer's role within modern society, and the impact of new thinking in business in the design industry.

The course focuses on the needs of future professional design practice and works to promote the understanding of both local and international business and support entrepreneurial approaches to developing products and services, and the development of a strategic design for business success.

How do you study?

Through its project-based nature, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You'll develop a practice-based project for your final Major Study Project via the creation of a learning agreement as part of the Research Methods module; this is written in consultation with tutors and informs your final learning outcomes.

Define a learning agreement with your tutor and focus on your own individual areas of development.

How you’re taught

Learning and teaching methods will comprise:

  • lectures to introduce and develop concepts and to explore the application of concepts;
  • practical workshops;
  • studio sessions, workshops and laboratories to develop skills and appreciate concepts;
  • seminars and tutorials to provide academic sites;
  • case study and project work to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and applications;
  • project presentations to develop confidence and identity in professional practice.

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Situate your work within the context of design theory and practice and critically reflect on the wider social, ethical, economic, global, environmental and sustainability issues in your discipline;
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge appropriate to product design and comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your practice;
  • Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in product design;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and potential of evolving production processes and evaluate their part in successful design outcomes;
  • Appraise and anticipate trends through analysis of projected cultural, economic and technological developments.

How will I be assessed?

Taught modules are assessed by coursework, oral presentations, case studies and projects. The Individual Major Project module involves the design, implementation and reporting of a major research task by thesis.

Learn in a multi-disciplinary environment with academic staff and students across departments at NTU.

Careers and employability

This course has been developed to meet the needs of industry in the UK and overseas. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in a business context by identifying new service, strategy and product opportunities, and conducting projects in collaboration with industrial partners. You'll become more strategically aware and technically literate, and will communicate concepts and outcomes at an advanced level in an ever-changing global marketplace.

On completion, graduates will have acquired skills and knowledge to set up their own businesses, to work in manufacturing industries, design consultancies, and research and development organisations, or to progress to PhD study by engaging in further research.

The University's Employability Team is available to all students, offering individual consultation and support.

Build important networks within the product design industry and open up exciting career opportunities.

Facilities

Resources and facilities

The course is based on the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at the University's City Campus.

The teaching and project work of this course are well supported by extensive and modern resources including:

  • hydraulic and pneumatic laboratory;
  • machining and manufacturing workshop with a wide range of facilities such as an advanced water jet cutting machine and laser cutting machines;
  • various types of CNC machines;
  • a large number of metal and wood cutting machines;
  • welding equipment and highly valuable rapid prototyping machines;
  • well equipped laboratories with a wide range of subject areas including control lab;
  • electronics lab, a robotics lab, mechatronics lab, metrology lab and material lab;
  • wood, metal and plastics workshops;
  • modern CAD/CAM studios;
  • 3D printers.

Our workshops are based in the Maudslay building and are supervised by skilled technical personnel.

Work in industry-standard studios, workshops and laboratories and benefit from expert technical support.

Entry requirements

U.K.

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

How to apply

U.K.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice on how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

International

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal. Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Fees and funding

U.K.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

International

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 27, 2017
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