Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the programme

The Design Products programme is about creativity for purpose – educating students to be design leaders, who address real-world challenges through balancing high levels of creativity and technical capability with contextual insight and empathy for people.

The Design Products identity is characterised by a pluralistic approach to designing for purpose through a number of design cultures – Design through Making, Design for Manufacture, Object Mediated Interactions, Design as Catalyst and Exploring Emergent Futures – which are underpinned by a set of contextual and real-world themes. This provides a platform for students to conceptualise and validate ideas by provoking, challenging people, places, things and systems through crafted artefacts.

Through team and individual projects involving external partners and tutored by practising designers and design researchers, students determine their own design culture, building a portfolio of work that locates them in their desired professional context. Graduates are creative catalysts and visionaries who go on to become leaders in their respective fields.

The programme offers:

  • intensive teaching in platforms
  • a programme of activities related to the themes
  • tutors who are leading practitioners and researchers
  • technical support for prototyping
  • access to College workshops and technical facilities
  • opportunities to exhibit in London and elsewhere
  • collaborative projects with industrial partners
  • a truly international perspective, with students from around 20 nations

MA Entrance Requirements

Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.

Entrance requirements for Design Products are:

  • a good undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • proficient written and spoken English

Several years of professional experience, either before or after a first degree, is a benefit.

Applications are welcomed from candidates from related backgrounds, such as art or engineering.

Digital Portfolio

This should describe your abilities in design and presentation. It should include representative samples of drawings, model-making and any other work-up material at investigative or exploratory stages of the design process, as well as presentation of finished pieces.

It should also contain samples of any written work, technical studies or additional work carried out in conjunction with the design projects.

The portfolio should show the range and variety of skills and experience but should emphasise your knowledge of the subject for which you are applying.

Please note:

Digital extracts of sketchbooks and notebooks should be included (if invited for interview, you should bring sketchbooks with you).

Physical /actual objects should be represented by photographs and can be brought to interview should you be selected.

Working drawings and photographs of finished work should be dated and have attached a brief written explanation.

All work submitted should be correctly titled and clearly marked with your name.

Joint project work or collaborative projects must be clearly described as such. You must indicate clearly the exact role that you played in the creation of the work submitted.

Where it can be shown that you have submitted work that is not your own, as if it was your own, or it transpires that the level of your involvement in joint work has been seriously exaggerated, or where false statements have been made on an application form or other document considered by an admissions board, you may be disqualified.

Interview (if invited)

Any work carried out after the submission of the portfolio or any work in progress can be brought to the interview.

You should bring sketchbooks to your interview.

You are expected to be able to talk confidently and objectively about your own work, and about your personal ambitions for future work at the College.

You will be asked to undertake a small assignment, which you should bring to the interview.

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Last updated March 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
19,000 GBP
Tuition fees in 2018/19 - Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee); UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Channel Islands and Isle of Man £14,200 (£28,400 total fee).
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