Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, career opportunities for graduates of this programme will be numerous.
The MDes Industrial Design programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for – and practice transdisciplinary approaches towards – design solutions, including products, interactions, systems and services.
During the programme, you will gain specialist skills while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design and have the opportunity to carry out your own design research project.
Why Should I Study Industrial Design At XJTLU?
Benefit from the Department of Industrial Design's strong links with international institutions and companies, giving you opportunities for internships, networking events and industry site visits;
Enjoy a diverse programme with a wide range of design specialities and representations, depending on your interests and career ambitions;
Take advantage of opportunities to visit the University of Liverpool's Liverpool and London campuses;
Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and skills
By the time you graduate from the MDes Industrial Design, you will have:
A transdisciplinary understanding of design with the ability to develop and evaluate new investigative methods and approaches.
Undertaken a final project with either an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study or a more applied, industry focus.
Strong critical, creative thinking and communication skills.
Framing Design Research
Innovation by Design
Methods for Transdisciplinary Design
Advanced Design Visualisation and Communication
Design Research Project
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your master's degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for careers as design practitioners and design managers. The programme also offers a solid foundation for graduates wishing to pursue further study in a design-related PhD.
RMB 90,000 for the entire 18-month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 per cent of the tuition fee.
Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case, a discount of five per cent of the total fees will be offered.
You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.
XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 per cent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Upper second class (2:1) honours
211 Project; Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai Ranking--75 per cent or above
Non 211 project; Non-Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% per cent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update http://www.zuihaodaxue.com/zuihaodaxuepaiming2019.html
Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.
3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme.
Equivalent academic qualifications.
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in industrial design, engineering, architecture, urban planning and design, or another design-related discipline.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 – 1.0 of an overall IELTS band but meet the language requirements for the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses (including minimum component scores or equivalents), you may be accepted onto the PSE course subject to Programme Director’s approval. Upon successful enrolment on the PSE course, you will be able to change your XJTLU Master’s offer letter to ‘Unconditional’ for English level.
If you are a conditional offer holder, you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply to take the onsite Password English language test provided by XJTLU in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or its equivalent.
Please note that the Password Test is only available to students who have been issued a conditional offer to study at XJTLU. The University provides one Password Test opportunity for each conditional offer holder. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students who are admitted onto a Master’s programme by taking the Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course are required to complete English language modules listed on the Programme Specification on a pass/fail basis as part of their Additional Learning Activity plan during their studies at XJTLU.
"The MDes Industrial Design programme provides professionals with the latest international design and research knowledge, to help you further develop your own unique profile within the booming global creative industry."
Sara SterlingProgramme Director
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