MSc Product Design

General

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Program Description

The course is an ideal launchpad if you want to enter the exciting world of creative technology. You'll examine the ways digital technologies are changing the way we live our lives, exploring big data and looking at the relationship between products, the internet and the cloud.

You’ll learn how to develop socially relevant design responses to address these real-world issues, challenging and creating conversations about the ways in which people and society interact with technologies.

This course is research-driven and interdisciplinary and you will be taught modules in both design and technology. You will collaborate with research scholars, and groups within the University, as well as with external organisations and creative practitioners.

Through this, you’ll develop new perspectives and frameworks on problem-solving, prototyping, design thinking, and making.

You’ll learn how to make highly resolved product prototypes, learning the tools and techniques for embedding technology into your products. You’ll also have access to the world-class facilities Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has to offer, which include:

  • studio space
  • a general workshop
  • foundry
  • 3D digital making facility equipped with laser cutters
  • 3D printers
  • CNC milling machines
  • electronics workstations

Testimonials

“I loved working with creative technology and the interdisciplinary nature of the course. We also had the opportunity to work with real people on real projects. The course isn't theoretical, you’re out there working with real users, so it’s not about making something for the sake of it. It’s making with a cause.”

Katie Brown, MSc Product Design graduate

Entry requirements

Grade requirements
Academic Entry requirements - Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a creative or technical discipline (e.g. product design, industrial design, textile design, jewellery design, engineering, architecture, computer science etc.), although applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Written work - Please provide a short (500 word) story about you and your interest in Product Design. Make it as personal as you want or use your imagination! We want to see how you write about the world

You will need to upload a portfolio of design/technology work. We consider all creative work in the context of design and portfolios will almost always include some (but not necessarily all) of the following:

  • contextual research,
  • visual mapping techniques,
  • sketching,
  • drawing,
  • CAD rendering,
  • model making,
  • physical/digital prototypes,
  • finished artefacts and any other design-related work.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) 6.0
  • Reading 5.5
  • Listening 5.5
  • Speaking 5.5
  • Writing 6.0

Careers

Graduates have gone on to have successful careers in fields such as:

  • creative industries
  • consumer product design
  • medical products
  • mechanical engineering design
  • design and project management
  • service design
  • independent design consultancies in the UK and abroad

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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