Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial Design


Program Description

Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial Design

Industrial design training combines a creative and humanities education with technical knowledge. The students are exposed to specific design tasks, which prepare them for cooperation with the industrial world and for independent design work. The Academy cooperates with many industrial plants, which enables the design concepts developed during the courses to evolve into prototypes and be presented to prospective manufacturers at industry exhibitions in Poland and abroad.

Studio of Product Interpretation

Head: professor Jadwiga Filipiak
Assistant: dr Artur Świtalski

The objective of the course is to provide students with the ability and knowledge needed to work in a design team as well as act as an independent designer. The student will learn about the cultural, physical and psychological needs of humans. The topics relate to the formation of the immediate environment, while proper attention is given to the needs of the disabled. The subjects offered will help the students develop their skills to perceive, recognise and define the design needs around them, scrutinize the functions creatively and deliver a creative planning/design reaction.

Furniture Design 3

Head: Mateusz Wróblewski

The course is aimed at providing the students with a knowledge of furniture design and its broad cultural context. The curriculum will include materials experimentation, a quest for novel solutions to conventional functions, and learning to perceive furniture as a form that defines an interior, so students will be trained to see the convergence of the core characteristics of furniture as an object that is supposed to meet the standard requirements of ergonomics, stability and durability. Moreover, the studio will teach students to perceive furniture as an outcome of the fabrication process involving given techniques. Students are encouraged to follow events in the furniture industry worldwide. Various work teams will be established.
Outcome: students will acquire the skills both to design furniture and to apply their unique, individualised approach to designing. Graduates will receive an MA diploma in Interior Architecture or Furniture Design Arts.

Studio for Educational Projects and Industrial Synergy

Head: professor Katarzyna Laskowska
Assistant: Dorota Januszek

The objective of this course it is to provide the students with the skills to work in the manufacturing industry. Gaining such abilities and competence will enable graduates to undertake independent design jobs in multidisciplinary teams and launch projects into mass production. The students will be given an overview of the design processes and related activities.
- introduction to professional design work,
- teamwork,
- project management for mass production,
- putting designs into production,
- responsible project management,
- attending international design workshops and research.
Applicable teaching methods:
- introductory lectures,
- training, presentations, seminars,
- tutorials within the studio and external expert consultations,
- student’s own project work,
- teamwork; assignments being given depending on the number of students and project phases underway,
- presentations, exhibitions,
- student involvement in supervising the fabrication of prototypes at a furniture factory or the ASP model shop,
- annual exhibitions,
- promoting projects and design work, e.g. industry exhibitions, leaflets, invitations etc.

Ceramics in Architecture

Head: professor Ewa Twarowska-Sioda
Assistants: Grzegorz Olech / Piotr Masztalerz

The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge for using ceramics in architecture. Besides tutorials and project work, the course will encompass presentations of ceramic design work and training in technical skills and technologies, including mould building, engobes, glazing, firing etc. These will serve to stimulate the students’ search for novel solutions and overcoming conventions. The subjects should trigger student activities in interiors (hotels, churches, houses, stores) as well as in open spaces (towns, gardens, parks, squares). The students can select the scale and size, colour and ceramic material, adapting these to their individual requirements.

Studio of Industrial Product Design

Head: professor Tomasz Matuszewski
Assistant: Łukasz Stawarski

Each student will be requested to deliver one design on a theme selected from a range of professorial suggestions. An individual study will be conducted, including an assessment of the design materials, concept guidelines, sketches, drawings and 3D models. This design work will help the students in their independent assessment of the design materials, formulating the guidelines and comprehensive concepts for the object. Furthermore, the course will assist the students in developing their awareness of the crucial context issues, including social, cultural, natural, ethical, ergonomic, commercial and industrial. The students will assess the behaviours and needs of people and the growth of civilization and culture. They will learn about the new materials and techniques that are available and will gain the ability to deliver design guidelines with reference to their conclusions on the surrounding conditions. An emphasis will be placed on responsible and creative design work.

Last updated Feb 2019

About the School

The Poznan University of Arts has been in existence for over 90 years. It was established in 1919 as the School of Decorative Arts and was later transformed into the State Institute of Art.

The Poznan University of Arts has been in existence for over 90 years. It was established in 1919 as the School of Decorative Arts and was later transformed into the State Institute of Art. Read less