Masters Programs in Product Design

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Product Design

A masters degree in product design is a post graduate degree program that seeks to impart skills that should enable graduates of the program to create new products; products that are market oriented. Product design focuses on the creation of products with an intention to sell. The masters program ensures that graduates of the program have the ability to generate ideas, evaluate them and then turn them into a new product. There are several steps that are involved in the production of a product such as manufacturing of a product economically but ensuring the product’s usability, functionality and appearance remain intact. A master in product design is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the product looks great, that it meets the needs of the market and that it has the potential to compete favorably with other products in the same niche. While undertaking the masters program, the students are instilled with skills to analyze the needs of the customer, how to research consumer trends, prediction of possible scenarios and how to meet the different consumer requirements. There are environmental and legal requirements that products need to meet which are also considered by the product designer.

The masters degree in product design is an exciting program. Product looks, customer preferences and new technologies of making products are continuously invented. Therefore, students need to be conversant with the most recent technologies. The program covers development of the product from the beginning to the time the product is launched. With the ever present demand for products and new products, the career opportunities for graduates of this program are numerous.

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Master in Product Design

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Italy Milan

The Master in Product Design program combines the study of theory with the process of direct experience. Besides honing the “problem solving” skills that every designer needs, you will also develop a “problem defining” approach: the ability to determine the true parameters of each design challenge. [+]

Masters in Product Design. Think. Sketch. Make. A good product began as a need that a designer identified and brought to life in the form of an object or mechanism. It is a reflection of society. It is about potentiality, adaptation, discovery. The Master in Product Design program combines the study of theory with the process of direct experience. Besides honing the “problem solving” skills that every designer needs, you will also develop a “problem defining” approach: the ability to determine the true parameters of each design challenge. As you learn to follow your intuition and promote your aesthetic vision within those parameters, you will cultivate more awareness of the reasons behind your own design choices, and those of others. During your workshop collaborations with eminent professionals from local studios and businesses, you will have the range to experiment with design methodologies as you develop a deeper understanding of product design and its role in our world. Audience The program is designed for candidates who have a first-level degree in design, architecture, engineering, visual arts, or related disciplines. Outcome During this degree program, students will: Complete a self-driven conceptual research project according to professional standards. Create innovative design work based on an understanding of the discipline and the place of their work within that context. Communicate concepts, methods, and design proposals in spoken, visual, and written form. Program The Master in Product Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship. The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals. Courses Coursework focuses on: Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace Identifying key factors that make a successful design solution Defining and solving design problems Branding your own work Workshops Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to product design. Some possible workshop topics include the following: Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video. Investigate ways in which a company can ignite innovations in product design and industrial processes by adopting advanced production technologies and utilizing new materials. Develop a proposal that combines design approaches in a new, innovative, and surprising way. Your project might involve an established brand, an emerging company, a company that wishes to reposition its business, or a new venture. As you explore the relationship between people and spatial systems, develop concepts that address design for social/personal spaces, business and retail spaces, or public spaces. Portfolio The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation. Internship There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career. The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies. Companies Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Product Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies involved in this program include: 3M, Alpi, Artemide, Bayer MaterialScience, BLM, Brix, Candy, Canon, Confindustria Ceramica, Electrolux, Elica, Fondazione Bracco, Gufram, Hager Group, IKEA, illywords, IMRA Aisin, Industreal, Leroy Merlin, LG, Material ConneXion, Pirelli, Rotaliana, Samsung, Swarovski, Teuco, TOTO, Veneta Cucine, Veuve Clicquot, Wega. Accreditation Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma. Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree. Career Opportunities The Master in Product Design trains professionals to design and create products for various sectors of industry on both a local and international scale. Graduates may go on to careers in design firms, in architecture and design studios, or in research environments, or they may choose an entrepreneurial path. [-]

MDes Industrial Design

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 30 months September 2017 China Suzhou + 1 more

The MDes in Industrial Design is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. [+]

Overview 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 broaden and deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for and practice cross-cultural approaches towards design and product, service and systems development. Options are available for part-time study for working professionals. Following this programme, you will develop individual specialism skills while maintaining a generalist, transdisciplinary outlook towards design. During the first semester of this programme, you will advance your competencies in design research methods, transdisciplinary design tools, innovation processes, and design visualisation and communication. In the following two semesters, you will be supervised by academic staff to develop and carry out your own design research project. Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Knowledge and skills You will be encouraged to take advantage of the transdisciplinary nature of this programme, with an emphasis on development and evaluation of new investigative methods and approaches. Your projects can have an academic emphasis to prepare for doctoral study or be based on a more applied, industry-focused agenda. Modules • Framing design research • Methods for transdisciplinary design • Innovation by design • Advanced design visualisation and communication • Design research project (over two semesters). Additional learning activity modules Careers The MDes Industrial Design programme offers you a solid preparation for careers such as design practitioners and design managers, as well as for further studies on design-related PhD programmes. Fees RMB 90,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme. University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us. Entry requirements: academic background An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field such as urban planning and design, architecture, geography, economics, management, environmental science, social or public policy. English language requirements • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections) • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill) [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Design Practices

HK PolyU School of Design
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration,and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. [+]

Masters in Product Design. The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration,and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. Designers with a Bachelor’s degree in product design, fashion design, interaction design, architecture, product engineering, interior design or communication design may find Design Practices to be a logical next step in their professional development. Aims This specialism focuses on design as a strategic tool for the consumer economy. Interdisciplinary projects embrace business strategy and brand development, identifying opportunities for innovation and user experience. This full-time international program responds to the world’s industrial and technological transformation with a focus on China. The development of a high level of research, analysis, strategic vision, aesthetics, and technical mastery in development, fabrication and commercialization of design prepares students for leadership roles. Objectives This specialism seeks to join practical strategies for innovation with formal aspects of design development, by making design through: real-world project development teamwork approaches to problem solving cultural considerations as well as business & technology customers’ needs and goals design entrepreneurship and brand creation Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline and professional experience in design is preferred. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2017) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to – applicable to graduates of QS world’s top universities for art & design - 2016. Scholarships (offered by MDes full-time specialisms) On a competitive basis, to off-set 25%–50% of tuition – applicable to all non-local students and PolyU Design alumni who accepted an admission offer. Admission Dates for September 2017 Entry Application Period Starts: 22 Nov 2016 First Round Review: 20 Jan 2017 Application Deadline: 28 Apr 2017 Interview: Mid Feb to May 2017 Announcement of result: 2 weeks after interview [-]

Master Design (MDes) Luxury Brand Management Innovation

Ravensbourne
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Master of Design programme provides the opportunity for you to develop creative thinking and innovative strategies through an advanced understanding of the practical application of design [+]

The Master of Design programme provides the opportunity for you to develop creative thinking and innovative strategies through an advanced understanding of the practical application of design thinking and design strategy, which can be applied in a global context.

Luxury Brand Management Innovation focuses on managing the relationship between luxury brands, high value services and consumer behaviour. To understand these complex relationships, you will gather and analyse customer and market data, to understand who the customers are, why they buy, and appreciate the value of brands and brand strategy. 

The course will, therefore, equip you to analyse new, sub-brands and established brands; and at a more strategic level, analyse issues around brand loyalty, equity and value.... [-]


Master in Yacht Design

POLI.Design -Consortium of Politecnico di Milano
Campus Full time 1 year February 2017 Italy Milan

The Politecnico di Milano Design School jointly offers this Specializing Master with the POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano. The program was founded to meet the strong demand for training in the pleasure-cratf segment. The yacht's market requires professionals with specialist post-university training. [+]

Masters in Product Design. The Politecnico di Milano Design School jointly offers this Specializing Master with the POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano. The program was founded to meet the strong demand for training in the pleasure-cratf segment. The yacht's market requires professionals with specialist post-university training. The Master is completely in English. Goals The Specializing Master provides the tools for managing the design and construction of sailing and motor boats, from project brief to definition of general plans, hydrostatic and hydrodynamic calculations, fitting-out of interiors, deck and board equipment, boat systems, production in the yard and control of executive stages. Participation in the Specialising Master allows students to achieve the following training goals: development of planning skills, in particular problem setting and problem solving skills in the leisure boat market; development of specialised technical skills; acquisition of principles and procedures of construction methods and techniques; development of skills related to production organisation and shipyard management; development of the ability to work in a group and to present oneself with authority in the professional world; ability to manage conflicts in the team and to encourage creativity. Professional Outcomes Upon completion of the Specializing Master, students are ready to enter the workforce as specialized professionals, including building on the training prior to entering the program. Over the years, professional outcomes have included assistant designer in specialist design studios, production assistant at shipbuilders, shipyard production manager, and quality-control supervisor. Degree Awarded Upon completion of the Specializing Master, students earn a first-level Politecnico di Milano Specializing Master Degree. Venue The Specializing Master is held at POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, via Durando 38/A, Milan, Italy. Market The need to train people to work in the yachting sector is based on the rapid and exponential growth recorded by this sector in recent years. This growth has been further encouraged by the issuing of provisions to encourage the development of this market (from simplifying procedures for port construction, to reducing the tax burden on recreational boats over 10 m. etc.). For this reason, the sector shows today a strong professional vocation, with regard both to the skills necessary to the design of recreational boats, their components, and accessories, and to the management of the different stages of the production process. In particular, the sector is going through a stage of strong growth and development in quantitative and economic terms, although full maturity has not yet been reached. This lag is explained partly by the current lack of executives able to manage and direct this phase of change. Course Program A ship, whether sailing boat or motoryacht, is a complex product that integrates several systems for propulsion, living quarters, and various accessory functions. Every decision about one of the technical systems (hull, appendages, interior layout, propulsion, onboard equipment) also affects all the others. A yacht, whether made series or as one-off, calls for many different construction techniques and a variety of materials. Its interior will reflect design language and fashion, while market competition tends to imbue every ship with a certain amount of innovation. The Specializing Master takes this complexity into account and intersperses classroom experience – nine learning modules that outline different disciplinary fields – with design exercises and visits to shipyards and companies active in the industry, as well as to applied research institutes. The principles of each field are explained and students acquire the skills to apply what they have learned in their designs. Their various special abilities are brought together in workgroups that are called upon to develop a series of work projects. Duration The Specializing Master lasts one year and is scheduled to start in February 2017. Classroom training represents a commitment of three to four days per week. The internship at a company in the shipbuilding industry or a design studio runs for 392 hours and is performed full time at the end of the classroom training. Learning Modules The course program consists of eight learning modules, plus a design workshop and the internship: Yacht Design: principles, methods, tools and rules, principles, methods, tools and rules of boat design; Design and representation, acquisition of manual and computer tools representing the project; acquisition of specific skills on dedicated software; Naval Architecture, acquisition of the skills needed to manage, during the design stage, know-how relating to: hull geometry, boat statics, resistance to motion, hydrodynamics, hydraulic modelling, fluid dynamics and aero dynamics, turbulence modelling; Shipbuilding, knowledge of the main construction methods, of the properties and characteristics of the materials used in the boats. Understanding and ability to identify innovations with regard to: material technologies and sciences, construction technique; On-board Systems and Propulsion Equipment, ability to understand the issues related to environmental management and acquisition of criteria for the choice of: motor and sail propulsion equipment, steering and monitoring equipment, equipment and fittings for deck, systems and on-board instruments; Interior Design, acquisition of design skills with strong focus on expressiveness with regard to: distribution of space and functional organisation, historic evolution of interior design methods, quality of finishing materials, methods of mock-up for monitoring choices; Production process and corporate organisation, methods and technologies of production of different boat elements and components: organization of production process; Empowerment, during the structuring of the educational programme an empowerment module will be developed, to train participants on the rationale and dynamics of change at the organisational and personal level, teamwork, relational dynamics and entry in the job market; Design workshop, integrated design exercise on topics identified during class. Exercises The Specializing Master integrates a variety of learning modules: metaproject analysis, defining the concept, and design exercises carried out in small groups as prerequisites to the planning workshops. The workshops offer a chance to try out the skills acquired during the learning modules, classroom exercises, and trips outside the classroom. The workshops are an essential part of the training process, which also includes visits to research organizations, production facilities, and professional studios. Internship The internship is required, lasts three months, and is carried out at leading design studios and shipyards. It enables students to transfer skills acquired during the course to a real-life design or production context and to deal with the world of shipbuilding. The training project to be carried out during the internship is agreed upon by the Politecnico di Milano tutor and the company mentor. Internship in progress: Ares Shipyard, Antalya, Turkey www.ares.com.tr Stand By Marijana Radovic, Milano, Italy www.marijanaradovic.com Montecarlo Yacht, Gorizia, Italy www.montecarloyachts.it F.lli Rossi, Viareggio, Italy www.rossinavi.it Slyder catamarans, Fano, Italy www.de.slyder-yachts.com Feadship, Haarlem, The Netherlands www.feadship.nl/en Partner ship design, Hamburg, Germany www.psd.de Luca Dini Design, Firenze, Italy www.lucadinidesign.com Cariboni, Ronco Briantino, Italy www.cariboni-italy.it Dufur, La Rochelle, France www.dufour-yachts.com Studio PYD Picco Yacht, Milano, Italy www.piccoyachtdesign.com Vismara Marine, Viareggio, Italy www.vismaramarine.it Altman Marine, Pontevedra, Spain www.altmanmarine.com Lürssen, Bremen, Germany www.luerssen-yachts.com Palmer Johnson, Montecarlo www.palmerjohnson.com Admission Requirements The Specializing Master in Yacht Design is open to applicants who have a university degree (Laurea, equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) under the old or the new educational system or a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) under the new educational system in Architecture, Engineering and Industrial Design, and in related economic disciplines, and to applicants with equivalent qualifications. The Board shall admit applicants who have qualifications in disciplines other than those specified above, if the Master may complete the training of the applicant or the professional skills and experience shown by same. The Master is completely in English: preference will be given to candidates with a good knowledge of English. Admission procedure Admission to the Specializing Master in Yacht Design will depend on a selection process made by the Specializing Master's Board. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted to each edition. For enquiries, submit a curriculum vitae and the Application Form to myd@polimi.it by January 31, 2017. Candidates living abroad will be given the chance to take an online test before their screening interview. Tuition and Fees €12.000 (€11.500 Specializing Master tuition and € 500.00 Politecnico di Milano enrollment fee) Exempt from VAT under Article 10 of DPR 633/72. The cost of enrollment in the Specializing Master entitle to deduct tax of 19% as falling under "university specialization courses". [-]

Master of Arts in Product and Spatial Design

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The programme educates designers with a distinct design personality. Students will learn to manage design processes, learn about the regulations in construction, material knowledge, skills in 3D composition, and understand the spatiality of people and products. [+]

http://psd.aalto.fi/ Goal of education Content outcomes The programme educates designers with a distinct design personality. Students will learn to manage design processes, learn about the regulations in construction, material knowledge, skills in 3D composition, and understand the spatiality of people and products. They deepen the skills learned in Bachelor's studies and broaden their knowledge in spatial design, furniture design or product design. They learn to practice design in the broader operational environment of product development, business, and culture. Skill outcomes Students learn to interpret and transform living environment and culture through their insight and professional skills. They develop an artistic and designerly insight, learn to master their creative design process, and deepen their expertise in materials, knowledge of design tradition, and cultural discussion. The programme trains students in personal design expression, gives them ability to master design processes, and to understand the discipline’s tradition and presence as a base for curiosity and experimentation. Students are also trained to develop technical, aesthetic and research skills to support the design process. They become competent in exploring technologies and visualising, creating and demonstrating innovative concepts and experiences using the latest technology. They become professionals versed in design tradition with skills in multidisciplinary teamwork. Academic skills The programme enhances students’ presentation skills in writing and visualisation. The students learn skills in problem-setting and problem-solving relevant to the product and spatial design and in practice led design research. They also learn to gather and analyse information and apply it to design and research. Education content The programme is based on an exploratory approach to design-based problem setting, elaboration and solving. It emphasises the skill to manage the entire design process from the beginning to the final outcome. An essential part of the education is project-based hands-on learning. In the projects, the students are encouraged to utilise artistic and experimental approaches and find their personal expression and voice as a designer. Career opportunities Career opportunities vary from entrepreneurship to expert tasks in private and public organisations. Graduates work as interior designers in design and architect studios, as independent entrepreneurs, and as in-house designers in industry. They also work as designers, managers, researchers and teachers. The programme prepares its graduates also for doctoral studies. Internationalisation Students are encouraged to apply for international exchange studies or internships. They are also encouraged to participate in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and trade fairs. Admission procedure Applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme in Product and Spatial Design apply in the Master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The main criteria are competence and suitability. Specifically, the programme seeks students who understand processes and structures, to create personal design solutions both individually and in teams, with personal and artistic insight, ideation skill, and goal-orientation and motivation. Eligible applicants for the programme have earned a Bachelor of Arts or completed equivalent studies. The Master’s Degree Programme in Product and Spatial Design consists of advanced studies, which can be completed in two years. Students are granted admission to the programme through a two-phase process. In the first phase students are evaluated based on the application as a whole, including portfolio, previous studies, CV and letter of motivation. In the second phase, the most suitable applicants are invited for an interview, from which a smaller subset of applicants is offered a study place. Applicants accepted to the programme may be required to take supplementary studies. [-]

Master in Integrated Product Design

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Sweden Stockholm

In today’s highly competitive and fast-changing global market, engineers need advanced knowledge and highly developed skills in how to create competitive and sustainable products in multidisciplinary teams. Integrated Product Design is a two -year [+]

Masters in Product Design. In today’s highly competitive and fast-changing global market, engineers need advanced knowledge and highly developed skills in how to create competitive and sustainable products in multidisciplinary teams. Integrated Product Design is a two -year graduate programme focusing on processes and methods for product development and innovation in order to create usable, competitive and sustainable products and services. Programme outline The programme offers competence in several disciplines such as product innovation, eco-design, human-product interaction, service design, group dynamics, visualisation and communication of design proposals, and prototyping. The education consists of a mixture of compulsory courses, optional courses and track specific courses – with ample opportunities for students to create their own mix of courses to match individual interests and career goals. The track specific courses are primarily based on project assignments carried out in groups; these are usually done in co-operation with a company or organisation providing the student with valuable real-world experience. Integrated Product Design consists of three specialisation tracks: Integrated Product Development (IPU) focuses on the organisation, leadership and performance of product development processes in large teams; Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) concentrates on the functional design and communicative aspects of the product in relation to user and market; Product Innovation Management (PIM), combines product development with business development, marketing and strategy. Degree project The thesis project is supervised by an experienced researcher and can be performed in an industrial setting or in an academic environment. Each student is encouraged to actively search for a suitable thesis project and KTH will provide information, assistance and suitable points of contact. Career prospects The Integrated Product Design programme offers Master’s students a comprehensive education and refined expertise applicable in many different industrial and business sectors. The Integrated Product Development track instills competence to work with complex multidisciplinary product development projects, either as a technical expert, project manager, R&D manager, or consultant. The Industrial Design Engineering track provides the skills necessary to work with product development and design engineering, user-driven design, either as a technical expert, a project manager, or a commissioner of design and other related positions. The Product Innovation Management track provides opportunities for a variety of jobs in areas such as project management, business development and product planning, or in engineering and management consultancy and in high-tech start-up companies. [-]

Master's Degree In Food Design Project Experience

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Rome
Campus Full time 12 months March 2017 Italy Rome

The course aims to train designers who have the critical-design skills to be able to independently manage the professional and managerial relationships, developing the propensity for innovation determinant in defining different visions of the systems in which we act. Being the figure of the designer in continuous evolution, the Food Designer must acquire the knowledge that will allow him the flexibility to deal with different design fields but contiguous, in which to apply their design skills, with particular focus on involving users in defining paths needs and expectations. [+]

THIS PROGRAM 'TAUGHT IN ITALIAN Who should attend: The course is open to those who are in possession of the title of Academic Study of First Level, lasting at least three years in areas related to architecture, to design, to interior design, visual communication, the Food Science or other related disciplines addressed in the course. It will verify the ability to deal independently both speculative activities that executive. The course includes a theoretical and practical course that involves students in practical research and design. The Master provides simulations and specific projects in collaboration with agencies and private companies, where to apply theoretical principles, techniques, tools and methodologies acquired during the course. The Master program is structured to meet the needs of the labor market, preparing professionals able to design and implement innovation, to meet the technological and strategic challenges of the coming years in a rapidly changing industry. The food is not only a primary need, but an experience of the senses. Experience that must be seen in all its aspects, from the use of raw materials to the definition of consumption patterns. The incessant development of competitiveness and strategic needs of companies require the ability to communicate the designer, as appropriate, with experts from the marketing and the technical area with the engineers, with the corporate image consultants and with the ' graphic-creative apparatus, with the planners of communication and those involved in the creation of places. The Master therefore also provides for the acquisition of soft skills, related to the analysis and interpretation of the needs and behavior of consumers, the conception of scenarios relating to new products, presentation and communication of your project, highlighting the specific values ​​that can determine their success. A first theoretical part will introduce the compulsory subjects of matter and then to address, through four project areas, activities related to Packaging Design, Place Design, Food Design and Communication. Each area includes a step in which the teachers-professionals pass on their knowledge through lectures, external interventions, practical examples; this will follow a workshop phase in which students apply the skills acquired and then arrive at a final synthesis project. An important part will be devoted to the activity of internships at partner companies and the industry, and the implementation of social networking activities with the relevant community. [-]

Master in Design Thinking

Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 3 - 4 semesters March 2017 Germany Munich

Design thinking employs a variety of different methods and approaches: from creative industries to finding solutions to existing problems and challenges while keeping business purposes in mind. Students gain expertise in design thinking through specialized courses and projects and also through the topics they choose for their Master’s thesis. [+]

Masters in Product Design. Do you want to learn how to design human-centered products and services? By tackling the unknown for business our students acquire the skills to learn from people, find patterns, use design principles, and turn ideas into tangible objects and devices. They learn to work in teams, to be user-focused and optimistic. Students are not only trained to work in a purely creative environment. The skills they learn enable them to think outside the box and solve problems for diverse groups and industries. Design thinking employs a variety of different methods and approaches: from creative industries to finding solutions to existing problems and challenges while keeping business purposes in mind. Design thinking is directly related to management and marketing. Students gain expertise in design thinking through specialized courses and projects and also through the topics they choose for their Master’s thesis. Potential careers with this M.A. Product Developer Service Developer Product Manager Service Manager ... [-]

Masters In Design - Innovation And Product For Superior Craftsmanship

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Florence
Campus Full time 12 months March 2017 Italy Florence

The Master in Design - Innovation and Product for the High Arts aims to develop in future Designer understanding of the craft product as a fusion of experiences coming from the tradition (skills) and innovation processes for excellence "designed and built in Italy". It focuses on knowledge and comprehension skills (knowledge and understanding) of the product, its tangible and intangible values ​​and the applied production value of excellence (applying knowledge and understanding). The background knowledge serves as indispensable platform for developing Designer specializing in High Craft skills related to strategic design, to re-design or de novo design of products that express new creative energies within the manufacturing districts of excellence. [+]

THIS PROGRAM 'TAUGHT IN ITALIAN Who should attend: The Master in Design - Innovation and Product for the High Crafts It is open to candidates who have a title of The Level, lasting three years, in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Fashion and Design. At admission are valued in particular the attitude to laboratory design, knowledge / curiosity than materials and raw materials. It requires knowledge of the delivery of the course language equivalent to Level B2 (CEFR). The Master in Design - Innovation and Product for the High Crafts offers a training course in the classroom in which they develop frontal lectures and project activities, followed and supported by teachers. Within courses they are hosted actors of high-end manufacturing to provide an immersive reading of the production processes of contemporary design product, then connected with the trends of communication and international market. The research and design in the classroom are developed on external client briefs. In the development of the project activities is offered students the opportunity to interact directly with partner companies, business or directly visiting showrooms companies in the production chain but also museums and historic workshops. The teaching is organized in quarters dedicated to specific topic areas of the craft sector, through in-depth critical study of the system (History and Culture area), knowledge of processes and design methods (Design Methods) and knowledge of the product and communication processes the chain (Communication Labs). The Master in Design - Innovation and Product for the High Crafts students develop independent judgment in the selection and definition of the key contents of the value of products, communication skills, ability to develop the content of their own design strategy. Students learn to develop strategies to re-design the product, aimed at re-positioning and promotion of the artifact of craftsmanship on the contemporary market, and technological innovations in manufacturing processes through advanced manufacturing processes (eg. rapid prototyping or interaction technologies). The last part of the training course is dedicated to the development of the final project or thesis project, in collaboration with sector companies, during which each student develops a characteristic of the three themes addressed in previous quarters. [-]

Master in Design and Development of Vehicle Dynamics

University of Pavia
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Pavia Milan + 1 more

The Programme has the aim of training highly qualified professionals with a solid background in the design of vehicle dynamics and capable of operating in all the phases of design and development of the vehicle, from dynamic simulation to testing the prototype and the preproduction vehicle. [+]

Masters in Product Design. Now on board with offered internships: Automobili Lamborghini, Bridgestone, Danisi Engineering, Pagani Automobili, VI-grade, ZF, TRW The Programme has the aim of training highly qualified professionals with a solid background in the design of vehicle dynamics and capable of operating in all the phases of design and development of the vehicle, from dynamic simulation to testing the prototype and the preproduction vehicle. The Course provides students with special and specific competence in vehicle testing techniques, both virtually, through CAE, and experimentally on the real vehicle (on track and road). See the promotional video of the Programme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TswNmoRgvx0 The training program, as an absolutely innovative element, includes, alongside frontal instruction, test sessions on the circuit of the Quattroruote Safe Driving Centre, during which the participants will be engaged at first hand in learning the techniques and methodologies used in testing, inspection, checks and fine tuning of the vehicle dynamic behavior. All the participants will take a specially designed course in Advanced Driving, oriented to the subsequent phase of testing and inspection on the circuit. The training program of the Course is completed, and this aspect also represents an innovation, by the use of a static simulator for developing vehicles in a virtual environment. The Programme is a full time, international, one-year course equivalent to 1,500 hours and to a total of 60 ECTS points, divided into frontal instruction at the University of Pavia, Palazzo Vistarino, practical exercises at the Quattroruote circuit (Vairano di Vidigulfo, Pavia), an internship period (equivalent to 24 ECTS points) at the main automotive companies, guided tours to facilities related to the course, seminars, study activities and individual preparation. The wide-ranging curriculum is made up of 8 teaching modules: Total Vehicle Design - total hours 150 - ECTS 6 Fundamental Driving Dynamics - total hours 100 - ECTS 4 Virtual Dynamics Design and Simulation - total hours 100 - ECTS 4 Materials and Structural Design - total hours 100 - ECTS 4 Propulsion: IC and Hybrid - total hours 50 - ECTS 2 Vehicle Dynamic Control - total hours 25 - ECTS 1 Total Vehicle Testing and Development - total hours 150 - ECTS 6 Biomechanics: Driver/Vehicle interactions - total hours 175 - ECTS 7 Advanced short courses included: Road/tire interaction: focus on grip/temperature and real time algorithms implementation in racing and for safety improvement. Innovative features in Vehicle Dynamics. Experimental workshop on objective and subjective performance evaluations. Outlook and different scenarios on legal international aspects on the autonomous car. For further information please contact prof. Carlo Rottenbacher e-mail rottenbacher@unipv.it or mobile +39 340 4105159 [-]

Master in Transportation Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Torino
Campus Full time 2 years March 2017 Italy Turin

The Master in Transportation Design offered by the Istituto Europeo di Design sets itself up as an incubator for tomorrow's professionals and, thanks to an ongoing relationship with Companies closely involved in this sector, it intends to contribute to the creation of very sought after and highly specialised professionals. Over the course of two years on a full-time basis, the Master expects to hone and develop the student's competence in terms of his/her critical approach, analytical and methodological skills, providing the tools to start creating his/her own innovative concepts; in other words the aim is to train these professionals who will have the sensibility, courage and competence to imagine and design the vehicles of tomorrow. [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH Target Admission to the Master Course is restricted to graduates from IED or from private schools of similar area and degree holders in fields of the Design area. One may also request to be admitted directly to the second year of the Master course if one is already provided with a diploma or a three years or five years degree in Transportation Design from a public or private institution that is equivalent to University level. Methodology and program The program foresees a first year designed to provide students with the theoretical design tools required for the production of 1:4 scale models that will represent the final projects of the first part of the Master Course. During the second year the students will be expected to perform as if they were in a real working environment, simulating the team work found in a professional design studio equipped with all the most innovative IT tools. At this final stage the Master course will actually operate as an experimental workshop. For every second course year a Style Centre will commission Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin to come up with a project to develop a concept car. The students will have to face up to the challenge and collaborate in carrying out this project, like a real team, handling all the various stages of project development and all the problems that a style centre has to deal with, right up to the production of a 1:1 scale model. [-]

Master in Sustainable Product Design: Innovation and Management

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona
Campus Full time 9 months November 2017 Spain Barcelona

The students of the Master in Diseño Sostenible de Producto study in depth the complexity and diversity of contemporary creative product design, which is based on analysing the demands of project management and incorporating new social values, such as sustainability. [+]

Masters in Product Design. THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH In the past, traditional designers simply created. Today, designers are professionals who act as the link between the different departments in a company, often leading the change between the company and society. The creation of wealth and of new values is handled by those who know how to manage uncertainty and use it to bring improvements to both individuals and companies. Modern-day designers are moving away from the duality of form and function; they are professionals who follow the changing needs of the times and provide results that meet the specific requirements of each project. Design today is complex and requires an understanding of both companies and society to provide solutions. In addition to the aesthetic results, design is an essential mental process for generating innovation. The students of the Master in Diseño Sostenible de Producto study in depth the complexity and diversity of contemporary creative product design, which is based on analysing the demands of project management and incorporating new social values, such as sustainability. Objectives The aim of the master’s course is to train design professionals in the areas of innovation, creativity and project and team management. A special emphasis and depth of study are placed on the theme of sustainability, so as to offer multi-directional training and demonstrate different facets and points of view. The objective therefore is to produce designers with a cutting-edge training in a field that is predicted to be the driving force of innovation in the coming years. Methodology The contents of the master’s course are organised into four areas by topic: Sustainability, Techniques, Management and Projects. The courses in the Sustainability area focus on the values and concepts that underpin the analysis and design of the product life cycle. The objective of this area is to strengthen the professional role of the product designer with specific vocabulary and concepts, as well as to offer training in business and company management models. The courses in the Technical area focus on technical product development and the study of users and production trends. The objective of this area is to give more specific, in-depth training in new and more specific projection formulas. The courses in the Management area focus on product feasibility analysis at the design, production and cost management levels, and also from the viewpoint of marketing. The objective of this area is to focus on sustainable development geared toward business creation. The courses in the Projects area touch on a variety of topics that complement the entire course process, encourage individual reasoning, reinforce project methodologies and promote social activism through design. In the second part of the master’s course, the final project begins by partnering with a company, where a project is developed with a professional mindset and demanding criteria. This is a complex design project that brings together all the knowledge acquired throughout the course The final project is supplemented by courses designed to optimise the quality of the student's presentation of the design. During the coursework, inter-disciplinary seminars and workshops are held with guest specialists so as to develop in practice different topics of interest and consolidate the knowledge obtained in the theoretical and practical courses. Intended for Product designers, industrial design engineers, engineers wanting an introduction to design, architects and interior designers interested in sustainability and the new, creative methodologies. Professional opportunities After taking the master’s course, the students have the skills to develop professionally in both design studios and technical and innovation departments, as well as to implement their own projects and design-linked business ideas. They are trained to be ready to join in-company design and innovation teams and to bring value to design studios and/or manage their own professional career by creating an innovative business or their own creative studio. Duration and frequency: Frequency: Monday to Thursday Timetable: 6.30 p.m a 10.30 p.m * The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master is a private degree. [-]

Master of Interaction Design

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

The MA in Interaction Design programme focuses on human-centered design. The ongoing evolution of smart consumer technology has increased the need for well-designed intuitive user interfaces and experiences. [+]

Interaction Design is a rapidly developing creative field. The ongoing evolution of smart consumer technology has increased the need for well-designed intuitive user interfaces and experiences. Be it a mobile app, a digital display on a household machine, the front-end of a web-based service or a complex system involving different digital and physical experiences, interaction design is an essential part of it. Interaction designers aim to make users’ encounters with sophisticated information and machinery as simple and pleasant as possible. Our programme focuses on human-centered design. User research, analysis and testing form the foundation of the curriculum. Theoretical studies are built around practical design projects based on real briefs by companies from Estonia and abroad. User-based, agile design and product/service development methods ensure the sound outcome of the projects. The cooperation of our Master’s programme with the department of Graphic Design lends a solid focus on the skills and tools of graphic user interface design — data visualisation, digital typography, visual design, motion graphics, GUI prototyping, etc. Cooperation with the departments of Product Design, Interior Architecture and the programme of Design & Engineering expands the scope of the curriculum to tangible interaction and interactive spaces. Physical computing, wearable tech and virtual reality are covered by study projects. Graduates of the Interaction Design Master’s programme will be well equipped to run complex product/service development projects and to manage international multi-disciplinary teams. We expect our students to have very different backgrounds. Previous experience in design and software development is helpful, but by no means necessary. During the first semester of the program, a set of introductory courses helps students get acquainted with design, programming and entrepreneurship. We welcome everyone who has a serious interest in designing interactions, interfaces and user experiences. If you want to learn how to work as a specialist or a team leader in the field of interaction design, join our family of international students! The program is taught by a team of experienced mentors: Amid Moradganjeh is passionate about developing human-oriented approaches to advance design innovation. After finishing his Bachelor studies in mechanical engineering in Iran, Amid received an MA in Interaction Design from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden. He has previously worked at the global design and innovation firm IDEO, as well as for Google and Microsoft. Tanel Kärp's special interest lies in non-profit and community-oriented projects studied graphic design at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and an MA (with honours) in Design and Development of Virtual Environments from the University of Tartu in Estonia. Tanel is one of the creators of Hooandja (an Estonian crowdfunding platform) and the Let’s Do It global garbage cleanup project. Jaak Kaevats is an interaction designer exploring the implications and applications of emerging technologies. He has a BA in Graphic Design from the Estonian Academy of Arts, and completed an MA in Human-Computer Interaction at the Universität für KIG Linz in Austria. In addition, numerous professionals from Estonian and foreign companies are supporting our program by sharing their experience and mentoring the student projects. Employment profiles for graduates:   Interaction designer   Interface designer   User experience designer   Service designer   Design manager   Design team leader Tuition per year: 3000 EUR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS   Application (submitted through Dream Apply between March 1st and May 1st)   50€ application fee (paid via bank transfer)   Bachelor’s degree   Official transcript of records (translated into Estonian, English or Russian and notarised)   Proof of English proficiency: FCE or CAE, IELTS 5.5+ or TOEFL 70+   Copy of the data page of your passport or ID card   CV   Portfolio   Motivational letter   Interview [-]

Master in Product Design Engineering

Polytechnic of Leiria
Campus Full time 24 months October 2017 Portugal Leiria

This Master program aims to provide and integrated set of dynamic skills, strongly based on a technical and scientific knowledge. [+]

Masters in Product Design. Master in Product Design Engineering This Master program aims to: To provide and integrated set of dynamic skills, strongly based on a technical and scientific knowledge, which is crucial for rapidly and innovatively developing quality products with a high success and added-value. To provide a multidisciplinary and versatile training, allowing professionals to perform strategic/supervision tasks in industrial companies or the services industry, as well as in public or private agents. Access conditions Holders of a bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent in engineering and related areas, industrial design or product design; Holders of a foreign academic bachelor’s degree following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna process in engineering and related areas, industrial design or product design; Holders of a foreign bachelor’s degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a degree by the Scientific-Technical Council of ESTG in engineering and related areas, industrial design or product design; Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific-Technical Council of ESTG. Study plan This Master degree program builds on the technical and scientific knowledge of a first degree in engineering or design with specific subjects on product development, such as product design, modeling and simulation, high performance materials, mechanical behavior analysis, advanced and recent production technologies and rapid production and prototyping, which are complemented by other matters to enhance the scope of student knowledge and competence beyond the strict area of mechanical engineering, such as robotics and automation, sustainable design, energy efficiency and environmental issues or new products marketing. In addition to the lectures in the first two semesters, the training model for this program is built around an integrated project of product design and development as a way to relate and put together the matters lectured in the different subjects. The second year is completely dedicated to the development of a dissertation, project or internship. Why choose this program? The specialized training on these domains is clearly a fundamental toolbox for someone who wishes to promote technological development and to create added value to any industrial company and to its product portfolio. The degree aims to empower engineers and designers with the capacity to work in the area of product development with greater levels of confidence, innovation and knowhow, to allow them to contribute to the creation and management of new products with higher levels of quality, success and added value. Fees APPLICATION FEE: 60€ ENROLMENT FEE: 500€ for International Student Contingent TUITION FEE: I. General Contingent: 1.040€ /per year II. International Student Contingent: 3.000€/per year [-]