Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Nottingham Trent University

Design: Products and Furniture

Our MA Design: Products and Furniture course is aimed at the designer who wishes to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. You'll develop your own personal design philosophies and creative methodologies, while engaging with the realities of designing for new and emerging markets. This course is aimed at design professionals or graduates with a design-related honours degree. This course, and the associated support provided by the University, will enable graduates to develop advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills, enabling them to start their own business, work within the manufacturing industry, design consultancies, research and development organisations, or to progress to further study by engaging in research. With a strong studio-based culture, our MA Design course considers the relationship between traditional craft skills, new technology and modern manufacture, and encourages collaborative working and hands-on experience. You'll be given the tools to understand market, social needs and end users, developing into an advanced and aware designer, specialising in existing or emerging areas of product design. **Key features** - Benefit from the industry-standard facilities at our City Campus, in the heart of Nottingham's city centre. Supported by our team of expert technicians, you'll have access to our machining and manufacturing workshops, laboratories, modern CAD/CAM studios and dedicated studio for Masters students. - Study trips in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. - Showcase your work as part of the NTU Degree Shows. Employers and industry professionals are invited to the exhibition, providing our postgraduate students with an invaluable opportunity to expand their professional network. - Turn your design ideas into a viable business with help from The Hive - NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, which supports students and graduates looking to form their own company. You'll also be supported by NTU's Employability Team, providing tailored career advice and guidance.

Entry requirements

MA: 2.2 honours degree in an art and design-related subject. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Your work experience will be assessed to ensure it is relevant to your application. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience. If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our Applicant Portal.

Course modules

Learning and teaching will comprise of lectures to introduce and develop concepts, and to explore the application of these concepts. Studio work, workshops and laboratory sessions will develop your skills. Seminars and tutorials will provide you with academic support, and case studies and project work will be used to develop your understanding of concepts and applications. You'll also be expected to take part in project presentations to develop your confidence and identity in professional practice. Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international design practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Porto and Paris. The course is formed of four core modules, three of which are worth 20 credit points and develop different aspects of your design skills, knowledge and experience. You will also study a 120 credit Major Study Project, which will run throughout the year/two years on the part-time route. This is split into three elements which are assessed at the end of each term. You'll have the opportunity to take part in a public exhibition at the NTU Degree Show, at the end of Term 2. Term 1 (15 weeks) - Design Research Methods - Design Tools - Products and Furniture: Major Study Project - Element 1: Context and Rationale Core Term 2 (15 weeks) - Professional Collaboration - Products and Furniture: Major Study Project - Element 2: Design and Development Core Term 3 (15 weeks) - Products and Furniture: Major Study Project - Element 3: Realisation and Evaluation Core

Assessment methods

Your progress on the course is assessed by 100% coursework, working to tasks and briefs.

Sponsorship information

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 6,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus NG1 4FQ East Midlands

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