MA Product Design (Contemporary Furniture Design)
Product design, project methodology and the added value of ‘Italianness’. This 15-month course (including placement) is for individuals looking for advanced design skills, and an in-depth knowledge of the furniture and contemporary product design industry, becoming experts in managing and developing professional design projects. Participants learn how to integrate creativity with an extensive knowledge of materials, studying their properties and technical features alongside the application of new technologies. Visual representation in the form of renderings, and the creation of small prototypes further assist their ability to design and visualise products in connection with space or location, and accurately evaluate their functional and aesthetic properties.
With a focus on Italian craftsmanship, and design language the course explores how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and techniques to build strong aesthetic identities. Cult products of the ‘Made in Italy’ tradition are analysed in order to fully understand ‘aesthetic sensibility’ – one of the main features of the world-renowned Italian style, and showcased at the most important annual event in the international furniture design calendar, the Salone del Mobile Exhibition in Milano, Italy.
Looking at the realities that define tomorrow’s furniture and product designs, participants take a look at key trends, contemporary lifestyles, user needs and emotional perceptions, understanding the relationship and ‘identity’ of the project to be developed. They look at new influences in the industry including sustainability, renewable resources, and innovative materials, as well as high profile designer case studies; researching the key steps in project development to obtain a full ‘360°’ vision of product design.
Participants build their skills and potential as creative practitioners collaborating with companies on industry projects, taking an idea from concept through to final presentation. Throughout the projects they receive professional feedback and guidance from the company and are supported in the negotiation and presentation of ideas to companies and new clients. At postgraduate level participants will already have prior undergraduate level study, or relevant industry experience in order to successfully follow the course components in creative research, product design, and professional project development.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
Completed application form
Signed personal statement
2 reference letters
Undergraduate qualification of normally 2.1 or above Notarized photocopy of a graduation diploma and academic transcripts (must be equivalent to a UK bachelor degree) and their official translation in English, if in a language different than English (for the master’s degree courses at the London and Paris schools)
Non-native English speakers need to provide a copy of the official English language certificate: the English language test score should be at least upper B2 at CEFR level – IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no elements below 5.5* – only for the Paris and London Schools
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
- Duration: 01 Year 03 Month
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 12006 GBP
Application Fee: N/A
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