MA Product Design

Why choose Herts?

  • Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by well-connected national and internationally acclaimed experts. Dr Ian Owen is the foremost specialist on Braun mythology and Dr Wyn Jones designed the British military gas mask.
  • Industry-Focused Content: You will develop innovative methods to design and develop products using code and computational design used in industry.
  • Strong Industry Connections: We have strong relations with Braun, Sony, Matell, and Entia and continuously involve industry throughout the course to help develop your own creative network.

About the course

  • Allocated specialist support.
  • Time to reflect and develop as a designer.
  • Flexibility of core module delivery.
  • Supported studio & workshop space.
  • Collaborations with other Creative Arts disciplines.

Why choose this course?

MA Product Design is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Product Design degree aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of design practice and to develop your creative and technical abilities as a designer. It will be of interest to product and industrial designers and design professionals working in related fields.

You will develop the entrepreneurial and industrial skills you need to develop your career to its full potential and gain a detailed understanding of the commercial and industrial contexts of contemporary design, alongside some of the theoretical and cultural ideas that shape contemporary design practices.

You will also consider design from the perspective of the society and people who use it. The course looks at practical approaches and the research methods involved in product design. Attention is focused on human users from ergonomic, ecological, social and psychological perspectives and the development of products in a post-industrial age where technology and production may respond to customer demands with speed.

Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers, makers and design professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme and close links with industry partners.

What will I study?

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a product designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Creative Economies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Major Study: Product Design 60 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 1: Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 2: Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Discourse and Reflection: Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry (Online) 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Economies (Online) 15 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Product Design Download
    MA Product Design Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Design (Product Design) Download
    MA Design (Product Design) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    Student experience

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