Reasons to study the Product Design MA at DMU:
- Learn in a flexible learning environment, by selecting a specific pathway you can tailor your course to ensure it matches your personal career aspirations
- The School of Design’s close-knit and passionate community of postgraduate students and staff creates a supportive learning environment for design students from around the world
- You will develop the design skills and creativity required by tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and design industry professionals
- You can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further
- You will learn from an expert teaching team, who are all active in their own field and who maintain links with the commercial sector ensuring you are taught relevant skills seen in industry today
- You will benefit from top-class facilities, working in a dedicated centre with access to a range of workshops and a host of specialist equipment
- The new Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
Through this course, you will gain new insights within the field of product design. You will develop an enhanced understanding of design practice, learn more about design and research methodologies and explore how emerging digital technologies can be applied to design. At the same time, you will deepen your knowledge of business, global markets and sustainability.
The School of Design has gained international recognition for its design and research activities and its undergraduate and postgraduate success. Our expert academics and design practitioners are uniquely placed to help you to broaden and deepen your understanding of design.
Studying a variety of core and elective module choices, will allow you to create a personal and distinct programme of learning that is focused on your individual interests and ambitions. These studies culminate in the final term where you will undertake a comprehensive design project within your own specialised area of product design.
Structure and assessment
Research Methods (Compulsory)
Teaches you a range of conceptual and practical research skills, such as questionnaire design and interview techniques. As part of this module, you will formulate your major project proposal, specifying your aims, objectives, research methods and expected outcomes. You will also learn how to undertake the literature review for your major project.
Creative Design Studio
Introduces you to the overarching design process. You will study design method theories, advances in technology, concept development, prototyping techniques, design testing and user-centred (or inclusive) design. The module will see you developing project management skills and investigating ethical and environmental design issues. As part of a multidisciplinary team, you will also work on live design projects
Action Research Laboratory
Enables you to develop your major project design work while exploring creative and innovative design and research methods. You will produce a specification report (based on primary research) and a portfolio of investigative design development work that shows an individual creative response
Following on from research undertaken in term two, and with expert tutor guidance, you will develop a major design project in term three. With the support of design tutors and technical staff, the module requires prototyping, testing, technical specification and design presentation as its final submission.
Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur
Develops your business knowledge and planning skills enabling you to identify the potential for a new product or service. You will study the key issues in starting a business and covers topics such as business plans, leadership, investment and risk management.
Design for Retail
Covers all aspects of in-store retail design, including product, environment, technology, communication and service. You will also examine brand perception, buyer behaviour and engagement with the retail experience.
Design as a Strategic Business Tool
Looks at how design itself can be the driving force behind the strategic management and development of digital design and creative businesses. You will audit the use of design, design management and design thinking in the creative industries and business.
Introduces you to new design practises and links them to the emerging digital technologies that have been developed to aid, consolidate and improve the entire design process. These include data capturing techniques, reverse engineering, and additive manufacturing
Global Markets: Designing businesses for international growth
Examines the key issues involved in developing new international markets and the role of the design manager and entrepreneur in enabling design and creative businesses to compete effectively in the global economy.
Design, Innovation and Sustainability
This module takes an integrated approach to the complex issues surrounding sustainability and the role of design and innovation as a driver for change
Examines the role of design in the service industries. You will pay particular attention to ethical, political, social and ecological concerns, all of which require approaches that focus on design and the designers’ role in maintaining sustainability.
Technology for Design
Provides a platform for designers from various fields to explore a range technology and potentially help to advance their knowledge and practice in this area. This module recognises that digital technology and the development of new equipment, materials, artefacts and devices are all growing exponentially.
Facilities and features
Supported by specialist technicians, the excellent CAD and workshop facilities include: soft modelling, wood, plastics, metal fabrication, metal machining and finishing. The workshops are also home to four computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, a CNC lathe, two laser cutters, a vinyl cutter and three rapid prototyping machines as well as a 3D paper printer and a CNC water jet cutter.
There are also 29 Wacom drawing tablets, which allow you to sketch directly into the screens, linked to high specification Intel Core2 Duo computer workstations. These facilities make it possible for you to access the best industry-standard, vector-based and 3D modelling packages available. This equipment allows you to experiment with techniques and finishes to a high level, adding unique skillset to your portfolio.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.