Research led and critically informed, this course encourages a process of re-thinking the form and function of prevailing design practice. Through applied research you’ll engage with speculative design provocations that test ideas through motifs, messages, signs, symbols and interventions.
In specialist prototyping modules you’ll develop specific skills and knowledge in CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing, digital crafts and Arduino (electronic prototyping), which will inform and enable highly developed 3D outcomes in your self-directed major project.
Collaboration with practitioners from other areas is encouraged.
You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in your final trimester.
We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You’ll develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes.
This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.
- Design Research Methods
- Sketching in Hardware & Software
- 3D Prototyping
- Design Management
- Major Design Project
- For MDes Degree - Design Project Report
- For MA Degree - Design Dissertation
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
The repatriation of manufacture is a key theme in promoting the creative economy of Scotland and Europe. The UK is a global leader in the design industry and many of our graduates have gone on to work in leading design consultancies or have set up their own businesses.
With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.
You may also continue to study to MPhil or PhD level.
The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in art & design or related subjects (including product design engineering) or evidence of industry experience in an appropriate discipline.
All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work or technical/business projects. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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