MA Product Design Making

Postgraduate, Full-time

Product Design Making MA

Develop your skills in a range of design prototyping and making methods.


Product Design is a rapidly changing discipline, elements of which are converging with craft-based practices to occupy new maker spaces and a growing redistributed manufacturing network. This programme develops your skills in a range of prototyping and making methods, including rough card maquets, traditional making methods and reductive and additive digital prototyping technologies. 

Part of the MA/MFA Design Suite, the course benefits from bringing together designers from a range of disciplines into core modules, as well as modules specific to your chosen pathway such as 'Making as Thinking' and 'Sketching & Prototyping in Hardware and Software'. 

All students complete the Live Project and you’ll study the 'Thinking: Research for Creative Practice' module, which will help you to determine your Dissertation (MA and MFA) and Major Project (MFA) topics. 

Scott Durbin exhibiting at Edinburgh Napier University Degree Show 2018

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


1 years

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Course details

This programme aims to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of, design and the visual arts, to enable you to: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates the key elements, boundaries, terminology and conventions associated with social, cultural, critical and technological aspects of design and the theory and practice of ideas development 
  • Use a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the design and the visual arts 
  • Critically initiate imaginative, innovative and creative design and creative concepts through analysis and reflective practice in creative environments 
  • Use communication and negotiation skills in the proposal of solutions to peers and user groups with different levels of knowledge or expertise 
  • Undertake autonomous and collaborative work in a variety of design contexts including graphic design, lighting design, interaction design, product design and making, heritage and exhibition design. 

The programme is supported by the whole Edinburgh Napier design team who are actively engaged in research, knowledge exchange and/or consultancy work as part of the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC), as well as professional practice with Ian Lambert’s work particularly relevant to this specialism. Ian Lambert is the Director of the Art & Design Research Centre. A practising product and furniture designer, specialising in making, micro-manufacture and sustainability, Ian has over 25 years of experience in design education.  Ian has exhibited work widely across the UK, including at the London Design Festival, and The Lighthouse in Glasgow, and his work has been published and reviewed in national newspapers and design magazines as well as on BBC Radio 4. 

You'll study a variety of modules during the course, including:

  • Making: 3D Prototyping
  • Sketching in Hardware and Software
  • Maker Space module
  • calendar How you’ll be taught The programme uses lectures, workshops, seminars, guest speakers and supported on-line learning in which core knowledge and understanding design are acquired and assessed in tandem with their specific application to your own individual projects.
  • note and pen Assessments We take a common approach to learning, teaching and assessment in studio modules where practice-based student output is collated as a portfolio presentation.
  • library Facilities All design programmes in the School of Arts & Creative Industries are delivered in studio learning environments.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above in an art & design or related discipline (architecture, creative computing & engineering design)

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

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

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £7,000 £7,280
Overseas £15,150 £15,755

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships.
The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


Graduates from this programme pathway can pursue careers in: 

  • product design
  • digital crafts
  • remanufacturing
  • furniture design
  • interaction design and prototyping