MA Industrial Design

MAID applies intellectual development directly to design practice, developing students who can take on strategic roles, identify and respond to trends, to initiate new design approaches, and to thrive in multidisciplinary teams. Today the course engages four emphases in practice: Enterprise, Publics, Discourse, Service. These disciplinary frames are used to locate practice but also offer a conceptualisation of the Industrial Design Discipline to challenge, question and advance through the masters study.

This course is part of the Product, Ceramic & Industrial Design Programme.

Central Saint Martins' Product and Industrial Design courses are recognised for world-class excellence by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education 2013

Scholarships, Awards and Funding available:

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

UAL Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

MA Industrial Design Bursary
Jane Rapley Scholarships
Rodney Fitch Scholarship

Subject specific awards:
The David Peacock Trust
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Design Studentships

Meet Course Leader Nick Rhodes and students.

Queen's Anniversary Award awarded for Innovation in Design Education.

Reasons to Apply

  • MA Industrial Design enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies typically, and taught input will normally be scheduled over two to three days per week during term time.
  • The course collaborates with external businesses and social enterprises.
  • Benefit from a multi-disciplinary art school environment made up of an exceptionally diverse community of creative individuals.
  • Explore and develop new perspectives and design methods in an intense and challenging curriculum.
  • Use the world’s most cosmopolitan city as a living resource. We’re right at the heart of London’s incredible range of galleries, museums, bars, businesses and sub-cultures.
  • Engage with some of the world’s finest active practitioners from a range of design disciplines, as well as others who may be writers, philosophers, anthropologists, performers or sociologists.
  • Graduates from the course work in design consultancies and manufacturing industries worldwide. Some go on to take PhD studies or commercial research, others are distinguished and influential designers or design managers in global companies.

Facts

Course Leader

Nicholas Rhodes

Course Location

King's Cross, London. 

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course LengthExtended Full Time: 2 years (60 weeks)
Home/EU Fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £5,050 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

International Fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £12,860 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September 2017 – Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January 2018 – Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 – Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Direct application

Content and structure

  • MA Industrial Design lasts 60 weeks structured as three consecutive periods of 20 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'. You are expected to typically commit 30 hours per week to your studies, within which, your taught input will normally be scheduled over three days. The Course  has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue your studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.
  • MA Industrial Design is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 3 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit 2 (60 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 10 weeks in the second year. Unit 3 (60 credits runs for 20 weeks,
  • Units 1 and 2 must be passed in order to progress to Unit 3.
  • The MA certification (Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Distinction) derives from the assessment for Unit 3 only.
  • An exit award of Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of Unit 1.
  • An exist award of Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on completion of Unit 2. 
  • You are expected to typically commit 30 hours per week to your studies, within which, your taught input will typically be scheduled over three days. MA Industrial Design has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue your studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.
  • Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars, demonstrations, workshops, fieldtrips, tutorials and project work carried in groups and individually. 

Curriculum

  • Unit 1: Critical and Methodological Approaches to Design consists of a series of projects varying in length from one to six weeks. These introduce a variety of research methods and issues relevant to the discipline, which are then directly implemented in the creation/realisation of design work. The unit also concludes collaborative projects with students from other courses across the college.
  • Unit 2: Positioning and Professional Practice focuses on positioning design practice through a review of professional design practice, by engaging external agencies and expertise, and reflection of this activity through design practice. The unit consist of 1x8 week project, 3x1 week projects and 6 weeks of studio practice. 
  • Unit 3: Self-Directed Design Research requires the student to specify, manage, implement and evaluate a Self-Directed Design Project informed by themes and issues identified in Unit 2.  This unit consist of 20 weeks self-directed study with tutorial support.

Staff

Course Leader:Nick Rhodes

Course Coordinator: Dr Matt Malpass

Critical Design Practice Tutor:Professor Ralph Ball
Contextual Studies and Dissertation Tutor:Dr Stephen Hayward

Careers

A typical graduate should have a thorough knowledge of contemporary product design and development, and be able to adopt a critical perspective on both their own work and that of their contemporaries. In addition, the emphasis on self-directed study should equip graduates with appropriate methods and strategies for successful project management both within teams and as individuals. The typical aspiration of graduates is to find work in the consulting field. Following significant shifts in this industry over the last 10-15 years, many graduates working in consultancy find themselves in roles that can be described as designer, design strategy, service innovation, forecasting, or management in addition to straightforward new product development.

The second largest area of graduate employment is through in-house design for manufacturing companies. Increasingly students establish their own studios and have moved to work in charitable organisations and the third sector. A number develop careers in commercial research and also progress to study at PhD. Graduates are now distinguished and respected designers and design managers in international companies.

Employers of recent MA Industrial Design graduates include: Plan UK, Projects by If, Mother, Catapult Satellite Industries UK, Itsu, Arup, Microsoft, Open Desk, Fitch, Tangerine, Seymour Powell, Nokia, LG, Samsung, Herman Miller, The Future Laboratory, Tangerine, Lenovo, BenQ, Acer.

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit the Student Jobs And Careers section.

 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

MA Industrial Design entry requirements are:

  • A relevant Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience;
  • Relevant fields are: product design, three-dimensional design, furniture design, service design, interaction design, architecture, engineering and ergonomics 
  • Applicants are also considered from related disciplines but portfolios from these areas must demonstrate some proficiency in industrial design skills, and that personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims of the course;

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. 

What we look for

We are looking for people who are highly driven and passionate about design and who keep informed about the material, ethical, moral, social and political issues that affect the creative industries today as well as how they locate themselves and their work within a global context of design.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria relevant to the discipline of industrial design. These criteria are assessed through a review of the personal statement, portfolio and interview. Interviews are only arranged on the basis that the portfolio demonstrates the applicant’s ability to skilfully generate and communicate a range of ideas addressing problems relevant to the discipline of industrial design.

  • The generation and communicate a range of ideas;
  • The analysis of a design problem from a number of perspectives and generate a range of design responses to a particular problem;
  • That the applicant shows that their personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of MA Industrial Design;
  • That the applicant can demonstrate the necessary fluency in your design process to be able to benefit from the postgraduate course.

Apply - UK/EU

You can apply for this course using our online application form.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide. 

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form: 

Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level);

Current and/or previous education and qualification details;

Employment history. 

Before you can submit the form, you will also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email.

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal Statement

Please give your reasons for applying to your chosen course (provide details of your particular subject interests, relevant experience or abilities, what you wish to achieve on the course, and your career aspirations).

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be a maximum of 30 images and demonstrate your ability to skilfully generate and communicate a range of ideas addressing problems relevant to the discipline of industrial design including:

  • The generation and communicate a range of ideas;
  • The analysis of a design problem from a number of perspectives and generate a range of design responses to a particular problem;
  • The necessary fluency in your design process to be able to benefit from the postgraduate course;
  • The full range and level of your design, technical and practical skills;
  • Your thinking and decision making in the design process;
  • Your personal vision and approach to design;

References

This course requires at least 2 references one of which should be an academic or professional reference.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

What happens next

We read and consider all applications.  Subject to your meeting the entry requirements you then may then be invited participate in an interview, normally by telephone.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

When to Apply

Due to the high level of interest in MA Industrial Design we recommend that you return your application as soon as possible after 1 January 2017, and before the end of May 2017 at the latest. 

You can submit your application after this closing date, but if the course is full at that point it will be filed as a late application, and you will only be interviewed if and when a place becomes available. 

We start interviews in January.

Deferred Entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

Apply - International

You can apply for this course using our online application form.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide. 

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level);

Current and/or previous education and qualification details;

Employment history.

Before you can submit the form, you will also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page

Immigration History form (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form.

We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.

You will need to send this back to us, by email, with copies of the following documents:

  • Your passport photo page; 
  • Your current visa (if you have one) and any previous UK study visas;
  • Your current English language certificate (if you have this);
  • Your academic qualifications (A2, IB, high school diploma, foundation etc. - if completed. Translated into English).

Please note: If you do not complete and return your Immigration History form we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email.

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal Statement

Please give your reasons for applying to your chosen course (provide details of your particular subject interests, relevant experience or abilities, what you wish to achieve on the course, and your career aspirations).

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be a maximum of 30 images and demonstrate your ability to skilfully generate and communicate a range of ideas addressing problems relevant to the discipline of industrial design including:

  • The generation and communicate a range of ideas;
  • The analysis of a design problem from a number of perspectives and generate a range of design responses to a particular problem;
  • The necessary fluency in your design process to be able to benefit from the postgraduate course;
  • The full range and level of your design, technical and practical skills;
  • Your thinking and decision making in the design process;
  • Your personal vision and approach to design.

References

This course requires at least 2 references one of which should be an academic or professional reference.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

What happens next

We read and consider all applications. Subject to your meeting the entry requirements you then may then be invited participate in an interview, normally by telephone.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required. 

When to Apply

Due to the high level of interest in MA Industrial Design we recommend that you return your application as soon as possible after 1 January 2017, and before the end of May 2017 at the latest. 

You can submit your application after this closing date, but if the course is full at that point it will be filed as a late application, and you will only be interviewed if and when a place becomes available.

We start interviews in January.

Deferred Entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

Industry collaborations

The Course has extensive experience of collaboration with external agencies. MA Industrial Design has recently enjoyed collaborative projects with Visa, Renault, Microsoft, Kenzo, Roch Bobois, Camper, Dior, Hermès, Public Collaboration Lab with Camden Council and Design Against Crime Research Centre  

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