• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course lengthExtended Full Time: 2 years (60 weeks)

MA Industrial Design

Applications closed 2017/18
Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed.

MA Industrial Design develops students to take on strategic roles, identify and respond to trends, initiate new design approaches and thrive in multidisciplinary teams. Through project work, the course engages four design emphases: Enterprise, Publics, Discourse and Service. These disciplinary frames locate broadening professional practices and offer forward-looking conceptualisations of Industrial Design as a discipline that is open for exploration, advancement and challenge.

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.

Great reasons to apply

  • MA Industrial Design enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities
  • 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
  • Engage with some of the world’s finest practitioners from a range of design disciplines as well as others who may be writers, philosophers, anthropologists, performers or sociologists
  • Graduates from the course go on to work in some of the finest design agencies and manufacturing enterprises worldwide

Meet Course Leader Nick Rhodes and students.

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

Course detail

  • MA Industrial Design lasts 60 weeks structured as three consecutive periods of 20 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in 'extended full-time mode' which means that students typically commit 30 hours per week to their studies and scheduled teaching is programmed over 2-3 days
  • MA Industrial Design is credit rated at 180 credits and comprises three units. Unit One (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit Two (60 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 10 weeks in the second year. Unit Three (60 credits runs for 20 weeks)
  • Units One and Two must be passed in order to progress to Unit Three
  • The MA certification (Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Distinction) derives from the assessment for Unit Three only
  • An exit award of Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of Unit One
  • An exit award of Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on completion of Unit Two
  • Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, demonstrations, workshops, fieldtrips, tutorials and project work carried out individually and in groups.

Course structure

Curriculum:

  • Unit One: 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 includes collaborative projects with students from other courses in the college
  • Unit Two: Positioning and Professional Practice focuses on a review and positioning of contemporary design territories and engagement with external experts and agencies. The unit typically consists of 1x8 week project, 3x1 week projects and six weeks of studio practice
  • Unit Three: 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 Two. This unit consists of 20 weeks self-directed study with tutorial support.

MA Industrial Design Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 359KB)

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.

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

How to apply

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

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 two 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.

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.

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

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 two 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. 

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.

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 Four 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.

Fees and funding

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. 

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. 

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

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.

Alumni profiles

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    Victor Johansson

    Victor graduated from MA Industrial Design in 2013. He currently works as an Industrial Designer at Howl Design studio in Malmö, Sweden.

  • Photo of Paulo Goldstein

    Paulo Goldstein

    Paulo talks about developing his final MA Industrial Design project after graduation and his experience at Central Saint Martins