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

MA Industrial Design

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, Roche 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

When to apply

To guarantee consideration for entry you must successfully complete an online application by 22 January 2018, and submit a digital portfolio by 31 January 2018.

Please note that we reserve the right to close the applications after the above deadline subject to the spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

You’ll need to submit a short statement about why you want to study MA Industrial Design. This gives us a picture of your interests and your suitability for our course.

Here are some tips for what you could include:

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

Please note: If you do not complete required information or upload the documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

Portfolio review

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Your portfolio should 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.

Following a review on your application and portfolio, you will either be invited for an interview via Skype or your application will be rejected via the UAL Applicant Portal.

Interview

Invitations for skype interviews will be sent out by mid-February 2018.

We aim to complete all interviews by end of March 2018.

We aim to send out all decisions (offers and rejects) by mid-April 2018.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal. 

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

When to apply

To guarantee consideration for entry you must successfully complete an online application by 22 January 2018, and submit a digital portfolio by 31 January 2018.

Please note that we reserve the right to close the applications after the above deadline subject to the spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal statement

You’ll need to submit a short statement about why you want to study MA Industrial Design. This gives us a picture of your interests and your suitability for our course.

Here are some tips for what you could include:

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

References

This course requires two references which should be one academic and one professional reference.

Please note: If you do not complete required information or upload the documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next 

Portfolio Review

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Your portfolio should 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.

Following a review on your application and portfolio, you will either be invited for an interview via Skype or your application will be rejected via the UAL Applicant Portal.

Interview

Invitations for skype interviews will be sent out by mid-February 2018.

We aim to complete all interviews by end of March 2018.

We aim to send out all decisions (offers and rejects) by mid-April 2018.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree. 

  • 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, however, and demonstrate that personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims of the course;
  • A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours Degree.

Applicants who do not meet the standard course entry requirements may still be considered if the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by:

  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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 Academic 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

What we look for

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

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £5,550 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. 

ELQ 

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our course enquiry form.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £13,890 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.

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    Paulo Goldstein

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