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MA Design (Product)

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Year of Entry 2022/23
MA

Design (Product)

Full-time Art and design

Think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, whilst developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile product designer.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,620 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 15 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022
January 2023

Course summary

  • Develop your specialist skills and knowledge in a collaborative studio environment.
  • Innovate with materials, technology and conceptual thinking.
  • Extend existing material practices in response to the needs of our rapidly changing world.

Placing emphasis on personal research, this course gives you the chance to develop your own interests and ideas in a challenging and supportive environment. Our academic staff are design specialists, researchers and practitioners who support you to expand your practice. This is an interdisciplinary design programme which promotes an ethos of social and cultural innovation.

Creative Industries Federation (CIF) membership

We are members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), which means our art and design students are members as well until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, the CIF represents champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.

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Chris is studying for an MA in product design. He was drawn to the creative freedom of the course, and decided to continue his studies rather than accepting a job offer.

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How you learn

Watch tutors and students talk about what it's like to study as part of an interdisciplinary postgraduate design programme at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The initial modules are taught to all students in the design faculty (including fashion, graphics, illustration, interior, jewellery and metalwork, interaction, packaging and product) and you focus on gaining a critical understanding of design thinking, theoretical studies, research methods and making practices. In subsequent modules, you will follow your own personal practice, supported by key specialist staff.

You learn through

  • immersive learning alongside peers in a studio environment
  • practice-based research
  • project work
  • individual and group tutorials
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • constructive critical debates

Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on. For more content from our MA and MFA Design programmes, please visit our official Instagram.

Course leaders and tutors

Maria Hanson
Maria Hanson
Course Leader

Maria is subject tutor for Metalwork and Jewellery students on the MA Design Course, and contributes to lectures and seminars for postgraduate students across all de … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

As well as undertaking live, real-world projects embedded into your modules, you're encouraged to seek industrial sponsors or collaborators for individual projects. The long-established link with our Art, Design & Media Research Centre (ADMRC) supports a continuing tradition of graduates from our masters courses working as research assistants and/or continuing their studies to PhD level. As such they’re also able to provide you with expert support throughout your projects.

Field trips

You’ll be able to take part in study trips and visits to design conferences and debates.

Networking opportunities

You’ll benefit from studying within a cross-disciplinary, vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment. You can work alongside our Design Futures consultancy and with researchers from the ADMRC. We also encourage you to collaborate with our exemplary network of leading design agencies, organisations, museums and practitioners.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • design
  • design management
  • making or manufacturing
  • company-employed design
  • independent design practice
  • postgraduate study at PhD level
  • education
  • retail/marketing
  • design research
  • academia

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for international design companies and consultancies, as well as gaining PhD scholarships.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll have access to specialist resources and facilities – and will be able to independently develop and extend your skills with

  • 3D printing equipment for rapid prototyping
  • state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • laser cutting
  • well-equipped workshops for jewellery & metalwork, fashion, ceramics, wood, plastic and other materials
  • studio spaces
  • photography studios
  • a creative media centre
  • gallery and exhibition spaces
  • an award-winning learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources

Entry requirements

All students

Normally you need

• a 2.2 degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline or significant relevant experience

• appropriate study plans, including an indication of possible project topics and clear, appropriate and realistic learning aims

• a high level of creative ability, as evidenced by a portfolio of work

• ability to discuss design issues critically and confidently

For information on applying, the interview process and your portfolio, download our MA/MFA Design application support.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Design And Positionality Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Methods For Research And Practice Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ma Project (Product) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £9,620 for the course. If you study this course over 15 months the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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