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The award
MA, MFA, MSc

How long you will study
1 - 5 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Product Design at Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University

This course is at the forefront of production design and manufacturing practices and brings together students from creative and technical backgrounds, to foster original approaches to product design for manufacture. It supports you to explore and develop personal design methodologies and philosophies, and locate these within a deep understanding of historical, contemporary and future design practices, and wider social and cultural contexts.

You will undertake core units, delivered by production design specialists, consisting of design theory and practice lectures, material and manufacturing workshops, group seminars, individual tutorials, live external projects, and research study trips. Practical design development is supported by extensive hand and machine workshops for wood, metal, ceramics, glass and plastics, and digital workshops for laser cutting and large scale CNC routing.

Optional units facilitate innovative cross-disciplinary opportunities, supporting the development of collaborative working with students from within the material making and manufacturing cluster of MA/MSc/MFA Craft and MA/MSc/MFA Textile, and across the wider postgraduate design community. There are cross-faculty options to study within the faculty of "Science and Engineering", acquiring advanced 3D CAD skills for industrial production, and utilising the latest advanced 3D printing processes. The Manchester Metropolitan Business School option addresses commercial aspects of design, enabling students to locate their ambitions within a defined financial model.

You will able to explore and challenge all aspects of product design, embracing opportunities for innovation across markets and production levels, from one-off making and batch fabrication, to flexible digital manufacture and high volume industrial production.

Your programme of study is managed through personal learning plans, developed in response to your individual creative and professional ambitions. The final Synthesis unit determines the postgraduate award, with the MSc reflecting work that has a more technically and functionally innovative focus, and the MA for work that addresses more materially creative or culturally focussed agendas. This innovative structure provides students with the opportunity to convert their practice from BA to MSc, and vice versa.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA, MFA, MScHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 5 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

What students think about Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Dianita Hapsari, MA International Relations and Global Communications

    Testimonial from Dianita Hapsari, MA International Relations and Global Communications, student at Faculty of Arts and Humanities

    “Studying in the UK has been my dream since I was a child. I chose to study my course because the modules allow me to learn different subjects to support my professional career and my country in the future. The lecturers are very professional and come from different backgrounds, which allows me to learn from different perspectives.

    The student life in Manchester is amazing, feeling far from home makes all international students unite. Manchester is very welcoming to all new cultures. My personal tutor has given me tireless support to make sure that I enjoy the learning and living process whilst I am studying.”

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    Tze Yan Lim, BA (Hons) Photography

    Testimonial from Tze Yan Lim, BA (Hons) Photography, student at Faculty of Arts and Humanities

    "I chose to study this course because I am passionate about every aspect of photography and choosing this course enabled me to explore all the possibilities of it. I studied the syllabus of the course and it suited my needs, plus the University has great facilities and helpful technicians and professors.

    The thing I enjoy most about my course is that I get to experiment with different approaches to making a photograph and I am always encouraged to embrace failure when making work. The course has helped me to prepare for my future career by helping me place myself into the broader environment of art-making.”

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    Isabella López García, BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising

    Testimonial from Isabella López García, BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising, student at Faculty of Arts and Humanities

    "Every year our tutors bring people from the industry from different backgrounds; entrepreneurs, managers, industry experts, which has helped me to see what I could do in the future, as well as being a great opportunity to network and be inspired!

    The thing I love the most about Manchester Metropolitan is the amount of effort that is put into student support, no matter the issue, there will be someone willing to help. The international welcome week and all the activities that were related to it were remarkably helpful. I got to meet many people that were experiencing things similar to me."

    Find out more about studying BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising* >

    *Previously titled BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising

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