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Product Design Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Product Design - 21 Months (Full-time)
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MA (eca) Product Design - 1 Year (Full-time)
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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
Douglas Bryden (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5728
Email: d.bryden@ed.ac.uk
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus
Edinburgh
EH8 9JX

Product design is about enriching the quality of life whether in the home, the workplace or in the public domain. Our MA and MFA programmes explore new methods of discovering unique, genuine problems and opportunities for the design of innovative, useful and sustainable products.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE Grade C; CAE Grade B

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How to apply

This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal. See the portfolio submission guidance for more information:

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Programme description

Our teaching embraces the generation of original and experimental ideas and the creation of product prototypes in response to environmental, social, physical, psychological or economic needs and opportunities discovered through research.

Our approach offers opportunities to experiment with materials and manufacturing processes in new ways, the opportunity to promote ethical debate through critically conceptual, speculative design and the opportunity to discover and to solve genuine problems with innovative, research-led solutions.

Our students are encouraged to determine their own area of interest, direction and identity within this broad discipline, producing tangible concepts that question and challenge current thinking.

Programme structure

We teach you advanced methods of research, analytical thinking, lateral thinking, idea generation techniques, critical thinking, design for manufacture, virtual and physical prototyping and user-testing, all within an intellectually stimulating environment.

We aim to encourage experimentation and cross-fertilisation between different approaches, whether traditional or emerging. Through a hands-on approach, we provide you with a professional understanding and confidence in crucial elements of the product development process, enabling you to design highly original, useful and thought-provoking products.

Students receive regular input from product design staff in the form of lectures, tutorials and seminar discussions and can draw from staff and peers from other subject areas across the University.

Career opportunities

The professional skills and abilities developed on the programme will prepare you for a rewarding career path as a product designer, a designer maker, a design manager and for a variety of roles within the creative industries. Our alumni can be found working internationally and many have established successful design businesses.

As part of your postgraduate study, you will also gain valuable experience leading and managing undergraduate students working on a live project with a world leading international design-led product and furniture manufacturing brand such as Philips, NCR, Herman Miller, Salcomp and Franke.

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