Integrated Industrial Design MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£9,500
International fees:
£21,000
Location:
Loughborough
Study area:
Design

Achievements

Top 50

in the world for art and design

QS World University Rankings by subject 2017

Overview

Our Integrated Industrial Design MSc programme aims to further develop critical awareness of major industrial design practice, increasing input capability and value to employers and is designed to improve the effectiveness of Industrial Designers.

Industrial Design (ID) is"the professional service of creating products and systems that optimize function, value and appearance for the mutual benefit of user and manufacturer” (IDSA) and is considered and integrated with an enterprise, business and sustainability agenda. The 180 credit programme culminates in a 60 credit Integrated Industrial Design Major Project that provides an opportunity to bring together all of the elements appropriate to the project Design problem or opportunity.

The entire design process is covered, starting from a design problem or opportunity and ending with a complete product that is fit for mass or batch production.

You will develop skills in producing a balanced portfolio of high quality designs and innovative thinking which will enable you to deal with complex and interrelated issues both analytically and creatively.

Areas covered include: sketching, visual layouts, presentation techniques, qualitative and quantitative design research methods, Enterprise & Business, Design for Behaviour Change, Collaborative Design, creating product design briefs, project management, advanced CAD application and design practice culminating in a 60 credit Integrated Industrial Design Major Project that provides an opportunity to implement all of the appropriate elements.

The Integrated Industrial Design MSc programme also provides you with the exciting opportunity to enter an international design competition as well as participation in industry supported projects.

The School is based within a purpose built £21 million building, which opened in 2011. The design of the building has collaborative working at its heart, providing an inspirational environment for all those who work in it.

What makes this programme different?

  • Covers the entire design process
  • Develop skills in producing a balanced portfolio of high quality designs
  • Exciting opportunity to enter an international design competition

Who should study this programme?

Our Integrated Industrial Design MSc is beneficial for both recent graduates and current practitioners looking to advance their core design knowledge and specialist skills to a higher level.

Entry requirements

1st or 2:1 in a relevant honours degree (industrial design, product design etc.) and a portfolio providing evidence of experiential learning and/or practice at an appropriate standard. Evidence of at least a foundation in technology engagement.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Each of the modules on our Integrated Industrial Design MSc complements the others; the knowledge and understanding from each will accumulate to provide you with an indispensable set of skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful Industrial/Product designer.

Modules

Integrated Industrial Design MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have described the modules affiliated with this programme below.

Semester one

Industrial Design & Technology Skills (15 credits)

This module aims to increase knowledge of and competence with a range of visual communication methods used by industrial designers. To develop knowledge of technologies associated with product design and the integration of such technology in the Product Design process. To explore emerging technologies and consider possible impact on future designs.

Product Design Workshop Skills (15 credits)

The aims of this module are for the student to manage effectively a programme of industrial design involving concept generation, CAD driven design development and product presentation; focus on the development of CAD driven and manual modelling techniques. Effective time management will be supported and developed. Technology prototyping skills will be developed

Design Research Methods (15 credits)

This module will expose students to a variety of research methods, which they can employ within their own future professional practice. The module covers: quantitative and qualitative methodology, research methodology (structuring an enquiry, generating research questions, selecting methods), secondary and primary data collection methods (surveys, interviewing, ethnography, creative methods and diary studies) data analysis and converting insights into design opportunities.

Design for Behaviour Change (15 credits)

Design is a significant driver of behaviour change, enabling, encouraging or discouraging certain activities from taking place. Borrowing from socio-psychology models of behaviour change, designers have directed their attention towards enabling recycling, increasing exercise and reducing sedentary behaviours, amongst other examples. Design for Behaviour Change is now a recognised discipline within design practice with its own strategies, tools and processes, as well as a host of case study projects. Through completion of a design challenge, this module seeks to introduce students to this emergent area and better equip them to ethically influence user behaviour towards prescribed outcomes.

Business, Enterprise and Design (30 credits)

The aims of this module are for the student: to implement and exploit design capabilities and skills in typical product design briefs; to improve skills in project management; to have the opportunity to enter an international student design competition; to integrate creative strategies and technological knowledge in resolving typical product design briefs. Additionally, students will be introduced to principles of business and enterprise in a design context to enable them to critically discuss and reflect on conflicts between environmental, social and economic business issues.

Please note: this module runs across semester one and two. 

Semester two

Advanced 3D CAD/E (30 credits)

New practises and digital technologies are constantly being developed and integrated into the design industry in order to generate and capitalise on potential new markets. The aim of this module is to introduce and expose design students to such new design practises and directly engage them with digital technologies that have been developed to aid, consolidate and support the product design process.

Business, Enterprise and Design (30 credits)

The aims of this module are for the student: to implement and exploit design capabilities and skills in typical product design briefs; to improve skills in project management; to have the opportunity to enter an international student design competition; to integrate creative strategies and technological knowledge in resolving typical product design briefs. Additionally, students will be introduced to principles of business and enterprise in a design context to enable them to critically discuss and reflect on conflicts between environmental, social and economic business issues.

Please note: this module runs across semester one and two. 

Summer period

Integrated Industrial Design Major Project (60 credits)

The aims of this module are for the student to: integrate and apply knowledge, skills and values from other modules, to identify a design problem/opportunity to research in the most appropriate way for the chosen problem area. You will then arrive at a feasible, agreed project brief and develop this into a detailed product design specification. You will then conceive, design and develop an appropriate product or components that meet the specification, test, evaluate iterate toward a final product proposal designed for manufacture and a business/market context described.

 

How you'll be assessed

100% coursework including the submission of design projects and reports, group and individual presentations, amongst others.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Practical sessions
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Loughborough Design School is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Possible careers include: industrial designer, product designer, design-maker, prototyping and other roles in product development manufacturing.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able demonstrate transferable skills in:

  • Professionalism, including acting professionally in accordance with ethical proprieties
  • Problem solving, including clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and evaluation of outcomes
  • Communication, including visual, written and oral presentation and discussions
  • Management, including self learning, and project and time management
  • Methods and methodologies applicable to teamwork

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£9,500
International:
£21,000

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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