MA Product Design - AD430

Product design needs disruptive thinkers and practitioners to shape the objects and interactions of contemporary society. This research-led taught programme supports designers to expand their practice in the context of technological advancements, new modes of production and global environmental challenges. The MA Product Design, is a research-led taught masters aimed at building on knowledge and practice acquired at undergraduate level and within professional practice, with applicants proposing a research agenda that will provide a focus for their study.

Applications will open on 30th November 2022

Introduction

Product design is about enriching quality of life, whether in the home, workplace, or public domain. It can provide ways of answering unmet needs, improving function and appearance, or offer new ways of critically engaging with objects and experiences. The MA Product Design programme addresses real-world challenges through balancing creativity and technical capability with contextual insight and empathy for people, enabling the students to make things better. The programme is designed, timetabled and delivered in such a way as to enable design practitioners to undertake their study alongside maintaining their professional career.

What to Expect

The MA Product Design combines core taught elements in research and critical studies, with students proposing a specific creative subject for advanced studio practice. The aim of the MA is to create a design culture that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and new areas of exploration. We encourage our students to experiment and take risks in order to carve new understandings of Design and make technical innovations within, and across product design. In challenging the purpose, methods and ambitions of contemporary product design practice and research, students will identify opportunities and develop their own creative careers.

The MA provides the opportunity for students to engage in an interdisciplinary educational experience, working alongside postgraduate students from across the School of Design. We encourage our students to explore contemporary themes that connect all the design disciplines. Building on the knowledge and skills developed at undergraduate level and professional practice, students encounter new contexts in which to develop their skill-sets and deepen their knowledge of design through a range of projects, before undertaking a major self-directed project.

Opportunities to Engage

The programme reflects the changing field of product design, with continuing development of industry links offering relevant career pathways. This will be supported by a visiting lecture programme of leading industry and creative practitioners. The programme has the option of a further 30 credits of study in Design Internships or Design Incubation and Enterprise. Additional modules enable students to undertake industry placements, working in a real-world design environment; or pursue further research to support the commercialisation of their design work, providing an incubation support system for students.

Educational Standard

All applicants are expected to present an approved Bachelor degree at minimum level of 2nd class honours (2.2)

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements may be considered on the basis of prior work or learning experience (RPEL). Candidates may be required to pass a qualifying examination set by the relevant department before being accepted to a Masters degree programme. Attendance at selected undergraduate lecture courses at NCAD, together with related written work may be prescribed. 

You may apply for the programme if you are currently completing your Undergraduate Degree. NCAD will review the rest of your application If necessary, we can make you a Conditional Offer. When your degree is completed and you send us final transcripts we will upgrade this to a Full Offer

Essential Supporting Documents 

  • A recent CV

  • Certified transcripts of previous programmes followed

  • Certified copies of degree/ certificates and/or other appropriate third level qualifications bearing the official stamp of the institution.

  • Reference 1 (Academic - Head of School/Department preferred)**

  • Reference 2 (Tutor or Current/Recent Employer)

    • Some referees prefer to submit the reference directly to the college. If this is the case, please instruct your referee to email a standard reference to postgraduate@ncad.ie. Please make sure all references contain the letterhead and the institution contact email address for the referee.

Research Proposal & Digital Portfolio 

Download Guidance Notes on submitting both the research Proposal & Digital Portfolio

After Your Degree

The taught masters programme provides an in-depth, professionally informed programme of study and studio practice. As a consequence of the range of skills acquired MA Product Design graduates have access to a wide range of local and global opportunities in industry, services, and design consultancy or as creative entrepreneurs, designer-makers and educators. The School of Design actively participates in the EU-funded Erasmus+ programme, which offers recent graduates the opportunity to avail of internships in high profile design companies within the European Union.

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Applications will open on 30th November 2022

Notes on Making Your Application

The priority deadline for receipt of applications to postgraduate programmes starting in Sept. 2023 is Friday 31st March 2023. Applications made by 31st March are guaranteed to be reviewed by NCAD. If you apply after this date, we may not be in a position to review your application. 

Programme Team

Sam Russell, MA – Head of Product Design

russells@staff.ncad.ie

Sam holds a first degree in Industrial Design and an MA in Design through practice. His re- search interests relate to the role designers can play in development aid and the design of new learning experiences and spaces. As Head of Product Design his focus is on experiential learning and linking students to industry networks.

Admissions Team 

postgraduate@ncad.ie