Postgraduate courses starting January 2021
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This course will teach students to learn cutting-edge research and analysis approaches, develop original ideas with creative thinking and deliver detailed designs that are ready for production.
It is predominantly project-based and explores the functional and market-led requirements of product design from concept to production.
International students can apply directly via our Online Applicant Portal.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work which shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Students will be assessed through the completion of hands-on, practical work that develops technical skills, presentation and pitching skills, and written work including essays and project reports.
Students will learn essential skills in 2D and 3D design, user research, the iterative design process and current design software packages.
They will begin to develop their own approach to product design and build confidence and self-discipline in responding to live and self-initiated briefs.
Throughout this stage we encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the design process, from prototype development leading to the study of materials and manufacturing techniques.
We set briefs that encourage students to collaborate with other students and we encourage them to take up work placements in the design industry.
We nurture student's independence as designers with a self-directed major product design project, ready for exhibition at the degree show.
They will be assessed on a collaborative brief and are required to enter competitions and engage with industry design challenges. At the same time, they will produce a portfolio for entry into the industry.
We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation.
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Students will study the functional and market-led requirements of product design, looking at ergonomics, aesthetics, usability, sustainability, intellectual property and the application of technology.
They will also learn to communicate their design work engagingly through pitch presentations, images and design documents.
The expert lecturers and technicians will provide a unique insight into the market and teach students to identify areas where design could have a significant positive impact in social, economic and environmental contexts.
Key study topics include:
Graduates often proceed to a career in 3D product, packaging, service, retail interior design and user experience design. For example, our graduates often help to develop new electronic devices, food packaging and better customer experience in industries such as finance, transport and entertainment.
We encourage you to take up work placements in the design industry to help shape your future career path.
If you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you. Just use the contact details below or chat to our students.
Ravensbourne University London
6 Penrose Way
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