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Understand the Thinking behind the Design of Systems, Services and Products.
The Masters in Product Design at Ulster is not simply an interpretation of Product Design as 3D work in the traditional design and engineering context, but it encompasses Service Design Innovation, UX and App Design, Internet of Things (IOT), Smart Product and Textiles, Wearables, User Centred Design, Designer-Maker activities, Social Innovation and Enterprise, Design for Empathy and Interaction Design.
Projects on the Masters course centre around actual need and with an enterprise focus, but underpinned with a research led teaching methodology and discourse. A holistic understanding of design and the 'Design Thinking' and Design Process is evident in a range of diverse projects. The learning and teaching methods tutorials, lectures, project specific workshops, contemporary reading lists and design tool resources all effectively support students in their learning through a thematically diverse product design curriculum.
The MA Product Design provides students with the opportunity to undertake a wide gamut of both theory and practice, but they also reflect on this work through written discursive critiques with a desired open interpretation of Product Design informed by their respective disciplinary backgrounds and experience.
The Course is studio based, but will cater for a full online provision (starting in 2019) and supported distance learning.
The course has strong links to Industry that it nurtures and these flourish from a two way process of being fed by and feeding Industry what it requires, whilst still identifying and future proofing the sector with a strong Research led student that will engage in 'Live briefs' via the University's Research and Impact Office, SMEs, Charities, Government departments and regional funding bodies.
The Diversity in the current academic Product Design team offers a contemporary view of the field and represents the plurality in what product design is today. This view will be recognised in the range of projects offered to students and in the overall Masters curriculum design. The curriculum structure will accommodate this plurality in practice and present opportunities for diverse student responses.