MDes Product Design
Want to study at the number 1 University in Wales, UK for Art and Design?
Duration: 4 years full time
Start date: September each year
The MDes (Hons) pathway gives you the opportunity to extend your learning experience and pursue self-oriented goals through innovative entrepreneurial activities and advanced design practice. As a student you will be challenged to explore new and innovative ways that rapidly build your knowledge, awareness and confidence as an emerging design professional to enable you to create meaningful products and that contribute to people’s lives.
Through an emphasis on communication using drawing and sketch model-making, as a student you will be able to enjoy exploring the issues raised by nurturing your growing appreciation and ability to formulate a range of approaches that understand and can usefully address problems of sustainability, an artefact’s wider cultural meanings, and to evaluate appropriate user-mediated responses focused on prototyping and manufacturing.
The course includes live design projects that enable you to engage with both major companies and small entrepreneurial businesses. This industrial contact allows you to develop your skills in response to real world scenarios and prepares you for the demands of employment. External client projects across a range of industry sectors from toys to medical products are undertaken each year, recent client companies include Cyden, Recaro, Hasbro, Freshwest, Rehau, Clinique, Cogent Seating and Calon Cardio Technology.
In addition to this, you are actively encouraged to enter national and international design competitions. Over the years, our students have been successful in both national and international competitions such as RSA Awards, Innovation in Plastics, Electrolux Design Lab and the Lighting Association Awards.
The School is located in the newly refurbished Alexandra Road building in the Swansea Arts Quarter, with excellent facilities including dedicated design studios with individual workstations, traditional modelling workshops supported by a comprehensive range of advanced CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping machines. Students can gain experience of working with wood, metal, plastics, glass, ceramics and automotive styling clay. Our studios and CAD facilities are equipped with Wacom Cintiq displays for freehand digital sketching and the latest versions of industry standard design and visualisation software such as Autodesk Alias, Sketchbook Pro, SolidWorks, and Adobe Creative Suite.
To keep in touch with day-to-day life in the School you can follow us on Instagram: #discoverdesignproduct