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Nottingham Trent University: Design: Products and Furniture

Institution Nottingham Trent University View institution profile
Department School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Telephone +44 (0) 115 848 4200
Study type Taught


Our MA Design: Products and Furniture course is aimed at designers looking to master their approach to develop innovative products, furniture, systems or services. Underpinned by a focus on your own specialism, you’ll explore the multidisciplinary field of design, challenge the norms in design thinking and engage with the realities of designing for new and emerging markets.

You'll analyse the relationship between traditional craft skills, new technology and modern manufacture, with ideas and approaches informed by collaborative working and hands-on experience. Through contemporary research and industry-applied projects and briefs, you’ll consider the importance of materials and manufacturing, and develop the strategies needed to explore and understand markets, social needs and end users.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at design professionals or graduates with a design-related honours degree. The course, and the associated support provided by the University, will enable graduates to develop advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills,

Progress on this course will graduates to start their own businesses, work within the manufacturing industry, design consultancies, research and development organisations, or move on to further study by engaging in research.

Key Features

  • Professional Accreditation | This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), meaning it recognises both quality and relevance in terms of course content and allows you to gain free membership for the duration of your studies.

  • Inspiring Spaces | Benefit from the industry-standard facilities at our City Campus. You'll be supported by a team of expert technicians and have access to machining and manufacturing workshops, laboratories, modern CAD/CAM studios, and a dedicated studio space for Masters students.

  • Exhibitions and Degree Shows | Expand your networks and get noticed by showcasing your work at our annual NTU Art and Design Degree Show and Postgraduate Design Exhibition — attended by design professionals, industry experts and potential employers.

  • Commercial Links |Benefit from our established links to commercial organisations, industry professionals and research experts. Our research activities are globally-recognised and supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations.


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