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Full time


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Industrial Design (General) Design (Non-Industrial)

Course type


Course Summary

MA Industrial Design will teach you to be strategic, respond to trends, initiate new design approaches and thrive in multidisciplinary teams.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

World-class education: Central Saint Martins' Product and Industrial Design courses are recognized for world-class excellence by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education 2013.

A changing discipline: The course provides a platform to question what the industry looks like today. We continually reappraise the scope of product and industrial design practices, addressing critical and socially responsive design.

Notable networks: We work actively with external partners from the industry, commerce and enterprise, as well as our extensive network of alumni and staff.

Integrated teaching: A key factor of MA Industrial Design is integrated study and studio learning. The course adopts a studio-based approach, exercised through project work and workshops.

A typical graduate should have a thorough knowledge of contemporary product design and development and be able to adopt a critical perspective on both their own work and that of their contemporaries. In addition, the emphasis on self-directed study should equip graduates with appropriate methods and strategies for successful project management both within teams and as individuals. The typical aspiration of graduates is to find work in the consulting field. Following significant shifts in this industry over the last 10-15 years, many graduates working in consultancy find themselves in roles that can be described as designer, design strategy, service innovation, forecasting, or management in addition to straightforward new product development.

The second largest area of graduate employment is through in-house design for manufacturing companies. Increasingly students establish their own studios and have moved to work in charitable organizations and the third sector. A number develop careers in commercial research and progress to study at PhD. Graduates are now distinguished and respected designers and design managers in international companies.


This unit is made up of a series of projects which vary in length. These will introduce you to a variety of research methods and issues relevant to the discipline. These are directly implemented in the realisation of design work.

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: an honours degree in a relevant field: product design, 3D design, furniture design, service design, interaction design, architecture, engineering and ergonomics. Applicants are also considered from related disciplines but portfolios from these areas must demonstrate some proficiency in industrial design skills, however, and demonstrate that personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims of the course or an equivalent EU/international qualification and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more