Taught course

Design: Products and Furniture

Nottingham Trent University · School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree in an art and design-related subject.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Your work experience will be assessed to ensure it is relevant to your application.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Visit our Product Design Masters Showcase, an online exhibition celebrating the work of our graduating MA and MSc students.

Key Features:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Course Accreditation:

Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), recognising the quality and relevance of the course content.

Fees and funding

Please visit the course page for latest course fees and funding opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

NTU Admissions
+44 (0)115 848 2999