Taught course

Industrial Design

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Communication, Spatial and Product Design

Entry requirements

MA Industrial Design entry requirements are: a relevant Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience. Relevant fields are: product design, three-dimensional design or furniture design. Applicants are also considered from related disciplines such as ceramic design, interface design, architecture, jewellery design, engineering and ergonomics. 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 Applicants normally have at least one year of professional experience. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. Student selection criteria Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: That you can generate and communicate a range of ideas You can analyse a design problem from a number of perspectives and generate a range of design responses to a particular problem That you can show that your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of MA Industrial Design That you can demonstrate the necessary fluency in your design process to be able to benefit from the postgraduate course

Months of entry


Course content

  • MA Industrial Design lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.
  • MA Industrial Design is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

You are expected to typically commit 30 hours per week to your studies, within which, your taught input will normally be scheduled over three days. MA Industrial Design has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue your studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities.

Course outline

MA Industrial Design is comprised of two Units. The first consists of a series of projects varying in length from one to six weeks. These introduce you to a variety of research methods and issues relevant to the discipline, which are then directly implemented in the creation/realisation of design work.

Unit two sees the process become less closely defined in the brief, as you are given more freedom to explore a 'theme' in the transitional project. Together, these projects form the structural and contextual basis from which you plan and then undertake your own project. You define your own research question, aims and objectives and decide on an appropriate research methodology. Through an iterative process of planning, research, design, making, testing and evaluation, your project will evolve to a point of partial or complete resolution for the final assessment.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

The Information Office
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