Masters Program in Product Design in North America

Top Master's Programs in Product Design in North America 2017

Product Design

The benefits of a Masters extend beyond improving your earning potential. They can provide you with personal and professional skills to accelerate your development. They are also an opportunity to differentiate yourself from your peers, many of whom will have similar A-level and undergraduate qualifications.

Product design programs may train students to craft useful and relevant products based on consumer desires and demands. Students may gain the knowledge necessary to create innovative, attractive and artisanal products that fit market demands.

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Master Program in Product Design in North America

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Master in Product Design

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12  September 2017 Italy Milan

The Master in Product Design program combines the study of theory with the process of direct experience. Besides honing the “problem solving” skills that every designer needs, you will also develop a “problem defining” approach: the ability to determine the true parameters of each design challenge. [+]

Best Master's Degrees in Product Design in North America 2017. Think. Sketch. Make. A good product began as a need that a designer identified and brought to life in the form of an object or mechanism. It is a reflection of society. It is about potentiality, adaptation, discovery. The Master in Product Design program combines the study of theory with the process of direct experience. Besides honing the “problem solving” skills that every designer needs, you will also develop a “problem defining” approach: the ability to determine the true parameters of each design challenge. As you learn to follow your intuition and promote your aesthetic vision within those parameters, you will cultivate more awareness of the reasons behind your own design choices, and those of others. During your workshop collaborations with eminent professionals from local studios and businesses, you will have the range to experiment with design methodologies as you develop a deeper understanding of product design and its role in our world. Audience The program is designed for candidates who have a first-level degree in design, architecture, engineering, visual arts, or related disciplines. Outcome During this degree program, students will: Complete a self-driven conceptual research project according to professional standards. Create innovative design work based on an understanding of the discipline and the place of their work within that context. Communicate concepts, methods, and design proposals in spoken, visual, and written form. Program The Master in Product Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship. The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals. Courses Coursework focuses on: Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace Identifying key factors that make a successful design solution Defining and solving design problems Branding your own work Workshops Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to product design. Some possible workshop topics include the following: Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video. Investigate ways in which a company can ignite innovations in product design and industrial processes by adopting advanced production technologies and utilizing new materials. Develop a proposal that combines design approaches in a new, innovative, and surprising way. Your project might involve an established brand, an emerging company, a company that wishes to reposition its business, or a new venture. As you explore the relationship between people and spatial systems, develop concepts that address design for social/personal spaces, business and retail spaces, or public spaces. Portfolio The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation. Internship There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career. The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies. Companies Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Product Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies involved in this program include: 3M, Alpi, Artemide, Bayer MaterialScience, BLM, Brix, Candy, Canon, Confindustria Ceramica, Electrolux, Elica, Fondazione Bracco, Gufram, Hager Group, IKEA, illywords, IMRA Aisin, Industreal, Leroy Merlin, LG, Material ConneXion, Pirelli, Rotaliana, Samsung, Swarovski, Teuco, TOTO, Veneta Cucine, Veuve Clicquot, Wega. Accreditation Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma. Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Our accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree. Career Opportunities The Master in Product Design trains professionals to design and create products for various sectors of industry on both a local and international scale. Graduates may go on to careers in design firms, in architecture and design studios, or in research environments, or they may choose an entrepreneurial path. [-]

Master of Design + MBA

IIT Institute of Design
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

IIT’s Master of Design + Master of Business Administration (MDes + MBA) is the first program of its kind. It marks an important milestone in the co-evolution of design, management, and innovation. MDes + MBA students pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously, one with ID and one with IIT Stuart School of Business... [+]

IIT’s Master of Design + Master of Business Administration (MDes + MBA) is the first program of its kind. It marks an important milestone in the co-evolution of design, management, and innovation. MDes + MBA students pursue two graduate degrees simultaneously, one with ID and one with IIT Stuart School of Business. The MDes + MBA program combines a user-centered, method-based approach to innovation with core management education. MDes + MBA graduates are uniquely qualified to lead collaborative, interdisciplinary innovation initiatives in global organizations. Students with a bachelor degree in design can graduate after two years and one quarter. Non-designers must complete a two-semesters of foundation before beginning the MDes program. MBA courses can be taken during foundation. Courses The Master of Design is a two-year, 54-credit-hour degree program. Over 80% of the courses in the program are electives (seminars and workshops) allowing students to customize their program of study. Students can choose courses ranging across communication design, product design, strategic planning, user research, interaction design and systems design. Alumni Nurturing career development is a priority for ID students. The school hosts RecruitID, a twice-yearly event that draws top global organizations looking to hire ID graduates (or secure summer internships for first year students) for a range of positions generally tied to innovation and new business opportunities. Positions include strategists, researchers, planners, innovation and communication managers. Employers value ID students and graduates for their abilities to take on challenging problems through the application of rigorous methods. Organizations have employed our graduates as: – Design Planner – Design Strategist – Senior Innovation Strategist – Director of Product Development – Director of Innovation Methods – Director of User Research – Brand Strategist – Director of Interaction Design – Senior Information Architect – Director of Strategy and New Business Development Timing 4-5 semesters depending on MBA scheduling (1-2 semesters additional with the Foundation program, MBA can be taken in parallel) 44 credit hours for Institute of Design (30 credit hours additional with the Foundation program) 36 credit hours for Stuart School of Business Full-time residency is required for the Master of Design program To Apply To participate in this unique program, you will be asked to apply to both the Institute of Design and the Stuart School of Business. To complete your application for the Institute of Design you will need to provide the following: Portfolio of work. 5-15 pages that demonstrate critical thinking, concept exploration, and proposed solutions. For those applicants without an undergraduate design degree, a GRE/GMAT test will be required instead of a portfolio. (GRE minimum 310/340 or 3.0/6.0, GMAT minimum 600/800 or 3.0/6.0) Statement of educational objectives. 1-3 pages including career goals and reasons for studying at the Institute of Design. An additional interview (by phone, Skype, or in person) may be required. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. 2-4 years of professional practice is typical, but not required. Full-time internships, volunteer work, and freelance projects will be considered. Transcripts from all prior degrees. Degrees must be from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0 or equivalent. For international applicants without a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited English-language university, a TOEFL or IETLS test is required. (TOEFL minimum 100, IETLS minimum 7.) Letters of recommendation. Three letters from professional or academic references commenting on your goals and abilities. Application fee. $100.00 Special considerations for Master of Design + MBA First apply to IIT Institute of Design and indicate your interest in the MDes + MBA program. Once you have a MDes application started, you can then submit a separate application to the MBA program. Please note: Applicants must provide a separate professional statement for each school Requests for test score waivers must be made separately through each school Any available fellowships or scholarships are awarded separately by each school Applicants must pay the application fee for both schools [-]

Master of Design

IIT Institute of Design
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Design (MDes) program welcomes students from around the world. Graduates become thought leaders, researchers, strategists and change agents at the most influential global organizations. They demonstrate novel yet feasible solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. In short, they make our world better... [+]

Best Master's Degrees in Product Design in North America 2017. The Master of Design (MDes) program welcomes students from around the world. Graduates become thought leaders, researchers, strategists and change agents at the most influential global organizations. They demonstrate novel yet feasible solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. In short, they make our world better. Throughout the Master of Design program students collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams on real-world projects with partners in healthcare, business, CPG, civics and more. Projects focus on local and global challenges, addressing problems through innovation, rigor, and creativity. Bloomberg Businessweek recognizes IIT Institute of Design as one of the world’s best design schools. In addition to experienced designers, we encourage students with no formal design training to apply. A nine-month Foundation program provides prerequisite skills and experience. Approximately 50% of students come from non-design backgrounds such as business, engineering, liberal arts, computer science, and architecture. Courses The Master of Design is a two-year, 54-credit-hour degree program. Over 80% of the courses in the program are electives (seminars and workshops) allowing students to customize their program of study. Students can choose courses ranging across communication design, product design, strategic planning, user research, interaction design and systems design. Alumni Nurturing career development is a priority for ID students. The school hosts RecruitID, a twice-yearly event that draws top global organizations looking to hire ID graduates (or secure summer internships for first year students) for a range of positions generally tied to innovation and new business opportunities. Positions include strategists, researchers, planners, innovation and communication managers. Employers value ID students and graduates for their abilities to take on challenging problems through the application of rigorous methods. Organizations have employed our graduates as: – Design Planner – Design Strategist – Senior Innovation Strategist – Director of Product Development – Director of Innovation Methods – Director of User Research – Brand Strategist – Director of Interaction Design – Senior Information Architect – Director of Strategy and New Business Development Timing 4 semesters (2 semesters additional with the Foundation program) 54 credit hours (30 credit hours additional with the Foundation program) Full-time residency is required for the Master of Design program To Apply Start your application to the Master of Design program today. To complete your application you will need to provide the following: Portfolio of work. 5-15 pages that demonstrate critical thinking, concept exploration, and proposed solutions. For those applicants without an undergraduate design degree, a GRE/GMAT test will be required instead of a portfolio. (GRE minimum 310/340 or 3.0/6.0, GMAT minimum 600/800 or 3.0/6.0) Statement of educational objectives. 1-3 pages including career goals and reasons for studying at the Institute of Design. An additional interview (by phone, Skype, or in person) may be required. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. 2-4 years of professional practice is typical, but not required. Full-time internships, volunteer work, and freelance projects will be considered. Transcripts from all prior degrees. Degrees must be from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0 or equivalent. For international applicants without a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited English-language university, a TOEFL or IETLS test is required. (TOEFL minimum 100, IETLS minimum 7.) Letters of recommendation. Three letters from professional or academic references commenting on your goals and abilities. Application fee. $100.00 [-]

Master in Furniture Design

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Savannah

The SCAD furniture design program is grounded in the context of a robust art and design university, where students create furnishings that are thoughtful, ergonomic, beautiful and sustainable. [+]

Furnish your future for success The SCAD furniture design program is grounded in the context of a robust art and design university, where students create furnishings that are thoughtful, ergonomic, beautiful and sustainable. Collaborations with peers in related creative spheres lead to groundbreaking projects like SCADpad® , where SCAD furniture design students innovated micro-housing furniture solutions that were both functional and breathtaking. Opportunities just like these await you at the university for creative careers. M.A. in furniture design Available at: - Savannah SDES 501 Visual Communication and Presentation* SDES 502 The Human Factor, Design Thinking* SDES 503 Fundamentals of Graduate Research* FURN 708 3-D Computer-aided Design for Furniture FURN 715 Methods in Furniture Fabrication FURN 732 Evolution of Furniture Design FURN 738 Furniture Studio: Design and Implementation FURN 748 Furniture Studio: Process and Prototype FURN 749 Furniture Design M.A. Final Project — 700-level ARLH or ARTH elective — Directed elective† — 500- to 700-level elective Total course of study: 45 hours* M.F.A. in furniture design Available at: - Savannah SDES 501 Visual Communication and Presentation* SDES 502 The Human Factor, Design Thinking* SDES 503 Fundamentals of Graduate Research* FURN 708 3-D Computer-aided Design for Furniture FURN 710 Issues in Furniture Design FURN 715 Methods in Furniture Fabrication FURN 732 Evolution of Furniture Design FURN 738 Furniture Studio: Design and Implementation FURN 742 Directed Research in Furniture Design FURN 748 Furniture Studio: Process and Prototype FURN 754 Directed Studies I: Thesis Research, Application and Design FURN 764 Directed Studies II: Thesis Development, Execution and Exhibition FURN 770 Professional Portfolio: Entrepreneurial and Business Strategies FURN 779F Graduate Field Internship† FURN 779T Graduate Teaching Internship† FURN 790 Furniture Design M.F.A. Thesis — 700-level ARLH or ARTH elective — Directed elective‡ — 500- to 700-level elective — 500- to 700-level elective — 500- to 700-level elective — 500- to 700-level elective Total course of study: 90 hours* Careers in furniture design Become a furniture designer. Become a design consultant. Become a product engineer. As a student at SCAD, you will gain valuable experience by participating in industry-sponsored projects with brands like Urban Outfitters, Steelcase, C.H. Briggs, Davis Furniture and Hickory Business Furniture. These opportunities help students hone their strategic design expertise and build their portfolios, often leading to internships and careers. Launch your career as a professional: Contract or residential furniture designer Hospitality furniture designer Design consultant Exhibit designer Limited-production furniture designer Fixture and display designer Custom lighting designer Product designer Environmental designer And get recruited and hired by the best of the best: American Institute of Architects David Trubridge Design Dwell Handspun Studio KWALU Museum of Design Atlanta Savannah Morning News Studio-ZG The South magazine [-]

Master in Design for Sustainability

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Savannah

At SCAD, you will have all of the tools, guidance and inspiration you need to save the world. Our design for sustainability program focuses on preparing students to pioneer organizational change, technological and material innovation, citizen advocacy and more as an industry leader. [+]

Best Master's Degrees in Product Design in North America 2017. Design a sustainable future At SCAD, you will have all of the tools, guidance and inspiration you need to save the world. Our design for sustainability program focuses on preparing students to pioneer organizational change, technological and material innovation, citizen advocacy and more as an industry leader. You will benefit from our dynamic, collaborative environment, where revolutionary projects like SCADpad® and partnerships with the biggest brands in the world happen every day. M.A. in design for sustainability Available at: - Savannah SDES 501 Visual Communication and Presentation* SDES 502 The Human Factor, Design Thinking* SDES 503 Fundamentals of Graduate Research* DMGT 740 Sustainable Practices in Design IDUS 711 Methods of Contextual Research SUST 704 Applied Theories in Sustainability SUST 708 Principles of Sustainable Materials SUST 713 Interdisciplinary Studio I: Design Leadership SUST 748 Design for Sustainability M.A. Final Project — Directed elective† — Directed elective† — 500- to 700-level elective Total course of study: 45 hours* M.F.A. in design for sustainability Available at: - Savannah SDES 501 Visual Communication and Presentation* SDES 502 The Human Factor, Design Thinking* SDES 503 Fundamentals of Graduate Research* ANTH 701 Global Cultural Theory BIOL 700 Environmental Science and Sustainability DMGT 740 Sustainable Practices in Design IDUS 711 Methods of Contextual Research SDES 739 Biomimicry Methodology SUST 704 Applied Theories in Sustainability SUST 708 Principles of Sustainable Materials SUST 713 Interdisciplinary Studio I: Design Leadership SUST 743 Interdisciplinary Studio II: Sustainable Living Laboratory SUST 779F Graduate Field Internship† SUST 779T Graduate Teaching Internship† SUST 791 Design for Sustainability M.F.A. Thesis I: Planning and Research SUST 792 Design for Sustainability M.F.A. Thesis II: Design Execution — 500- to 700-level elective — 500- to 700-level elective Choose one concentration: Built environment ARCH 760 Sustainable Design HIPR 701 Preservation History and Theory INDS 721 Emerging Interior Materials URBA 725 Urban Ecology Management DMGT 710 Design, Chaos and Complexity DMGT 783 Design Futures: Trends, Foresight and Intuition SERV 753 Service, Innovation and Enterprise SUST 725 Design Leadership and Environmental Transformation Packaging and print media GRDS 702 Graphic Design Studio: Methodological Practice GRDS 717 Sustainable Graphic Design Practices GRDS 730 3-D Graphics Studio GRDS 754 Graphic Design Studio: Visual Information Practice Products DMGT 720 Design Innovation Development and Marketing Strategies DMGT 783 Design Futures: Trends, Foresight and Intuition IDUS 713 Industrial Design Studio I: Discovery to Design Solutions IDUS 733 Entrepreneurship for Designers Total course of study 90 hours* Careers in design for sustainability Become a landscape architect. Become a transportation planner. Become a design strategist. SCAD design for sustainability alumni implement their innovations at globally acclaimed design firms and pursue entrepreneurial enterprises. They go on to create zero-waste consumer goods, design energy-efficient homes and workspaces, and plan sustainable urban areas, armed with cutting-edge strategies crucial for success in the modern design world. Launch your career as a professional: Sustainable interior designer Building and construction consultant Design strategist Corporate social responsibility manager Landscape architect Sustainable product developer Sustainability services designer Sustainable graphic designer Transportation planner And get recruited and hired by the best of the best: American Institute of Architects Barnes & Noble Starbucks Coffee Company Hewlett Packard IDEO Intel CH2M Hill Steelcase Subaru [-]