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Postgraduate Course: MFA2 Product Design -- Incubator (DESI11095)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is for students embarking on an individual-led design project during the second year of their MFA in Product Design.
Course description The course will help you propose, plan and prepare to develop a significant body of work driven by design practices addressing contemporary product design themes in a practice led environment.

The course is prepares you for your final semester dissertation where you will reveal and present high quality exhibition ready prototypes at the ECA Degree Show, intended to showcase your concept development and manufacturing skills, relevant to your development as an autonomous, practice-led product design professional.

The focus in this course is preparing designers who wish to pursue careers in industry where communication and dissemination of knowledge often takes different formats to written text and reports. The course will help narrow appropriate research topics into a clear, questioning and critical statements which will be addressed and disseminated in Sem2 through words, images and particularly exhibition ready prototypes.

The course will allow you to continue to develop and deepen the skills you acquired in your previous year of study in Product Design, enabling you an opportunity to establish your own voice through your choice of research direction, appropriate product pathways and ultimately the structure of your final graduation exhibition dissertation.

The course is primarily seminar and tutorial based; working closely with key staff from the School of Design in order to help you work to your best advantage.

By the end of this course, you will have identified your final dissertation direction; outlined your plan for development of exhibition prototypes; established a timeline for studio working and delivery; and provided a synopsis of your dissertation project in both written and visual formats.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. EXPLORE: Demonstrate independent initiative, substantial autonomy and self-critical generation of innovative product design proposals and futures
  2. DEVELOP: Develop a critical and contextualised relationship between creative practice and theory reflecting a significant understanding of the product design discipline from a practice-led perspective
  3. SYNTHESISE: Evaluate and consolidate research within the production of realised projects with a critical understanding of the contexts of the product design discipline
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Have a personal vision and goals and be able to work towards these in a sustainable way
Be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
Seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
Be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
Understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilitie
Keywordspersonal project,concept development,making,prototyping,product design development
Course organiserDr Arno Verhoeven
Tel: (0131 6)51 5808
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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