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Product & Furniture Design MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2020
Full time 2 years including professional placement 2 days a week, plus placement year September 2020
Part time 2 years Contact the course leader for details September 2020

Choose Kingston's Product & Furniture Design MA

We were ranked No. 1 in the UK for design and crafts* (Guardian University Guide league tables 2020) *which covers graphic design, interior design, illustration, animation and product and furniture design.

This Masters programme in Product and Furniture Design recognises and prepares students for the diversity of design practice and employment opportunities open to graduates entering the design industry.

The three semester course is based at a highly rated design institution within easy reach of central London.

Students are given time in an exceptional learning environment to develop their personal approach to design, learn new skills and apply them to carefully structured projects with industry partners that prepare them for their preferred career direction.

For a glimpse of current projects and activities please visit our Instagram account MA_Product_Furniture_Kingston.

Key features

  • This course is part of the Design School's Postgraduate Framework, which  promotes interdisciplinary practice opportunities, underpins research, supports personal trajectory and industry contact, and includes a  supporting lecture series.
  • Lecturers are industry specialists and bring a broad mix of experience and opinion to the course. The combined teaching team of lecturers, visiting lecturers and guest lecturers includes David Weatherhead, Lucy Kurrein, Sebastian Bergne, Ian Ferguson, Rosemary Anrude, Kacper Hamilton, Matthew Long and Sophie Smallhorn.
  • The action of "making" is the signature of the course. We seek critical thinkers and makers that seek to challenge and evolve contemporary practice through the physical domain.

What will you study?

The course proposes a hands-on approach to design, encompassing research techniques, teamwork, learning through making and developing finished objects intended for craft, industrial production or conceptual prototype.

Students are expected to have a robust personal approach with direction and purpose reflecting their own area of study. Students are required to be self-directed, reflective and practical in approach. The course is studio and project based. Activities can include specialist lectures, workshop inductions, group and personal tutorials, seminars and symposiums.


Assessment will be made at the completion of each module. Module marks are added to achieve a total final mark. Assessment will be made through practical design projects, presentations, main masters project and exhibition.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Course structure

This course is part of the School of Design's postgraduate programme.

The structure – shared with students from the Communication Design MAs, Fashion MA, and Sustainable Design MA – enables you to explore your individual specialist interests within an integrative learning environment that provides a comprehensive understanding of the value and role of interdisciplinary methods and ways of working. The influences and impact of thinking from other related design subjects on your own specialist study is an important aspect of the identity and the community of interdisciplinary practice at masters level in the School of Design.

This structure is designed to help progress and develop your independent learning, encouraging you to construct and explore projects concerned with areas of particular personal interests. The overarching course philosophy, based upon an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, allows individual and personal concerns to be explored through focused study in product and furniture design.

The two shared modules of the School of Design's Postgraduate Framework both commence with a symposium, in which high-profile external speakers present their work and contribute to a debate on a topic of relevance to all courses in the Framework. View the promotional flyers from the following recent symposiums:

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


  • Designing Research lectures and seminars are designed to enable you to rationalise and focus on thematic approaches to problem finding and problem solving. The aim of this module is that through knowledge of existing conventions and the development of your personal visual vocabulary, you will be able to make practical use of your ideas, perceptions and discoveries, and to work effectively and creatively with reference to a wider inter-disciplinary and cultural context.

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  • Creative Futures lectures and seminars are intended to enable you to develop an approach and focus to your future career and your ongoing personal and professional development. The aim of this module is that through the understanding of the key disciplinary and inter-disciplinary skills and attributes required for a career in the creative industries, you will be able to develop an informed and focused Major Project proposal for the Major Project in Teaching Block 3.

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  • This module provides dedicated product and furniture design study opportunity. It occurs in teaching block 1. Students are offered a number of optional and compulsory briefs engaging both practical and theoretical design faculties. Briefs are open to individual interpretation, designed to promote creative independence and establish the benchmark of Level 7 critical expectation at the outset of the student experience.

    They encourage engagement with a number of key principles and processes students need to develop in order to be able to undertake a capstone project later in their studies.

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  • This teaching block 2 module extends and builds directly upon the dedicated product and furniture design study experience of teaching block 1. It runs in parallel with the Creative Futures module DE7301 on the full time mode and exercises independent, focused practical design research to underpin the Major Project proposal undertaken within DE7301.

    The module aims to position students in readiness to commence realisation of their Major (capstone) Project upon completion. Students take responsibility for either continuing to develop their thematic practical design enquiries already established in Context I, refining and editing material and developing new research and study as necessary, or embarking upon new self-initiated enquiries.

    The module consolidates the role of practical design experimentation as a key element of the design research process and helps establish credibility for progression on to the Major Project. Students should become increasingly confident about moving into realms of uncertainty and exploring unfamiliar design territory, taking risks and articulating personal viewpoint. They are encouraged to explore and utilise industry networks and contacts outside the Faculty to expand their knowledge and outlook, further lending their study rigour and credibility.


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  • The Major Project - the capstone project - consolidates the knowledge gained in earlier modules and is informed and supported by prior learning within both the Design School's postgraduate interdisciplinary framework and course specific specialist study.

    The purpose of this module is to enable you to relate the work of the course to a practical solution and to demonstrate skills in defining, analysing and developing a substantial solution to an individually defined design related problem. It will demonstrate both in content and form your advanced understanding of contemporary design practice.

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Professional placement year

  • The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates professional placement learning, following completion of 120 credits. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific professional skills in their chosen subject. You may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for their subsequent major project module, and would be expected to use it to help inform their decisions about future careers.

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Product and Furniture Design MA Show 2018

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

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Contact our admissions team

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020 3308 9930*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.


This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

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