Design Products MDes

About the course

The course gives you the ability to challenge conventional ideas through your development of innovative solutions to the challenges and needs of a changing world.


Reasons to study MDes Design Products at DMU

  • Puts you on a fast track to becoming a senior designer, design consultant or design manager

  • Allows you to progress to master’s level within one integrated course, with the benefit of a single undergraduate fee structure

  • Ideally suited to students with a strong art or design background, who would like to focus on the technical and visual design aspects of production for industry

  • Promotes creativity and innovative thinking in developing commercially viable designs

  • A challenging course incorporating a work placement

  • Leads to rewarding careers in companies such as Seymour Powell, Shore Design, Vivobarefoot and Zonica Mobile 

You will have a choice of product or furniture briefs for the first two years, before beginning to specialise in the third year through a range of projects that develop your skills and understanding of the design process. Projects are undertaken in a range of areas such as design for an ageing population, sustainability or emerging markets within product or furniture design. In addition to a single major design project in the final year, modules also include the study of design business, design methodologies and emerging digital technologies.

The course allows you to focus on specialist areas, and take a work placement during the summer of the third year, reinforcing your commercial awareness of design. The experience is underpinned by access to the latest rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques with support from an assigned specialist tutor.

Key facts

UCAS course code: WH21

Duration:  Four years full-time, seven years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 300 points with a minimum of 180 points from 2 full A levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • National Diploma DDM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 30+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or  Literature at grade C or above. 

We also accept the BTEC  First Diploma plus two GCSEs  including English at grade C or above

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview (please see our Product and Furniture Design portfolio advice| for full details).

Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our international students portfolio page|.

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The course includes lectures and practical tutorials in a broad range of areas from manufacturing to aesthetics and business practice. Coursework is the main method of learning and assessment, for which you have continuous support from staff across a range of professional working practices.

Course modules

Year one

  • The Principles of Three-Dimensional Design
  • Manufacturing Technology and Material Culture
  • Visual Language
  • Technical Definition and Illustration

Year two

  • Innovation and Commercial Targeting
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Culture
  • Advanced Visual Communications
  • 3D CAD for Product Definition

Year three

  • Student Design Competitions
  • Personal Project
  • Research for Design
  • Product Communications

Year four

  • Design Futures
  • Design Practice
  • Professional Practice

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Academic expertise

Students are taught by design academics and visiting design consultants with specialist knowledge and skills within either product or furniture design. The staff have all worked in industry and also conduct commercial activity and leading research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or conduct weekly seminars, tutorials or lecture series. Visiting lecturers include Steve Mosley (Director, Mosley&), Matthew Cockerill (Associate Design Director, Seymour Powell), Marcus Atkin (Director, Out of the Bubble Design), Martin Jones (Retail Lab), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios. 

Work experience and placements

At the end of the third year you will undertake a three month work placement. Tutors support these initiatives and help you to find placements using our strong links with industry. This workplace experience links your chosen specialist final year project with an industry placement. It provides you not only with valuable work experience but also an industry link to support your project work.

Graduate careers

Graduates go on to work as specialist professionals within a range of industries from designers through to managers. Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Nokia, Habitat, Adidas and Dyson and within design consultancies such as Seymour Powell.

Fees and funding

2014 entry

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year

Learn more about fees and funding information 2014|


Learn more about our Undergraduate scholarships and awards| information.


Lively studio facilities allow you to interact with students, professional designers and manufacturers. Your computing skills are continuously developed and you will workon various PC-based 3D modelling and graphic presentation packages using specialist facilities.

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at|

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Awards and competitions

You will have the opportunity to enter national and international design competitions such as the prestigious RSA Student Design Awards and D&AD Student Design Awards.


“The course focuses on innovation and problem solving which are the fundamental aspects of product design”

Scott Martin, MDes Design Products

Art and Design at De Montfort University|

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