Master of Arts in

Product Design

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Course length

1/2 Academic Years

Start

January 2025

Language

English

Where

Milan

Product Design

Self-Production and Entrepreneurship

This Master’s programme in Product Design offers a unique and distinctive course of study tailored for aspiring designers who aim to become versatile Designer-Producers-Managers. Taught by an international faculty, the programme is designed to cultivate autonomous “Makers” who possess the skills to lead and implement the entire journey of bringing objects to life.

This comprehensive training prepares students to become self-entrepreneurs, capable of initiating and managing their own design ventures, or to master the entire production process while collaborating with manufacturers and firms. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, graduates of this programme will be equipped to navigate and excel in the dynamic field of product design, ready to take on leadership roles and drive innovation in the industry.

Industrial Design Project Pedrali

Industrial Design Project Pedrali

Industrial Design Project

Industrial Design Project

Industrial Design Project

Industrial Design Render

Industrial Design Sketch

Student at work / workshop

Industrial Design Project Guzzini

Industrial Design Project Guzzini

Industrial Design Project

Features

Opting for tangible over speculative design from mass production to self-made production, the Product Design Master programme encourages you to conceive and actualise products consistently integrating with the real world, proposing a dialogue between your creations and the social and cultural environment.

At the same time, the programme equips the student with fundamental knowledge and skills, from comprehending material resources and production processes to mastering artisanal techniques.

The indispensable business skills are integrated, empowering you to navigate the entire product development journey—from initial ideation to the finished piece—while considering the engineering and financial aspects of self-production as well.

The Master of Arts in Product Design is based on a learning strategy aimed at nurturing creative talent through the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.

Its main objectives are:

  • Equip the student with the essential knowledge, method, and skills needed to excel in design industries, placing a central emphasis on empowering you to become a successful Designer-Producer.
  • Enhance effective decision-making abilities in addressing complex creative challenges through hands-on practice.
  • Provide a robust methodology, enabling the student to proficiently manage and implement the entire process of bringing objects to life, while also actively contributing into the cultural debate and innovation within the field of product design.

To be admitted into the MA course, students must have a second class (2.2) honours or higher in art, design, or other creative disciplines from any recognised ISCED level 6 programme. Graduates in scientific disciplines, social sciences, and humanities can also be selected, as well as candidates who have previously gained significant professional experience in the field of the Master selected.

SPD also considers other relevant experience and/or the attendance of SPD Preparatory Courses. In addition, international students need an IELTS score of 6.0, with no component below 5.5.

After the successful completion of the Master’s programme, eligible students can earn the Master of Arts degree (180 UK credits, corresponding to 90 ECTS credits).

The Master of Arts Courses are accredited by Teesside University, SPD’s Educational Partner.

The Internship/Advanced Practice pathway offers numerous significant advantages, making it an ideal choice for those who wish to maximize their education and gain high-level practical experience. This programme includes not only an internship but also the Major Project.

The 15-week module is a unique opportunity to experience a first taste of the professional or academic life ahead of you and to test the knowledge and skills acquired in your studies. Only students enrolled in the 2-years programme can take this module.

During this semester, you have the option to choose from three opportunities:

  • a professional experience in a real workplace environment (internship);
  • an in-depth exploration of a particularly significant study topic through a research project within the school, in collaboration with a company (project work);
  • an experience of personal and cultural growth through a period of study in a different institution (study abroad period).

It is important to remember that those who choose the pathway without Advanced Practice (1 academic year) will not have the opportunity to take an internship and to extend their stay to look for an internship once the course is completed.

The Major Project is the final individual research project that will allow you to investigate a specific topic at a high level, within a proposed research framework or project brief.

This project not only represents the culmination of your education but also marks the beginning of your professional career.

With the Major Project you will, indeed, have the opportunity to gain genuine project experience at the professional level, and when the project involves collaboration with companies, your ideas, if deemed of particular interest, may become the subject of further development that will make your resume competitive in the relevant industry.

After completion of the MA in Product Design at SPD, you are ready to embark on a career in various fields, including:

  • Autonomous Product Designer
  • Product Designer in a company
  • Self-Entrepreneur
  • Design-process manager

Francesco Faccin

Constantly shifting his field of application between industrial design, craftsmanship, self-production, social design, and limited editions for galleries, Francesco Faccin (Milan, 1977) considers design a powerful tool for understanding and modifying reality. It is a pretext to connect different disciplinary fields and participate in the open debate on urgent contemporary issues.

After two years of collaboration with Enzo Mari, he worked with luthier and architectural model maker Francesco Rivolta from 2004 for five years, gaining deep knowledge of wood and high-end cabinetmaking techniques.

In 2007, he started his own studio in Milan, initiating his first collaborations with companies and building relationships with local artisans. Alongside his studio work, from 2009 to 2015, he served as a consultant for architect and designer Michele De Lucchi.

In addition to maintaining stable relationships with Italian and international companies, galleries, and NGOs, Francesco Faccin has been teaching since 2011 at the Free University of Bolzano, the Made Program in Syracuse, and the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona. He also collaborates with other universities in Italy and abroad as a visiting professor and strategic director.

His projects, published in the most important specialized Italian and international magazines, have received prestigious awards, including the Design Report Award, the European Product Design Award, and an honorable mention at the Compasso d’Oro. Some of his works have been acquired by globally recognized institutions such as the Vitra Design Museum, Triennale Milano, and Mudac Lausanne.