Istituto Marangoni
Product Design (Contemporary Furniture Design) MA
Istituto Marangoni

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Product design, project management and the added value of ‘Italianness’. This one year course is for individuals looking for advanced design skills, and an in-depth knowledge of the furniture and contemporary product design industry, becoming experts in managing and developing professional design projects.

Participants learn how to integrate creativity with an extensive knowledge of materials, studying their properties and technical features alongside the application of new technologies. Graphic representation in the form of renderings, 3D printing, and the creation of small prototypes further assist their ability to design and visualise products in connection with space or location, and accurately evaluate their functional and ergonomic properties. With a focus on Italian craftsmanship, design and style the course explores how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and techniques. Cult products of the ‘Made in Italy’ tradition are analysed in order to fully understand ‘aesthetic sensibility’ – one of the main features of the world-renowned Italian style, and showcased at the most important annual event in the international furniture design calendar, the Salone del Mobile Exhibition in Milano, Italy.

Looking at the realities that define tomorrow’s furniture and product designs, participants take a look at key trends, contemporary lifestyles, consumer needs and emotional perceptions, understanding the relationship and ‘identity’ of the project to be developed. They look at new influences in the industry including sustainability, renewable resources, and innovative materials, as well as high profile designer case studies; researching the key steps in project development to obtain a full ‘360°’ vision of product design.

Participants build their skills and potential as creative practitioners collaborating with companies on industry projects, taking an idea from concept through to final presentation. Throughout the projects they receive professional feedback and guidance from the company and are supported with business preparation in trends, markets, and communication, providing a professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of ideas to companies and new clients.

At postgraduate level participants will already have prior undergraduate level study, or relevant industry experience in order to successfully follow the course components in creative research, product design, and professional project development.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 Minimum 5.5 in each element
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A 1st degree, 2.1 or above, in a relevant related subject area from a UK university or overseas equivalent


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Istituto Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni International is a privately-run institution which was founded in 1935 in Milan. The school currently offers programs in numerous major cities, among them the city of London. The courses offered range from 1-to-3 year basic programs, and a 1-year Master’s program in the fields of Fashion and Design.

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Where is this programme taught

Istituto Marangoni London
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