M.A. Product Design

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR3968 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Slovenian
University of Maribor | Maribor, Slovenia
Master's study program Product Design is a study program from the field of industrial design, based on the "from inside out" method, which on one side integrates the scientific methods from mechanical engineering into a product on different stages of the design process with simultaneous awareness of responsibility for cultural and social development.

Description of Product Design

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BASIC GOALS OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME:
The 2nd level postgraduate master's study programme of Product Design represents a possibility of further advanced studies for graduates from the 1st level graduate study program Mechanical Engineering in the field of industrial design based on the method from inside out.
The method was autonomously developed at study course Product Design of pre-bologna university study program Mechanical Engineering in the past nine years and it has been proven as exceptionally successful, but first of all it established the difference in relation to the most other technologies and design schools. The design method from inside out in the greatest possible extent integrates scientific methods from the praxis of mechanical engineering and uses them at different levels of design process, at the beginning in core and in the essence of a device or product.
At the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering we teach Product Design in awareness of responsibility for cultural and social development. Conceptual thinking and acting, design, plan, scheme, project are in foreground in all areas. Study is based on applicable knowledge about materials, production possibilities, presentation techniques and methods of transfer, it is denoted by theoretically scientific part. To the praxis oriented parts of the study prepare experts for the demands of the international working environment.
Such concept of the postgraduate master's study program is in accordance with common European orientation in higher education.
GENERAL COMPENTENCES OF GRADUATES:
Students of master's study programme will be able of a systematic approach to product development, of the design of a new product, and all phases of the product development process, with accent on mass produced products, product service systems and products for professional use. The students will be able to adapt the design process to the load of specific design problems, to perform complex design activities with contemporary methods and advanced technologies, to plan, execute and manage complex product development process in multidisciplinary environments. The broad orientation of the study program will generate creative and innovative potential of students.
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Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1st application period: from 1 June 2015 to 24 August 2015 at the latest. 2nd application period (if vacant places are not filled): from 17 September 2015 to 21 September 2015 at the latest.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 3968 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 3968 Year (EEA)

The amount of the tuition fee is set by the relevant educational institution and is the same as the tuition fee for art-time programmes for Slovene citizens. The tuition for the current academic year must be paid upon enrolment.

The list of tuition fees is available at: www.um.si/studij/financiranje/Strani/default.aspx

Foreign citizens residing in the Republic of Slovenia who are taxable persons in the RS (or their parents/guardians), EU citizens and citizens of countries with which the RS has concluded bilateral agreements are exempted from paying the tuition fee for full-timepostgraduate programmes.

Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • Slovenian
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The postgraduate master study program of Product Design takes two years (4. semesters) in total amount of 120 ECTS credit points. The study closes with preparation and defence of master thesis, which includes individual research work.

The course of study:
  • In 1st semester students accomplish two subjects from the field of design (12 ECTS) and three subjects from the field of mechanical engineering (18 ECTS). Together 30 ECTS.
  • In 2nd semester students accomplish four subjects from the field of design (24 ECTS) and one from the field of mechanical engineering (6 ECTS). Together 30 ECTS.
  • In 3rd semester students accomplish one subject from the field of design (6 ECTS) and four subjects from the field of mechanical engineering (24 ECTS). Together 30 ECTS.
  • In 4th semester students accomplish two optional subjects in extent of 12 ECTS credit points, one from the set of optional subjects of the program Product Design and one from the set of compulsionary subjects in 2. semester i.e. optional subjects from the selected study field of the 2nd degree of the study programme Mechanical Engineering or optional subjects of courses of study program 2nd degree Mechanical Engineering i.e. other study programmes, prepare, work out and defend master thesis, which comprises 18 ECTS credit points, including individual research work, necessary for preparation of master thesis. Together 30 ECTS.

Requirements for Product Design

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the master's (2nd-cycle) programme “Product Design”:
  • A bachelor’s (1st-cycle) programme in a relevant field: engineering and engineering trades (52); textiles, clothes, footwear, leather (broad programmes) (542); building and civil engineering (582); architecture and town planning (581); transport services (840); mathematics (461); statistics (462); computer science (481); environmental protection (broad programmes) (850); biology and biochemistry (421); environmental science (422); design (214);
  • A bachelor’s (1st-cycle) programme in a field different from the ones specified under point 1. Prior to enrolment, candidates must fulfil study obligations corresponding to 24 ECTS credits under the bachelor’s programme, a training programme or by taking placement tests. Candidates must fulfil the following obligations: “Materials I” (3 ECTS), “Materials II” (3 ECTS), “Production Technologies I” (4 ECTS), “Engineering Tools I” (5 ECTS), “Production Technologies II” (3 ECTS), “Physical Modelling of Technical Systems” (3 ECTS), “Engineering Design Methods” (3 ECTS);
  • A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: engineering and engineering trades (52); textiles, clothes, footwear, leather (broad programmes) (542); building and civil engineering (582); architecture and town planning (581); transport services (840); mathematics (461); statistics (462); computer science (481); environmental protection (broad programmes) (850); biology and biochemistry (421); environmental science (422); design (214);
  • A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a field different from the ones specified under the preceding point.Prior to enrolment, candidates must fulfil study obligations corresponding to 24 ECTS credits under the bachelor’s programme, a training programme or by taking placement tests. Candidates must fulfil the following obligations: “Materials I” (3 ECTS), “Materials II” (3 ECTS), “Production Technologies I” (4 ECTS), “Engineering Tools I” (5 ECTS), “Production Technologies II” (3 ECTS), “Physical Modelling of Technical Systems” (3 ECTS), “Engineering Design Methods” (3 ECTS);
  • An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: engineering and engineering trades (52); textiles, clothes, footwear, leather (broad programmes) (542); building and civil engineering (582); architecture and town planning (581); transport services (840); mathematics (461); statistics (462); computer science (481); environmental protection (broad programmes) (850); biology and biochemistry (421); environmental science (422); design (214). These candidates are typically awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme;
  • An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a field different from the ones specified under the preceding point. These candidates are awarded 30 ECTS credits and may enrol in the corresponding year;
  • A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: engineering and engineering trades (52); textiles, clothes, footwear, leather (broad programmes) (542); building and civil engineering (582); architecture and town planning (581); transport services (840); mathematics (461); statistics (462); computer science (481); environmental protection (broad programmes) (850); biology and biochemistry (421); environmental science (422); design (214). These candidates are typically awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme;
  • A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a field different from the ones specified under the preceding point. These candidates are awarded 30 ECTS credits and may enrol in the corresponding year.

Work Experience for Product Design

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

The study programme has been accredited by the Slovene National Agency of Quality Assurance.

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