Product Design

The University of the Arts

24 months
44780 USD/year
44780 USD/year
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Create something beautiful with a master's in Product Design. Through in-studio work and collaboration with your peers and faculty, you'll gain knowledge of human-centered design and sustainability. The Master in Design Studies (MDes) program is a two-year, 60-credit program comprised of studio, methods and seminar courses. 


The Master of Design in Product Design is a two-year, 60-credit program that has at the core of its curriculum a focus on human-centered design and maker culture. The program explores the nature of materials, products and manufacturing from a regional and global perspective, using Philadelphia’s urban core as a laboratory for design intervention and innovation. With opportunities to work both in Philadelphia and abroad, the program brings together an international cohort working to solve diverse social, economic, technical and material challenges.

Maker Resources: Hardware, Software & People

Founded upon maker movement principles, the graduate studio is home to a full line of digital fabrication resources. Situated next to our more traditional industrial design wood and metal workshops, the studio itself is a student-run hackerspace. A laboratory for ideation and testing, our facilities are stocked with a suite of digital tools currently including 4 axis CNC routing, desktop 3D printers, digital scanning, a range of printing and flatbed cutting technologies, an electronics area, and solid and nurbs modeling CAD-CAM software tools — all of which can be used to facilitate and iterate design and fabrication workflows. The intensive studio experience is an essential part of our curriculum in which students are expected to “fail forward” through hands-on hacking, scripting, programming, and building mockups and prototypes. The ultimate goal is to take concepts all the way from conception through ad-hoc engineering and into short-run productions all as a means of testing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Team Building 
  • Maker Studio I 
  • Design Seminar: Concepts & Contexts 
  • Semantics & Rhetoric of Objects

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The University of the Arts operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning there is no specific application deadline.




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

    • A Completed Online Application Form 
    • Application Fee of $60 
    • Official Transcripts
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Intent & Resume
    • Creative Portfolio
    • Personal Interview

    In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit:

    • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. 
    • International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44780 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    44780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44780 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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