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Design and Transport MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ADT073

Study options:

1 year full-time
Option for 2 years full-time, subject to agreement

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Design and transport lies at the heart of all developed societies and connected urban systems. This MSc offers graduates the opportunity to study the world of complex transportation infrastructures and technologies and develop their specialist design and problem-solving interests.

The programme is not focused on any one particular mode of transport; rather, the emphasis is on gaining understanding of complexity, devising strategies for dealing with wicked problems, and developing your technical, practical, creative and professional skills. Acknowledging the rapidly changing world of transport design and related systems, we cover a broad range of transport themes – from passengers to freight and cargo – within the automotive, aerospace and marine industries. Issues of design concept generation and development, modelling of designs and systems, human factors, sustainability and collaborative group working will be addressed.

There is a strong ethos of cross-disciplinary and transcultural collaborative working. All design projects are underpinned by sound research activities that combine with critical and creative thinking, enabling you to develop innovative design solutions for land, sea, air and space transport, which are grounded in usability, functionality and sustainability.  You will have the chance to practise creative thinking and design visualisation, while developing your knowledge of engineering science, materials, manufacturing and management. You'll work on ‘live’ industry briefs, progressing your ideas from initial concepts to drawing, rendering, modelling and production.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The ‘Global Professional Development’ module has been developed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and Coventry is the first University to do this. On passing the appropriate module, you should receive a Level 7 certificate from CMI, an internationally recognised, externally accredited award.

What our alumni say

I certainly owe everything to the MSc and your belief in getting me to where I wanted to be. I really didn’t expect to be working on boats this size (100mtrs+) so soon/ever!

It is incredible to think that it was only June last year that I first created something which vaguely resembled a boat using the Rhino software... quite a journey!

Guy Waters, MSc Design and Transport, graduated with a Distinction in 2015, now exterior designer at Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

Course information

Design and transport lies at the heart of all developed societies and connected urban systems and this MSc offers graduates the opportunity to study the world of complex transportation infrastructures and technologies and develop their specialist design and problem solving interests.

The programme is not focused on any one particular mode of transport; rather, the emphasis is on gaining understanding of complexity, devising strategies for dealing with wicked problems, and developing your technical, practical, creative and professional skills. Acknowledging the rapidly changing world of transport design and related systems, we cover a broad range of transport themes – from passengers to freight and cargo – within the automotive, aerospace and marine industries. Issues of design concept generation and development, modelling of designs and systems, human factors, sustainability and collaborative group working will be addressed. 

There is a strong ethos of cross-disciplinary and transcultural collaborative working. All design projects are underpinned by sound research activities that combine with critical and creative thinking, enabling you to develop innovative design solutions for land, sea, air and space transport, which are grounded in usability, functionality and sustainability.  You will practise creative thinking and design visualisation, while developing your knowledge of engineering science

Modules

Overview

During the first semester, you will expand your creative skills and capabilities, exploring creative and innovation methods, research methods, co-design practice, user-centred thinking and presentation. This will involve an intense learning experience of creative practice through projects set by external industry partners on associated creative design and design management courses.

The second semester concentrates on building your technical engineering and industrial product design skills. You will participate in experimentation and prototyping on a more detail focused level than the initial stage of project concept generation. This requires detailed knowledge of the relevant materials, manufacture and product construction, as well as understanding of working and communicating with other stakeholders and processes of the development that operate parallel to design. During this semester, you will also define the scope of your final project in consultation with your tutor.

You will conduct your research informed design brief in the final semester with your final presentation accompanied by a comprehensive research report and poster justifying the design, research journey and outcomes. All areas of non-specialist automotive transport may be proposed for study including marine design, public transport design, rail design, motorbike design and bicycle design. Alumni of the course are now working as practicing designs working in the fields of luxury yacht design, motorbike design, automotive design and in architectural practice.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Design Innovation and Collaboration
  • Semester 2

    • Transport Design Specialism
    • Global Professional Development (Chartered Management Institute accredited)
  • Semester 3

    Final Major Project

In more detail...

  • Guest speaker programme makes use of our extensive links with specialists and current practitioners.
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for ‘Design and Crafts’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • High levels of satisfaction among postgraduate ‘Art and Design’ students – 80% overall, compared with a sector average of 76% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Specialist design studios feature drawing tables, presentation equipment, wireless internet access, supported by a dedicated print bureau for 2D outputs up to A0 size and the CSAD Art Shop.
  • Computing suites offer modelling, animation and analysis software, as well as graphic and word processing packages, including Alias, Maya, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Vector works, RAMSIS and Jack ergonomics software.

Your main study themes are:

  • Design innovation and collaboration: Creativity and innovation is fundamental to successful design. We will encourage you to adopt a holistic approach to design, encompassing user-centred thinking, technological and manufacturing concerns to develop innovative concepts that are internationally competitive, relevant and appealing. You will elaborate on design theory and processes, whilst engaging with skills in sketching, drawing and model making to generate visually articulate innovative solutions within the context of design.  

  • Transport design: We look at design problems and opportunities from a user perspective and with a consideration for a global transport design context. You will work on an individual and a group design project. The individual project is centred around developing or building upon prior specialist skills, knowledge and experience and refining them for subsequent productively managed group design activity. The group activity will be professionally focused and where possible centred around a research driven 'live brief'. Each group member will take on a specific stakeholder perspective in relation to the design process, development of design feasibility and its communication. Collaborative and team leadership skills will be an integral part of the project delivery.

  • Final major project: This is the final Master’s stage of the programme. Your project will be required to have sufficient academic content to provide an opportunity to apply many of the design techniques and knowledge acquired during the previous modules of the course. The project must be undertaken in a rigorous, methodical manner which creatively applies a critical knowledge of the subject to produce a novel, viable, desirable design solution. You will plan, develop and apply strategies and methods of data gathering, data analysis and data interpretation. Explanation of complex themes underpinning a research informed design brief will provide the starting point for the development of an innovative solution. You will be required to independently manage the design phases of the project, then professionally present your design solutions and defend your proposal during an answer and question session. The presentation will be accompanied by a comprehensive research report and accompanying poster which will present the progress of the project highlighting problems encountered, solutions considered and justification of the final design.

The course is taught over one year full-time, starting in September.

You will have a base studio with your year group colleagues, which is where you will learn through design exploration, discussion, sketching and making. There will also be a series of lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Practical group project work aims to develop your understanding and expertise, but also the essential communication skills you will need in professional practice to deal effectively with stakeholders including managers, marketers and engineers. Collaborative projects have included live projects with BMW MINI, Bugatti Trust and Ricardo. Presentations and role play will give experience of the development and interrogation situations.

Each module has an assessment requirement in the form of one or two assignments. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Some project submissions are electronic and in these cases you’ll either supply digital assignment files or upload your work onto the University server.

Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: presentations, portfolio reviews, videos, posters and research reports.


On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply creative and logical thinking processes to the business of solving design problems and develop ideas through to ‘material outcomes (in the form of design sketch and presentation drawings, models, essays and reports or other’ texts’ including visual/oral/audio presentations, and computer/video presentations).
  • Evidence analytical and critical ability in relation to design including the ability to undertake technical and visual analysis to critically assess designed objects in relation to their engineering, historical, social, ethical, political, cultural, business and environmental contexts.
  • Critique the various means by which one can represent design; select and use various 2D, 3D, and computer aided techniques appropriately to communicate design intent and detail - having gained confidence in their application.
  • Understand the processes required to practise as a professional in an industrial environment, together with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • Apply relevant engineering knowledge and understanding in design project work.
  • Generate a wide range of ideas, concepts, proposals solutions or arguments independently or collaboratively in response to set briefs or self-initiated activity
  • Practise and evaluate the processes involved in group and in independent work, including both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry and visualisation.
  • Engage in integrated design practice based on the acquisition, understanding and application of skills and working methods typically practised by transport designers. 
  • Practise collaborative and independent work to realise a resolve problems across a range of practical, creative and theoretical projects, to analyse design problems and to provide appropriate design solutions.
  • Demonstrate skills associated with professional practice; working in multi-disciplinary design and manufacture teams, time management, project management, professional level communication, self-promotion, interview technique, information gathering and use of information and communication technology as appropriate. 
  • Employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools associated with design through technical analysis, drawing, modelling and/or computer visualisation methods using skill and imagination


In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of medium group lectures and seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying and practical work in your own time.

Coventry School of Art and Design has a multinational population and you will be working alongside students all over the globe. We see this as a particular strength of the course as it enables students to work alongside students from differing cultural backgrounds and design perspectives. It gives them experience of working collaboratively and cross-culturally. The capacity to work across cultural and disciplinary boundaries is becoming an essential skill in our ever-more interconnected world.

Throughout the course, projects will be set with an international focus, enhancing your global experience and broadening your mindset. There are timetabled international study trips and opportunities for further international travel with the Global Leaders Programme (GLP) which gives students that chance to network with influential leaders and captains of industry. You may have opportunities to take part in online international learning (OIL) projects working collaboratively with students in other design institutions across international boundaries. . 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our alumni say

I certainly owe everything to the MSc and your belief in getting me to where I wanted to be. I really didn’t expect to be working on boats this size (100mtrs+) so soon/ever! It is incredible to think that it was only June last year that I first created something which vaguely resembled a boat using the Rhino software...quite a journey.

Guy Waters, MSc Design and Transport, graduated with a Distinction in 2015, now exterior designer at Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a first degree in an engineering or design discipline and an interest in a specific area of transportation design. Applicants with other backgrounds will also be given sympathetic consideration for admission.

Applicants should normally have a first degree in an engineering or design discipline and an interest in a specific area of transportation design. Applicants with other backgrounds will also be given sympathetic consideration for admission.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should normally have a first degree in an engineering or design discipline and an interest in a specific area of transportation design. Applicants with other backgrounds will also be given sympathetic consideration for admission.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

I certainly owe everything to the MSc and your belief in getting me to where I wanted to be. I really didn’t expect to be working on boats this size (100mtrs+) so soon/ever!

It is incredible to think that it was only June last year that I first created something which vaguely resembled a boat using the Rhino software... quite a journey!

Guy Waters, MSc Design and Transport, graduated with a Distinction in 2015, now exterior designer at Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,350 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our alumni say

I certainly owe everything to the MSc and your belief in getting me to where I wanted to be. I really didn’t expect to be working on boats this size (100mtrs+) so soon/ever!

It is incredible to think that it was only June last year that I first created something which vaguely resembled a boat using the Rhino software... quite a journey!

Guy Waters, MSc Design and Transport, graduated with a Distinction in 2015, now exterior designer at Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

Career prospects

Graduates of the course should be prepared for managerial and practical work in the transport manufacturing, transport service and consultancy industries.

You could go on to pursue interesting and demanding careers in automotive design, motorcycle design, yacht design, market strategy and design research worldwide.

Professional enhancement is central to our ethos which is why we encourage collaboration with industry practitioners and work on ‘live’ project briefs. In addition to this, students undertake a compulsory 10-credit module accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which provides them with an internationally recognised certificate of qualification. Upon successful completion of the final major project the students take part in a degree show.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It provides specialist careers information, advice and guidance to all our students from their first year through to final year and beyond graduation, helping them achieve their desired career outcome. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

What our alumni say

I certainly owe everything to the MSc and your belief in getting me to where I wanted to be. I really didn’t expect to be working on boats this size (100mtrs+) so soon/ever!

It is incredible to think that it was only June last year that I first created something which vaguely resembled a boat using the Rhino software... quite a journey!

Guy Waters, MSc Design and Transport, graduated with a Distinction in 2015, now exterior designer at Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.