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    Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, there will be a growing number of high profile design opportunities for Industrial Design Masters at a strategic level.

    The MDes Industrial Design programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for – and practice transformative approaches towards – design solutions, including products, interaction design and environment systems

    During the programme, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills whilst broadening your design practice experience through individual research projects and final prototype development work for exhibition and manufacture.


    • Benefit from the Department of Industrial Design’s strong links with international Design studios and manufacturing companies, giving you opportunities for internships and first design commissions.
    • Enjoy a broad creative programme with a wide range of design specialties and representations, depending on your interests and career ambitions
    • Take advantage of Design competitions, study visits to Europe and collaborative Design projects with industry
    • Earn a prestigious Masters Degree as a competitive step towards becoming a fully qualified designer in international studios.

    • START DATE September 2023
    • ATTENDANCEFull time
    • DURATION18 months
    • LOCATIONSuzhou
    • SCHOOLDesign School

    Knowledge and skills

    By the time you graduate from the MDes Industrial Design, you will have:

    • an original creative approach with the ability to develop and explore new design ideas and applications
    • undertaken a final major design project to prepare you for a responsible design studio role within industry, or a project with an academic structure to prepare for doctoral study.
    • strong critical, creative thinking, creative and communication skills.
    Our students become creative, independent, and innovative designers, equipped with specialist knowledge to engage with real-world scenarios set within the growing need for Sustainable Development. Uniquely situated within China, The Master of Industrial Design at XJTLU supports you to become visionary leaders in both research and industry.
    Martijn Rigters
    Programme director


    • Core modules

    The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. You may also be provided with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Depending on the programme, field trips and company visits may be organized, and invited talks may be given by the industrial experts and professionals. Such activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall employability.

    Industrial Design at XJTLU is an interdisciplinary course. There is a lot of opportunity to explore and try out different things. You learn to view all issues from many perspectives and become a creative problem solver. In my opinion, this is one of the most important skills you can learn at university for a successful career.
    Eva Carocci
    Student, MDes Industrial Design


    Graduates from this programme are well prepared for careers as design practitioners and design managers. The programme also offers a solid foundation for graduates wishing to pursue further study in a design-related PhD.

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