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Product Design

BA (Hons)

90% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

Top 10

Guardian University Guide 2019 (#7)

100% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2018

UCAS code:
W240
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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Innovative and creative, this course will encourage you to create products that focus on the user experience, and explore opportunities for new technology and smart materials.

If you want a career designing anything from toys, lighting and furniture, to household goods and consumer technology, a degree in Product Design could open up a whole world of career opportunities.

The course is designed to mirror industry practice with students working alongside companies on live projects, often resulting in placement opportunities. Our students have worked with companies such as JCB, Halfords and Evoke Creative, whose client list includes McDonalds, Google and JD Sports.

Our teaching staff are highly experienced and our students also benefit from weekly visits by associate lecturers. They share their inside knowledge of working as designers in what is an ever changing industry.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product Design

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product Design

Course content

We’ll help you to think like a designer, and teach you the fundamentals of product design. You’ll be introduced to core skills through structured and practical design projects, involving idea generation, drawing and rendering, model-making and CAD work. You’ll also cover concept generation, ergonomics and usability and materials and manufacture.

As the course progresses, you’ll cover more advanced CAD projects and the role of Rapid Prototyping. You can also work on collaborative projects with Transport Design.

In your final year, you’ll complete a major design project. You’ll also have the chance to exhibit your work to the general public and potential employers at our end of year show and the New Designers Show in London.

You’ll work in a studio environment designed to reflect industry practice with access to excellent 3D and computer-aided design (CAD) workshops. You’ll use the latest software, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment, alongside wood, metals and plastics facilities, as well as having full use of our Wacom Cintiq tablets for digital sketching and Photoshop work.

We’ll help you to think like a designer, and teach you the fundamentals of product design. You’ll be introduced to core skills through structured and practical design projects, involving idea generation, drawing and rendering, model-making and CAD work. You’ll also cover concept generation, ergonomics and usability and materials and manufacture.

As the course progresses, you’ll cover more advanced CAD projects and the role of Rapid Prototyping. You can also work on collaborative projects with Transport Design.

In your final year, you’ll complete a major design project. You’ll also have the chance to exhibit your work to the general public and potential employers at our end of year show and the New Designers Show in London.

You’ll work in a studio environment designed to reflect industry practice with access to excellent 3D and computer-aided design (CAD) workshops. You’ll use the latest software, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment, alongside wood, metals and plastics facilities, as well as having full use of our Wacom Cintiq tablets for digital sketching and Photoshop work.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) the professional body for design with free student membership and leading to Associate Membership (Assoc. CSD).

Chartered Society of Designers logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) the professional body for design with free student membership and leading to Associate Membership (Assoc. CSD).

Chartered Society of Designers logo

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Course Introduction
Design Insight
Core Skills
Product Visualisation
Year 2 compulsory modules
Design Concepts
UX & VR
Design in Business
Inclusive Design and Ergonomics
Year 3 compulsory modules
Major Project
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment
Design Futures for Product and Transport Design
External Brief

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM 
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

 All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM 
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

 All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

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Careers

Graduates from our Product Design degree are highly sought after, securing careers worldwide. They design everything from gym equipment to furniture, toys to lighting. They work for companies including New Balance, Scott Sports, Evoke Interactive, Ford, Pulse Fitness, Debenhams and Collcap Packaging. Some graduates are also running their own businesses, teaching, and studying at postgraduate level.

Teaching

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Assessment

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dan Lewis
Dan LewisCourse Leader

Dan has years of industry experience working with some of the UK’s largest retailers developing products for market and has travelled extensively across Europe and the Far East to work with suppliers on his designs.

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For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
9 September 2019

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