Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W240
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Innovative and creative, this course will encourage you to push the boundaries of art and science to create products that are unique, attractive and functional.

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

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.

Video: Class of 2017 Photoshoot

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Course Introduction Compulsory
Core Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Design Insight Compulsory
Digital Design Project Compulsory
Core Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Design Concepts Compulsory
Design in Business Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Design Realisation Compulsory
Ergonomics and Design Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Project Compulsory
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment Compulsory
External Brief Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Project Compulsory
Design Futures for Product and Transport Design Compulsory
External Brief Compulsory

Teaching 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.