Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W293
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Design anything from the next awe-inspiring sports car to an eco-friendly bus, or from a compact city car to a cutting-edge mountain bike.

Study Transport Design with us and you’ll work on live projects with designers from industry – all to give you a real-world understanding of the challenges and practicalities associated with generating successful designs.

Add consultancy visits to London and New York and, whether you plan to work in the automotive or transport industry, or as an independent consultant, we’ll provide ample opportunities for you to acquire the skills necessary for success.

Our lecturers have a wide range of industry experience and we currently have an Associate Lecturer from Bentley in the studio every week.

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

Course content

Working in small class sizes, and from your own workspace in our friendly studio, you’ll benefit from lots of one-to-one contact. You’ll learn a range of transferable skills that can be applied to land, sea and air transport, and you’ll have access to excellent 3D and computer aided design (CAD) workshops.

The latest software, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment will be at your disposal, as will our wood, metals and plastics facilities. You’ll also get to use our Wacom Cintiq tablets for digital sketching and Photoshop work.

Our studio environment has been created to reflect industry practice. Here, you’ll develop your skills through structured and practical design projects that involve idea generation, drawing, rendering, clay modelling and Alias and Photoshop software. We run visits in the UK and abroad and you’ll also get the opportunity to complete work placements and enter national design competitions. You can also exhibit your work to the general public and potential employers at our end-of-year show and the New Designers show in London.

We arrange Live Projects with companies such as: JCB, Halfords, Scalextric and Bombardier, the world’s leading manufacturer of planes and trains. Our students take part in a number of International Design Competitions and in January 2017 we won both 1st and 2nd place at the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition.

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
Automotive Visualisation Compulsory
Core Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Design Concepts Compulsory
Automotive Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Ergonomics and Design Compulsory
Advanced Automotive Visualisation Compulsory
Automotive Skills 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.