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Product Design BSc (Hons)

We believe in teaching you to challenge ideas of functionality, aesthetics, materials, sustainability, social contexts and ethics so that you can design products that work and make a difference to society. This mindset will be put into practice with industry projects and contemporary technologies.

Creative and original design is built on the marriage of visual and technical considerations. We will teach you these skills throughout the course, developing and nurturing them through studio-based, practical problem-solving activities. Our course team are dedicated to working with you on an individual basis so that your learning experience is personalised and tailored to you.

In your final year, you will be given briefs from real international competitions, such as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Design and Art Direction (D&AD) and awards at the New Designers exhibition in London. Our students have won these prestigious accolades in recent years.

In the first year, you will be introduced to computer aided design (CAD), model making, design drawing and communication. Your learning will be consolidated by short projects that are relevant to technical, commercial or social issues.

Your second year will include professional development, through projects briefed by local, national or international companies. The projects will develop your skills and your knowledge.

During your final year, you will work on a self-focused design project and a minor design project which is usually the RSA international competition. You might even be invited to display your designs at a London exhibition.

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W240 (W241 with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time; four years full-time with Foundation Framework or with optional work placement year. Also available as part-time.

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is around 112 UCAS points, grades BCC at A Level, or DMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied an Art, Design, Design Technology, Product Design or related subject in an A-level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification. We will also accept a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto Stage Two or Three of the BSc Product Design programme.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission to the foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications, or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

English Language requirements: All international and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level. For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an international student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply - international students page.