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BA (Hons) Industrial Design

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Fusing the latest visualisation technology with art and design, this career-driven degree equips you with the specialised knowledge and skills needed to become a flexible designer, able to apply yourself to a multitude of design roles and design ground-breaking products.  

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), and meeting the requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes), this course fully encourages you to be imaginative and adventurous, and places an emphasis on user-centred design issues, aesthetics, ergonomics, interaction design, commercial design, as well as design for industrial manufacture and production.

You’ll be taught by industry-savvy practitioners, expert academics and a host of fascinating guest speakers in state-of-the-art facilities, using everything from freehand sketching tools through to digital media and computer design visualisation software.

Boasting exceptionally high student satisfaction rates, this inspirational degree covers a comprehensive curriculum, from contextual design to business development. The entire design process from idea generation through to production is covered. What’s more, we also include a 30-week work placement to enhance your industry experience and career prospects, and as part of your final year, you'll create a project for the Festival of Design & Engineering, which is visited by members of the design industry and the public, with stand-out student entries selected for display at New Designers in London.

This course is unique in the UK, offering anyone with a flair for art and an interest in practical design the chance to understand the psychology of the user. 100% of our final year students agree our staff have made the subject interesting. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Accreditations:

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) This degree has been accredited as fulfilling the requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes)

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Industrial Design Projects 1: A series of design projects for you to apply creative design methods to industrial design. You'll develop your own design process through conceptual and detail design, and present this through a range of design media. This includes freehand sketching and rendering to CAD modelling and visualisation.

  • Materials & Processing: Learn about important properties of metals, plastics, ceramics and composites and why and how they're picked for product design. Energy and other environmental issues of materials and their processing is also covered.

  • Design Media: Present two and three dimension drawings, renderings and designs using manual and computer visualisation techniques. You'll learn how to professionally present your design media in an industrial situation.

  • User Centred Design: The psychology and physiology of your design users. By considering user capabilities and limitations, and likes and dislikes, you can make your designs more usable and pleasurable.

  • Contextual Design: How design history, culture, environment and social issues influence the modern designer. Combined with knowledge of future trends in technology, innovation, art and fashion, You'll use ideas to produce good design. You'll present your views through a personal development portfolio that uses new media.

Year 2

Core units

  • Industrial Design Projects 2: Another series of design projects for you to develop creativity and a professional approach to industrial design. You'll make design specifications for industrial production, and present this through a range of CAD tools and digital media.

  • Manufacturing & Production: You'll learn about modern manufacturing processes for competitive product development.

  • Industrial Design Tools: Learn about applied 3-D modelling techniques to support your design visualisation, realisation and presentation. You'll learn to support your design process by using computer, physical modelling and presentation skills, and colour, texture and light using computer and manual techniques.

  • Management & Commercialisation for Technical Projects: An introduction to business and management. You'll learn to identify and use a company's strengths and evaluate opportunities for competitive products. There will be a focus on consumer marketing, decision making, intellectual property rights, product liability and financial and management accounting.

  • Interaction Design: Design for the aesthetic aspirations and ergonomic needs of people. You'll use semiotic methods to identify and create aesthetic images and styles. You'll use ergonomic methods for a range of designs and evaluate from an ergonomic viewpoint.

Year 3

You may choose to complete an optional 30-week minimum work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (Final Year)

Core units

  • Industrial Design Projects 3: You'll manage an entire industrial design project through specification, conceptual and detail design and present this through CAD visualisation and digital media. You'll design for the needs of people, industry and society.

  • Business Development: The importance of strategic management in the business development process. You'll raise your entrepreneurial spirit and business decision-making. This will enhance your capacity to recognise and capitalise on competitive and innovative opportunities in a changing business environment.

  • Industrial Design Studies: Learn to identify and evaluate human needs in industrial design. You'll be imaginative and realistic when making identities for practical items for everyday use, and justify and criticise a product's human attributes and spatial design.

  • Visual Concept Communication: You'll produce an interactive digital model using advanced surface modelling and techniques such as photorealistic rendering, real time visualization and 3D animation, creating an immersive experience.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

You will spend a large proportion of your time independently developing their CAD skills to give you the ability to visualise your creative design concepts. The ability to produce photorealistic renderings of a design is a key employability skill.

Year 1 – 23% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 272 hours
  • Independent learning: 928 hours

Year 2 – 23% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 274 hours
  • Independent learning: 926 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 15 hours

Year 3 - Placement year

Year 4 - 25% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 276.5 hours
  • Independent learning: 923.5 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 0.5 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 79% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Industrial Design.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career so we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation.

During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 30 weeks.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Walt Disney
  • Princess yachts
  • Ben Sherman
  • JC Decaux
  • Owen Mumford Ltd.

Ross Pike - whose placement year was at Disney - tells us about his graduate job: Ross's story

Your application

Background and experience

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications – and you may also be invited to attend an interview. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Interview 

Find out more about what to expect at an interview, including where the interviews are held. You will need to bring a portfolio of your work to support your application.

The dates of interview sessions will be available through myHub. You will receive details of how to access myHub once you have applied to BU.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-Level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry team to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry team – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 112 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points).
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104-112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires 112 tariff points.
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28-31 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 104-112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

Careers

Design is all around us and permeates every aspect of our lives. This course will give you the skills you require to design products, packaging, interiors and much more, allowing you to make your mark on the world around us. The broad range of skills and knowledge of the design industry that you develop, coupled with your practical experience from your placement, make you really stand out to employers.

Among the companies that former graduates are working for are Cinimod, Dura Ltd, Apple Solar Energy, Kitchen Culture, Hulsta Furniture, Smart Cookie and White Goods Lighting to name just a few. 90% of our graduates are in work or further study, earning an average salary of £22,000 a year within six months of completing their course, taking on jobs such as:

  • Designer
  • Photographer
  • Project manager
  • Graphic designer
  • Project design engineer. 
Ross Pike, BU alumni

“Industrial Design is great for creative designers who want to develop skills which are very applicable to industry. Because BU is very industry focused, most students leave with a clear career goal in mind and know how they want to get there.”

Ross Pike, BA (Hons) Industrial Design graduate and Design Manager at Quadrant2Design – read Ross’ story

Industries worked in

  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Commerce
  • Marketing
  • Industrial design.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • A2-A0 Plots for CAD coursework

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Student section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you  may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Meet our Staff

Franziska Conrad designed the QuickPitch pop-up tent when she was a student here at BU.

Dr Bryce Dyer created a new limb for athlete Colin Lynch, which will be used as he represents his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Associate Professor Dr Tania Humphries-Smith is the current Chair of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), the UK’s only professional body representing those working in the many fields of engineering and product design. The IED accredit this course.

Course changes

The table below indicates any changes to the course content.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
15/11/17

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790
06/09/2017

Changes to GCSE 2018 entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including a Science or Physical Education, English and Maths or equivalent qualifications

2018 Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

10/8/2016

Changes to unit titles:

Year 1 Design Methods & Projects to Industrial Design Projects 1

Year 2 Design Projects to Industrial Design Projects 2

Final year: Final Design Project to Industrial Design Projects 3

Course details content

Year 1 Design Methods & Projects

Year 2 Design Projects

Final year: Final Design Project

14/12/16

Change to Year 2 unit title:

Industrial Design Tools

Course details content

Visualisation Tools
15/02/17 Removal of requried subjects for 2018 Key Information

For 2018 entry at least one of: Design, Technology, Art, Graphics, Psychology, Business Studies, Media Studies

What our students say

Scott Wilson

ID offers the perfect way to achieve the best design solution, encouraging exploration and creative thinking whilst staying grounded in the real world.

Hear from our staff

Theo Roe

The BU Industrial Designer has an aesthetic sensibility adapted for working with product and engineering design. We are part of the team who support manufacturing in creating the forms of tomorrow.

What our graduates think

Jim Dow

My lecturers helped me develop as a designer and encouraged me to push boundaries. I am now working for a lighting design practice using skills I gained at BU.

Facilities & opportunities

festival of design

Design & Engineering Festival

This showcase for the Faculty of Science & Technology provides a window into final-year students’ product design, engineering and creative technology innovations.
Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre

Learn about our Innovation Centre, where students craft their prototype products using a range of tools and equipment.

Additional information

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Fees and funding

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Purbeck House common room

International students

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