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BA (Hons) Industrial Design

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Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
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Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2019.

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.

All statistics shown throughout this page 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


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


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


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

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

Open 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. Alternatively, complete our form and we’ll give you a call back. 

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.

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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.

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.  As an indication, 79% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.9mb)


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.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

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.

How to apply

Entry requirements


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. According to Unistats, 90% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing the course, earning an average salary of £22,000 a year.

Festival of Design & Engineering

Our annual Festival of Design & Engineering is where our final year Design and Engineering students exhibit their prototypes and projects. This is one of BU’s longest-running events, giving the public and potential employers an insight into how our students’ work might make a difference in the future.

Many of their projects are a direct result of industry collaboration – offering a solution to a real-life problem, and resulting from practical issues experienced during placement years.

Find out more about the Festival of Design & EngineeringBook tickets for the Festival of Design & Engineering

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

You can visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Department of Design & Engineering staff, or register for an Open Day to meet us.

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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.

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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.