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BA (Hons) Product Design

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  • UCAS Code:
    W240
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

This well-established and cutting-edge course will give you the skills and guidance you need to develop successful commercial products. You’ll be encouraged to take a creative and innovative approach to problem-solving, while also addressing the functional, social and economic needs of your design. 

During your time studying on this degree you’ll learn all the practical skills necessary to work in the sector as well as examining the theory behind product design, so that when you graduate you'll have a balanced view of the product development process to complement your practical experience.

You can spend year 3 on a work placement, gaining a minimum of 30 weeks’ experience in a relevant industry. Following your placement year you will be able to choose between following either a BA (Hons) or a BSc (Hons) Product Design award title. The BSc (Hons) option focuses on the technological aspect of design, whereas the BA (Hons) option focuses on the aesthetic and contextual issues relating to Product Design. You could also choose to extend your undergraduate study for the award of Master of Design (MDes) Product Design.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

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

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

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 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.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 673kb)

Placements

A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience.

You can read about BU graduate Elliot Arnold, who designed the exhibition stands used at the launch of the new £5 note at Blenheim Palace. 

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

Careers

This course combines practical skills, academic knowledge and excellent work experience to give you a head start once you begin your job search. Learning about the practicalities involved with making actual products will give you a true overview of the production process, preparing you for work at every level from designer through to production manager.

85% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating. They have been employed by a range of organisations, including AnglePoise, Atlas Furniture, Campbell Reith, Craftwood Interiors, Dyson, HM Forces, GSPK Design Ltd, Jonathan Coles Lighting, Lancome, Lush Retail Ltd, MDM Props, Princess Motor Yacht Company, Quadrant2Design, among many others.

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 year. 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 expertise of other members of the Department of Design & Engineering, and register now to come along and meet some of them.

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes