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BSc (Hons) Product Design

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  • UCAS Code:
    H101
  • 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.

Your design skills will be developed with the support of dedicated, highly qualified and experienced academics, technicians and demonstrators. The course is equipped with excellent facilities including a specialist CAD laboratory and our manufacturing design centre.

During the course you'll learn how to manufacture physical models and prototypes, as well as produce industry standard computer models. Throughout the course you will learn to develop your creativity and innovation to solve design problems, and learn how to address the functional, social and economic needs of your design. 

You will spend your 3rd year on a work placement, gaining at least 30 weeks experience in a relevant industry. Following your placement year you will be able to choose between following  either a BA (Hons) Product Design or the BSc (Hons) option, which focuses on the technological aspect of design. The BA (Hons) option focuses on the aesthetic and contextual issues relating to Product Design. We also offer an Integrated Master's award of Master of Design (MDes) Product Design.

According to Unistats, 100% of our students said that this course is intellectually stimulating. 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 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, September 2019

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).MDes Product Design accredited as fulfilling requirements for Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD).BA/BSc Product Design accredited as fulfilling requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes)

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. For more information check out our 2018 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 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. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 83% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.8mb)

Placements

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.

Your placement will provide an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience which will support you when making decisions about your career, as well as enhancing future employment prospects.

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

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.

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.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. We think our graduates are incredibly successful, as DLHE statistics show over 90% are in work or further study within six months of graduating.

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; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the design and engineering sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course.

Course changes

What our students say

Graham Friend

One particularly special and fairly unique trait at BU is that students are required to make a fully working prototype themselves.

What our students say

Sophia Anoa

The knowledgeable staff and holistic approach to the industry really appealed to me. I love the variety on my course – I’ve covered everything from model making to business studies.

What employers think

Anglepoise

Every year we’ve taken on a placement student and it works very well for us, gives us a different perspective and supports our technical and design capabilities.