Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

W241

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Our graduates have shown that there is a wealth of career opportunities available to product designers. Sam Johnson landed a dream job at Lego, and is now an established designer. Every year we select graduates to showcase their work at the New Designers exhibition which is a great opportunity to network and make vital industry contacts.

Product Design at Derby is aimed at creative people who may have studied Art and Design or Design Technology at school or developed a passion for the subject since leaving formal education. We will help you to build on your creativity and develop an understanding of the reality of design for manufacture, because we teach in small groups we can help you to develop your potential as an individual and support your personal enthusiasm for design.

This course has its emphasis on industrial design and the relationship between people and products. This is an exciting subject area - it's where art meets science in the quest to make better, more attractive products that people want.

You'll focus developing your creativity and practical skills that employers tell us they want from graduates:

Students graduating from either our BA (Hons) Product Design or BSc Product Design will be recognised as a ‌Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) by the IED. Product Designers having achieved an RProdDes accredited first degree, now have a pathway to Chartership.

By taking optional modules at stages 2 and 3 you can specialise in furniture design or eco-design and other modules to develop your design skills with emphasis on your own personal journey towards a career in design. Our students and graduates are now regularly winning national prizes.

You'll study at Markeaton Street and you'll work in studios and workshops, running alongside advanced computer based systems, to develop the traditional design skills and creative processes that employers say are relevant in a modern design environment.

Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

The programme leader for BA (Hons) Product Design, Terry Watson, contributed to an article in The Independent exploring the benefits of a degree in product design. You can read the article, including his advice for applicants, here

 

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Making it: Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Product Design Studies
  • Innovation
  • Computer Aided Product Design
  • Design Evaluation
  • Context: Being a Product Designer
  • Design Project Concept
  • Innovation Applications and Personal Development Planning
  • Design Project Development
  • Design Context
  • Industrial Design
  • Eco Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Major Project Research
  • Major Project (double module)
  • Advanced Industrial Design
  • Design Management and Personal Development Planning
  • Advanced Eco Design
  • Advanced Furniture Design

We are currently working on minor modifications that will result in changes to stage 2 modules but they are yet to be approved.

How you will learn

Your lecturers have real world experience as designers working for manufacturing companies and as consultants, so you'll benefit from their expertise. You'll learn through practical studio-based project work with formal lectures, seminars and debates to give you a good theoretical knowledge. You'll put your learning into context through iindustry learning opportunities, live project work, competitions, teamwork, cultural field study visits and visiting speakers.

How you are assessed

Assessment is 100% coursework, using a range of mainly project-based outcomes.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
Portfolio

Yes - please see below

Selection is based on a portfolio interview, after which you may be required to complete a Foundation Diploma or Year Zero before progressing to the degree course

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

You can go on an optional work placement between stages two and three, which is a fantastic opportunity to gain some real experience of working in the industry. You'll also gain an additional qualification - the Diploma in Professional Practice. Find out more about placements

Our graduates have shown that there is a wealth of career opportunities available to product designers, in the UK and abroad.  This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to start your career, both in the product design profession and in related areas.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Terry Watson (Programme Leader)  E: T.Watson@derby.ac.uk Tel: 01332 593140
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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