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Bournemouth University

Product Design

UCAS Code: W240

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

104 - 112 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

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

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

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

104 - 120 tariff points from Scottish Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-120

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.

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Product design

As part of this degree you will make a fully working product prototype, which will be exhibited at our annual Festival of Design and Engineering. You will be able to use an excellent array of facilities including specialist CAD labs and our Innovation Centre. The Centre houses equipment as used by companies in the industry which you will use to create and develop your prototypes, so you’ll gain an in-depth understanding and practical experience of the production process which will be invaluable once you’re out in the workplace.

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. 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 learn how to manufacture physical models and prototypes, as well as produce industry standard computer models.

Accredited by the IED, this degree develops high calibre engineers who are able to function both as an engineer and a technology leader in sectors such as aerospace, marine, automotive, alternative energy, oil and gas, and other high-tech industries.

You can spend year 3 on a work placement, gaining a minimum of 30 weeks’ experience in a relevant industry. Our students have previously had placements with Dyson, Quadrant2Design and Rank Xerox to name but a few. This proves invaluable in helping to enhance your employment prospects. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year.

After completing their degrees our students 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. 85% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2018).

Modules

You will study a range of units including Design Projects, Materials and Technology, Design Studies, Manufacturing and Technology, Management and Commercialisation and Business Development. You'll also complete a minimum of a 30 week work placement in your third year.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Design and Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
Product design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Design occupations
17%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Engineering professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Product design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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