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Glasgow School of Art

Product Design

UCAS Code: HW72

Bachelor of Design (with Honours) - BDes (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

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

PPP

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B-A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

114-128

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24%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Design

Design and the role of the designer are changing. Designers now must apply their creative skills within new industries and social practices that are continuously emerging. The focus is no longer just on the solving of existing problems or the refinement of solutions – but reimagining experience and finding ways to make this tangible.

Product Design at The Glasgow School of Art is a degree with a long heritage, but possessing a future focused perspective on the discipline. Our notion of what a product is challenges tradition, encompassing everything from physical artifacts, to services and interactions, but with an emphasis upon creating tangible experiences. We aim to produce graduates who are able to apply their skills in response to diverse and evolving contexts, and can act as the creative and strategic link between technology and society.

Our students are encouraged to explore complex social, ethical and environmental issues as subject matter for design. They are asked to engage with and understand the people who will use and be affected by their designs, and learn to apply research methods and analytical skills from the Social Sciences in order to do so. Furthermore, our students are taught to be explorative and to learn to think through making, resulting in designers who are both critical and creative thinkers.

With designers operating in an increasingly global context we also believe international experience is an important aspect of design education. Product Design students at GSA have the option of taking part in the Masters of European Design (MEDes) programme, which is unique in the UK. This five year Masters was conceived and developed at the GSA, in partnership with six other leading design universities across Europe, and it allows our students to do year-long exchanges at two different partner schools. Additionally, our students on the B.Des (Hons) degree have access to a global network of Universities and Design Colleges for exchanges and placements in schools across Europe, Japan, India, North America and Australia.

The programme content, both at the GSA and its partner institutions, is delivered primarily within the design studio. This approach creates a socially interactive, yet individually driven, working practice, with teamwork & shared experience core to our philosophy. The small size of each year-group, typically 30-35 students, coupled with close & frequent contact with the tutors, creates an informal yet highly effective student-led learning environment.

In addition to design studio practice, our students also acquire knowledge of a foreign language and a grounding in the theories and methods of the social sciences.

Our staff have skills and expertise in various disciplines such as product design, service design, interaction design, social innovation, participatory design, environmental design, engineering, social sciences, design ethnography, experiential design, biomedical science and bioethics.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£18,840
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Garnethill Campus

Department:

Innovation School

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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.

70%
low
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

44%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
B

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

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.

£11k

£11k

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

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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