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Nottingham Trent University

Furniture and Product Design

UCAS Code: W242

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

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

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UCAS Tariff

112
71%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Furniture design and making

Furniture and Product Designers produce innovative items for the consumer market, from commercial and domestic furnishings to interiors and household goods. The hallmark of a successful designer is to push the boundaries of what's possible, and to produce work that is at once innovative, functional and responsible, whilst considering the needs of the end user.

We take a user-centred approach to the course, encouraging you to develop your own individual style, vision and philosophy. Learning about the principles of effective design, you'll develop your communication skills through drawing, model making, computer aided design (CAD), prototyping scale and full-size realisations of your designs, working on a range of diverse and challenging design projects.

**Key features**

- **Professional accreditation** | Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content. It also means you can become a student member of the CSD for free whilst studying.

- **Inspiring spaces** | Work with our industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model making studio, 3D printing space and wood, metal and concrete workshops.

- **Live projects** | Work on project briefs from companies such as John Lewis, Umbra, Isokon, QFC, Morgan Contract Furniture and DFS.

- **Study trips** | Gain design inspiration with trips in the UK and abroad included in your course fees. Recently, students visited the Maison&Objet design fair in Paris and the Vitra Design Museum in Mullhouse.

- **Study abroad** | You'll have the opportunity to undertake a European Project Semester during your third year with one of our partner universities. This option allows you to spend half a year studying abroad, and the other half gaining work experience on placement. We've got links with Universities in Spain, France, Austria, The Netherlands and Germany.

- **Exhibitions and shows** | Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Show and nationally at events including New Designers in London.

- **Outstanding employability** | 100% of our BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (latest DLHE survey, 2016-2017).

Modules

All modules are core. Year One: Design Fundamentals - This module provides the fundamental skills and knowledge that you'll need as design professionals. This module is largely based on individual design project activity, with some elements of collaborative work with other students. It contains three elements: design projects, design communication, and design process and practice. The Developing Furniture and Product Designer - You'll explore the importance of the commercial context of design, users and markets, which are integral to, and for, designers. You'll examine aspects related to design for the future to widen your understanding of contemporary issues that influence culture and society and their relationship with design. Applied Product Design Practice - This module focuses specifically on context and identity of design, and how to apply these alongside design processes and relevant design methodologies that are attributed to the creative perspective of product design.
Year Two:
Professional Practice - This module is designed to prepare you, as a designer, for industry. The module is broken down into three elements: professional projects, professional context, and professional communications. By the end of the module you'll have developed a professional portfolio and CV that represents your design capability and awareness.
Furniture and Product Design: Context and Identity - You'll work on design briefs and live projects to understand the relationships between the designer, clients, and users, focusing on user centred design, ergonomics, digital design, and changing culture and commercial markets.
Final Year:
Design in Practice - Within this module you’ll complete a minor project and major project. You'll develop the application of your skills, knowledge and understanding of design methodologies to the creative realisation of products, and develop an understanding your own practice in a professional context. Design in Context - This module gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of your personal interest and choice. It challenges you to source and research information, be critical and reflective, and present findings on a range of topical, relevant subjects of significance. You'll either do this through a dissertation, or a critically reflective thesis. Exhibiting as part of the Degree Shows - In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows.

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
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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.

79%
med
Furniture design and making

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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

88%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Design occupations
22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
5%
Customer service 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.

Furniture design and making

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

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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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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