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Nottingham Trent University

Product Design

UCAS Code: H715

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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Sandwich | 2019


Product design

Focusing on the underlying technology of product design, with projects that combine both form and function, this course concentrates on the design of products for manufacturing, digital, industrial, electronics and medical applications, placing technology and scientific advancement at the core of the design process.

You'll develop your knowledge of materials, and explore new and emerging technologies, including mechanics and electronics. Through commercial projects with industry you’ll reflect, model, test, modify, develop and improve your ideas.

**Key features**

- **Professional accreditation** | Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), recognising the quality and relevancy of our course content and enabling you to become members of the IED throughout the duration of your studies and beyond.

- **Inspiring spaces** | Work with our industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model making studio, 3D printing space, design and test laboratories, electronics workshops and CAD design suites.

- **Live projects** | Work on project briefs from companies such as PepsiCo, SAPA, McGee and W'Innovate. As part of the W'Innovate project, our students' designs are on the shelves of Wilko stores nationwide.

- **Study trips** | Gain design inspiration with trips in the UK and abroad included in your course fees. Recently, students visited Rotterdam and collaborated with their counterparts from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences on project work.

- **Placement year** | Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Previously, students have spent their placements at companies such as Triumph, Diversey and Games Workshop.

- **Exhibitions and shows** | Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Show and nationally at events including New Designers in London.Competitions | Add to your CV and challenge yourself by taking part in competitions and national events. Previously, our students have participated in and won competitions including the Starpack Awards, the Engineers without Borders Challenge, and the Design in Innovation and Plastics Award.

- **Outstanding employability** | 100% of our BSc (Hons) Product Design sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of £25,800 (latest DLHE survey, 2016-17).


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 Design Technologist - You'll further your knowledge of and skills in design communication, through digital tools including 3D CAD modelling, and sketch modelling, as well as develop your skills through presenting this information in front of your tutors and peers. You'll consider the key factors related to technology-focused product design, including materials selection and manufacturing aspects integral to, and for, designers.
Applied Design Technology - This module will focus specifically on technology and its application in design, contextualising product design under technical perspectives. You'll be introduced to the basic principles and applications of technology and understand how they affect the development of products and systems. You'll consider consider services, systems design, and digital prototyping, and explore and apply these within your work. Research will inform and support this design activity.
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.
Applied Materials and Technology - You'll work on design briefs related to global perspectives and sustainability, some from industry clients, to real time deadlines. You'll be expected to realise the full format of a designer's outputs, including technical reports, technical drawings, CAD work, sketches, renderings, models, test rigs, prototypes, and simulations, to an industrial and commercially accepted standard. Your work will be underpinned by a knowledge of theoretical and practical insights, including electrical and electronic systems, mechanical systems, robotics, and programming.
Year Three: This year will be spent working in industry to gain hands-on experience and to explore career options. Recent placement opportunities have included Bosch, Nestle, Solid Solutions, and Games Workshop. The majority of these roles come with a salary which sees some students earning up to £16,000 for their year. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.
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.

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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.

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