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University of Plymouth

3D Design

UCAS Code: W241

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

Entry requirements


96-120 points including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Preferably Art and Design or Combined) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-28

English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

96-120 points, English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

MMM-DDM

Any subject, but preferably Art & Design.

Considered in combination

120 tariff points to include 2 Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Product design

Do you want to design objects and experiences that can transform people and businesses? From unique products and furniture design, to skilled hand-crafting and impressive spaces, the UK leads the world in creative industries. Our award-winning course explores all aspects of 3D design and offers you three specialist pathways to help you steer the world towards a more desirable, safer and sustainable future.

During the course, you will participate in free culture trips to Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin and take the opportunity to study abroad on exchanges in Japan, USA, India, Italy, or Romania. You will also get the inside track on career opportunities through our links with industry experts such as Lego, IBM and Zoeftig. You’ll have opportunities for work experience placements lasting from three months up to a year.

* Take advantage of the unique freedom you’ll have throughout the course to work across the disciplines of 3D design: product, furniture, ceramics and interiors. The product designer discipline is an industry accredited course – one of only two in the country.

* Engage with real clients from your personal desk space, in a vibrant open plan studio that’s open until midnight with computer-aided design (CAD) stations and student-run 3D printers.

* Take advantage of our excellent facilities staffed by approachable technicians. Our facilities include Computer Numerical Control (CNC), steam bending wood workshop and digital making including a ceramics 3D printer.

* Participate in free culture trips to Milan, Barcelona, Amsterdam or Berlin and take the opportunity to study abroad on exchanges in Japan, USA, India or Italy.

* With strong and supportive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials, but no imposed ‘house style’, you’ll develop your own unique identity.

* You’ll build up a large portfolio, as fresh projects start every six weeks, and your assessments are 100 per cent coursework – so no exams.

* Join our community of current and past students who have won numerous world-class design competitions.

* Get the inside track on career opportunities through our links with industry experts such as Lego, IBM and Zoeftig. You’ll have opportunities for work experience placements lasting from three months up to a year.

* Access exclusive talks and insights from top creative professionals including Foster & Partners, Dyson and Heatherwick Studio.

* Students consistently receive awards from prestigious competitions such as the Royal Society of Arts’ Student Design Awards.

* 3D Design: Product Designer is one of only three degrees with accreditation from the Chartered Society of Designers.

More about the course:

Completing this course enables you to progress onto the MA Design programme with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by the programme’s progression agreement.

After the course:

Plymouth graduates are skilled, responsible, knowledgeable, articulate and able to make the most of today’s job opportunities. They are working in major practices, setting up design consultancies and working as designer makers. Many progress onto postgraduate study.

Modules

Year 1:

In your first year, you’ll explore all three of our related disciplines: Designer Maker, Product Designer and Spatial and Interior Designer. You’ll learn how to design, expand your knowledge and skills in practical design projects, and develop teamwork and project skills across various disciplines. You’ll also explore the limits of design practices and experience links with art and expression, comprising culture, materials, process and market.

Year 2:

In your second year, you’ll develop your creative identity and select your own specialisation within the three disciplines. You’ll establish your skills as a designer, exploring methods, ideas and themes, and can choose to go on exchange programmes in Europe and Asia. You will set up your own exhibitions and build a portfolio of special interests, becoming proficient in design processes, CAD and communication methods.

Final Year:

In your final year, you’ll engage in real world projects and can enter international competitions. You’ll work on your major project and dissertation with a focus on negotiated, self-directed study and managing your own projects. You will exhibit your work at our Degree Show and national events such as New Designers, taking advantage of our links with art and design institutions and the craft and design industry across Europe.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

100% of assessment is by coursework.

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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.

83%
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
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
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

89%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Design occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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