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University of Plymouth

Product and Furniture Design

UCAS Code: W243

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Ceramics

Design

Product design

Furniture design and making

Crafts

Do you want to design objects and experiences that transform people’s lives and steer the world towards a more desirable and sustainable future?

Set within our interdisciplinary design studio, our Product and Furniture Design course is taught in parallel with our Interior Design course. Specialist pathways enable our award-winning students to explore a range of three-dimensional design practices. On this course you will develop the skills, knowledge and portfolio to become either a specialist Product Designer, or a Designer Maker, or combine specialisms to become a 3D Designer.

Over 3 years you will have the chance to visit leading design studios, to participate in European design culture trips and to study abroad through the University’s exchange programme. You will work on live projects with real world design briefs. You will get the inside track on career opportunities through our links with industry experts such as Lego, Dyson and Heatherwick Studio. You will have opportunities for work experience placements lasting from three months up to a year.

Our course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers. Our Designer Maker discipline is also sponsored by the Furniture Makers Company.
• Experience a range of three-dimensional design disciplines to make informed choices about the area of specialism that’s right for you. Explore the design of
products, furniture, ceramics, lighting and interiors.
• Excellent workshop facilities staffed by approachable technicians. Take advantage of wood, metal and ceramics workshops, engage with print and textile studios.
Combine conventional making processes and equipment with pioneering digital manufacturing technologies.
• Your own desk space in a vibrant interdisciplinary studio that’s open until midnight, with computer-aided design (CAD) stations and access to virtual and
augmented design technologies.
• Learn in small groups and through one-to-one tutorials, we have no imposed ‘house style’, so you develop your own unique design identity and voice.
• Exclusive talks and insights from creative professionals from the UK’s leading design companies like Ideo, Tangerine, Pinch, Tom Raffield and Sebastian Cox.
• Build an industry relevant portfolio with fresh projects starting every five or six weeks. Your assessments are 100 per cent coursework – so there are no exams.
• Join our community of current and past students, many of whom are winning world-class design competitions.

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 design practices, setting up design consultancies and working as designer makers. Many progress onto postgraduate study.

Modules

Year 1: Core Skills
In your first year, you’ll explore our three related disciplines: Designer Maker, Product Designer and Interior Designer. You’ll learn core skills and design principles through practical design projects, developing individual and team working skills. You’ll explore the opportunities afforded by design practice and experience links with art, expression, culture, materials, processes and markets.
Year 2: Exploration
In your second year, you’ll select your area of specialisation within our disciplines and develop your creative identity. You’ll establish your skills as a designer, exploring methods, ideas and themes with opportunities to create products, furniture and ceramics. You can opt to join work experience and exchange programmes. You will learn how to exhibit your work and build a portfolio of special interests, becoming proficient in design processes, CAD and communication methods.
Year 3: Consolidation
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 to manage your own projects. You will exhibit your work at our Graduate Show and national events such as New Designers, to launch your career in the design industry or prepare for post graduate study.
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.

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
Ceramics
83%
high
Design
83%
high
Product design
83%
high
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

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

Creative arts and design

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£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?

Very few students study this subject, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish. Some graduates may have had other careers and are following a passion for ceramics and glassware. It's worth speaking to tutors on open days about what their graduates typically go on to do after their degree.

Others in creative arts and design

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Design occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Not many people take this subject, but those that do tend to go into design or craft roles, particularly in the jewellery industry. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once. As a result, graduates are based all over the country.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Ceramics

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.

Crafts

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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