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Sheffield Hallam University

Product Design

UCAS Code: W240

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C or grade 4 or above GCSE Equivalencies are accepted

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points, including at least 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, one of which must be Art, Design or Graphics, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BA/BSc Product Design with Foundation Year.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Product design

- Learn the skills you need to become a product, furniture or industrial designer.

- Experience BA and BSc design projects in first year before selecting your award route.

- Work on projects with well-known companies.

- Have the opportunity to study abroad — with Erasmus funding available for European placements.

- Discover your career pathway through thematic projects that will make you work-ready, enterprising and globally engaged.

On this creative design course you learn to design consumer products or furniture-related products that are original, attractive, usable and functional. The degree is informed by professional practice and focuses on preparing you for professional employment in the creative industries. You develop knowledge, practical and technical transferable hard and soft skills which lead to careers ranging from design-maker, product designer, furniture designer, entrepreneur and technical designer.

**How you learn**

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

The first year is common to all students, from the second year you can choose to study for a BA or a BSc to reflect your chosen career path. On the BA you will learn to take creative risks and innovate manufacturable, user-centred designs. The BSc develops advanced skills in new product innovation and digital technologies.

**You learn through**

- studio-based design projects

- technical workshops

- lectures and seminars

- work placements

- live design projects (where appropriate)

- field trips

- presentations

- critique and feedback

**Modules**
The following modules are available on this course. At the end of your first year, you choose which qualification to pursue from year two.

**Year 1 (BA and BSc)**

Design Practices – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Design Principles – 60 credits, coursework 100%

**Year 2 (BA only)**

Advanced Design Principles – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Professional Design Practice (Product Design) – 60 credits, coursework 100%

**Year 2 (BSc only)**

Innovate for Industry – 80 credits, coursework 100%
Advanced Digital and Manufacturing Technologies – 40 credits, coursework 100%

**Final Year (BA only)**

Graduation Product design Portfolio – 120 credits, coursework 100%

**Final Year (BSc only)**

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You have the opportunity to arrange a placement year in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

You can work for one company for the whole placement, or for several companies to create a diverse portfolio of experiences. Previous students have secured placements with Design Futures, Morphy Richards, and Lowe Alpine, BDP Lighting, Ocee Design and Mazda Europe.

Modules

**Year one modules** • Design Principles • Design Practices

**Year two modules** • Innovate for Industry • Advanced Digital and Manufacturing Technologies

**Optional placement year** • Work Placement

**Final year modules** • New Product Development Project

Assessment methods

• Coursework

Tuition fees

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International
£13,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

85%
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
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
11%
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.

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.

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£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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