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University of Central Lancashire

Product Design

UCAS Code: W241

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

Entry requirements


112 UCAS points at A2

112 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects

112 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D*

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

112

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

69%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Product design

Product Design is all about the process involved in taking a product that we may use in everyday life from concept to design to the market place. Our degree helps you think of ways to make this process easier, faster and cheaper. You will explore problem-solving skills and the impact of material selection and the manufacturing processes. This means you will develop as an effective and successful product designer, assisted by working from live design briefs with real deadlines in a well-equipped and stimulating environment.

The course has strong and growing links with industry and 'live' project work is embedded within the course structure. You will be given the opportunity to work with clients and designers throughout the course.

Alternatively, competitions might be used as a vehicle to drive a creative activity. The course has worked with regional, national and international brands. Some recent work has been with Kenwood, Dyson, Samsonite, Hasbro, LG Electronics and Martin Yaffe Toys. Final year BA (Hons) Product Design student Matthew Bland won the ‘2011 Super Yacht Design Competition’ and followed this with a creditable fourth place at the ‘Abitare la Barca Concept Award’ competition in Italy.

You will graduate with a wide range of transferable skills. Our graduates are working in a wide variety of roles including design manager, multi-media developer, design engineer or graphic designer. For example:
•Luke Miles is head of design at Virgin Atlantic
•Alpesh Patel is a design manager with Disney
•Richard Preston is a multimedia developer; Mike Jones is head of design
•Ryan Lemons is a head of department/lead teacher
•Kate Evans, Joe Staniforth and Nichola Sheargold are design engineers at Dyson
•Indy Basra is an art worker in advertising agency
•Liam Dowdall is a design engineer/3D draughtsman; Kathy Ann Davis is a graphic designer for the British Gymnastic Foundation.

Your final year design ideas can be presented not only at the School’s Degree Show, but also at New Designers, a national exhibition of the best design graduates, which is held in London.

Modules

Year 1: Creative Thinking, Product Anatomy, Computer Aided Modelling, Concept Design 1, Historical Contextual Studies

Year 2: Product Design Studies, Computer Aided Design, Concept Design 2, Digital Visualisation, Contemporary Contextual Studies

Year 3: Honours Project, Concept Design 3, Computer Aided Prototyping, Design Futures

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 Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Art, Design and Fashion

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.

77%
med
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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

68%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C
364

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.

£15,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Customer service occupations
3%
Functional managers and directors
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.

Creative arts and 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.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

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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