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University of Huddersfield

Product Design

UCAS Code: W242

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

or equivalent.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

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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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Product design

**If you’re creative and you’d like to explore how your ideas could have real impact in the world, our Product Design BA/BSc(Hons) course gives you the chance to develop the skills to become an enterprising professional designer.**

So much goes into a finished product. The initial sketch, physical model making, prototyping, digital visualisation and animation. We’ll give you the chance to explore every element so you get to develop a range of design skills and competencies.

While you’re working on the practical side, we’ll also encourage you to -

- Think about how to research a product, and what goes into product development and manufacturing

- Acquire listening skills to identify gaps in the market, people's frustrations with everyday tasks and existing products and develop ideas to solve them

- Use our industry links to help you get started on your career. We focus on commercial product design, and give you the chance to experience real design challenges set by businesses or design organisations. This can offer opportunities to win prestigious design awards and even for your design solutions to be licensed. For example, one recent student designed an innovative clothes hanger that is now used in a major high street store. You’ll be able to showcase your creative talents and show potential employers your skills. That could be a real asset when it comes to finding employment as a professional designer

We believe design can improve people's lives, aiding an individual or community's wellbeing. Whether you’re designing solutions physically or digitally, in sketch form or 3D, we’ll focus on end results that are capable of being mass-produced.

Both the BA(Hons) and the BSc(Hons) routes of the course have the same programme for the first year. After that you’ll be able to choose which way to go in the second year, and our staff are on hand to help you make your decision.

The BA(Hons) route is designed to help you gain the experience needed to work in large companies, where you’ll be working alongside technical staff and engineers and using your creative, visual and artistic skills to help develop products. The BSc(Hons) option aims to give you a wider skill set, including research, design and development skills in material and manufacturing technologies. It could help you go on to work in a small or medium sized business, where your role would cover a wide range of activities.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll have the chance to take a placement year gaining invaluable experience. You could find yourself working in industry, or you could choose to take part in the Enterprise Placement Year, designing and developing your own product and building your entrepreneurial skills.

Your final year will give you the opportunity to research and identify a commercial opportunity for a new product that’s needed in the marketplace. So when you leave here you could have a marketable design, and valuable original intellectual property.

Modules

Year 1 - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Core modules:
Creative Thinking for Product Design
Digital and Visual Communication
Design Context Studies

Year 2 - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Core modules:
Commercial Product Design
Professional Practice Awareness

Plus either:
BA(Hons) core modules
Behavioural and Cultural Issues
Materials, Manufacturing and Digital Technologies

Or:
BSc(Hons) core modules
Advanced Computing and Technology Studies
Innovation Detail Design and Specification Development

Year 3 - optional placement year
Final Year - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Core modules:
Major Project - Product Design
Responsible Research and Innovation
New Product Development Report

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed both individually and in groups through methods such as presentations of design-project work, and written assignments and reports.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Architecture and Three-Dimensional Design

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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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
87%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
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
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Design occupations
9%
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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