Ravensbourne University London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Ravensbourne

Product Design

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Course summary

Ready to bring your ideas to life? Explore ergonomics, aesthetics and sustainability to produce an industry-ready portfolio. With access to our unrivalled state-of-the-art prototyping and 3D printing equipment, you'll have everything you need to develop original ideas and deliver detailed designs that are ready for production. You'll gain the tools to develop products that push boundaries in order to thrive in this innovative sector. Students create and market their own work with pitch presentations, images and design documents. This course will teach students to learn cutting-edge research and analysis approaches, develop original ideas with creative thinking and deliver detailed designs that are ready for production. It is predominantly project-based and explores the functional and market-led requirements of product design from concept to production. Students will study the functional and market-led requirements of product design, looking at ergonomics, aesthetics, usability, sustainability, intellectual property and the application of technology. They will also learn to communicate their design work engagingly through pitch presentations, images and design documents. The expert lecturers and technicians will provide a unique insight into the market and teach students to identify areas where design could have a significant positive impact in social, economic and environmental contexts. Key study topics include:

  • Concept generation
  • How to manage ideas
  • User research: how to understand people's needs
  • Prototyping
  • Ideas to market: selling a vision

Course details


Year 1: Students will learn essential skills in 2D and 3D design, user research, the iterative design process and current design software packages. They will begin to develop their own approach to product design and build confidence and self-discipline in responding to live and self-initiated briefs. Throughout this stage we encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research. Year 2: Students will gain a deeper understanding of the design process, from prototype development leading to the study of materials and manufacturing techniques. We set briefs that encourage students to collaborate with other students and we encourage them to take up work placements in the design industry. Year 3: We nurture student's independence as designers with a self-directed major product design project, ready for exhibition at the degree show. They will be assessed on a collaborative brief and are required to enter competitions and engage with industry design challenges. At the same time, they will produce a portfolio for entry into the industry. We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation.

Assessment method

Students will be assessed through the completion of hands-on, practical work that develops technical skills, presentation and pitching skills, and written work including essays and project reports.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will also be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent (including English) .

Additional entry requirements


Please see our website for advice on how to prepare your portfolio and sketchbook or showreel : - https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/your-interview-and-portfolio/


You will be invited to a friendly online interview which you must pass in order to successfully gain entry to this programme.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each subtest.
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL IBT with 72 points overall including minimum Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
PTE Academic42PTE Academic or SELT: 42 overall with minimum 42 in each subtest.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College London - B2 SELT ISE II. Pass Overall with Pass in each component.

Please view our website for full English Language requirements and options. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Ravensbourne English Language Requirements


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

*All fees shown are correct for 2021/22 academic year and are subject to change.
Product Design at Ravensbourne University London - UCAS