Become a conscientious product designer equipped to make a real difference. Inspired by the natural environment around us, you'll harness creativity to design innovative solutions to global sustainability challenges on this Sustainable Product Design course. You’ll learn human-centred design skills to develop inclusive and socially responsible products, exploring critical design strategies to reduce waste and use materials responsibly. You’ll also gain key professional practice skills and start to build your network while you study. You will: Develop digital product design and manufacturing skills with access to modern 3D printing and CNC technologies Get hands-on in the workshop to prototype your ideas through a broad range of materials and processes Design and create your own projects, either independently or with an industry partner Proactively build your network and develop career pathways, with opportunities to meet industry practitioners and take on live project briefs Tackle live industry briefs and team up with students from across the University on collaborative projects
Throughout this Sustainable Product Design degree, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of design theory, processes and practices, with a focus on human-centred design. You’ll learn to critically evaluate sustainable design approaches and develop hands-on and digital manufacturing skills. You’ll also acquire vital professional practice skills, including how to communicate your ideas (through CAD and visual communication), team-working and network-building. Year one: In your first year, you’ll develop creative and conceptual skills by exploring major global issues, the visual language of sustainable design and its critical and theoretical processes. You'll learn to professionally communicate your ideas through drawing, model-making and 3D computer-aided design (CAD). You’ll also discover the strategies designers use to develop sustainable products and begin to understand how to evaluate and defend sustainability claims. Modules Creativity & Communication Sustainable Design Principles Life Cycle Thinking Design Ethics Year two: In your second year, you’ll study inclusive design and human-centred research before delving into collaborative projects with other courses and industry partners. You’ll also develop your CAD and digital manufacturing skills and debate the contexts, concepts and ethics of the industry. Focusing on the business of design, you’ll explore what’s involved in producing a product – from intellectual property to cost and profitability. Modules Design & Business Inclusive Design Collaboration Circular Economy Year three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Year four: You’ll explore current and original design opportunities, develop your ideas through tutorials and team discussions and turn your concepts into prototypes using skills like digital manufacturing. By delivering one-to-one and group presentations, you’ll focus on professional practices and management. There’ll be opportunities to gain real-world experience and make valuable connections by working with external project partners and meeting project partners and startups. Modules Design Drivers Design Visions Design Ambitions Design Futures The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
Continuous assessment with no formal examinations Visual, verbal and written assignments, and your final-year projects
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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- Year 2
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk
If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/
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English language requirements
|An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
|A minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
|Cambridge English Advanced
|A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
|A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
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