Our creative and business-focused course gives you the freedom to explore the endless possibilities of design and equips you with the skills for industry, enabling you to develop innovative products that make a difference. This course looks to the future, so you will learn about rapidly developing design processes, emerging new materials and cutting-edge technologies. Through industry-led briefs you will consider the environmental, social and economic concerns of today and propose solutions for our changing world. Product Design at Chester is a hands-on experience with a high level of one-to-one contact time and technical support. We place importance on human-centred design thinking, idea generation and experimentation with a deliberate balance between the physical and digital worlds. We encourage a playful approach to materials to produce imaginative design solutions that are commercially viable. Our friendly, creative community provides support and treats you as an individual. Our staff come from the design industry and have excellent links with commercial partners. This enables us to set live briefs so that students work alongside design professionals and have a path to graduate design jobs. You will acquire the confidence to push the boundaries and explore the entrepreneurial possibilities of your ideas within the creative economy. Our industry standard CAD facilities and 3D printing suite complement the traditional workshops, which are supported by skilled technical staff for hands-on development and experimentation. You can see what we do on Instagram: @productdesign.chester Foundation Year courses have been designed for students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications needed to enter directly into the first year of a degree but who have the ability and commitment to do so. Once the Foundation Year has been completed successfully, you can then go on to complete your degree.
For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.
Assessment methods may include: individual creative projects; project/research journals; production notebooks; sketchbooks; project rationales; strategic planning documents; material samples and mood boards; project presentations; written essays; individual and group practical projects; and personal development planning.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
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Other vocational qualifications at Level 3 will also be considered, such as NVQs. If you are a mature student (21 or over) and have been out of education for a while or do not have experience or qualifications at Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels), then our Foundation Year courses will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in your chosen degree. Please note: certain courses may require that you have studied a specific subject at GCE A Level (or acceptable alternatives), e.g. Biology, Maths or Chemistry, or GCSE Maths at grade C.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|