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Course summary

Overview Do you want to be a socially responsible creative making innovative designs? On this course you’ll discover how to craft products from scratch, taking them from scale drawings to the final prototype. You’ll lean towards an environmentally aware and technologically innovative approach, supported by a sound understanding of cultural and critical insight and user behaviour. Why Study this subject? Sustainable product design is essential to all walks of life, whatever industry you work in - having the skillset to problem-solve and ensure the user-experience is as efficient as possible. The products and designs you create can change the future by answering ethical, environmental and social issues with tangible objects and well-considered concepts as we respond to global sustainability challenges. Why Study at BNU? On this sustainable product design course, you’ll learn within CAD suites and workshops across the campus and develop your practice within a 3D studio. You’ll have access to workspaces, and it is in the studio that learning and teaching activities for design projects take place. The studio encourages professional learning as it mirrors practices within the profession. With London only a short journey away, and access to a range of business and organisations relevant to product design, there are ample opportunities for visits to sites of historical and contemporary interest. What facilities can I use? We’ve invested in workshops that replicate those you’ll find in industry. We keep on top of the best equipment, using professional facilities and software for your designing needs. You’ll get hands-on with our industry standard 3D CAD systems, and benefit from our workshop facilities to produce 3D models, fully working prototypes, and computer models to demonstrate your design solutions. In these workshops you’ll be able to experiment with a range of different materials including wood, metal, ceramics and mixed media, developing traditional hand skills and working with new technologies such as our MetraSCAN 3D and utilising the latest CNC techniques and machines. You’ll explore different solutions for several areas, engaging with live industry briefs as you use your expertise to create products with a purpose. We also have specialist technicians and demonstrators on site to support and share their knowledge with you. What will I study? This degree course offers you the opportunity to successfully design innovative and functional products that include a successful interface between products and users. You’ll become a multi-disciplinary designer who have a focus on sustainability within Product Design. You’ll adapt and work on a range of different products for different industries, whilst gaining hands-on knowledge on how to work with materials, processes, components, and products to meet user requirements. During your time studying this course you’ll develop and grow as a sustainable designer with advanced design knowledge and skills. You’ll use your new learnt knowledge to consider, incorporate and communicate your knowledge and apply your skills in the professional development of sustainable products, both 3D and 2D. By working through a sequence of challenging projects, you will acquire a wide range of creative and technical skills, which enable you to complete sustainable design projects from the stages of consultation and research through to final product presentation. You’ll learn how to communicate an idea from concept, to functioning product. Upon graduating from our sustainable product design course, you’ll be in a position to follow career ambitions within the profession or progress to postgraduate studies.


Year one Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Introduction to Design and Development Year two Historical and Critical Thinking Design Communication Design Projects 1 Materials & Processes Year three Design Research and Theory Applied Production & Manufacture Design Visualisation Professional Studies in Product Design Year four Dissertation Design Projects 3 Design for Manufacture Major Project

Assessment method

How will I be taught and assessed? As a BSc (Hons) Sustainable Product Design student you’ll have to complete a series of modules and projects across your time spent studying with us. Projects are designed to present new challenges to you as you progress through the course. They involve working with varied briefs, clients and requirements. By the end of your time with BNU, you’ll benefit from a full portfolio of work to go to employers with. You’ll also benefit from lectures, 1:1 or small group tutorials, seminars that enable open discussions, guided research and reading, group critiques and self-directed study. We also aim to provide industry brief opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding into real-world contexts. The theoretical underpinning of practice encourages the development of critical perspectives in relation to the history and language of design. Our graduate network continues to spread through many companies in the industry. You’ll be a part of this network, gaining valuable contacts with a variety of work opportunities. What are my career prospects? Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more. With a range of new skills and experience working in a professional environment, you’ll have many qualities employers look for. Graduates of this course have gone on to a wide range of careers such as product designer for Nokia, modelmakers for Sony, aerospace designer for BAE, and engineering designer for BMW. Students also go on to start their own design business and work within design consultancies. Our BSc (Hons) Sustainable Product Design course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as: • Product Designer • Industrial Designer • Automotive designer • Model maker • Design Engineer • Exhibition and Event Designer • Furniture and Kitchen Designer • Display Designer • CAD Visualiser and Technician • Production and Set Designer or Prop Designer and Maker.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

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Sustainable Product Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS