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Course summary

The world is changing — and so are the private and professional spaces we live, learn, eat, sleep, work and relax in. If you’re a hands-on, experimentative designer who’s curious about furniture and product design, you’ve found the perfect course! Together, we’ll be exploring function, form, and the relationships we forge with the simplest objects — from beds, baths and bookcases to desks, door handles and deckchairs. Alongside technical skills like sketching, model-making and prototyping, we’ll explore the key human issues of ethically responsible design, the ways our lifestyles are changing, and the importance of harmony between products and spaces. You’ll test your skills across live projects, and you can even complete a year-long work placement, throwing yourself into the cutting edge of real-world industry. We don’t produce cookie-cutter designers. Our students graduate as specialists, not generalists — some are successful freelancers, and others secure roles with companies like John Lewis, DFS, Next and Nestlé. Some are designer-makers; others become journalists and curators. By exploring your craft, developing your own design identity, and making the most of some genuinely unique opportunities, you’ll be a stand-out prospect in the world of design. Key Features Professional Accreditation | Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content. It also means you can become a student member of the CSD for free whilst studying. Inspiring Spaces | You’ll be using the same equipment as the pros. From 3D printers to water-jet cutters and bandsaws, plus dedicated workshops for wood, metal and concrete working, we’ve got the lot — minimising the jump from uni to industry. Live Projects | We’re industry-focused with great connections. Through live projects and placements, you’ll be working face-to-face with leading companies such as John Lewis, Pearson Lloyd, Hasbro, Philip Watts Designs, and deVol Kitchens. Placement Year | Acquire vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Our students have spent their placements at companies such as Hasbro, Roundhouse Design and Philip Watts Design. Exhibitions and Shows | Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Show and nationally at events including New Designers in London. Outstanding Employability | You’ll have great professional design prospects. 93% of our Product Design graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20). Student Satisfaction | 100% of students studying on our BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design SW course would recommend studying at NTU to others.


Year One

  • Design Fundamentals (40 credit points)
  • The Developing Furniture and Product Designer (40 credit points)
  • Applied Furniture and Product Design Practice (40 credit points)
Year Two
  • Professional Practice (60 credit points)
  • Furniture and Product Design: Context and Identity (60 credit points)
Year Three This is your opportunity to spend a year working in industry, giving you real hands-on experience and introducing you to exciting opportunities for your future employment. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice. Final Year
  • Design in Practice (80 credit points)
- Design in Context (40 credit points)

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Designers, Chartered Society of

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

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Unistats information

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees for 2024 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2023 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS