Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Course summary

Embark on a journey of creativity with our Furniture and Product Design course. Explore crafting innovative products for diverse markets, striking a balance between commercial and conceptual work. Immerse yourself in a hands-on, empirical approach that emphasises designing through making, fostering experimentation with materials and processes We'll explore function, form and the relationships we forge with the everyday objects with which we live. Alongside technical skills like sketching, model-making and prototyping, we’ll look at key human issues of ethically responsible design, analyse the ways that our lifestyles are changing and how this impacts on consumer choice, and experiment with innovative means of furniture and product production. 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 distinct individuals — some become successful freelancers, and others secure diverse roles with companies like Habitat, John Lewis, DFS and The Design Council. 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, you’ll be working face-to-face with leading companies such as John Lewis, Pearson Lloyd, Hasbro, Philip Watts Designs, and deVol Kitchens.
  • Exhibitions and Shows | Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Show and nationally at events including New Designers in London.
Key Features
  • Top 2 Ranking | NTU is 2nd for the number of undergraduate students studying Design subjects (HESA 2021/22).
  • Top 2 Ranking | NTU is the 2nd most sustainable university in the world (UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2023).


Throughout the course, modules will cover a variety of subjects, a few examples include: Introduction to Design, Design Context, Identity and Sustainable Responsibility, Sustainability, Materials & Processes, Advanced Design Tools, Materials and Production, and Commercial Project. To view the full list of modules, visit the course page:

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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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
EU £17150 Year 1
International £17150 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS