Product Design at York St John University - UCAS

Course summary

Learn how to better create, invent, innovate and bring your ideas to life. From the bespoke to the mass-produced, this Product Design degree is all about creativity and invention. This course gives you the technical skills to turn the product innovations of your imagination into reality. You will graduate with the theoretical and practical expertise to make you employable in a broad sector of the creative industry. You will graduate with a degree and an industry-ready creative portfolio to take forward into your career. During the course, you have the opportunity to partake in national competitions and work placements that put your ideas out into the world. Focusing on the practical applications of your learning, you will have opportunities to work with industry clients on live briefs, carrying out your own design research, presenting your own proposals and negotiating briefs with clients. This gives you the chance to develop skills not just in design but in project management, teamwork, client management and communication. Whether you see yourself working as a freelancer or within a bigger organisation, we prepare you for your future as a professional Product Designer. Our studios, CAD facilities and state-of-the-art equipment allow you to build your expertise in drawing and graphic software applications. A programme of workshops introduces you to new techniques regularly and allows you to explore specialist design skills throughout the course. A skilled team of practising designers and technical specialists are here to support you in your individual journey. Small class sizes mean our tutors really get to know you, your practice and your ambitions and our staff expertise means we can help you achieve them. Our impressive industry connections will help you to develop a professional network to take forward into your career.


Level 1 enables you to cultivate your own design skills through visual and oral communication by undertaking a carousel of design workshops to serve both interdisciplinary and specialist design practices. You will explore a range of design research methodologies through a holistic, sustainable and ethical approach in order to understand how to acquire, examine and disseminate information. Modules may include: Design Practice 3D, Design Research for the Designer Maker, Specialist Projects 3D. Level 2 allows you to explore graphical software applications. It is an opportunity for you to develop your own professional portfolio through a work placement whilst working on a series of specialist projects including competitions and client projects. Modules may include: Digital Design Applications, Specialist Studio Practice:Product Design, Specialist Studio Practice: Product Design (Student Exchange), Professional Portfolio and Collaborative Project. At Level 3 you will formulate design research and innovation proposals to produce new and unexpected outcomes. You will be expected to negotiate a design brief with an industry led client and undertake a major project of your own choice. This will prepare you for real world experiences and nurture your own personal development for graduate career prospects. Modules may include: Design Research and Innovation Proposal, Major Project and Client Project: Product Design.

Assessment method

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

For Second Year entry, applicants must have completed the first year of Higher Education in a similar subject with a total of 120 credits. For Third Year entry, applicants must have completed the first and second year of Higher Education in a similar subject with a total of 240 credits. Applicants will need to submit a transcript of their completed study, and offers will be subject to a mapping exercise of modules to ensure an appropriate alignment of course content. Please be aware that transfer applications are subject to availablity of space on the selected academic year of your chosen course. For more information on the transfer process, please see If transferring to the final year of a course containing a placement or study abroad year, you must have also completed a placement or study abroad year prior to starting the course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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If your application is successful, you will be invited to a portfolio day. On the day, you will show your work to our tutors and discuss your work and the ideas behind it.


If your application is successful, you will be invited to a portfolio day. On the day, you will show your work to our tutors and discuss your work and the ideas behind it.

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For courses with an optional Placement Year, during the Placement Year your fees will be reduced to 15% of the annual fee value.
Product Design at York St John University - UCAS