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Are you fascinated by how design can influence and improve modern life? Do you want to design the products, devices and solutions of the future? BA (Hons) Product Design scored 100% overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). Product design is the blend between art and engineering, and the projects you undertake will bring together both sides of this fascinating discipline – helping to ensure a balanced portfolio and inspiring you to become a confident creative designer. Throughout the course you will be provided with a range of learning experiences, and the necessary support to develop transferable skills that enable you to work within the broader creative industries after graduation. A number of modules also allow you to create, make and retail products in our shop Re:So, and many students also work on professional freelance jobs in their second year through our Solent Creatives initiative. You will have access to our industry-standard facilities, including well-lit professional studios with fully-equipped model-making and prototyping workshops, together with access to the latest rapid prototyping software and facilities – helping you bring your design ideas to life. The course is supported by a friendly and encouraging teaching team, who have vast experience both in commercial practice and in teaching, and maintain excellent links with industry. These links give you the opportunity to work on live projects, and experience the design profession whilst learning as a student. The course also has a vast network of employers who sponsor a number of the modules on the course. The course team comprises of qualified and award winning staff with a range of teaching and industry experience. The transferable skills learnt on this course will enable you to apply for a range of careers within the broader creative industries including roles in: product design, design consultancy, design engineering, interior design, special effects, exhibition design, human factors and usability, user-experience (design UX), service design, prototyping and specialist model making, advertising, product packaging, point of sale (POS), and product marketing. Recent graduates have gone on to find roles within companies/organisations including: Rolls Royce, Kenwood, Morphy Richards, B&Q (Design), Fitch, Innovate Product Design, Mustard Design, Bright Innovations, ALH Systems, Alfa Display and Design, Celsus, 2LK, Hexatronic, IKEA, Wiggle, Ocean Safety, Kinneir Dufort, Spinlock, Extreme Exhibitions, JPR Lighting, Italdesign, VW Design, Solid Solutions - to name just a few. Many graduates have also been very successful in setting up their own business enterprise. Product design at Solent University is ideal for students with a background in art, graphics, design, or engineering. It’s a Bachelor of Arts honours programme, but with sufficient engineering content and understanding to ensure you can apply for membership to the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Introduction to Drawing Principles Introduction to Creative Digital Media Product Design Projects 1 Product Design Projects 2 Introduction to CAD History of Design YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Ergonomics Computer Modelling and Visualisation Design for Manufacture Materials and Sustainable Design Design for Industry Design Research YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Design Futures Preparation for Employment Professional Project Creative Business Start-Up
You will be assessed via a combination of project work, design portfolios, research reports and design presentations. There are no formal examinations. You will also have both summative and formative assessment points, meaning you will receive feedback as to how you are doing along the way, and receive specific help as to what to work on next and focus your attention, prior to submitting the final assessed piece of work.
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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)
Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent qualifications or a combination of qualifications which achieve the entry requirement of 96 UCAS points Alternative entry on this course is available through the Performance Foundation Year We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 45 credits P: 15 credits||60 Credits overall with 45 merit level credits and 15 pass level credits|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||MMM|
|Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualfications|
|Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF)||In combination with other qualfications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications|
|HNC (BTEC)||P - D|
|HND (BTEC)||P - M|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DD|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||DD|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||MMM|
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
Additional entry requirements
Interview and portfolio viewing
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||80 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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