Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Product Design (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

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Summary: This integrated foundation year degree programme prepares you for degree-level study in a range of disciplines across the creative arts and design. The course allows you to develop your career in a multitude of directions, either as designer-makers or as designers for large organisations. 21st-century approaches to product design range from designing one-off, bespoke artefacts to mass-produced objects in their millions. Course details: Our product design courses have an outstanding reputation and a proven track record. This course focuses on creative ideas for the form of products, and how they relate to consumer needs and tastes, as well as their environmental impact. There is a strong focus on design thinking, business thinking and how design can be used to deliver solutions to real-world problems. The design studio and workshops, where all three years of the programme share spaces, allow for a truly experimental approach to the design and development process through talking, drawing and making. Digital labs and prototyping workshops allow you unlimited access to create and innovate within your chosen pathway. The curriculum is supplemented by opportunities to engage with live projects, internships and national competitions. Likewise visits are regularly organised to manufacturers and trade exhibitions as well as an annual international trip to the likes of Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. Visiting lectures by industry experts and alumni strengthen the professional feel of the course. After the course: When you successfully complete the foundation year, you can progress to the first year of the degree. Graduates from this programme are versatile creatives who pursue careers in solo, small enterprise or more corporate set-ups across the world. Typical destinations are in furniture and lighting design, domestic and household products, fashion accessories, electronics and gadgets, cars and transportation. You could work at all levels as designer, maker, retailer, manager or prototyper.

Course details

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment method

The physical environment of the course is fundamental to your success. Studios are open 24 hours. As a first year student you have dedicated work-spaces within an open-plan hot-desk studio, with CAD labs and workshops on the floors above and below. This encourages a seamless work-like routine where you can move between spaces to design, test, prototype and experiment on your design projects. Rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D-printing, plasma-cutting and five-axis routing sit alongside traditional model making tools to offer a fully rounded making experience. You learn through 100% in-course assessments which are carried out through hands-on design-and-make projects.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 - 88 points Offers are tailored to individual circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants are normally invited for interview. Each applicant will receive an individualised offer following an interview. In cases where an interview cannot take place the typical offer will be 32-88 tariff points including at least 1 A level or equivalent. GCSE English Language and maths at grade 4 (or C) or equivalent. Applications from suitably-motivated students with other equivalent qualifications are warmly welcome.

Additional entry requirements

Interview


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees, or if you are an international student here: tees.ac.uk/international/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Product Design (with Foundation Year) at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS