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Course summary

If you’re creative and you’d like to explore how your ideas could have real impact in the world, our Product Design BA/BSc(Hons) courses give you the chance to develop the skills to become an enterprising professional designer. So much goes into the creation of an innovative product: identifying new product opportunities defined through applied research, ideation and initial sketching, hands-on physical model making, prototyping, digital visualisation and animation, and final details such as manufacturing and commercialisation. While you’re working on the practical side, we’ll also encourage you to:

  • Think about the new product development process and what goes into the products that help designers shape the future.
  • Consider what underpins the concepts of human-centred design and responsible design, which help designers to create inclusive and more sustainable products and business models.
  • Use our industry links and wide expertise in the field to help you get started on your design career. Our focus on commercial product design will give you the chance to experience real design challenges set by businesses or design organisations. This can offer opportunities to win prestigious design awards and even for your design solutions to be licensed. For example, a major high street company bought two innovative product ideas from our second year students.
  • Become a creative problem solver by identifying gaps in the market, understanding people's frustrations with everyday tasks and existing products and develop ideas to solve them.
We believe design can create a better future through world-leading products that not only change lives but break new ground, build businesses, jobs, and help the world become a better place. Whether you’re designing solutions physically or digitally, in sketch form or 3D, we’ll focus on end results that are capable of being mass-produced. In Year 1 of the course, all students follow a common pathway. At the end of this Year 1, students then decide on which pathway they want to follow - either the BA(Hons) or the BSc(Hons). So far both pathways have always been offered. However, if too few choose either route at this point, the University reserves the right to deliver only the larger of the two options. Additional Costs - Materials: You’ll need to supply some of your own materials during the course, such as sketch pads and basic drawing equipment. We also recommend you purchase an external hard drive to back up your work. The University will provide basic materials to enable you to produce sketch development models and hand fabricated photo-realistic representations. For some projects, you may choose 3D printing as an alternative to making models by hand, or produce a 3D animation. You’ll need to cover the cost if you choose 3D printing (using one of our several advanced 3D printer machines), and costs can range between approximately £10 and £300 depending on the size, output quality and complexity of the model. However we offer a range of desktop 3D printers (material is supplied by the course) to meet your quality needs and budget; from desktop printers through to advanced machines. You could look to secure external sponsorship to cover the full cost of larger 3D prints, especially in your final year. The approximate cost of equipment/materials per student in recent years, including an average amount of 3D printing, has been approximately £260 in the first year, £365 in the second year and £500 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules: Creative Thinking for Product Design Digital and Visual Communication Design Context Studies Year 2 BA(Hons) core modules: Commercial Product Design Professional Practice Awareness Behavioural and Cultural Issues Materials, Manufacturing and Digital Technologies BSc(Hons) core modules: Commercial Product Design Professional Practice Awareness Advanced Computing and Technology Studies Innovation Detail Design and Specification Development Year 3 - optional placement year Final Year Core modules: Major Project - Product Design Responsible Research and Innovation New Product Development Report

Assessment method

You'll be assessed both individually and in groups through methods such as presentations of design-project work, and written assignments and reports. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.


How to apply

Application codes

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:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120-104 UCAS tariff points. As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview. Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/how-to-apply/interviews/#!/?modal=art Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.

https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/where-are-you-from/


Unistats information

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63%
Student satisfaction
85%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance (http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/). If you are an EU or International student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/). Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

Product Design at University of Huddersfield - UCAS