Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Product, Furniture and Ceramics (with a Placement Year)

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Course summary

Become the designer-maker of the products of the future, with our bespoke BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics, and prepare yourself for a career with next-level practical skills and knowledge at Staffordshire University. Our brand-new BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics brings the processes of creation and innovation products to life, from design through to manufacture. With Staffordshire University, we have developed the perfect course to launch you into industry straight from graduation, with guaranteed work experience available through your own negotiations or with the help of our established connections within various industries. On our unique Product, Furniture, Ceramics course you’ll develop a broad set of design and making skills, learning from our team of expert academics in our amazing design studio. You’ll apply your skills to collaborative industry projects with world renowned brands, building a portfolio of innovative and exciting work. You can choose to specialise in the third year, tailoring your projects to your target career, whether you want to be a designer in industry, a ceramicist, furniture maker or freelance designer maker. Our course is taught by academics with real-world experience in product design and manufacturing, who will be at your side throughout your journey to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to take the first step to a successful career in product design. By choosing the placement route, you will have the opportunity to spend a year in industry working at a selected company. You will be able to develop your skills, knowledge and experience as part of your degree and return to the third year feeling even more confident about tackling your negotiated major project. You can choose where to be based for your placement. Previous students have completed placements at companies across The UK and internationally. The first year of the course is designed to provide solid foundations for the second and third year, teaching key design skills, software tutorials and material exploration. Live projects with Industry give students the opportunity to put these skills into practice and get their first taste of working with clients. In the second year, students focus on developing an identity as a designer whilst learning more about design for manufacture and advanced digital techniques. Further collaborative projects with industry develop student independence and introduce factors like costings, branding and intellectual property. The third year allows students to specialise and tailor their Major Project to their target career or discipline, putting all the skills developed into practice. Additional projects with industry and competition briefs provide new opportunities to for showcase portfolio projects. Students consider the contextualisation of their work, refine their portfolio, and plan their career launch. The third year also provides the opportunity to show work at a national exhibition.

Course details


Level 4: Studio Skills, Material Investigation, Design for Industry 1, Visualisation 1 and Visualisation 2 Level 5: Visualisation 3, Identity & Context, Design for Manufacture, Design for Industry 2 Level 6: Major Project, Design for Industry 3, People, Place & Society and Design Futures

Assessment method

All assessment takes place through the submission of course work. This will include sketch work, models, presentation material, digital modelling files and written work. There are no exams on this course.

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Unistats information

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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
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Product, Furniture and Ceramics (with a Placement Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS