Awarded by: Plymouth University
Do you want to design objects and experiences that can transform people and businesses? From unique products and inviting furniture, to skilled hand-crafting and impressive spaces, the UK leads the world in creative industries. Our award-winning course explores all aspects of 3D design and offers you three specialist pathways to help you steer the world towards a more desirable, safer and sustainable future.
During the course, you will participate in free culture trips to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York and take the opportunity to study abroad on exchanges in Japan, USA, India, Italy, or Romania. You will also get the inside track on career opportunities through our links with industry experts such as Lego, IBM and Zoeftig. You’ll have opportunities for work experience placements lasting from three months up to a year.
Take advantage of the unique freedom you’ll have throughout the course to work across the disciplines of 3D design: product, furniture, ceramics and interiors. The product designer discipline is an industry accredited course – one of only two in the country.
Engage with real clients from your personal desk space, in a vibrant open plan studio that’s open until midnight with computer-aided design (CAD) stations and student-run 3D printers.
Take advantage of our excellent facilities staffed by approachable technicians. Our facilities include Computer Numerical Control (CNC), steam bending wood workshop and digital making including a ceramics 3D printer.
Participate in free culture trips to Milan, Barcelona, Amsterdam or Berlin and take the opportunity to study abroad on exchanges in Japan, USA, India or Italy.
With strong and supportive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials, but no imposed ‘house style’, you’ll develop your own unique identity.
You’ll build up a large portfolio, as fresh projects start every six weeks, and your assessments are 100 per cent coursework – so no exams.
Join our community of current and past students who have won numerous world-class design competitions.
Get the inside track on career opportunities through our links with industry experts such as Lego, IBM and Zoeftig. You’ll have opportunities for work experience placements lasting from three months up to a year.
Access exclusive talks and insights from top creative professionals including Foster & Partners, Dyson and Heatherwick Studio.
Students consistently receive awards from prestigious competitions such as the Royal Society of Arts’ Student Design Awards.
More about the course:
Completing this course enables you to progress onto the MA Design programme with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by the programme’s progression agreement.
After the course:
Plymouth graduates are skilled, responsible, knowledgeable, articulate and able to make the most of today’s job opportunities. They are working in major practices, setting up design consultancies and working as designer makers. Many progress onto postgraduate study.
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
In your first year, you’ll explore all three of our related disciplines: Designer Maker, Product Designer and Spatial and Interior Designer. You’ll learn how to design, expand your knowledge and skills in practical design projects, and develop teamwork and project skills across various disciplines. You’ll also explore the limits of design practices and experience links with art and expression, comprising culture, materials, process and market.
In your second year, you’ll develop your creative identity and select your own specialisation within the three disciplines. You’ll establish your skills as a designer, exploring methods, ideas and themes, and can choose to go on exchange programmes in Europe and Asia. You will set up your own exhibitions and build a portfolio of special interests, becoming proficient in design processes, CAD and communication methods.
In your final year, you’ll engage in real world projects and can enter international competitions. You’ll work on your major project and dissertation with a focus on negotiated, self-directed study and managing your own projects. You will exhibit your work at our Degree Show and national events such as New Designers, taking advantage of our links with art and design institutions and the craft and design industry across Europe.
The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
100% of assessment is by coursework.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This means the year in which you would like to start the course.
‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.
‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.
You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages.
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.|
|A level||120 points including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||DDM||Any subject, but preferably Art & Design.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Preferably Art and Design or Combined) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.|
|Scottish Higher||In combination with Advanced Highers.|
|Advanced Subsidiary (AS)||Considered in combination|
|Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate||Considered in combination|
|Extended Project Qualification||Considered in combination|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level||H2, H2, H2, H3, H3||English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma||Considered in combination|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||
120 tariff points to include 2 Advanced Highers.
English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.
GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above required.
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||With 5.5 in all elements.|
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.