Birmingham City University

Product and Furniture Design with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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The Foundation course provides an opportunity to explore the exciting world of contemporary design through various scales and develop creative solutions, encapsulating Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, and Product and Furniture Design.

It provides a supported learning environment to explore conceptual ideas through to detailed design, mapping and modelling and is assessed through mini design-focussed projects and a specialised final project in a chosen field.

The course is ideally suited to students who need to develop their design, drawing, technical and presentations skills before entering a BA course or for those who have not yet decided which specific design discipline or career to pursue.

Our BA (Hons) Product and Furniture design course focuses on the design and development of creative, contemporary and innovative products and furniture, considering user centred design, social context and commercial understanding.

You will be encouraged to explore materials, techniques and processes in relation to scales of manufacture, from one-off bespoke design to design for standardised mass production. This course is the ideal choice if you're interested in a career as a designer, maker, and developer of products and furniture.

You will examine the process of designing and developing functional and desirable products and furniture, examining how social and cultural factors influence design decisions. You will develop knowledge and understanding of design in response to collaborative, professional, commercial and economic considerations.

By working on live projects, you will explore how businesses operate at a commercial, technological, ethical and sustainable level. Alongside research and design development skills, you will also increase your practical knowledge through extensive hands-on exploration. Engaging with making from the outset enables you to fully realise design concepts and create convincing models and prototypes.

Underpinned with strong contemporary design thinking, you will explore the breadth of scales of manufacture across product and furniture design to be able to position yourself within a global industry. We also boast valuable international opportunities. In the past, students on this course have collaborated with international packaging company Tri-Wall, working together for an exhibition in Hong Kong.

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.

Course code W24F
Institution code B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 points
A level CCD A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Any Accepted
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3
Construction, Planning, Built Environment subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
Scottish Higher CCDDD Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers
Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of BB in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
AS Must be taken alongside A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 88 points minimum.
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 88 pts
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted.
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 11 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 88 UCAS Tariff Points.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.
This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 88 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
Must be offered along with either two A-level, or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Scottish HND Not accepted


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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Birmingham City University
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