Bournemouth University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
While Product Design is for the ‘now’, Product Design Futures examines the future of design by challenging existing design direction where it needs to go, informed by exploration of design trends, societal change, emerging technologies and environmental issues.
Environmental and ethical issues are becoming increasingly more important when dealing with the design of products. Understanding the impact of the choice of materials, the use of energy, disposal and potential recyclability are key considerations for the product lifecycle from cradle to grave. This course will develop your understanding of the impact that the design of products has on the world and the way we live. It will focus on ethical development of new products, with view to influencing how they can be designed to enhance value to the user whilst being sustainable and having less environmental impact.
You will learn from other examples of good practice globally and consider alternative philosophies in order to inform the design process and develop design sense. You will consider the opportunities afforded by new methodologies, technologies and materials; how to influence consumer behaviour and lead future trends, challenge the current patterns of design for manufacture; and develop products to add value to the lives of their users.
On the course you will employ the latest virtual design tools such as virtual reality for realising design solutions. However, well-developed hand/eye/mind co-ordination, spatial awareness and manual sketching techniques are still essential in design practice to be able to develop and communicate ideas rapidly and effectively, so you will develop these skills along with the use of CAD tools.
You will study a range of subject areas including: materials and processing, user centred design, manufacturing and production and visual concept development
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 120 points||The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||112 tariff points (Grade DMM)|
|Access to HE Diploma||102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.|
|Scottish Higher||104 - 120 tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers|
|Extended Project||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 - 31 points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D||104 tariff points (Grade D*D)|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DMM||112 tariff points (Grade DMM)|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||104 tariff points (Grade D*D)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)|
Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|