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De Montfort University

Product Design

UCAS Code: W242

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*-C

in Art and Design

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

including Art and Design

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in an Art and Design related subject

UCAS Tariff

112

- From at least 2 A Levels and including grade C or above in Art and Design - Art and Design Foundation accepted - Applicants must also have a satisfactory portfolio - Five GCSEs grades A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Product design

Our Product Design course helps you to take your imaginative ideas and make them real. To do that you need both the creativity and the technical skills to bring your ideas to life.

On this course you’ll study the fundamentals of maths and science, electrical, electronic and mechanical principles, and simulation and fluid dynamics, as well as the functional and market-led requirements of product design.

You’ll look at specific areas including technology integration, computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D design, sustainability and design for manufacture, and be taught by academics with current industry connections.

**Key features**

* Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers – this enables graduates to work towards membership.

* Gain professional experience with industry professionals during an optional placement year. Our students have benefited from placements at BMW, Dyson, Cambridge Consultants and Jaguar Land Rover.

* 100% of our Product Design graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17).

* Boost your portfolio and profile by entering national and international competitions. We support students to do this by helping them apply their practical knowledge to real-world briefs and assisting with teamwork, motivation, and a review of learnings following competitions. Our students have previously won awards from D&AD, James Dyson and New Designers.

* Learn from academic staff currently involved in commercial projects with companies such as Berghaus and Adidas.

* The award-winning Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all our art and design course students. You will have access to engineering laboratories that bring together a wide range of equipment used in design, manufacture, prototyping and testing.

* We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs.*

Modules

First year
• The Principles of Design
• CAD for Product Designers 1
• Electrical Principles 1
• Electrical Principles 2
• Mechanical Principles: Statics
• Mechanical Principles: Dynamics
• Workshop Practice

Second year
• Innovation and Design Technology Integration
• CAD for Product Designers 2
• Strength of Materials
• Product Design and Development

Third year
• Industrial Design Projects
• Product Communication and Career Launch Marketing
• Electronic and Mechanical Systems

Assessment methods

The curriculum is focussed on vocational skills, engineering knowledge and intellectual development – encompassing a broad range of content from design, manufacturing to ethics. Coursework and examinations are the main methods of learning and assessment.

You will be taught by design academics and visiting design consultants with specialist knowledge and skills in either product or furniture design. Our staff have all worked in industry and carry out commercial activity and research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or conduct weekly seminars, tutorials or lecture series. Previous visiting lecturers include Steve Mosley (Director, Mosley&), Matthew Cockerill (Associate Design Director, Seymourpowell), Marcus Atkin (Director, Out of the Bubble Design), Martin Jones (Retail Lab), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Arts, Design and Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Product design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Design occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts & design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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