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Solent University (Southampton)

Product Design

UCAS Code: PD01

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required if studying only A Levels, but can be used in conjunction with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits with 45 M Level Credits and 15 P Level Credits

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

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

DD

In combination with other qualifications

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

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96-112

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma or equivalent. For a full list of accepted qualifications, please view our course entry statement: https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf Alternative entry on this course is available through the Computer Foundation Year. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Product design

**BA (Hons) Product Design scored 95% overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS).**

Are you fascinated by how design can influence and improve modern life? Do you want to design the products, devices and solutions of the future?

Product design is the blend between art and engineering, and the projects you undertake will bring together both sides of this fascinating discipline – helping to ensure a balanced portfolio and inspiring you to become a confident creative designer.

Throughout the course you will be provided with a range of learning experiences, and the necessary support to develop transferable skills that enable you to work within the broader creative industries after graduation. A number of modules also allow you to create, make and retail products in our shop Re:So, and many students also work on professional freelance jobs in their second year through our Solent Creatives initiative.

You will have access to our industry-standard facilities, including well-lit professional studios with fully-equipped model-making and prototyping workshops, together with access to the latest rapid prototyping software and facilities – helping you bring your design ideas to life.

The course is supported by a friendly and encouraging teaching team, who have vast experience both in commercial practice and in teaching, and maintain excellent links with industry. These links give you the opportunity to work on live projects, and experience the design profession whilst learning as a student. The course also has a vast network of employers who sponsor a number of the modules on the course.

The course team comprises of qualified and award winning staff with a range of teaching and industry experience.

**What does this course lead to?**
The transferable skills learnt on this course will enable you to apply for a range of careers within the broader creative industries including roles in: product design, design consultancy, design engineering, interior design, special effects, exhibition design, human factors and usability, user-experience (design UX), service design, prototyping and specialist model making, advertising, product packaging, point of sale (POS), and product marketing.

Recent graduates have gone on to find roles within companies/organisations including: Rolls Royce, Kenwood, Morphy Richards, B&Q (Design), Fitch, Innovate Product Design, Mustard Design, Bright Innovations, ALH Systems, Alfa Display and Design, Celsus, 2LK, Hexatronic, IKEA, Wiggle, Ocean Safety, Kinneir Dufort, Spinlock, Extreme Exhibitions, JPR Lighting, Italdesign, VW Design, Solid Solutions - to name just a few.

Many graduates have also been very successful in setting up their own business enterprise.

**Who is this course for?**
Product design at Solent University is ideal for students with a background in art, graphics, design, or engineering. It’s a Bachelor of Arts honours programme, but with sufficient engineering content and understanding to ensure you can apply for membership to the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Introduction to Drawing Principles
Introduction to Creative Digital Media
Product Design Projects 1
Product Design Projects 2
Introduction to CAD
History of Design

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Ergonomics
Computer Modelling and Visualisation
Design for Manufacture
Materials and Sustainable Design
Design for Industry
Design Research

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Design Futures
Preparation for Employment
Professional Project
Creative Business Start-Up

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a combination of project work, design portfolios, research reports and design presentations. There are no formal examinations. You will also have both summative and formative assessment points, meaning you will receive feedback as to how you are doing along the way, and receive specific help as to what to work on next and focus your attention, prior to submitting the final assessed piece of work.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Art, Design and Fashion School

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.

81%
med
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.

Product design

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Product design

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
94%
med
Employed or in further education
75%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
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.

Product 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.

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£16k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

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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