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Product, Furniture and Ceramics (with a Placement Year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

Other A Level combinations are possible to achieve 104 - 112 points.

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 106 UCAS points.

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

DMM

Achieve a minimum of 104 -122 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 (CCCCC) is required.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at [email protected] for further advice

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2023

Subjects

Product design

Ceramics

Furniture design and making

Become a creator of the future. Design and make innovative, contemporary products to high levels of craftsmanship using a diverse range of materials, processes and practical skills. Focus on user experience and explore sustainable design, new technology and smart materials on our unique Product, Furniture, Ceramics course

You’ll develop a broad set of design and making skills, learning from our team of expert academics in our dedicated design studio. You’ll apply your skills through live projects with world-renowned brands, building a portfolio of innovative and exciting work. You can choose to specialise in the third year, tailoring your projects to your target career, whether you want to be a Product Designer, Ceramicist, Furniture Maker or Entrepreneurial Designer-Maker.

Our course is taught by academics with real-world experience in design and manufacturing, who will be at your side throughout your journey to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to take the first step to a successful career in Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

Students have won prestigious National and International awards including;
the M&S Homeware Award, Pentland Brands Award, New Designers Best Stand Award, Sainsbury’s Homeware Award, Formica Award for Excellence and consecutive year on year 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for excellence from Valentine Clays. Students have also won multiple Keith Brymer Jones ‘promising young designer’ awards, FRANZ Rising Star Global Scholarships, and the GNCCF ‘Best Maker’ awards. Students have had their work realised by KEF, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood, as well as being BCB Show ‘Highlights’ at the British Ceramics Biennials.

You’ll get the chance to visit leading Design Studios, Manufacturers and Exhibitions both in the UK and internationally on our vibrant Educational Visits, to places like New York, Copenhagen, Milan and London.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics

Modules

Level 4:
Studio Skills
Material Investigation
Design for Industry 1
Visualisation 1
Visualisation 2

Level 5:
Visualisation 3
Identity & Context
Design for Manufacture
Design for Industry 2

Level 6:
Major Project
Design for Industry 3
People, Place, Society
Graduate Futures

Assessment methods

All assessment takes place through the submission of course work. This will include sketch work, models, presentation material, digital modelling files and written work.

There are no exams on this course.

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
£16,750
per year
International
£16,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Digital, Technologies and Arts

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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.

79%
med
Product design
79%
med
Ceramics
79%
med
Furniture design and making

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
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

71%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B

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.

£17,550
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Design occupations
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts and 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

£19k

£19k

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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