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Product Design

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

or equivalent.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Product design

If you’re creative and you’d like to explore how your ideas could have real impact in the world, our Product Design BA/BSc(Hons) courses give you the chance to develop the skills to become an enterprising professional designer. So much goes into a finished product: the initial sketch, physical model making, prototyping, digital visualisation and animation.

While you’re working on the practical side, we’ll also encourage you to:

* Think about how to research a product, and what goes into product development and manufacturing.

* Use our industry links to help you get started on your career. We focus on commercial product design, and give you the chance to experience real design challenges set by businesses or design organisations. This can offer opportunities to win prestigious design awards and even for your design solutions to be licensed. For example, one recent student designed an innovative clothes hanger that is now used in a major high street store.

* Acquire listening skills to identify gaps in the market, people's frustrations with everyday tasks and existing products and develop ideas to solve them.

We believe design can improve people's lives, aiding an individual or a community's wellbeing. Whether you’re designing solutions physically or digitally, in sketch form or 3D, we’ll focus on end results that are capable of being mass-produced. Both the BA(Hons) and the BSc(Hons) routes of the course have the same programme for the first year. After that you’ll be able to choose which way to go in the second year, and our staff are on hand to help you make your decision.

Product Design has an 83.3% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2020)

Additional Costs - Materials:
You’ll need to supply some of your own materials during the course, such as sketch pads and basic drawing equipment. We also recommend you purchase an external hard drive to back up your work.

The University will provide basic materials to enable you to produce sketch development models and hand fabricated photo-realistic representations. For some projects, you may choose 3D printing as an alternative to making models by hand, or produce a 3D animation. You’ll need to cover the cost if you choose 3D printing, and costs can range between approximately £10 and £300 depending on the size, output quality and complexity of the model. However we offer a range of 3D printers to meet your quality needs and budget; from desktop printers through to advanced machines. You could look to secure external sponsorship to cover the full cost of larger 3D prints, especially in your final year.

The approximate cost of equipment/materials per student in recent years, including an average amount of 3D printing, has been approximately £260 in the first year, £365 in the second year and £500 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Modules

Year 1 - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Core modules:
Creative Thinking for Product Design
Digital and Visual Communication
Design Context Studies

Year 2 - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Core modules:
Commercial Product Design
Professional Practice Awareness

Plus either:

BA(Hons) core modules
Behavioural and Cultural Issues
Materials, Manufacturing and Digital Technologies

Or:

BSc(Hons) core modules
Advanced Computing and Technology Studies
Innovation Detail Design and Specification Development

Year 3 - optional placement year - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Work Placement

Final Year - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Core modules:
Major Project - Product Design
Responsible Research and Innovation
New Product Development Report

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed both individually and in groups through methods such as presentations of design-project work, and written assignments and reports.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your 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
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Architecture and Three-Dimensional Design (TA3D)

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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.

68%
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.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

59%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
57%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Design occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£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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