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Product Design

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M3,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DD

Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Product design

**Why choose this course?**

**Please note: Programme award to be updated to a BA (Hons) for September 2021 entry - subject to validation**

We believe in teaching you to challenge ideas of functionality, aesthetics, materials, sustainability, social contexts and ethics so that you can design products that work and make a difference to society. This mindset will be put into practice with industry projects and contemporary technologies.
In the first year, you will be introduced to computer aided design (CAD), model making, design drawing and communication. Your second year will include professional development, through projects briefed by local, national or international companies. During your final year, you will work on a self-focused design project and a minor design project which is usually the RSA international competition.

Creative and innovative design is built on the fusion of visual, technical and emotional considerations. We will teach you these skills throughout your course, developing and nurturing them through studio-based, practical problem-solving activities.

Our course team are dedicated to working with you on an individual basis so that your learning experience is personalised and tailored to you – supporting you to flourish as a capable, confident and entrepreneurial Product Designer.

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

All study trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19: northampton.ac.uk/about-us/situation-updates/
? see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions: northampton.ac.uk/student-life/university-living-laptops-trips-and-internships/
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Modules

STAGE 1:

• Contextual Studies 1 (compulsory)

• Design Project 1 (compulsory)

• Materials and Processes 1 (compulsory)

• Professional Practice 1 (compulsory)

• Visual Studies 1 (compulsory)

• Form and Colour 1 (compulsory)

STAGE 2:

• 3D Modelling and Manufacture (compulsory)

• Design Projects 2 (compulsory)

• Materials and Processes 2 (compulsory)

• Contextual Studies 2 (compulsory)

• Professional Practice 2 (compulsory)

• Form and Colour 2 (compulsory)

STAGE 3:

• Minor Design Project (compulsory)

• Final Major Project 1 (compulsory)

• Final Major Project 2 (compulsory)

Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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.

86%
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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
92%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
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?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
70%
Male students
30%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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
93%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Design occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
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

£20k

£20k

£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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