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University of Portsmouth

Industrial Design

UCAS Code: HH18

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

Entry requirements


96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include two relevant subjects.

96-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science or Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42-50, to include 2 Principal Subject in relevant subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Combined Science/Physics at grade C, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Combined Science/Physics at grade 4, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with two relevant subjects at Higher Level.

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

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include two relevant subjects at Higher Level.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

MMM-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, including two relevant subjects.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include two relevant subjects. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

You may also need to…

Present a portfolio

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 | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Production and manufacturing engineering

**Overview**

Industrial design is where creativity meets technology. If you want to learn the skills to design, create and develop products, then this BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree course is for you.

You’ll fuse elegance and beauty with functionality and performance. You’ll harness technology and learn computing skills that’ll put your innovative ideas on screen and then bring them to life as real products.

You'll graduate from this degree course able to work in areas such as product design, design management, consultancy, engineering, marketing and graphic design. With the expertise you develop on this course, you can consider a career working on and improving many of the products we all take for granted including cars, computers, furniture and household appliances.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers, meeting in full the academic requirement for registration as IEng (Incorporated Engineer).

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course you’ll:

- Develop your understanding of computer-aided illustration and design (CAD), as well as manufacturing and technology concepts

- Tailor your studies to your career ambitions by specialising in subjects that interest you most,

- Learn how businesses apply design for their products and production processes

- Bring your ideas to life using our sophisticated computer software, 3D printing and rapid prototyping equipment

- Work on real-life projects through our links with design centres and big players in the industry such as Anglepoise Lighting, Raymarine, Frictec and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

- Have access to our computer labs and workshops to construct and trial your designs

- Learn how to use professional software including Photoshop, AutoCad, Creo, and Keyshot

**Careers and opportunities**

What can you do with an Industrial Design degree?

Armed with the expertise and knowledge you develop on this course, you'll be set for a career in fields such as:

- computer-aided design (CAD)

- visualisation

- product data management.

- project management

- manufacturing

- research and development

What jobs can you do with an Industrial Design degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- product design engineer

- CAD designer

- design manager

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"I like the way our course allows students to have their own independence." Felicity Fuller, Product Design Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Computer Aided Product Analysis and Illustration
Engineering Practice
Introduction to Design
Introduction to Illustration Techniques
Introduction to Materials and Manufacture
Introduction to Technology Concepts

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Computer Aided Design
Conceptual Design
Materials and Manufacture
Product Analysis
Technology Concepts

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Illustration Techniques
Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
Research Methods for Product Design

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

Individual Project
Product Electro-Mechanics
Product Modelling for Manufacture
Advanced Modelling
Ergonomics in Product Design

There are no optional units in this year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written examinations
multiple choice tests
coursework and portfolio
practical tests
presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 34% by written exams and 66% by coursework
Year 2 students: 32% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
Year 3 students: 17% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 80% by coursework

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
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of 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.

70%
low
Production and manufacturing engineering

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.

Production and manufacturing engineering

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

84%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
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
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

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.

Production and manufacturing engineering

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.

£21,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Engineering professionals
20%
Design occupations
12%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians

Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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