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Design Products MDes (Hons)

Design Products MDes (Hons) prepares you to start your career in industrial design manufacture at a high level of responsibility and creativity. You will learn to challenge convention through developing innovative solutions to the design needs of a changing world.


Reasons to study Design Products MDes (Hons) at DMU:

  • Integrated course
    which allows you to progress to Master’s level with a single undergraduate fee structure
  • Supports your ambition 
    to become a senior designer, design consultant or design manager in companies such as Shore Design and Displaymode
  • Professionally active department
    where you will study with academic staff involved in commercial projects with companies such as Berghaus, BAA Furniture & Interiors, and Adidas
  • Creativity and innovative 
    will enhance your thinking by challenging you to produce commercially viable designs
  • Reinforce your commercial awareness 
    Through a three-month placement or research project at the end of the third year which will inform your final year’s specialism
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

You will have a choice of product or furniture briefs for the first two years and begin to specialise in the third year through projects that develop your design skills and understanding, such as design for an ageing population, sustainability or emerging markets for product or furniture design. In the final year you will complete a single major design project, a design competition brief and modules in the study of design business, design methodologies and emerging digital technologies. You will have access to the latest rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques and be supported by an assigned specialist tutor.



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)
Product Design BA (Hons) 
Product Design BSc (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: WH21

Duration: Four years full-time, seven years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Four years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 120 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Design Products MDes (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Technical Definition
  • Principles of Three-Dimensional Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Manufacturing, Technology and Culture
  • Workshop Practice


Second year

  • 3D CAD for Product Definition
  • Innovation and New Product Development
  • 3D Modelling for Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Technology and Culture

Third year

  • Graphical and Digital Communications
  • Product Design- Personal Project (Choice) One Personal Project module must be chosen;
  • Furniture Design- Personal Project (Choice)
  • Furniture Design- Student Design Competitions (Choice) One Student Design Competition module must be chosen;
  • Product Design- Student Design Competitions (Choice)
  • Research for Design


Fourth year

  • Design Futures
  • Emerging Technologies in Design
  • Design Practice - Major Design Project
  • Professional Practice


The curriculum is focussed on vocational skills and intellectual development – encompassing a broad range of content from manufacturing to aesthetics. Coursework is the main method of learning and assessment.

You will be taught by design academics and visiting design consultants with specialist knowledge and skills in either product or furniture design. All our staff have worked in industry and are involved in commercial activity and research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or conduct weekly seminars, tutorials or lecture series. Previous visiting lecturers include Steve Mosley (Mosley&), Matthew Cockerill (Associate Design Director, Seymourpowell), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios. 

You will have the opportunity to enter live competitions with industry partners (previous competition briefs run with Seymourpowell, Willis & Gambier and Made in Mind) plus national and international design competitions such as the prestigious RSA Student Design Awards.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 17 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)


This course is Accredited (MIED) by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). You will be eligible to become a student member of the IED - giving you the opportunity to network with other students and with those already working in industry. Membership is free for full-time students and includes access to post your CV on the IED website if you’re looking for a placement or employment, free of charge. Thereafter, Graduate Membership status is the subsequent next step towards professional status. It's free for the first year and includes the ability to post your CV on our job board, membership of the Graduate and Young Members group and guidance on professional development.

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

We offer superb workshops in wood, metal and plastics. You will be supported by specialist technicians who will help you in the use of both traditional and advanced materials and manufacturing processes. You will also learn prototyping techniques to test your ideas during the development process and learn modelling skills to express the detail and finesse of your finalised designs.

Lively studio facilities allow you to collaborate with a cross-section of students and continue the discourse about your work and the design discipline more broadly.

We continuously develop your computer literacy and you will work on various PC-based 3D modelling and graphic presentation packages using specialist facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



You are expected to undertake a three-month work placement or research project at the end of the third year, which reinforces your commercial awareness of design and informs your final year’s specialism. Placements represent an important way of gaining real-world experience that support you to achieve better grades – as well as better jobs with higher salaries upon graduation. Previous placements include Marshall Specialist Vehicles, HJC Design and BMW.

DMU has dedicated resources to help you find placements and provide support if you want to arrange your own. Teaching staff support this with an extensive network of employers and alumni.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Graduates go on to work as specialist professionals in a range of industries in roles from designers through to managers. Recent graduates have embarked on careers in consultancies such as Shore Design, HJC Design, Insight Consultancy, Maynard Malone and in-house design teams at companies such as Helix Lighting and Solent Furniture. The skills you learn will also prepare you for a career in design marketing, design management, teaching or postgraduate research.

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