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Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)

Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)

Product and Furniture Design develops your ability to think creatively across the boundaries of product and furniture design. The curriculum encourages you to make a bold challenges to convention by developing innovative design solutions.

Overview

Reasons to study Product and Furniture Design at DMU:

  • Create products and furniture
    that meet the requirements of the modern consumer
  • Professionally active department
    where you will study with academic staff involved in commercial projects with companies such as Berghaus, BAA Furniture & Interiors, and Adidas
  • Hugely successful graduates
    are employed by world-leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Mamas & Papas, Sixteen3 and Vax
  • Gain professional experience
    with an optional year of placement or an opportunity to study at a European design school
  • Specialise in the third year
    through your developed project skills learnt in the first two years of study
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

You will study the functional and market-led requirements of product and furniture design, including ergonomics, aesthetics and usability. Specific areas include visual language, branding, user-centred design, Computer Aided Design, sustainability and the development of socially-conscious products that, through technical specification, reduce waste and conserve energy.

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Scholarships:

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.

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Design Products MDes (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W293

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000

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.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: International: £11,750 per year

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
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points


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

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 Product and Furniture Design 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

Accreditation

 

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

One project module must be chosen:

  • Product Design – Personal Project
  • Furniture Design – Personal Project

One competition module must be chosen:

  • Furniture Design – Student Design Competitions
  • Product Design – Student Design Competitions

Overview

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 are 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 carry out commercial activity and leading research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or run 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.

Product and Furniture Design students have won many major awards in recent years including the prestigious RSA Student Design Awards, the Alexander Rose Student Design Awards and the Habitat Furniture Design Award.

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.

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 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 26 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

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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.

Library

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. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

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

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Placements

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. They are paid, usually lasting for 12 months and are normally undertaken in the third year. Previous placements include Vax, Jaguar Land Rover and Established & Sons.

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

As an alternative to a work placement you can undertake a year-long exchange with a European design school through the Erasmus scheme. Previous students have spent a year in Orleans, France and Stuttgart, Germany.  

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#DMUglobal

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.

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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 and in design teams at companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Mamas & Papas, Sixteen3 and Vax. The skills you learn will also prepare you for a career in design marketing, design management, teaching or postgraduate research.

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