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Product Design BSc (Hons)

Product Design BSc (Hons)

Product Design BSc (Hons) combines industrial product design with engineering design principles to develop both your creative and technical skills.

Overview

Reasons to study Product Design BSc (Hons) at DMU:

  • Professionally active department
    where you will study with academic staff involved in commercial projects with companies such as Berghaus, BAA Furniture & Interiors, and Adidas
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Dyson and BMW
    are companies that our students have worked with previously
  • Accredited
    for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status by the Institution of Engineering Designers
  • CAD and CAM
    and rapid prototyping techniques are available for you to use in your designs
  • Gain professional experience
    with an opportunity to study at a European design school or an optional supervised placement year
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

You will study the fundamentals of maths and science, electronics, simulation and fluid dynamics and the functional and market-led requirements of product design. Specific areas include technology integration, Computer Aided Design (CAD), sustainability and design for manufacture.

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Scholarships:

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

Design Products MDes (Hons)
Furniture Design BA (Hons)
Product Design BA (Hons)
Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W242

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.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 280 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 and Maths at grade B or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above, and Maths at grade B 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

  • The Principles of Three-Dimensional Design
  • Manufacturing Technology and Material Culture
  • Technical Definition
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics and Science
  • Workshop Practice

Second year

  • Innovation and Design Technology Integration
  • 3D CAD for Product Definition
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Computer Aided Design and Analysis

Third year

  • Industrial Design Projects
  • Electronic and Mechanic Systems
  • Virtual Prototyping

Overview

The curriculum is focussed on vocational skills, engineering knowledge and intellectual development – encompassing a broad range of content from design, manufacturing to ethics. Coursework and examinations are the main methods 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. Our staff have all worked in industry and carry out commercial activity and research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or conduct weekly seminars, tutorials or lecture series. Visiting lecturers include Steve Mosley (Director, Mosley&), Matthew Cockerill (Associate Design Director, Seymourpowell), Marcus Atkin (Director, Out of the Bubble Design), Martin Jones (Retail Lab), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios.

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 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

This course is Accredited (IEng) 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 for eventual registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 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 as well as excellent engineering workshops. 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 and proof of principle techniques to test your ideas during the development process and learn modelling skills to express the detailed function 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 Bosch, BMW, and JCB. 

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 as designers and design engineers in companies such as BMW, Dyson, Asseal and JCB. The skills you learn will also prepare you for a career in design management, teaching or postgraduate research.

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