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The art of good product design is to create a solution that satisfies the functional brief, appeals to potential consumers, and can be manufactured as cost effectively as possible.

On our course you’ll learn to combine creative and technical design skills to create innovative new solutions.

The course has been designed with local industries, so business needs are firmly at the heart of everything you’ll study. Industry involvement doesn’t stop there as during the course they will provide product design problems for you to solve.

Why study Product Design?

Product designers participate in creating products and services in a global economy with the aim of enhancing our quality of life by making things work better. They work out what is required to solve a user requirement or problem sometimes earlier than the realisation that a problem even exists. Opportunities are there because poor and adequate designs surround us and our everyday routines. Product designers question existing ways of doing things and come up with innovative products that enhance our lives.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

Alongside fulfilling requirement for entry, we are keen to see students work in the form of a mini portfolio which can be e-mailed ideally in pdf format.

We welcome applications from people who are older than the general student intake, if you have some work experience, related design experience, we can be flexible if you have a commitment to succeed and can show how you will benefit and finish the course successfully.

Other qualifications will be considered such as Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) or Access to HE certificate.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

You will discover how product designers work by studying core subject modules throughout the course, as well as work on real word design projects under guidance from our experienced design tutors. This will provide you well-grounded practical skills in preparation for a career in Product Design.

We place a high priority on studio and workshop skills, so you will be working on a range of design projects that will help you to learn professional skills; creation of concept and ideation, making basic sketch models, product development, modelmaking, portfolio assembly and project presentations. Design projects will progress in complexity as you will become familiar and more skilled in design process. Design methods will be explained and discussed both in a dedicated module and as a regular part of studio practice.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course. Modules will engage with contemporary design issues such as ‘The internet of things’, ‘The fourth industrial revolution’ and how service design integrates how product designers are expanding their role and relevance. You will have opportunities to work on projects that have relevance and offer challenges to create innovative products, utilising imagined and real technological solutions for real world society challenges and needs.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Some of the modules will require you to respond to an industry brief. This will specify your design challenge, itemise resources and assets, note any restrictions and advise a schedule of activities. Practical workshops will teach you the skills and technical knowledge you will need to respond to the briefs and other tasks set. Lectures will give you a firm grounding in the theoretical aspects of product design and will help you to develop your critical understanding of your own practice. Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and enable you to express your ideas, observations and experiences in a supportive academic environment. In addition to these three learning approaches you will present your work regularly during critiques, where academic staff and your peers will help you to develop your work and improve the quality of the course work you produce. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week.

You will have an academic personal tutor who will provide personal support on your academic journey.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on set tasks, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars, reading journal articles and books and undertaking research. Independent learning will take up to 24 hours per week.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

In some of your modules in year two and three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly, who will enable you to research effectively and reach your full potential.

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours and up to 24 hours of independent study.

The team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners with a wide range of expertise and experience. The course is led by Stuart Lambert who is a practising product design consultant. Stuart has worked in the industry for 25 years, in design consultancies in London and Milan and more recently completed an MBA with a thesis on ‘Design expertise at the Boardroom’. He has numerous ‘concept to production’ products from bicycles, and lighting to office seating.

A degree in Product design develops your creative skills in creating innovative new products and services, which have been conceived using well established design methods and proof of concept modelling, alongside experienced academics and industry knowledgeable design professionals.

StuartProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

100% of Product Design is assessed through coursework, design project submissions, portfolio development and essays, which are all considered against module-specific learning outcomes. There are no exams.

In advance of assessment, each module contains several opportunities for critiques and tutorials for formative assessment (not marked) in which you receive feedback on your work from your tutors and peers.

You will receive formative feedback on all practice assessments and summative feedback on end of module assessment hand-ins. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor and personal academic tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.

100% Coursework


Tuition Fees for some 2021/22 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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