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BSC (HONS) PRODUCT DESIGN

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Institution C58

UCAS W242 / W206

3 - 4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Level: BBC - CCC (including a relevant Art, Design or Technology subject)

BTEC: DMM - MMM (including a relevant Art, Design or Technology subject)

GCSEs: Grade C or better in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: 28 points  (including Standard Mathematics and a Higher Art, Design or Technology subject at 5)

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Product Design applicants will be required to submit a small portfolio of work/PowerPoint. Candidates will be sent details and advice on what to submit on application.

Not sure you can reach these entry requirements? Take a look at our integrated foundation year.

 

 

Course content

This course will give you all the technical and industry skills you will need to design and develop products from conception through to development, testing and launch.

We offer Product Design degrees through two pathways: Product Design BA and Product Design BSc. Which pathway you choose depends upon your interests, the subjects you have previously studied and what you want to do with your degree when you graduate.

The Product Design BSc shares many of the modules that comprise the Product Design BA course, but has a distinct lean towards science and technology. This course has a balanced content of artistic and creative modules with technology, mathematics and science.

Product Design is an applied subject and our course is based around applied workshop learning; seminars with demonstrations; practical and lab work. We don’t do lectures!

Each academic year of the BSc Product Design degree centres on a two-semester long design-practice modules. Design-practice challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) cycle.

In your first year of study, you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the product design cohort. You will also study design in the context of user centred design, sketching and drawing, computer aided design; prototyping; and applied design technology.

The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge, where you will tackle your design brief with students from engineering cohorts. The second year of study introduces topics that are more advanced, which include manufacturing techniques & technologies, human interaction with devices, consumer culture and modules on designing with mechanics and electronics.

In the final year, you will work on an individual design project and present your work technically to other designers and to a non-specialist audience. The course contains diverse modules required to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in product design. The final year of study includes professional studies that’s prepares you for work, competition design, a significant research report on an area of design, which interests you and options to select from a range of design topics which allow you to follow your interests.

Our facilities

Product Design is taught in our state of the art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

Tech Park Exterior  

Coast to Capital

With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences

CDIO lab 

  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities

Practical space

  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories

Engineering laboratories

  • Fabrication laboratory

Fabrication laboratory

 

  • Specialist 3D printers

3D Printer

  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design

Computer Aided Design

 

The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

LRC Exterior

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Bognor Seafront

Where this can take you

Because product design degrees combine creativity with technology and provide a broad knowledge of production methods and materials, they are suitable for many areas of employment including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Research and development
  • In-house design departments
  • Design consultancies
  • Project management
  • Packaging design
  • Retail and exhibition design
  • Marketing

Our inclusion of specific business and enterprise units will provide you with a rounder set of skills than your Product Design knowledge alone, providing you with the know-how to set up your own practice, if you so wish, and enabling you to stand-out in the competitive jobs market. 

Work placements

You can apply for a year long industrial placement in your second year of study. 

The placement typically begins after the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year). 

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage. 

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.

Indicative modules

Level 4 (First Year):

SEMESTER 1      

Design Technology

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the skills required in mechanical design, manufacturing processes and the application of the appropriate materials. Through the use of physical science, mathematics and engineering analysis, it will also provide an introduction to new technologies.

Visualisation Techniques & Methods

The aim of this module is to explore creative design thinking and problem solving and introduces the learner to manual graphical communication methods and techniques.

Computer Aided Design l       

The aim of this module is to explore creative design thinking and problem solving and introduces the learner to Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) graphical communication methods/techniques and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).       

Design CDIO Team

This module explores the process of creative hands on problem solving with a series of subject-based holistic projects and will act as a focus for the semester. In this module the students will be introduced to product design projects through CDIO both as Team project (CDIO Team) and an Individual project (CDIO Individual), the students will be located in the CDIO space and will all be contributing to the shared learning experience of this module. This first year CDIO team project will build experiences and relationships with other first year product design students also on this module.

SEMESTER 2

Design Technology

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the skills required in mechanical design, manufacturing processes and the application of the appropriate materials. Through the use of physical science, mathematics and engineering analysis, it will also provide an introduction to new technologies.

User Centred Design

This module will enable the learner to understand the relationship products have with those that use them and the environment in which they are situated.

Assembly & Prototyping

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the important design process of prototyping and how it can be used and applied as a creative problem solving technique.

Design CDIO Individual I

In this module the students will be introduced to product design projects through CDIO both Team project (CDIO Team) and an Individual project (CDIO Individual), the students will be located in the CDIO space and will all be contributing to the shared learning experience of this module. The student will explore the process of creative hands on problem solving within an individual subject-based holistic project and this will act as a focus for the year.

 

Level 5 (Second Year):

SEMESTER 1

Materials & Manufacturing

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to manufacturing of parts through various techniques, including mouldings, machining and additive manufacture

Product Design in Consumer Culture

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a comprehensive societal context in which design can be analysed and explored.

Computer Aided Design II

The aim of this module is to provide the student with advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided manufacture (CAM) skills.

Interdisciplinary Design CDIO Team

The aim of this CDIO module is to provide: Students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to take an innovative idea or a real world-problem and turn it into a product. This involves students starting from their own specification to the design, implementation and testing of their product. Students with the opportunity to make the link between theory and the design and manufacturing processes of a practical engineering product. The majority of projects and initial specifications are drawn directly from industry.

Design CDIO Individual II

The aim of this CDIO module is to provide the students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills of taking an innovative idea or a real world-problem and turning it into a product. The students will explore the process of creative hands on problem solving an individual CDIO ‘’live’’ industry based project, this will act as a focus for the year therefore drawing on all of the year’s modules skills and experiences. This module will allow the students the opportunity to make the link between theory and the design and manufacturing processes of a practical engineering product. The majority of projects and initial specifications are drawn directly from industry.

SEMESTER 2

Environmental Design

Developing an awareness of the Product Designers' contribution to and impact upon the people and environments within which they live and work.

Electronics and Electrical Systems for Product Design

(Module information to come)

BSC Design Project

(Module information to come)

Interdisciplinary Design CDIO Team

The aim of this CDIO module is to provide: Students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to take an innovative idea or a real world-problem and turn it into a product. This involves students starting from their own specification to the design, implementation and testing of their product. Students with the opportunity to make the link between theory and the design and manufacturing processes of a practical engineering product. The majority of projects and initial specifications are drawn directly from industry.

Design CDIO Individual II

The aim of this CDIO module is to provide the students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills of taking an innovative idea or a real world-problem and turning it into a product. The students will explore the process of creative hands on problem solving an individual CDIO ‘’live’’ industry based project, this will act as a focus for the year therefore drawing on all of the year’s modules skills and experiences. This module will allow the students the opportunity to make the link between theory and the design and manufacturing processes of a practical engineering product. The majority of projects and initial specifications are drawn directly from industry.

 

Level 6 (Third Year):

SEMESTER 1

Design Feasibility CDIO Report

(Module information to come)

Product Design Competition Project

(Module information to come)

Advanced CAD for Project work

(Module information to come)

SEMESTER 2

Individual Design Project CDIO

(Module information to come)

Individual Design Project CDIO

(Module information to come)

Professional studies

(Module information to come) 

OPTIONAL MODULES (SELECT ONE EACH SEMESTER)

Diversified Design

(Module information to come)

Design with Advanced Materials

(Module information to come)

Leadership & Developing Teams

(Module information to come)

Small Business Enterprise

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow students to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon students’ earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. Whilst relevant to business studies students in general, it is designed to be of particular use to those students that desire studying business as either a joint or minor element in combination with another degree programme.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through seminar/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time. There is a split of about 50% of time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs, practical and project work. In addition to scheduled learning activities, you are expected to plan your time to allow intensive self-study.

Your degree classification is based on 100% Coursework, Project Work and Laboratory work. Depending on your choice of final year options, there may be some examination base assessment.

This is an exciting time to join a brand new Engineering and Applied Design department. Our intention is to ensure that our newly formed Engineering and Product Design courses are fully accredited with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) respectively. We will be working closely with both, and our students, to ensure our courses gain accreditation with the intention that we will back date accreditation for those graduating in 2021. 

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Working with industry

Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses. It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.