This course is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge of the product design process, and opportunity to acquire the necessary skills required to become a professional within the industry.
By the time you graduate you will be able to design and create the products you desire using the latest industry software, making you a key candidate for employers.
Being surrounded by an incredible melting pot of creative minds drove and inspired me to evolve and develop my working ways bringing out the best in me whilst providing me with a cracking backbone of knowledge I have carried with me ever since.James De Ville
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Why study this subject?
If you find yourself admiring the small details of a product, wondering how it was made, and thinking how you could make it better, then this course may be perfect for you.
Use your love of Product Design and problem solving attitude to bring your ideas to life, and change the future in all things tangible. You could design dream products whilst ensuring ethical and social issues are addressed.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
We’ve invested in workshops that replicate those you’ll find at global product companies. We keep on top of the best equipment, using professional facilities and software for your designing needs. Our course is also accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
Our staff are all designers themselves and keep updated on the challenges that surround the industry. You receive group and one-to-one teaching as we fully support you throughout your studies. While independent study makes up most of your time, staff and peers are never too far away to bounce ideas off when you’re in the workshop.
With London only a short train journey away, we are perfectly placed for you to discover some beautiful product design. It also means we can bring in industry professionals to run a range of masterclasses, as well as enabling you to get the opportunity to work on a series of live briefs for real clients in our well-equipped studios.
What facilities can I use?
Using our state-of-the-art facilities, you will undertake computer-aided design with our 3D CAD and CAD/CAM systems, as well as having access to some fantastic workshop facilities to produce 3D models, fully working prototypes, computer models and animations.
I love the fact that I can go into the workshop to work on projects using all the different materials and machines whenever I need. Staff are always around to help and give me some tips on improvement if needs be.Shao Huang
What will I study?
Every product began as an idea. On this course, you’ll take your ideas through a journey towards completion. Craft sleek products from scratch, taking them from scale drawings to the final prototype. You’ll have the freedom to create original products without anything holding you back. Product design is more than vibrant colours and sensual designs. It’s about innovative concepts that have an impact on the world.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
We give you opportunities to gain valuable experience working as a product designer. Throughout the course, you’ll work on real briefs, interacting with clients as you work on creating products for their business.
Product design skills can equip you to work in areas such as special effects, medical equipment design, games environment design, technical illustration, model making and architectural visualisation. Part of the role includes working with clients and getting to understand exactly what they want as an end product.
This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. This will involve access to workshops to support the design process.
This course has been designed with inputs from industry practitioners and professional organisations to meet the requirements of the graduates in the field of Product Design.
You'll also learn through:
- lectures, seminars and workshops
- guided research and reading
- laboratory experiments
- examination of projects, simulated or real
- analysis of work-based scenarios
- independent learning through individual learning plans
- tutored classroom sessions
- visiting speakers and guest lecturers.
Our graduate network continues to spread through many companies in the industry. You’ll be a part of this network, gaining valuable contacts with a variety of work opportunities. Many former students often ask us to suggest people for their own organisations.
With experience, you’ll have the vision and integrity to respond to the needs of society.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry and Research Skills
Introduction to Product and Production Design: Design Principles
Year 2 Modules
Critical and Historical Studies - Historical and Critical Thinking
Design Projects 1
Materials & Processes
Year 3 Modules
Critical and Historical Studies - Design Research and Theory
Applied Production & Manufacture
Professional Studies in Product Design
Year 4 Modules
Critical and Historical Studies - Dissertation
Design Projects 3
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
With a range of new skills and experience working in a professional environment, you’ll have many qualities employers look for. Some of our graduates work for BMW, Hasbro, Nokia and Sony. Others have gone on to start their own design businesses. Or you can continue your studies at postgraduate level.
Our BA (Hons) Product Design course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Product Designer
- Industrial Designer
- Automotive designer
- Model maker
- Design Engineer
- Exhibition and Event Designer
- Furniture and Kitchen Designer
- Display Designer
- CAD Visualiser and Technician
- Production and Set Designer or Prop Designer and Maker.
You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study one of our full-time or part-time postgraduate degrees.
Our graduates have gone on to work with huge companies such as Maclaren, Nokia and Microsoft. Even our current students create products that get taken forward into manufacture.