Do you want to create flawless designs? Craft sleek products from scratch, taking them from scale drawings to the final prototype? On this IED accredited course, you’ll view product design as a science, creating technical products such as electronic devices and complex 3D images. You’ll be able to create your own products, learning how to present your ideas for manufacture.
We are given the freedom as creative students to pursue our own projects in second and third year. However the lecturers and the technicians are always ready to support and help you, which is highly useful.Guilherme Cavalleri Romao
Not only did Buckinghamshire New University provide me with a solid foundation in Product Design and Engineering, the course was strong enough to help my path in securing a Green Card to live and work in the US. This is something that I wanted to achieve since childhood.Marcus Knight
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
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 more efficient, 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 can design products that answer a need whilst ensuring ethical and social issues are addressed.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Embrace the technical side of design. You’ll use a range of industry standard 3D CAD and CAD/CAM systems, and some fantastic workshop facilities to produce 3D models, fully working prototypes, computer models and animations to demonstrate your design solutions. You’ll explore different solutions for a number of areas, working with real clients as you use your expertise to create products with a purpose.
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.
What will I study?
With your skills as a product designer, you’ll be able to adapt to many different areas. We look at special effects, medical equipment design, games environment design, technical illustration, model making and architectural visualisation. Part of the role involves working closely with clients as you examine exactly what they want as an end product.
We believe that Product Design has a major role to play in the technological revolution. We’re developing students who can make a difference. Already, 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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
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 will 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?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
Applicants will need to complete an interview and/or demonstrate portfolio work, further guidance is given on the portfolio advice tab.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
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
Historical and Critical Thinking
Design Projects 1
Materials and Processes
Year 2 Modules
Design Research and Theory
Applied Production and Manufacture
Professional Studies in Product Design
Year 3 Modules
Design Projects 3
Design for Manufacture
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.
Graduates of this course have gone on to a wide range of careers such as product designer for Nokia, model makers for Sony, aerospace designer for BAE, and engineering designer for BMW, as well as progressing to further study. Some students also go on to start their own design business and work within design consultancies.
Our BSc (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 our full-time or part-time MA Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing.