The course gives you the ability to challenge conventional ideas through your development of innovative solutions to the challenges and needs of a changing world.
Puts you on a fast track to becoming a senior designer, design consultant or design manager
Allows you to progress to master’s level within one integrated course, with the benefit of a single undergraduate fee structure
Ideally suited to students with a strong art or design background, who would like to focus on the technical and visual design aspects of production for industry
Promotes creativity and innovative thinking in developing commercially viable designs
A challenging course incorporating a work placement
Leads to rewarding careers in companies such as Seymour Powell, Shore Design, Vivobarefoot and Zonica Mobile
You will have a choice of product or furniture briefs for the first two years, before beginning to specialise in the third year through a range of projects that develop your skills and understanding of the design process. Projects are undertaken in a range of areas such as design for an ageing population, sustainability or emerging markets within product or furniture design. In addition to a single major design project in the final year, modules also include the study of design business, design methodologies and emerging digital technologies.
The course allows you to focus on specialist areas, and take a work placement during the summer of the third year, reinforcing your commercial awareness of design. The experience is underpinned by access to the latest rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques with support from an assigned specialist tutor.
UCAS course code: WH21
Duration: Four years full-time, seven years part-time
Institution code: D26
A good portfolio and normally:
Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.
We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above
UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview (please see our Product and Furniture Design portfolio advice| for full details).
Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our international students portfolio page|.
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.
The course includes lectures and practical tutorials in a broad range of areas from manufacturing to aesthetics and business practice. Coursework is the main method of learning and assessment, for which you have continuous support from staff across a range of professional working practices.
Students are taught by design academics and visiting design consultants with specialist knowledge and skills within either product or furniture design. The staff have all worked in industry and also conduct commercial activity and leading 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, Seymour Powell), Marcus Atkin (Director, Out of the Bubble Design), Martin Jones (Retail Lab), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios.
At the end of the third year you will undertake a three month work placement. Tutors support these initiatives and help you to find placements using our strong links with industry. This workplace experience links your chosen specialist final year project with an industry placement. It provides you not only with valuable work experience but also an industry link to support your project work.
Graduates go on to work as specialist professionals within a range of industries from designers through to managers. Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Nokia, Habitat, Adidas and Dyson and within design consultancies such as Seymour Powell.
UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year
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Lively studio facilities allow you to interact with students, professional designers and manufacturers. Your computing skills are continuously developed and you will workon various PC-based 3D modelling and graphic presentation packages using specialist facilities.
International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.
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Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70
“The course focuses on innovation and problem solving which are the fundamental aspects of product design”
Scott Martin, MDes Design Products
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