Skip to content

Home/Courses/BSc (Hons) Product Design

BSc (Hons)
Product Design

Create products that solve problems for people around the world - starting from the concept. On this Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) accredited course, we'll equip you with the ability to turn a concept into reality. Once you've mastered the skills, you'll be able to work in a number of different fields, from security to health, retail to technology.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: HW72

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Do you want to create flawless designs? Craft sleek products from scratch, taking them from scale drawings to the final prototype? On this 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.

Design a product with purpose
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.

Use your skills and initiative to craft solutions
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.

With experience, you’ll have the vision and integrity to respond to the needs of society. Product designers like Apple’s Jonathan Ive created iconic devices through their understanding of technology, production methods and market needs.

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.

We’ve invested in workshops that replicate the design suites in large 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).

Be inspired by our team of expert designers
Our staff are all designers themselves, and keep updated on the challenges that surround the industry. You’ll receive one-to-one teaching as we make sure that you are fully supported throughout your study. While independent study makes up most of your time, when you’re in the workshop, you’ll always have someone to bounce ideas off.

Work on real briefs
We will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience as a product designer. Throughout the course, you’ll work on real briefs, interacting with clients as you create a work of art for their business.

Year One

  • Design Communication
  • Materials & Processes
  • Design Projects 1
  • VMC Getting Connected

Year Two

  • Design Visualisation
  • Applied Production & Manufacture
  • Design Projects 2
  • VMC Making Choices

Year Three

  • Design Projects 3
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Major Project
  • VMC New Model Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

This course is included in our unconditional offer policy.  

If your application is successful you will be invited for an interview and portfolio review. Your portfolio is a collection of work that represents your creative potential and demonstrates your ability and interest in your chosen subject. The requirement to produce a portfolio of work is the linking factor between all art and design courses. The quality of your portfolio is an important factor in the offer of a place on a course.

View some advice on preparing for your interview from course leader Lyndon Buck here.

When preparing your portfolio, think of your audience, your strengths, and what you are trying to express to the interviewer. Bear in mind that when you come in for an interview and a portfolio review, the interviewer will be new to you and your work so ensure that everything is clear and easy to view. Show your work off in the best possible way and avoid any means that complicates or obscures it.

What should be included?

Your portfolio should include the strongest examples of your creative work. Follow your instincts but also seek advice from your teachers. Portfolios can vary from student to student but typically a portfolio should contain work from a variety of media. Quality is better than quantity so only include 20 or 30 pieces that you consider best shows off your diversity. If you have created 3D pieces of work, photographs of these can also be included. Try also drawing the same subject matter in a variety of ways, such as by changing scale, composition and media.

How should your portfolio be presented?

Try to make your portfolio as clear and as organised as possible. If the work does not explain itself, include a label which details the title of the piece. It could also be useful to include a date when the work was completed. It is advisable to present the work in related groups, rather than in chronological order, as this will show how your idea developed.

Supporting material and sketchbooks

You should bring along your sketchpads and notebooks. These will allow the interviewer to get a glimpse into how you think creatively and discover how you have developed your ideas. We don't expect these to be neat, tidy or organised. We also don't expect these to contain finished ideas.

It is advantageous to support your portfolio with any written work, such as relevant essays. We also like to see documentation of journeys, visits and activities outside your main studies, which may have inspired you. It is likely that the interviewer will look at your portfolio with you so be sure that you are able to discuss each piece of work, why you chose that topic, what you were trying to achieve, and the process you went through to achieve the final product. We are happy to view a digital portfolio, but please notify us in advance.

If your application is suitable and you have been invited for an interview, you be notified of the date and time of this on your Track. We will also e-mail you full details about the day, however please be sure to remember the following:

  • Show an example of a product you have designed or are designing on a computer. 
  • Bring along a small model of a product you have made.
  • Provide an example of a written report or essay you have done that talks about a product.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

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 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.

Upon graduation, students are well prepared to work in these areas:

  • Product Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Automotive design
  • Model making
  • Design Engineering
  • Exhibition and Event Design
  • Furniture and Kitchen Design
  • Display Design
  • CAD Visualiser and Technician
  • Production and Set Design
  • Prop Designer and Make

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
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 run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Since graduation I have been working on a variety of TV shows including Children in Needwhere I have been responsible for designing and project managing the studio sets, as well as designing visuals and construction drawings. I am in the big world and I like it!

Ben Telford

This course gave me the skills and confidence to become a professional accredited mechanical design engineer and achieve my dream of living in California and working for Nokia.

Marcus Knight