• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Create drafts, designs and prototypes
Embrace the creative 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. Explore different solutions for a number of areas, working with real clients as you use your expertise to create products with a purpose.

Play an important role in a number of industries
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.

With experience, you’ll have the vision and integrity to respond to the needs of society.
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Course Details

UCAS CODE: W241

We believe that Product Design plays a major role in the current technological revolution. We’re developing students so they can make a difference. 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 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).

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 receive one-to-one teaching as we fully support you throughout your studies. 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 and gain experience on placements
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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 46 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 556 hours
Independent learning: 644 hours

Year 2: 37 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 449 hours
Independent learning: 751 hours

Year 3: 32 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 387 hours
Independent learning: 813 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

95 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

90 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 3

100 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course 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.

On review of your application, you may 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.

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

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.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

  • New Model Dissertation
  • Design Projects 3
  • Major Project
  • Professional Progression

Fees

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.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Marcus Knight

It was Bucks New University that provided me with a BSc Product Design and understood exactly what I wanted to do.

Since leaving University I started my career at a small tool making company designing mould tools. Over time this accompanied my education and allowed me to enter the corporate world of product design working for Nokia, Microsoft, Flir and now Sonos in Santa Barbara, California.

Not only did Bucks 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.

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James de Ville

Studying at Buckinghamshire New University was for me the tipping point between thriving to be a creative Designer and Engineer and taking that first very important real life step on the rung to making it a full-time reality.

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.

The machinery, equipment and resources I had access to were for me the crowning glory and what I attribute a lot of my successes to. Being able to engage with my passions experimenting with ideas whilst developing my skill base in that incredible environment enabled me to flourish in a world of unbelievable possibilities I now call home.

Employability

What are my career prospects

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 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, our students may gain employment in the following design-related occupations: 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.

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. 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.

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