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

Course Overview

Do you like creating from scratch? This programme lets you make beautiful products with a mixture of skills including 3D modelling. On this course, you’ll take your ideas through a journey towards completion. Design furnishings for plush five-star suites or dream up the latest fashion for homes. With a diverse range of equipment for a range of materials and processes at your disposal, you’ll be only limited by your imagination.

Become a skilled designer
Our product design courses all share the same first year to give you a chance to try all forms of design. Once you’ve sampled every avenue of product design and found where your creativity blooms, you can specialise in the area that really interests you.

Interior Product design is the course that places most focus on the aesthetics and functionality of design.

Play an important role in a number of industries
With your skills as a product designer, you’ll be prepared for many different areas in the creative industries such as products for interior environments, designs for restaurants and for small households, work as a product manager, design consultant or set-up your own business as designer and maker.

Part of the role involves working closely with clients so you know exactly what they want as an end product. We prepare you for the relationship between client and designer with critique sessions and workshops. You’ll present your work to us in a relaxed environment and we’ll give you the support you need to develop.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: W256

We embrace traditional forms of making skills as well as digital technologies. You will use a range of 3D CAD and rapid prototyping systems, and some fantastic workshop facilities to produce 3D models, fully working prototypes, computer models, animations and simulations to demonstrate your design solutions.

We also have special equipment for silk printing and well-equipped textiles workshops. Our graduates have gone on to work with huge companies. Even our current students create products that get taken forward into manufacture.

Be inspired by our team of expert designers
Some of our staff are designers themselves and keep updated on the challenges that surround the industry. Alongside seminars and groups sessions you’ll receive one-to-one teaching as we support you through your studies. While working in your studios or workshops you’ll always have someone to bounce ideas off.

Work in a professional environment on campus
We’ll 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 new designs for their business.

In the final year, you’ll work on your own self-initiated project. You’ll have the flexibility to create a brief and work on a project that mirrors the needs of business. We’ve found this approach to be incredibly successful and it creates some amazing products.

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.

Please note: The percentages below do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

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.

You will be invited to an interview and portfolio review.

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
  • Interior Product Design 1
  • Materials & Processes

Year 2 Modules

  • Making Choices
  • Applied Production & Manufacture
  • Design Visualisation
  • Interior Product Design 2

Year 3 Modules

  • New Model Dissertation
  • Interior 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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Employability

What are my career prospects

You’ll graduate with experience in many areas of design, from interpreting a brief to the creative process. You’ll also fully understand the industry and the skills it demands. Our graduates have made the most of these skills. Some of them work for Habitat, Villeroy & Boch, John Lewis, Mepra and others. Some graduates go on to start their own design businesses. You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Our graduate network spreads through many companies in the industry. Many graduates often ask us to suggest people for their own organisations.

Upon graduation, you may gain employment within the following areas:

  • Product Design
  • Interior Planning
  • Exhibition Design
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Display Design
  • Exhibition and Event Design
  • Display Design
  • CAD Visualiser and Technician
  • Model-making
  • Design consultancy
  • Product management

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.