• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2019

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.

Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

Top-up your studies

If you have completed a foundation-level degree, HND, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant Art and Design subject, you can choose to top-up your studies to gain a full bachelor’s degree.

A top-up degree is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree, and offers a chance to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of your subject, while also getting an internationally-recognised qualification.

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.

Create drafts, designs and prototypes

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.

You’ll use a range of industry standard 3D CAD and CAD/CAM systems, and some fantastic facilities to produce 3D models, fully working prototypes, computer models and animations.

You can explore different solutions for a number of areas, working with real clients as you use your expertise to create products with a purpose.

With experience, you’ll have the vision and integrity to respond to the needs of society.
Product Design Student Gallery

More placements, more choices

Bucks 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.

Course Details

Our staff are all designers themselves and keep updated on the developments within the industry. You receive group and one-to-one teaching as we fully support you throughout your studies. Even when undertaking independent study, staff and peers are never too far away to bounce ideas off when you’re in the workshop.

To achieve the full BA (Hons) in Product Design you will need to complete a major project, a dissertation as well as undertake a Professional Practice module.

The major project and dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic important to you within product design. You will cover the whole research process, undertaking empirical investigation and analysis. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, who will offer support and advice.

The Professional Practice module gives you the opportunity to undertake work-based learning or answer live industry briefs, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career in the creative industries.

What are the course entry requirements?

This programme is offered as a top-up qualification for students who have completed a HND, FDA, or other equivalent qualification in a relevant Art and Design subject, and wish to progress further to achieve an Honours degree.

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:

Modules

  • Design Projects 3
  • Professional Practice
  • Major Project
  • Dissertation

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU 2019/20: £9,250

Full Time International 2019/20: £11,000

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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team

Employability

What are my career prospects

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

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 confident 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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Industry partners

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The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.