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

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.

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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.

Be inspired by our team of expert designers

Some of our staff are designers themselves and keep updated on industry developments. Additionally, we run a dynamic visiting lecture programme to provide you with further insights into 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.

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

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

The 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.

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.

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

  • Interior 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

Employability

What are my career prospects

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-maker.

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?

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 dynamic environment and we’ll give you the support you need to develop to your full potential.

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


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.