Every product we buy, from MP3 players to the chairs we sit on, has been designed to look and work in a certain way.
On this course you'll learn how to design and develop innovative, attractive and usable products, from commercial 3D objects to conceptual design and communications. You will develop diverse skills in visualisation, prototyping, computer aided drawing, materials and fabrication while applying your design research skills to other creative areas such as branding and interaction design. We aim to reflect the changing role of the product designer so you'll explore product design in its most modern contexts, looking at future technologies, changing customer culture and the impact of carbon neutral lifestyles on manufacturing.
You will gain an understanding of the creative economy and professional design practice. We work regularly with our numerous industry partners on live projects and you have the option of taking a credit bearing work placement. Our graduates enjoy a high success rate in gaining employment after graduation, and our alumni form an important part of our industry network. We have an international outlook with students from all over the world. In your 3rd year you have the opportunity to study for one trimester (3 months) with one of our overseas partners in Europe, China, Australia or North America.
You'll develop good research, problem solving, and conceptual development skills, as well as the ability to work on your own initiative. You'll be able to communicate and work in a team and develop an awareness of the business potential of ideas. You'll also gain practical skills in design, sketching, use of digital media, 3D modelling, materials and manufacture, plus business and marketing skills.
This course is eligible for the Erasmus exchange programme.