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Product Design

BA (Hons)
Product Design
3 years (full-time)

Our Product Design course runs alongside Product Design and Craft and both courses have been developed to look at the reasoning for objects that surround us, from the cherished personal items to the functional. Through a programme of study that explores our understanding of the material world, you will learn how to be a designer and maker of objects that enhance our daily interactions.

You will develop essential skills in creative thinking and design strategy, and then apply these to challenge how you approach product design.  You will discover how to design and produce objects that embrace both traditional handmade approaches and contemporary machine and digital manufacturing.

Your design work will also look to address a diverse range of areas including social issues, global awareness and local demand by considering the objects you design and the materials and processes you use.

This course will enable you to explore strategies, materials and processes so you can develop creative and professional skills to support a career in product design.

Special Features

  • This course is supported by a comprehensive range of workshops for hand and machine making in ceramics, glass, metal and wood
  • You also have access to digital making facilities for CNC routing, 3D printing and laser cutting
  • You will be taught by a range of academic and technical experts across the School of Art who are practicing makers and artists

Course Content

Year 1

Investigation and Application

This unit will introduce you to a variety of research methods, and fosters an understanding of how these can make a positive impact on creative thinking. It encourages an open minded and analytical response to source material with the intention of developing a questioning approach to original thinking and problem solving, through the generation and development of ideas. In addition, the unit introduces you to appropriate methods of communication for the range of activities undertaken.

Unit X

At Level 4, this unit encourages some collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts. Teaching will be in the form of tutorial groups, weekly meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to current creative opportunities. 

Principals and Approaches to Product Design

The unit introduces design thinking across a range of short projects to explore methods for identifying, communicating and prototyping design strategies, alongside: visual studies; lectures; tutorial group sessions.

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice. The 15 credit option is taken when you opt to do a 15 credit Uniwide languages unit as well (mmu.ac.uk/uniwide).

Contextualising Practice 1

30 credit unit. You are allocated to one of five pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits will address the historical, critical and cultural contexts of art and design practice.

Year 2

Understanding Context

This unit introduces the primary factors affecting the context of contemporary design and making practice.Set projects will enable you to question ways of working in relation to issues such as usability, sustainability, ethics, market, employability and other related aspects.  It will encourage you to take risks, challenge assumptions and begin to define a distinct approach to your own practice. An integral part of the project work is the continued development of your drawing and visualisation skills.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the University and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Product Design and Innovation

This unit will foster an understanding of the relevance of design as a tool to influence and effect change through contemporary practice.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Product Design Practice

This unit will focus on developing, refining and resolving an appropriate design project to facilitate professional ambitions.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Contextualising Practice 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Student Work

Our Degree Show online galleries show work by final year Three Dimensional Design students, the previous name of the Product Design course.


Staff


Success prelude to new Product Design and Product Design and Craft courses

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Graduates

Graduates of this course go on to establish their own creative businesses as self-employed practitioners, or pursue careers as product designers, furniture designers, ceramicists, jewellers, retailers, gallery owners, retail buyers, design managers, design consultants, teachers and lecturers.

Making an Application

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS.

If you meet our criteria we will invite you to an Interview and ask you to show us a Portfolio of your work.

You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design). A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate26 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Tuition Fees 2019 Entry

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

See Money Matters for further information and advice.