Places still available to study this September with flexibility in our entry requirements.

It's easy to apply online or call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

Why study BA (Hons) Product Design at BU?:

  • Graduate with a balanced view of the product development process, learning all the practical and theoretical skills necessary to work in the sector  
  • Use state of the art facilities including a specialist CAD laboratory and our manufacturing design centre 
  • Spend your third year on a work placement, gaining at least 30 weeks experience in a relevant industry 
  • Design your own original product and make a working prototype in your final year
  • Exhibit your work to industry visitors and the general public at our annual Festival of Design & Engineering 
  • Be career-ready like 90% of our graduates in employment or further study 15 months after graduation, with skills allowing you to go into a variety of careers in the industry from a designer through to production manager.

The BA (Hons) Product Design focuses on the aesthetic and contextual issues relating to product design whereas the BSc focuses on the technological aspect of design. You don’t need to decide which route you’ll take until your final year.    

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the engineering and technology skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

Studying Product Design at BU

Design & Engineering facilities tour

In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students, we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process, and we will update this page to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded. These changes will come into effect for all new students from September 2025 entry. Applicants will be notified by our admissions team of any changes.

Course accreditation

This course is currently accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers in order to fully meet the requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) registration. This means courses are fully supported by the Institution, and IED student membership is free to full-time students for the duration of their studies.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year. Foundation year: 5 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 4 years full-time.

Accreditations:

Institution of Engineering Designers

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places still available to study this September with flexibility in our entry requirements.

It's easy to apply online or call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

International entry requirements:

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.