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BA (Hons) Product Design Futures

  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    W420
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

If you are a forward thinker who is intrigued about what the future might look like, this course will not just help you to understand what to expect – it will help you design it. Product Design Futures looks at the future of design, challenging existing design direction and thinking and consideration of where it needs to go, informed by the exploration of design trends, societal change, emerging technologies and environmental issues. 

Our innovative course has been developed to meet the future needs of design in a market where automation will transform professions and create new opportunities. Our graduates will be well placed to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the course to future-proof their career.

This course focuses on the ethical development of new products whilst being sustainable and having less environmental impact. The industry increasingly needs to consider ethics and sustainability, so you will concentrate on the ethical development of new products and how they can be designed to solve real-world problems without causing environmental issues further down the line. Your learning will be informed by the exploration of design trends, societal change, emerging technologies and environmental considerations. You’ll develop your understanding of the impact that the design of products has on the world and the way we live. You will learn to take into account environmental and ethical issues such as the choice of materials, the use of energy, disposal and potential recyclability, which are key concerns for sustainable product lifecycles.

You'll learn to use digital media in the conception, evolution, development and planning stages of the design process.  We have the latest virtual design tools such as virtual reality, which you will employ alongside your manual sketching skills and techniques which are still essential to be able to develop and communicate ideas effectively, and CAD systems ranging from 2D drafting to 3D solid modelling and other sophisticated analysis tools. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time.

Accreditations:

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes).

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

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.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (521 KB)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career so we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This course incorporates the latest design thinking and technological tools to produce graduates who understand global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the design industry and environment.

Festival of Design & Engineering

Our annual Festival of Design & Engineering is where our final year Design and Engineering students exhibit their prototypes and projects. This is one of BU’s longest-running events, giving the public and potential employers an insight into how our students’ work might make a difference in the future.

Many of their projects are a direct result of industry collaboration – offering a solution to a real-life problem, and resulting from practical issues experienced during placement years.

Find out more about the Festival of Design & EngineeringBook tickets for the Festival of Design & Engineering

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. You may also benefit from guest lectures from industry, including our alumni. Please note that teaching staff can change.

You can visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Department of Design & Engineering staff, or register for an Open Day to meet us.

What our graduates think

Jim Dow

My lecturers helped me develop as a designer and encouraged me to push boundaries. I am now working for a lighting design practice using skills I gained at BU.