Industrial Design and Technology BA
About the course
Brunel’s Design degrees are some of the most renowned and respected in Europe and our students and graduates have won many national and international design awards.
This course is taught in parallel with Brunel’s successful BSc Design courses and is distinguished by including technical content whilst maintaining a creative and practical approach.
It produces designers who have the ability to realise their design solutions together with a comprehensive understanding of design theory and issues. The technical emphasis means that students can develop products that both look good and work well.
Final year options have a strong technological and humanistic focus, and your major project usually comprises an aesthetic model and a functional prototype.
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At Brunel we believe that good design is the combination of commercial awareness with creative and inspirational thought, validated by sound technological reasoning, defined through the design process.
Graduates of the Industrial Design and Technology course will have significant engineering understanding and will be able to take on key roles encompassing all aspects of the design process, as well as being prepared for further research-based studies.
The programme produces communicators who are at ease working with members of engineering, design and marketing teams and appreciating their individual needs, and capable of contributing to the total design process.
Our design courses have evolved to meet the needs of industry worldwide, by teaching highly motivated students, through in-depth professional studies, to become imaginative yet practical professional designers.
Throughout the programme you will share many compulsory design modules, including materials, graphic media and workshop practice with students on the BSc programmes, but the study of mechanics and electronics will be via workshop-based learning rather than pure subject-based lectures.
We emphasise the application of technology throughout all the courses, with integrated project work forming a substantial part of the course at all levels.
- Graphic Communication
- Creative Engineering Practice
- Product Analysis
- Design Process 1
- Materials with Manufacturing.
- Systems Design
- Design Applications
- Design Process 2
- Design for Manufacture
- Design Communication.
- Major Project
- Innovation Management
- Contextual Design
Level 3 Options (choose two)
- Environmentally Sensitive Design
- Human Factors
- Lighting Design
- Graphic Communication 3.
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and what you will learn on the course.
- We have very close links with industry. This has many advantages for our students in terms of learning opportunities and contacts for your future career.
- Students frequently work on collaborative projects with industrial partners, including British Airways, Bentley Motors, Marks & Spencer and Samsung.
- Many students take advantage of exchange programmes that can take them to Europe, the USA and Australia.
- Design students have won many prestigious awards and gained widespread media attention for their innovative work further contributing to impressive CVs.
Highly rated in league tables
Brunel Design is historically amongst the highest rated for product and industrial design in all the major UK league tables:
- 3rd in 'Art and Design' - The Complete University Guide 2017
- 5th in ‘Art and Design’ - The Times University Guide 2016
- 5th in ‘Art and Design’ - The Complete University Guide 2014
- 2nd in ‘Art and Design’ - The Guardian University Guide 2013
- 3rd in 'Art & Design' - The Sunday Times University Guide 2013
- 6th in 'Art & Design' - The Times Good University Guide 2013.
High employability and student satisfaction
Our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects with 95% finding employment in a professional or managerial job within the first six months of leaving Brunel – see Unistats. We also achieve consistently high rates of student satisfaction with the course.
Links with leading employers
Over 75% of our students have a placement year in industry with leading companies and consultancies.
At Brunel, your learning experience will be created on a broad base of knowledge, skills and industrial experience, distinguishing you from other design graduates. We will provide you with tuition from an extensive cross disciplinary lecturing team including mechanical and electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists, mathematicians, psychologists, practising designers, and graphic artists.
Along with the knowledge and expertise accumulated throughout the course, you could participate in our exchange programmes or undertake work placements with some of the best companies in the world.
All our design courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (iED) to ensure that the courses maintain their academic and commercial relevance. Student membership of the iED is free and encourages continuous professional development through journals and conferences. On graduation, students are eligible for full membership, with further career and training options which can lead to Chartered Engineer status.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught by experts in their fields. Many of your lecturers will be internationally and nationally recognised for their innovative work.
How will I be taught?
Practical design projects
We emphasise the application of technology throughout the course, with integrated project work all levels. In the earlier part of the course, design focuses on closely defined and monitored tasks which lead to more open-ended projects in the final year. As the course progresses, students have more opportunity to develop their own individual strengths and portfolios towards the design career of their choice.
Students are guided through a comprehensive workshop practice course as an integral part of their Level 1 studies. This gives you a grounding in production processes and a feel for materials and their potential. Most importantly, you learn the craft skills needed to construct models and prototypes later in your course. Our workshops are a pride to us and our technicians are second to none.
These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and give you a framework from which to carry out in-depth study.
You will have tutorials for all project work, typically in small groups in the early part of the course, through to one-to-one tutorials in the final year. If you go on a placement you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will help you to set objectives, monitor your progress, and provide further support if you need it. You will also have a personal tutor who is available to discuss both academic and personal problems.
Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third, and Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year project is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Knowledge and understanding are tested by means of a range of assessment tasks, including:
- written and multiple-choice examinations
- laboratory reports
- written coursework
- individual and group design projects
- problem-solving exercises
- oral presentation
- visual media projects
- computer programming exercises.
The range of assessment methods listed above will form the basis for assessment throughout the programme. You will be expected to discuss or demonstrate the approaches and methods you used to solve design problems as well as their final solutions. In written-based activities you will be expected to have researched and critically analysed the material gathered, appropriate to the level.
Where practical skills are taught on the programme these will be assessed by coursework requiring the application of the skill in question, eg workshop skills are tested by the production of various artefacts in wood, metal and plastic, and computing skills are assessed by the generation of suitable programs or models depending on the software used.
Reports and oral presentations in various modules assess written and oral communication skills. Self-organised learning is encouraged at all levels of the programme and increases as you progress, but is mainly demonstrated through the undertaking and completion of the final year Major Project.
Group projects are used in various modules, which will show the ability of students to work in teams. Managing time and resources is demonstrated by professional standards for submitting work by specified deadlines, and late work is penalised in the mark awarded.
We have an established reputation for producing high quality graduates. Our graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects and enter careers in a wide spectrum of environments, including the manufacturing, service and engineering industries, design management and consultancy companies. Many go on to set up their own businesses.
Our graduates are highly sought-after in a wide range of environments. As well as the prestigious companies who offer work placements to our students, employers of our graduates include:
- Apple Computers
- British Telecom
- Land Rover
- Morgan Stanley
- The Technology Partnership
- Virgin Atlantic.
Along with the knowledge and skills built during the courses, work placements offer students direct industrial experience of working on ‘live’ design projects with some of the best companies in the world. A high percentage of students choose to take advantage of this year long work placement and this contributes to the excellent graduate employment record of our students.
Our exchange programme allows students to study in an equivalent course abroad in locations such as the USA, Milan, Hanover, Sydney and Antwerp.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level ABB, including Grade B in Design and Technology, Product Design, Art or Art and Design (General Studies not accepted).
- Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Creative and Media, Engineering or Manufacturing and Product Design, plus a C at A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject with an A-Level at grade A in Design and Technology, Product Design, Art or Art and Design.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-Levels grade AB in Design and Technology, Product Design, Art or Art and Design.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points, including 5 in Higher Level Design or Art subject.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Art and Design course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
All applicants are required to attend an interview including a portfolio review as part of the selection process before a formal offer is made.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.