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Product Design BSc

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3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS code

H772, H776 with Professional Practice

Start date

September

Study location

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

ABB (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option

Overview

Design at Brunel is all about realising fantastic ideas in the real world. Our Product Design BSc degree is focused on developing your commercial awareness, technical skills and ability to innovate, meaning you can develop products that both look good and work well.

There is a lot of project-based learning to test your skills and you’ll see the outcome of your design from concept to making the actual product. This means you’ll be able to build a great portfolio of your best-quality projects, academic and industry briefs, and case studies during your studies.

You’ll have workshop training and will use industry-standard equipment and software to develop quality hands-on skills to become a maker. Independent access is available to modern facilities that include dedicated design studios, digital sketching, extensive prototyping workshops, and electronics and digital fabrication labs. The practical knowledge you gain is transferable to industry and provides a head start for your future career as a designer and design making in the modern world.

Our product design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year. The placement year helps you to prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. Our students have worked in both small innovation start-ups and multinational organisations such as Adidas, Chanel, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips, Disney and Lego. Some take advantage of exchange programmes that can take them to universities in Europe and the USA.

Made in Brunel is a unique, student-led initiative that showcases our design talent at its finest. Each year our students run a series of industry and community events leading up to the Made in Brunel exhibition. This annual showcase is a highlight of the London design calendar and promotes the incredible work our students produce to the creative community, and is a great way for our students to network with key design professionals.

If you are interested in turning a product or technology idea into a business after you graduate, we are in partnership with the Central Research Laboratory (CRL), a design incubator for start-ups. You’ll have access to meeting rooms and work space as well as prototyping facilities. A team of in-house professionals will guide and support you at each stage and a number of our previous entrepreneurial students have successfully commercialised their products.

The British Industrial Design Association graduate employability survey ranks Brunel second for creating the ‘most employable graduates’.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course content

The first two years of your design undergraduate degree will contain a balanced blend of creative and technical subjects and mechanics and electronics are taught at a theoretical level. In your final year, you move on to more specialised areas and you’ll be introduced to the human-centred design process, enabling you to identify alternative design solutions.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Year 1

Compulsory:

  • Design Process 1
  • Graphic Communication 1
  • Materials with Manufacturing
  • Mechanics for Design
  • Electronics and Mathematics

Year 2

Compulsory:

  • Design Process 2
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design Communication
  • Electronics, Programming and Interfacing
  • Dynamics, Mechanisms and Stress Analysis

Year 3

Compulsory:

  • Major Project
  • Innovation Management
  • Human Factors

Optional (choose two):

  • Environmentally Sensitive Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Contextual Design
  • Embedded Systems for Design

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A Level ABB, including at least grade B in Design and Technology, Product Design, Art or Art and Design and at least grade B Maths or Physics (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in a related subject including Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians, and Further Mechanical Principles.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A Level at grade A in Maths or Physics.
  • 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 plus Maths or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points, including 5 in Higher level Design and Technology, Product Design, Art or Art and Design and 5 in Higher Level Maths or Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Engineering course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. All Maths units must be Distinctions at level 3.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Our design degrees are delivered by a passionate multi-disciplinary academic and technical team, including practising designers and graphic communication experts, mechanical and electrical engineers, and computer and materials scientists, and our lecturing staff are research or professionally active. This means you’ll be learning from enthusiastic teaching staff with real industry experience, and who have been making their ideas a reality through design for many years.

Study will combine lectures and other tutor-led activities such as group tutorials, lab sessions, computing sessions, manufacturing workshops, and guided independent study.

Class sizes depend on module, but all core modules are split up into around 40 people per group. Independent learning is key, and the amount of credits in a module represents the amount of time you will be expected to put in. For example, 40 credit modules require 400 hours of work across the year which equates to 12 hours per week, three of which will be in lectures and the remaining nine in self-directed study.

You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via assignments, coursework, presentations, individual and group design projects, lab reports and case studies, exams, and the final year major design project.

Marked work and feedback will be returned to students within three weeks of submission.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £18,720 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.