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BSc (Hons) Product Design (with Foundation year)

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Art and Design

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This exciting extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Product Design but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

This course will develop your creative skills along with your technical expertise. As a product designer you’ll be creating items that answer people’s needs and improve their lives.

Your work will involve you in current topical social or environmental issues, and you’ll have the satisfaction of beginning with a concept and taking this through the design stages to a finished product.

You’ll develop advanced skills in areas such as such as sketching, rendering, presentation techniques, model-making and manufacture. The design process involves continuous research to develop a viable and innovative product or strategy. 

During the course you’ll develop creative and technical skills, and we’ll give you a thorough grounding in applied production, engineering and materials exploration and technology.

By the time you graduate you’ll be generating highly complex design solutions. You’ll be familiar with using a variety of methods to produce models and prototypes such as 3D CAD using high-end industry specification software, and model making using our traditional workshops and digital and fabrication facilities.


Download our yearbook
to view examples of our students' work.

And you can also download our brochure for more information.

 

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

H239

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Great location

You’ll be learning within a creative hub of art, design and technical courses with advanced digital fabrication resources.

Award winning students

Our students have high employment prospects, and the quality of their work is reflected in the national awards they’ve received from organisations such as the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the British Lighting Association and ARTS THREAD.

Study trips

You’ll have the opportunity to go on an international study trip during each year of the course, plus the chance to participate in a European exchange programme with Braunschweig University of Art in Germany.

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Ahmed Salah Product Design Alumni and RSA Student Design Awards Winner 2016

Product Design

It has been an amazing academic year studying at the University of East London and the most successful year of my life. The support and encouragement given from the staff and tutors on the Product design course has been excellent throughout the year.

I would like to thank everyone from the product design course for the significant amount of feedback regarding my design work, which has made my dreams come true. It has been truly an honour studying at the University of East London


Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio may include paintings, drawings, sketches, a personal sketchbook, design and photographic work, 3D-modelling, work in progress, etc. It should exhibit an understanding of spatial awareness.

We like to see the creative and planning processes that have contributed to your work, not just the final pieces. We also like to see some work that reflects your own personal interests, i.e. work that you might have undertaken in your own time.

We want to see your passion for your work and you’re expected to present the portfolio in a positive and interesting manner. You will be expected to display care and thought in the way that your portfolio is presented; the organisation is no less important than the content.

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

During your studies you will compile a portfolio of creative and inspiring designs which are unique to your individual approach and which will showcase your talent and expertise to potential employers.

You’ll cover all aspects of product design in our purpose-built design studios and workshops. We have traditional workshops as well as digital and fabrication facilities that boast industry standard equipment.

By studying product design, you’ll be gaining a range of skills.  You’ll learn to experiment and think both creatively and analytically and you’ll develop research skills relevant to the history and context of the product and the materials and processes used to develop the design.

You’ll gain an understanding of the marketing and branding appropriate to your project work. And you’ll master design skills including drawing, sketching, rendering, sketch modelling, computer modelling and prototype making, investigating, researching, interviewing, debating, presenting and working in a team. We’ll also give you advanced computer representation and photography skills.

 
Our well-established links with local businesses mean you’ll have the chance to work on real-life project briefs. These projects often lead to work experience and career opportunities. 

And of course there is also the potential for designing products with direct commercial value.


What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Techniques for Designing
Design Project
Art and Design Workshop
Design Media
History and Theory
Mental Wealth: Professional Life

Mental Wealth Professional Life
History and Theory 1
Design Investigation 1
Design Resolution 1
Technical Studies and Representation 1
Engineering Materials
Mental Wealth Professional Practice
History & Theory 2
Design Investigation 2
Design Resolution 2
Design Integration 2
Quality Engineering
Mental Wealth Engineering Theory & Professional Practice
History and Theory 3
Design Investigation 3
Design Resolution 3
Design Integration 3
Advanced Manufacturing Technology

How you'll be assessed

Approximately half of this course is taken up by the design project work, which is subject to assessments and final presentations. Final-year project work is assessed by the teaching staff, with advice being provided by external examiners. We assess other modules by formal exams and coursework or by coursework alone.

Course specification Foundation Year specification

How you'll learn

You’ll be joining a creative hub of innovative design studios based within the adjoining School of Arts and Digital Industries. You’ll be able to observe other design projects, share ideas, participate in cross-curricular competitions and enjoy evening lectures from inspiring designers.

With a personal tutor to oversee your progress and module leaders for each part of the course, you’ll work independently and occasionally in small groups on design briefs and projects in our dedicated design studios. 

Our product design facilities include traditional workshops and computer aided design (CAD) suites where you can use a range of two-and three-dimensional programmes to produce rendering and prototyping information. We also have a fully equipped model-making workshop, run by skilled and experienced technicians. 

We run prototyping services such as that advanced computer manufacturing process that includes 3D printing, laser cutting and computer routing.

You’ll also have access to UEL’s impressive Knowledge Dock building - a business incubation centre that provides space, equipment and services for start-up enterprises.

During each year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a study trip abroad to look at places of manufacture as well as leading museums and exhibitions. We’ve travelled right across Europe and also further afield to countries such as Japan and South Korea. 


Your future career

Our graduates’ design skills are highly transferable. Studying product design will give you an excellent grounding in related areas such as design management, research, consultancy and teaching. 

Our students are successful in many national and international competitions and events, and often use these as a springboard to employment.

For example, our students have won the prestigious Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce award and the D&AD global student award. They’ve also exhibited at the Crystal Research Centre and taken part in an exchange programme with Braunschweig University of Art in Germany. 

After completing your course, you’ll be able to exhibit your work at the highly regarded ‘New Designers’ exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. 

This attracts professionals and academics from the wider national and international design field, giving you the chance to win prizes, gain publicity in the design press and impress prospective employers or investors.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work in British and overseas consultancies, design engineering firms and website design companies. Others have moved on to postgraduate courses.

Some have set up their own consultancies with the expert support of Knowledge Dock, or developed and marketed their project work with the support of our Petchey Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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