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Product Designers are the visionaries of innovation. They bring people and technology together in meaningful ways, whilst developing the practice of design, to create compelling new consumer products and experiences. Our degree gives students the theoretical and practical education and project experience, in state-of-the-art facilities, to become employment ready, accomplished product design engineers, with a professional portfolio of work.

Why study BA Product Design at Middlesex University?

We produce creative, highly skilled designers with an expert understanding of industry, who can combine aesthetic functionality with innovative technology. In fact, our students make the headlines before they graduate by winning awards and catching the attention of entrepreneurs (find out more in the profiles tab). We provide a collaborative learning environment where you'll build the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to design and develop compelling products and systems for the 21st century.

Our project-focused curriculum allows you to bring your designs to fruition and make tangible products to showcase your work. You will graduate well-prepared to enter the professional world of contemporary design practice through exposure to a productive, multidisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art industry standard facilities and placements with prestigious design-led companies.

To support your career success you will build a professional portfolio of work throughout your degree and receive regular guest lectures and project feedback from industry professionals, with the option of spending a year on industry placement.

You will have a common Year 1 with BA Product Design and BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering together, developing the fundamentals of contemporary design and design engineering practice. At the end of the year, you can confirm your choice, or change your initial pathway to take either the creative (BA) or technological (BEng/MEng) route. The BA focuses on people and how they interact with products, while the BEng/MEng is targeted towards technology and how a product functions.

Course highlights

  • You are encouraged to enter prestigious design competitions to enhance your experience and career prospects, as part of the curriculum
  • We are uniquely linked with redLoop - the mdx design and innovation centre; a research-led innovation hub that operates across the product, service, interaction and technology sectors
  • We offer a work placement option in your third year without accruing additional tuition fees so you can gain vital experience within a design consultancy or manufacturing company
  • You will extend your industry knowledge through our series of weekly guest lectures from leading UK and international design experts and companies, as well as meeting experts through our designer-in-residence scheme and visiting lecturers
  • Our degree has the Creative Skillset Tick: a kitemark of quality for training that prepares you for a successful career in the creative industries
  • You will showcase your work in our final year degree show, giving you an opportunity to share your products with industry employers
  • Our London campus gives you access to prestigious placements within the creative industries
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Product Designers are the visionaries of innovation. They bring people and technology together in meaningful ways, whilst developing the practice of design, to create compelling new consumer products and experiences. Our degree gives students the theoretical and practical education and project experience, in state-of-the-art facilities, to become employment ready, accomplished product design...

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Course Content

What will you study on BA Product Design?

You will develop a range of techniques across studio based design processes, prototyping and traditional workshop methods, and computer aided design and manufacturing techniques. The design discourse strand will help you to understand design in its wider context and to recognise its place in the cultural landscape.

You will learn to design and produce a wide range of products across: consumer durables, lighting, furniture, smart products, sports and leisure products, and toys and games. You will also examine design issues relating to: design strategy, human factors, marketing, product semantics, sustainable design, CAD visualisation and simulation, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and contextual design studies.

Our professional learning environment encourages you to develop a commercial approach to design. This happens through taking part in work placements and also through supporting live projects with industry partners.

What will you gain?

Product Design is a practice-based programme, and is focused on employability experience. Modules build technical skills and/or practice skills. Year 1 builds these through hands-on exercises and mini-projects. Year 2 develops the depth and range of these skills and adds ‘Live’ experiences with industrial or external collaborators in a range of Product Design sectors. The Placement Year extends this by allowing you to go out to work directly in a design and/or engineering practice or practices.

The final year combines external project experience with a self-initiated final project, which acts as a calling card for future employment and integrates and coheres all the previous experiences at the highest level.

The course will help you develop the theoretical and practical skills, experiences and attitudes to enter the professional world as an employment ready Product Designer across a wide range of sectors and emerging practices.

What will you study on BA Product Design? You will develop a range of techniques across studio based design processes, prototyping and traditional workshop methods, and computer aided design and manufacturing techniques. The design discourse strand will help you to understand design in its wider context and to recognise its place in the cultural...

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Entry Requirements

112 UCAS points, plus GCSE C English and Maths

Middlesex University has a flexible and personalised approach to admissions and we accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications.

Please check our general entry requirements page to see how these points can be achieved from our acceptable level 3 qualifications and the combinations which are welcomed by Middlesex University, including GCSE requirements.

Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed, provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may be interested in our intensive Foundation in Art and Design, successful completion of which will guarantee a place on a nominated degree. This is a twelve week course, running three times a year, to prepare you for degree-level study. For more information see our iFAD page.

Eligibility

UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.

Academic credit for previous study or experience

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.

If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions

Entry onto this course requires an interview and  portfolio. Please view the Interviews and Portfolios tab for more information

112 UCAS points, plus GCSE C English and Maths Middlesex University has a flexible and personalised approach to admissions and we accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please check our general entry requirements page to see how these points can be achieved from our acceptable...

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