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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Product Design with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Art and design

Develop a creative and innovative approach to product design and service innovation by challenging and exploring contemporary practices through a series of exciting and diverse projects.


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2020. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A009
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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We are planning a mixture of face-to-face teaching and online learning for the 2020/21 academic year to ensure a safe learning environment for all our students. Read more about studying at Hallam this September.

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Course summary

  • Learn the skills you need to become a professional product or service designer.
  • Create visually compelling and innovative products and engaging service experiences.
  • Develop real-world experience working on live projects with global brands.
  • Benefit from exceptional connections with relevant industry and professional networks

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

This course prepares you for an exciting career as a globally-minded designer, equipped to identify and respond empathetically, sustainably and collaboratively to creative opportunities.

How you learn

Through studio-based learning and working on live projects, you'll gain a deep understanding of design culture and practice. You'll learn how to take creative risks while also developing your own personal approach.. You'll develop collaborative skills through interdisciplinary projects, as well as engaging globally with our established partner institutions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the first ‘induction’ module you’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. In the second ‘project’ module you’ll be taught by tutors from the BA (Hons) course supported by foundation tutors.

You’ll learn through

  • studio-based design projects
  • technical workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • authentic work experiences and placements
  • live design projects
  • field trips
  • presentations and feedback sessions
  • studio-based design projects
  • Blackboard online learning portal
  • self-directed study


Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on.

Course leaders and tutors

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
Senior Lecturer

First Year Course Leader - I am a product designer, researcher and tutor on the BA/BSc Product and Furniture Design course

Applied learning

Work placements

You'll have opportunities to arrange single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years of the full course. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have secured placements with Design Futures, Morphy Richards, Lowe Alpine, BDP Lighting, Joseph Joseph and Mazda Europe. You may also be able to work or study abroad – with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

Live projects

You'll engage in authentic work experiences in each year of the course, working with external partners and exciting live briefs. Recent live projects have seen students working with RAB, the NHS, Astro Lighting and 257 Product + Brand Development. You'll have the opportunity to pitch project outcomes to company representatives and potentially receive payment for designs.

Field trips

We offer opportunities to go on study trips and visits in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips on the course. These could include workshops, design exhibitions or visits to practitioners’ studios and museums. Recent international trip destinations include Berlin, Copenhagen and Milan. There may be opportunities to further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs.

Networking opportunities

Sheffield Hallam's Careers Connect mentoring scheme allows you to gain professional insights and support from a personal mentor working in your field of interest. We also organise an annual two-day employability event, allowing you to network with commercial partners and participate in one-to-one portfolio reviews. Our annual degree show is a great opportunity for graduating students to showcase their work.

Competitions

We support you to enter national and international design competitions. Recent successes include the RSA Student Design Awards and four prizes awarded at the 2019 New Designers graduate exhibition in London, including the Joseph Joseph and 100% Design awards.


Future careers

This course prepares you for future study and careers in

  • product design
  • user experience/user interface and service design
  • design consultancy
  • consumer insight and brand strategy
  • strategic innovation
  • running your own business
  • designing and making
  • digital visualisation
  • education
  • sales
  • marketing

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Dyson
  • Volvo
  • Ron Arad Associates
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Kenwood
  • Next
  • Fosters + Partners
  • Panasonic
  • Urbis Design
  • VTech Hong Kong
  • Mothercare
  • Thomas Heatherwick Studios
  • Design Futures

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

You'll have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. You'll be based in a fully equipped and purpose-designed studio, with state-of-the-art facilities including

  • industry-standard computer hardware and software
  • extensive workshops for soft modelling and prototyping
  • metal fabrication and fabrication (plasma cutting, welding, casting, bending and forming)
  • precision-metal workshop with milling machines and lathes
  • print, wood, plastics, metal, mixed media, casting and ceramic workshops
  • CNC equipment including laser cutters, CNC routers (2D and 3D)
  • electronics and coding lab
  • 3D printing (including SLA, FDM, SLS, Police and metal 3DP)
  • 3D digital tools (3D CAD, FEA), 3D scanning (Artec Leo)
  • industry-grade spray painting and colour matching facility
  • industry-standard XYZ CNC mills, DMG mill-turn lathes and EDM
  • structural-integrity laboratory/metrology for testing materials and components

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including at least 24 UCAS points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include Art, Design and Technology, Textiles Engineering or Graphics.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundation Induction Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Design Practices Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Design Principles Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Design Principles Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Design Practice (Furniture Design) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Design Practice (Product Design) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduation Design Portfolio (Furniture Design) Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Graduation Design Portfolio (Product Design) Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF)

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