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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
This course scored 96% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Learn the skills you need to become a product, furniture or industrial designer.
- Experience BA and BSc design projects in first year before selecting your award route.
- Work on projects with well-known companies.
- Have the opportunity to study abroad — with Erasmus funding available for European placements.
- Discover your career pathway through thematic projects that will make you work-ready, enterprising and globally engaged.
On this creative design course you learn to design consumer products or furniture-related products that are original, attractive, usable and functional. The degree is informed by professional practice and focuses on preparing you for professional employment in the creative industries. You develop knowledge, practical and technical transferable hard and soft skills which lead to careers ranging from design-maker, product designer, furniture designer, entrepreneur and technical designer.
Watch student Ashley Granter talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.
The first year is common to all students, from the second year you can choose to study for a BA or a BSc to reflect your chosen career path. On the BA you will learn to take creative risks and innovate manufacturable, user-centred designs. The BSc develops advanced skills in new product innovation and digital technologies.
You learn through
- studio-based design projects
- technical workshops
- lectures and seminars
- work placements
- live design projects (where appropriate)
- field trips
- critique and feedback
The following modules are available on this course. At the end of your first year, you choose which qualification to pursue from year two.
Year 1 (BA and BSc)
Design Practices – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Design Principles – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Year 2 (BA only)
Advanced Design Principles – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Professional Design Practice (Product Design) – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Year 2 (BSc only)
Innovate for Industry – 80 credits, coursework 100%
Advanced Digital and Manufacturing Technologies – 40 credits, coursework 100%
Final Year (BA only)
Graduation Product design Portfolio – 120 credits, coursework 100%
Final Year (BSc only)
Course leaders and tutors
Head of Research Centre, Design Director at Design Futures
You have the opportunity to arrange a placement year in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.
You can work for one company for the whole placement, or for several companies to create a diverse portfolio of experiences. Previous students have secured placements with Design Futures, Morphy Richards, and Lowe Alpine, BDP Lighting, Ocee Design and Mazda Europe.
This course prepares you for a career in
- running your own business
- becoming a designer-maker
- industrial designer
- design consultancy
- digital visualisation
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- Ron Arad Associates
- Jaguar Landrover
- Fosters and Partners
- Urbis Design
- Evolution Power Tools
- Black and Decker
- Thomas Heatherwick Studios
- Design Futures
The BA (Hons) Product Design course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
Sir Christopher Frayling, cultural historian and former chairman of Arts Council England, opened Sheffield Hallam University's David Mellor: Steel and Light exhibition. The exhibition celebrates the 100 years since the development of stainless steel by metallurgist Harry Brearley, and commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Mellor's Symbol range of cutlery.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- extensive technical workshops
- computer-driven CNC equipment
- 3D printing
- 3D digital tools
Learn more about your department
Tour the new home for Sheffield Institute of Arts and hear students explain how cutting-edge resources are helping to develop a dynamic, creative community.
This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject such as Art, Design or Graphics). For example:
- BBC at A Level.
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
• Access ¿ an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
• Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) - pass
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.
We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
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'.
The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20. The modules displayed below are for the BA (Honours) only. Information on the modules for the BSc (Honours) route can be found in the applied learning section above.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Design Practices||Credits: 60||
|Module: Design Principles||Credits: 60||
|Module: Advanced Design Principles||Credits: 60||
|Module: Professional Design Practice (Product Design)||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Graduation Design Portfolio (Product Design)||Credits: 120||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/2021 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting this course in 2019/20 are £9,250 per year.
† 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.
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.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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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