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BA (Honours) Product Design

- On this creative design course you learn to design products that are original, attractive, usable and functional.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS W240 Course code

Course description

What you study

On this creative design course you learn to design products that are innovative, attractive, usable and functional. As part of Sheffield Institute of Arts, which traces its history back to 1843, you work alongside students from creative disciplines including fashion, graphics, interior design and fine art.

While gaining the skills you need to produce imaginative designs with visual and technical flair, you also learn how to make those designs rational, suitable for manufacture, and affordable. We'll help you to think like a designer and gain the ability to design, develop and present work to a professional standard. Examples of student work can be found on our Instagram page.

Our BA/BSc course is designed around a common first year. At the end of your first year experience you will be ale to make an informed choice on whether to pursue a BA or BSc award route to reflect your future career aspirations.

In year one you will undertake creative activities and BA and BSc type design projects involving • making, drawing and computer skills • contextual, business and marketing studies • manufacturing, technology and human factors.

Year two involves • live design projects • visual and presentation skills • product materials and manufacturing • an optional overseas study tour.

In your final year, you complete a major project in an area of your choosing.

By developing your skills in research, design and new product development, you develop a clear understanding of social, market, technological and materials-based trends and of what products mean to users. You also get to build up your industry knowledge by taking part in sponsored, live projects for well-known companies such as Morphy Richards and Ideal Standard.

Placements and work experience

All students on this course get to work on real projects for well-known regional or national companies. Previous students have designed kitchen appliances for Morphy Richards, personal care products for Gillette, and bathroom ware for Ideal Standard.

These projects allow you to tackle a real design challenge in a commercial context and present your designs to senior industry figures. As well as building up an impressive portfolio of work for your CV, you gain skills like presentation and teamwork that set you up for a huge range of careers. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

In your third year you can choose to do a placement year, providing you with the opportunity to add to your CV. Placements give you the opportunity to apply your learning, develop new and existing skills and increase your knowledge and experience. Our students have secured placements with companies such as DesignFutures, Morphy Richards and DesignBridge.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community.

Facilities
This is a practical course where you can apply what you learn using equipment as good as – and in some cases better than – what you would find in a professional setting.

In our technical workshops you can practise many techniques, from sandcasting to computer modelling. We have a variety of sophisticated 3D printers, including those that can build complex assemblies using rubber and plastics. Our computers are equipped with software like Solidworks that you'll be expected to know when you graduate. And during your time here, we supply you with a free copy for your own computer.

All this means that when you move into the world of work after graduating, you will be fully prepared with the practical skills employers are looking for.

Expertise
At Sheffield Hallam we know how to nurture successful product designers. We have over 40 years' experience of teaching product design – this is one of the longest-running product design courses in the country.

You are taught by a team of product designers with valuable experience of the industry. Many of our staff continue to work in it. And our in-house commercial design consultancy, Design Futures, gives you opportunities to network with major clients, and offers a route into research.

Sheffield is also the perfect city for a budding product designer. There is a growing design scene based around several businesses – many started by our graduates, including Psalt Design, Click and Tim Fish Design.

Professional recognition

Our BA course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview and GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 an art and design-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 must have 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.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language or Literature at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do accept GCSE equivalents, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 an art and design-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 must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules (BA and BSc)

• Design Principles • Design Practices

Year two modules (BA)

• Advanced Design Principles • Professional Design Practice: Product Design

Year two modules (BSc)

• Innovate for Industry • Advanced Digital and Manufacturing Technologies

Optional placement year (BA and BSc)

Work Placement

Final year (BA)

• Graduation Minor Project: Product Design • Graduation Major Project: Product Design

Final year (BSc)

New Product Development Project

Assessment
  • coursework

Employability

The whole course is focused around developing you for a professional career in design or manufacturing industries. Our professional studio approach, and the industrial input through live projects are fundamental to this. As you progress through the course, the design work you complete grows into a portfolio which helps you in applying for work placements whilst on the course, and ultimately in seeking professional employment.

Our graduates have gone on to work in companies including • Dyson • Volvo Cars • Ron Arad Associates • Mamas and Papas • Kenwood • AME • ASD Lighting • Evolution Power Tools • Design Futures • 93ft Design • Mothercare • Thomas Heatherwick Studios.

The skills you develop on the course are also transferrable to many careers outside design, such as teaching, retail or business management.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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 information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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