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BA (Honours) Product Design: Furniture

Try new ideas, discover different ways of doing things and explore the creative possibilities of furniture design.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS W260 Course code

Course description

What you study

Develop your creative ability on a course with a design culture that considers all aspects of furniture and related product design, and a philosophy that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and the exploration of creative possibilities. We celebrate diversity and encourage our students to develop their own personal identities.

You learn to think about furniture in its broadest terms, developing your creativity by exploring space, form and structure.

Your study includes • research skills • idea generation • concept development • ergonomics • model and prototype making • production and communication.

You work on a diverse range of design projects to develop your understanding of furniture in domestic and commercial environments. This range helps you to consider the needs of different users. You also gain awareness of computer-aided design and manufacture, small to mass scale production and business and marketing issues.

Key areas include • creative design projects • workshop and IT skills • contextual studies • technology • human factors • design and innovation • CAD • design for public exhibition • design theory and history.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Placements and work experience

In your third year you can choose to do an optional 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 • Coexistence • Senator • NoughtOne • Ocee Design • BDP Lighting.

At the end of your final year, you have the opportunity to present your work to the public as well as prospective employers. You can showcase your work at our annual degree show, as well as the national New Designers exhibition held at the Business Design Centre in London.

We have strong links with the furniture industry, leading to live projects that help you to understand market forces and technological issues. You visit national and international exhibitions and companies such as • Ocee • Tom Dixon • Jasper Morrison • Moooi • Vitra • Viaduct • Senator.

Professional recognition

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


• 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 15 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 in 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

• Design Principles • Human-Centred Design • Design for Manufacture

Year two

• Advanced Design Principles • Professional Design Practice: Furniture Design

Optional placement year

Work placement

Year three

• Graduation Minor Project: Furniture Design • Graduation Major Project: Furniture Design

  • coursework


Our graduates have found a diverse range of careers in creative professions. Their roles include industrial based designers, CAD designers, independent design practitioners or sales and marketing.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

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

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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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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