Why Herts?
    • Rimal Bhatt, a recent graduate of the course was named the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year at the prestigious New Designers 2019

About the course

This course provides an opportunity to experience and develop the skills and processes involved in the professional practice of product and industrial design. Approaches are centred around consumer goods, where issues covering everyday manufactured products are developed and explored. The degree investigates the cultural, technical and commercial factors which influence the development of innovative new products, and introduces the creative and professional strategies which underpin design.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Product and Industrial Design
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Product and Industrial Design

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Why choose this course?

This Product and Industrial Design degree provides an opportunity to experience and develop the skills and processes involved in the professional practice of product and industrial design. Approaches are centred around consumer goods, where issues surrounding everyday manufactured products are developed and explored. The degree investigates the cultural, technical and commercial factors which influence the development of innovative new products, and introduces the creative and professional strategies which underpin design.

The study includes branding and methods of identifying consumer needs and aspirations as an approach to creating the right product. Industry partners include Ford, Xerox and Herman Miller, with strong working relationships with Imagination Ltd., Conran & Partners and London Associates. The staff team is drawn from nationally and internationally experienced designers who bring their research and professional interests directly into the student environment.

  • This Product and Industrial Design degree is industry focused which has excellent links to industry
  • This unique degree provides the depth of skills and knowledge needed to succeed in Product or Industrials Design as a career
  • As a student on the degree, you will learn the development process of taking a product to completion, not only in terms of the design but also in terms of the knowledge of influencing factors needed to make the product successful
  • This exciting degree fosters students to be experimental, explore and challenge their design ideas to push the boundaries on traditional Product Design

Key staff

John Beaufoy
Senior Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design. He has over 30 years experience of design and making. Starting as a design-engineering apprentice at Dunlop in Coventry, John is interested in sustainable design and manufacturing.

Julian Lindley
Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design. Commercially, his focus is with technical products, asking ‘can it be better?’ Research interests stem from Social Sustainability with a belief that design methodology is key to providing solutions.

Professional Accreditations

Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.

Course details

Careers

Graduates from our previous Product and Industrial Design courses have go on to a wide range of careers in the industry, with many choosing to continue their creative and professional practice on a freelance, self-employed basis. Graduate jobs include: Design Manager at Tesco; Marketing Co-ordinator - WH Smith; Designer - SKK Lighting; Designer - Product Partners Ltd; Designer - Mira Bathroom Fitments.

What job can I get?

Our graduates offer employers advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing skills, and are well placed to develop successful careers with leading companies in the field of product design. These careers include 3D modellers and visualisers, product designers, CAD specialists, designer-makers and design teachers. Your strong 3D, IT and design skills will benefit a wide range of employers.

Graduates from our previous Product and Industrial Design courses have go on to a wide range of careers in the industry, with many choosing to continue their creative and professional practice on a freelance, self-employed basis. Graduate jobs include: Design Manager at Tesco; Marketing Co-ordinator - WH Smith; Designer - SKK Lighting; Designer - Product Partners Ltd; Designer - Mira Bathroom Fitments.

Teaching methods

Teaching on this programme is largely focused around project based work. All projects are supported by focused lectures, seminar discussions. At Year One and Year Two, there are a range of additional workshop sessions that are designed to address the broad range of design skills required by Product Designers, these include 3d workshop skills, 2d CAD, 3d modelling through to issues relating to the presentation and visualization of project ideas.

Students tackle a variety of briefs ranging in complexity and time scales, some that are directed and others in which students negotiate their direction of the brief. Some projects will take many weeks to complete whilst others will be solved within a matter of hours. There's also a huge variety to the pattern of learning experiences with some projects being team based and others are worked on individually. Tutorials and seminars include one-on-one, small group, medium sized groups for workshops and large groups for lectures. The project critique is a fundamental part of our design teaching. The critique is a forum in which students present and defend their project proposals in front of their peers; this mirrors the real life scenario when designers present their ideas to clients.

Work Placement

Placements are a valuable means of establishing industrial contacts and gaining an insight into the commercial reality of a chosen discipline. We have a long history of students working with industry supplementing the taught university curriculum with real life on the job experience.

This has seen students working right across the creative industries sector: in graphic, product and interior design consultancies, working as artist in residence in galleries, producing props and sets for the film & TV industry, shadowing teachers in education, working with commercial photographers through to students working right across the Music industry.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.


Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Core Design Skills 30 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Design Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Design Studio (1) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Design Theory (L4) 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Core Design Skills (2) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Design Studio (2) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Design Theory (L5) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Design Principles (PID) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Professional Work Experience 30: Design 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Professional Design Studio (3) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Major Degree Project (PID) 60 Credits Compulsory
    The Degree Essay (L6) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC - Including formal or informal qualifications in Art or Design DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    24/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    24/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    24/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    24/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students