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Product Design and Creative Innovation
BA (Hons)

W240 BA/PDCI

 
 
 

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Product Design and Creative Innovation at Teesside allows you to develop your career in a multitude of directions, either as designer-makers or as designers for large organisations. 21st-century approaches to product design range from designing one-off, bespoke artefacts to mass-produced objects in their millions.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.

Our product design courses have an outstanding reputation and a proven track record. This course focuses on creative ideas for the form of products, and how they relate to consumer needs and tastes, as well as their environmental impact. There is a strong focus on design thinking, business thinking and how design can be used to deliver solutions to real-world problems.

The design studio and workshops, where all three years of the programme share spaces, allow for a truly experimental approach to the design and development process through talking, drawing and making. Digital labs and prototyping workshops allow you unlimited access to create and innovate within your chosen pathway.

Throughout the programme you will focus on the following themes:
Year 1: think it, collaborate, visualise, make it, experiment, digitise
Year 2: market, launch pad, virtualise, change it, connect, identify
Year 3: reportage, live lab, folio, design and realise, document

Browse our final-year students’ work during their Design Degree Show 2019.

 

Course details

Skills in technical drawing, marker rendering, model-making and computer-aided design are developed alongside design thinking and contextual studies. You are continually challenged to create real-world products which consider the need for usability, marketability and sustainability. By the third year you have developed a specialist portfolio which indicates your intended career direction.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Activate

You are introduced to idea generation, design thinking and creative confidence in learning methods, study skills and studentship in design. You reflect on and evaluate your current skills and experiences up to joining the design programmes.

You have the opportunity to work with students from other design disciplines. Through workshop exercises you are then able to apply this knowledge to project work.

Collaborate

This module encourages experimentation, innovation and risk taking within working practice. A series of facilitated workshops introduce you to traditional and emerging skills and techniques that you will be able to use throughout your studies and into professional life.

Digitise

The module gives you a foundation in using industry-standard software to visualise and communicate your ideas in both 2D and 3D. You learn how to use computers as presentation tools and to help you identify the correct software for specific tasks. You experiment with digital illustration, 3D modelling and animation.

Enterprise

You are introduced to the innovation economy and gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop and deliver entrepreneurial solutions. You explore organisational contexts as members of teams or empowering you to harness your personal and business skills.

Make It

This module develops your knowledge and skills in materials and manufacturing. You consider properties of materials used in constructing products. And you assess a range of maker, traditional and modern engineering manufacturing processes. Both subtractive and additive processes are included.

Visualise

Communicating information is fundamental to the design process, particularly in the form of drawings, illustrations and models. This module introduces you to the range of traditional methods used for modelling, drawing and illustrating product design proposals.

 

Year 2 core modules

Analysis

During this module you look outside of the studio to observe, make links and understand situations. You consider how design can be a progressive force that impacts and improves lives and environments. You have the ability to shape project work to suit your design interests and can involve yourself with individual, collaborative, entrepreneurial, research-led or externally-situated briefs.

You have the opportunity to connect with wider communities to identify a need for improvement by design. Social design is a driver for our practice and provides the means to underpin deep and meaningful solutions.

Change IT

This module helps you, as a product design student, to understand the issues, theories, debates and contexts which connect with product design activity. As society changes, so too do the forces which shape the way that objects look and function.

Connect

Designers operate in a commercial world. It is crucial that you understand the needs of all the stakeholders that your design will impact upon and that you strategically develop products that will service specific market sectors, be user focused and fulfil the needs of business. 

You build your knowledge and understanding of design in a business context. Develop your skills in project management, applied research methods and the design process. You relate the work to real-world business scenarios, problems and situations, considering both manufacturing and end-users. A significant project draws your skills together to consider the strategy behind new product development. You prepare for your third-year studies by developing more independence in your choice and direction of project work.

Identity

Preparing for employment is an essential element of your studies. This module highlights the notion of work readiness and the transitional process from study to employment.

Launch Pad

This module introduces iterative working practices used in industry to ensure top-level creativity, collaboration and communication flourishes. You are able to shape project work to suit your interests and can involve yourself with individual, collaborative, entrepreneurial, research or externally situated briefs.

Virtualise

3D CAD software enables product designers around the world to bring their ideas to life. Rapid manufacturing is an example of new opportunities that are developing within the maker space and FabLab movement. New business models are emerging that enable designers to directly transfer CAD data into bespoke and production items.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

Final-year core modules

Design and Realise

This module considers the design and prototyping of product and service design solutions including those suitable for hand, batch or mass manufacture. This is underpinned by a sound understanding of the user, business and technical issues that relate to it. The choice of project and associated brief comes from you, with advice from staff, to be pertinent to your interests and/or career aspirations. The realisation of your project is through physical and digital models, animations and associated visual material.

Document

Your ability to communicate the creation and production of your final design project solution is evidenced through a written piece of work.

Folio

This module develop the skills you need to make the transition from university to employment and how to present your work and yourself in a variety of situations – from trade shows to formal interviews. You learn to create and develop visual material, both physical and digital, that you can use in a variety of contexts when looking for employment.

Reportage

This module provides you with the opportunity for extended independent research on a topic of personal interest within the field of product design. It promotes in-depth understanding through research and critical analysis. It also develops your ability to construct and present logical, balanced and supported arguments and information in a negotiated final format.

Studio

This module enables you to develop your own field of interest and negotiate a personal programme of study. It encourages the continued growth of a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work and focuses on conceptual and experimental exploration. You may also decide to undertake appropriate external or live projects.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

The curriculum is supplemented by opportunities to engage with live projects, internships and national competitions. Visits are organised to manufacturers and trade exhibitions as well as an annual international trip to the likes of Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. Visiting lectures by industry experts and alumni strengthen the professional feel of the course.

The physical environment of the course is fundamental to your success. Studios are open 24 hours. As a first year student you have dedicated work-spaces within an open-plan studio, with CAD labs and workshops on the floors above and below. This encourages a seamless work-like routine where you can move between spaces to design, test, prototype and experiment on your design projects. Rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printing, plasma-cutting and CNC routing sit alongside traditional model making tools to offer a fully rounded making experience.

How you are assessed

You learn through 100% in-course assessments which are carried out through hands-on design-and-make projects.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are versatile creatives who pursue careers in solo, small enterprise or more corporate set-ups across the world. Typical destinations are in furniture and lighting design, domestic and household products, fashion accessories, electronics and gadgets, cars and transportation. You could work at all levels as designer, maker, retailer, manager or prototyper.

Product Design at Teesside has a long tradition of educating leading designers who have been employed by national and international companies, including Aston Martin, Philips, Seymourpowell, Jaguar Land Rover, Teague and Dyson.

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
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