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BA (Hons) Product Design and Creative Innovation

UCAS code: W240 BA/PDCI

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.

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Up to 6 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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    Art and design facilities

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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

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 impacts on. You strategically develop products that service specific market sectors, that are user focused and fulfil the needs of business.

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.

 

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.

Professional Skills

This module develops the skills you need to make the transition from university to employment including how to present work and yourself in a variety of situations, from trade shows to formal interviews.

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. Likewise visits are regularly 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 hot-desk 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 five-axis 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.


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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.

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application, your portfolio and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS Tariff Points: 96-112 UCAS Tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables our applicants to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

Offers of places are normally made at or after the interview and we strongly encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend, we can organise a virtual interview: you send your work to us, usually on CD, and we discuss it with you over the telephone or by email.

English language and maths requirement
Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade C, or 4 under the new grading system. Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Mathematics.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year.

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have a strong portfolio and you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements. Find out more and check your eligibility.

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied at higher education level (for example, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or one or more years at degree level at another institution) you may request direct entry to Year 2 or year 3 of this degree.

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio/written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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