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An Introduction to Product Design and Creative Innovation*


Course overview

This course introduces you to design thinking and the design process. You follow the process from interpreting the brief to realising innovative outcomes relating to new products and consumer needs. You learn how design can be used to deliver solutions to real-world problems. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project.

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Course details

What you study

Module Aims
- To develop an understanding of the key principles and contexts of product design and creative innovation.
- To develop the knowledge and practical skills in design thinking, processes and methods in the development of design solutions.
- To provide opportunities for students to originate and present design solutions in their own subject area.
- To encourage a reflective approach to learning.

Indicative Content
- Contexts of contemporary product design and creative innovation
- Design thinking and design processes
- Innovation in product design and the creation of ideas and concepts for product realisation
- Project presentations and reflective summary

Sessions will take place in a studio. The key knowledge of the discipline will be introduced through a programme of interactive lectures followed by workshop sessions that enable students to build and develop ideas and skills. Tutorials will be available throughout the module and will offer specific advice and support on individual learning and assessment matters.

How you are assessed

The module will be assessed through a portfolio of product design creative work (100%).


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is assumed and students are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project.



2020 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Enrolment date: To be announced May 2020