Industrial design is where creativity meets technology. If you want to learn the skills to design, create and develop products, then this BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree course is for you.
You’ll fuse elegance and beauty with functionality and performance. You’ll harness technology and learn computing skills that’ll put your innovative ideas on screen and then bring them to life as real products.
You'll graduate from this degree course able to work in areas such as product design, design management, consultancy, engineering, marketing and graphic design. With the expertise you develop on this course, you can consider a career working on and improving many of the products we all take for granted including cars, computers, furniture and household appliances.
What you'll experience
On this degree course you’ll:
- Develop your understanding of computer-aided illustration and design (CAD), as well as manufacturing and technology concepts
- Tailor your studies to your career ambitions by specialising in subjects that interest you most,
- Learn how businesses apply design for their products and production processes
- Bring your ideas to life using our sophisticated computer software, 3D printing and rapid prototyping equipment
- Work on real-life projects through our links with design centres and big players in the industry such as Anglepoise Lighting, Raymarine, Frictec and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
- Have access to our computer labs and workshops to construct and trial your designs
- Learn how to use professional software including Photoshop, AutoCad, Creo, and Keyshot
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Product Analysis and Illustration
- Engineering Practice
- Introduction to Design
- Introduction to Illustration Techniques
- Introduction to Materials and Manufacture
- Introduction to Technology Concepts
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Design
- Conceptual Design
- Materials and Manufacture
- Product Analysis
- Technology Concepts
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Illustration Techniques
- Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
- Research Methods for Product Design
Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core units in this year include:
- Individual Project
- Product Electro-Mechanics
- Product Modelling for Manufacture
- Advanced Modelling
- Ergonomics in Product Design
There are no optional units in this year.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- project work
- CAD systems
There's an emphasis on using the latest software and technology and putting what you learn in the classroom into practice.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- multiple choice tests
- coursework and portfolio
- practical tests
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 34% by written exams and 66% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 32% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 17% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 80% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with an Industrial Design degree?
Armed with the expertise and knowledge you develop on this course, you'll be set for a career in fields such as:
- computer-aided design (CAD)
- product data management.
- project management
- research and development
What jobs can you do with an Industrial Design degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- product design engineer
- CAD designer
- design manager
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.