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Product Design
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Product Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in product design and professional practice and to work with industry clients to design products that make a difference. We believe that products start with people and we take a human-centred approach to design on the course.

You will gain insight into user requirements, economic, environmental and ethical considerations, as well as materials, manufacturing, production and industry capabilities which will help inform the design of your products. You will design a range of products for both commercial and domestic use, including furniture, interior products, consumer goods and sustainable products.

Live industry briefs will ensure you will be working in real world contexts to design products that make a positive contribution to the world around us.

Our students have designed for Tommee Tippee, Lego, Nestle, Asda, High Tech Lighting and TRIG Creative amongst many others. Ed Barber of BarberOsgerby, designers of the Olympic Torch, is a graduate of this course. You can see some examples of recent work from our students here.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Follow Leeds Beckett BA (Hons) Product Design on Twitter @LeedsBAproduct.

INSIDE/OUT
The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Our design studios provide you with a flexible working space, with computers integrated into the working environment. A textile space is also nestled next to a lecture area with digital projection equipment.

Throughout your course, lecturers from a range of design disciplines will visit to talk about their own practice and run workshops. In your final year you will display your project work at our Degree Show, held in our award-winning Broadcasting Place - an event which attracts interest from artists and industry professionals.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

92.3%
Student Satisfaction
Student satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2018

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year

STUDENT WORK

DanielMacDonald
Daniel MacDonald - Fresh Food Cart, Final Major Project
George Panther Whittaker
George Panther-Whittaker - MusiBot musical robot toy, RSA Student Design Awards
Hasan Rasib
Hasan Rasib - Pomme Light, Final Major Project
JakeDaniel
Jake Daniel - Asthma Inhaler Kit, Final Major Project
JamesHughes
James Hughes - 'The Hostile City' Bench, a Design Activism project
MylesPayne
Myles Payne - Snowboard Release Clips, Final Major Project
RossKennedy
Ross Kennedy - Air Purifying Planter, Client - Leeds City Council
SarahZhong
Sarah Zhong - Pendant Light, Client - Snowhome, York
ShaunCulshaw
Shaun Culshaw - Reusable Packaging, Client - The Retail Institute
TobiasBridger
Tobias Bridger - Children's Table, Client - Goose Playcentre, Harrogate
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BA (Hons) Product Design
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James Hughes, BA (Hons) Product Design
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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Alex Taylor

Careers

Alex Taylor
Director Create 8 Limited

BA (Hons) Design Product (now Product Design)

“Before starting university, I wasn't sure what career path I wanted to follow. My course covered such a wide range of subjects I knew I'd be able to keep my options open, which was very reassuring. In my final year, I spent a lot of time in the studio, which has really helped me adapt to working life in the design industry.

Teaching and learning

This course encourages creativity for purpose and for the fulfilment of human need. You will become a design thinker who addresses real world challenges through creative input, technical capability, contextual insight and empathy for people. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
Develop skills in design thinking, concept development, digital communication and presentation, equipping yourself with a 'skills toolkit' for the rest of your degree and beyond.
Overall workload
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366 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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834 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Gain an overview of product design as a subject area, as a practice and as a global industry. Discover how different designers work and reflect on this to develop your own individual style of working.

Develop an understanding of the different forms and purposes of representational models associated with design processes. You will acquire a range of basic modelling skills and demonstrate the ability to select and employ appropriate modelling methods within a design project.

Gain an appreciation of the cultural, political, ethical, social and historic settings in which designers practise. Develop skills in research, analysis, critical and independent thinking and establish a foundation in structuring and referencing academic writing.

Discover the design process and the methods and methodologies involved in working through a design project. Develop skills in creative concept development, design thinking, systems thinking and iterative design to help you understand the processes involved in product design development.

This project-based module will introduce you to human-centred design research as an integral element of the design process, including understanding the context and framing the brief, generating concepts, investigating scenarios, design iteration and prototyping.

Develop your critical and system thinking skills to further your understanding of and ability to respond to the environmental and social justice challenges associated with the design of products.

Build on your practice as a product designer by applying the skills you learned in year one to a series of practical industry informed or external live projects.
Overall workload
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321 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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879 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Responding to an external design brief, you will make personal interpretations, generate appropriate design concepts, present your ideas to an external client or stakeholder and deliver a coherent final design proposal.

Raise your awareness of commonly used materials and manufacturing processes, from one-off craft production through to mass production and circular manufacturing, and develop design proposals in sufficient detail to assess feasibility and specify appropriate methods for mass production.

Discover how cultural, historical, socio-political, technological and economic factors promote innovation, challenge design thinking and shape the nature of design. You will be encouraged to research and debate these approaches to support a personal design philosophy.

Combine the skills you have learned to respond to a live design project and strengthen your ability to meet the demands of different stakeholders. By following a more stringent design process and complex brief, you will build your individual design methodology and increase your confidence.

Reflect upon your progress so far, highlighting what you have learned, how you have developed as a designer and the areas of interest you might like to pursue in your final major project. Develop knowledge of the professional aspects of design and evidence your portfolio development and career aspirations.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

You will carry out a series of self-directed and negotiated project briefs to consolidate your learning and define your individual approach to design practice. A strong emphasis on employability will give you the skills you need to launch your career after you graduate.
Overall workload
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205 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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995 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Respond to a real world design brief, which will allow you to demonstrate and develop your personal design interests, locate your practice in a specific context and exhibit your professionalism and employability.

Generate a self-initiated and negotiated final design project that allows you to pursue design contexts, issues and outcomes of relevance according to your personal practice and professional aspirations.

Produce professional photography and suitable communications outlining your product outcomes, and present your work in an exhibition format to prepare your product for launch. Create promotional material and engage in promotional activities appropriate to your product outcomes and individual aspirations as a designer.

Lauren Moriarty
Course Director
Lauren's product portfolio has featured in many national and international design and lifestyle magazines and has won a number of prestigious awards. She has designed for clients including Habitat, Renault, Reebok, Nissan, DKNY, Bloomberg and GlaxoSmithKline.
We maintain close links with industry and our students develop their skills and learning in line with industry expectations. As a consequence, our graduates are highly employable and we have an excellent track record of graduate employment.
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BA (Hons) Product Design
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James Hughes, BA (Hons) Product Design
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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Sketchbooks, drawing and modelling equipment for studio sessions
    (Approximate cost £100)
  • Travel to local site/company visits
    (Approximate cost £50)
  • Printing
    (Printing is compulsory for most modules. Approximate cost £75)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Placement travel costs
    (Sandwich year is optional. Costs will vary but may include travel and accommodation)
  • Overseas trip
    (Approximate cost £250)
  • Travel and accommodation for New Designers graduate exhibition
    (Approximate cost £300)
  • Large capacity USB drive for backing up work
    (Optional but recommended. Costs will vary. Alternatively, you could back-up your work using the online storage provided)
  • External printing of Year 3 reports
    (Approximate cost £50)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Sketchbooks, drawing and modelling equipment for studio sessions
    (Approximate cost £100)
  • Travel to local site/company visits
    (Approximate cost £50)
  • Printing
    (Printing is compulsory for most modules. Approximate cost £75)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Placement travel costs
    (Sandwich year is optional. Costs will vary but may include travel and accommodation)
  • Overseas trip
    (Approximate cost £250)
  • Travel and accommodation for New Designers graduate exhibition
    (Approximate cost £300)
  • Large capacity USB drive for backing up work
    (Optional but recommended. Costs will vary. Alternatively, you could back-up your work using the online storage provided)
  • External printing of Year 3 reports
    (Approximate cost £50)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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