Brunel University
Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons)
Brunel University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Design at Brunel is all about realising fantastic ideas in the real world. Our Industrial Design and Technology BA suits creative and practical thinkers who prefer to learn through building and evaluating project-based challenges, with technological understanding and less theory and quantitative analysis.

There is a lot of project-based learning to test your skills on all aspects of the design process, from contextual design ideas to realising your concept in the form of a product prototype. This means you’ll be able to build a great portfolio of your best-quality projects, academic and industry briefs, and case studies, during your studies.

You’ll have workshop training and will use industry-standard equipment and software to develop quality hands-on skills to become a maker. Independent access is available to modern facilities that include dedicated design studios, digital sketching, extensive prototyping workshops, and electronics and digital fabrication labs. The practical knowledge you gain is transferable to industry and provides a head start for your future career as a designer and design making in the modern world.

Our industrial design and technology course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year.

The placement year helps you to prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. Our students have worked in both small innovation start-ups and multinational organisations such as Chanel, Dior, Disney, Dyson and Lego.

Our students have the opportunity to add another dimension to their university experience by spending a term or a year in one of our partner universities via our exchange programme: Politecnico di Milano in Italy; Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, San Francisco State University in USA and Institut Superieur de Design, ISD Bubika in France.

Made in Brunel is a unique, student-led initiative that showcases our design talent at its finest. Each year our students run a series of industry and community events leading up to the Made in Brunel exhibition. This annual showcase is a highlight of the London design calendar and promotes the incredible work our students produce to the creative community, and is a great way for our students to network with key design professionals.

If you are interested in turning a product or technology idea into a business after you graduate, we are in partnership with the Central Research Laboratory (CRL), a design incubator for start-ups. You’ll have access to meeting rooms and work space as well as prototyping facilities. A team of in-house professionals will guide and support you at each stage and a number of our previous entrepreneurial students have successfully commercialised their products.

The British Industrial Design Association graduate employability survey ranks Brunel second for creating the ‘most employable graduates’.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) and partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 90 graduates of Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons) at Brunel University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Product Design.

Overall student satisfaction
65 /100
90 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons) at Brunel University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £26000 £33000
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £28000 £21500 - £32500 £25000 - £40000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Product Design

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22353 £20815 £24414
25-75 percentile range £19730 - £26133 £15561 - £25802 £18260 - £30884

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Industrial Design and Technology, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons) at Brunel University

24% Design occupations
20% Engineering professionals
20% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
9% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
6% Managers, directors and senior officials
4% Skilled trades occupations
3% Sales occupations
3% Elementary occupations
1% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
1% Sports and fitness occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

including grade B in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

in any subject and A level grade A in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) or or DD in Art & Design with A level grade A in any subject

Obtain a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Art or Design subject with 45 credits at Level 3.

including grade B in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

in any subject

in any subject with A levels grade AB including an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

in any subject and A level grade A in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

in any subject and A level grade A in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

including Higher Level 5 in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

in any subject

including H2 in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

in any subject

in any subject with A levels grade AB including an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts) or DD in Art & Design with A level grade A in any subject

in any subject with A levels grade AB including an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

including grade M2 in an Art or Design subject (not including Performing Arts/Theatre Arts)

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Test with no less than 55% in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT) 79 with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17
PTE Academic 51 with a minimum of 51 in all subscores
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Industrial Design and Technology, BA (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Brunel University London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £19855 year 1

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Brunel University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Brunel University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #10 
    • #12 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #51 
    Art & Design
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Design

    • #31 
    • #38 
    Design & Crafts
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]

See all university rankings of Brunel University

What students say about studying Product Design in the UK?

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  • 10 Qualities of a good product designer

About Brunel University

Established in 1957, Brunel University is located in the large town of Uxbridge, in suburban London. Thanks to its location, Brunel University has numerous public transport connections to London, which students make use of for expanding their options when it comes to work experience placements. The admission rate is lower than in many universities, so applicants should prepare their personal statements and interviews well when applying to enrol here.

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Where is this programme taught

Brunel University Campus
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