Istituto Marangoni
Product Design and Furniture BA (Hons)
Istituto Marangoni

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Designing contemporary furniture for volume production or creating one-off bespoke designs – technology, innovation, and style hold the key to success. This three-year course covers a mix of applied manual, technical and digital design skills together with creativity, nurturing and developing individual style in the growing and competitive product and furniture design industry. With a focus on Italian craftsmanship, design and style, the course explores how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and manufacturing techniques and is regularly showcased at the most important annual event in the international furniture design calendar, the ‘Salone del Mobile’ in Milano, which all participants will also attend accompanied by key tutors. During the course participants will learn advanced furniture design skills (technical drawing, 3D modelling, visualisation and prototype development with CAD), and the translation of a design concept into a finished product. They will work on abstract or luxury pieces for display, multifunctional designs that may include hidden compartments or secret components, and products for mass production, taking into consideration the principles of ergonomics and the emotional and functional experience of the end user. The study of materials is key: looking at their properties and potential manipulation for product crafting and manufacture is an important part of the furniture design process that seeks to address contemporary requirements of wellbeing and comfort. Participants are encouraged to experiment with contemporary design aesthetics whilst considering new approaches put forward by the industry today, including renewable and sustainable resources, and innovative new materials.

Participants research the history and evolution of product and furniture design and the principles of interior design, considering customer style preferences and industry trends, company briefs or brand image strategies. Throughout, particular attention is given to research methods, ethnographic studies and project management skills, working individually and in groups. Participants are also given the chance to test their skills in a professional setting collaborating on industry projects with companies looking for original and innovative contributions. Throughout the industry driven project they receive professional feedback and guidance from the company. A final graduation showcase event allows participants to further network, while business preparation and communication skills provide a professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of contemporary furniture design ideas to companies and new clients.

This course is part of the product design study pathways. With product design as the core subject, participants specialise in the chosen area of interest (furniture), positioning themselves as an industry expert with a specific and highly sought after professional profile.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 32 graduates of Product Design and Furniture BA (Hons) at Istituto Marangoni for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Product Design.

Overall student satisfaction
69 /100
32 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Product Design

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20069 £19085 £22483
25-75 percentile range £18040 - £23109 £14127 - £23631 £16588 - £28471

What You Will Learn

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

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 Minimum 5.5 in each element
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Tuition Fees Product Design and Furniture BA (Hons)

Ireland £14100 year 1
EU £17900 year 1
England UK £14100 year 1
Northern Ireland £14100 year 1
Scotland £14100 year 1
Wales £14100 year 1
Channel Islands £14100 year 1
International £17900 year 1

Additional fee information

Enrolment fee £ 3,300
Tuition fee UK £ 10,800
Tuition fee International £ 14,600

Average student cost of living in London

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, 2024

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)

What students say about studying Product Design in the UK?

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About Istituto Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni International is a privately-run institution which was founded in 1935 in Milan. The school currently offers programs in numerous major cities, among them the city of London. The courses offered range from 1-to-3 year basic programs, and a 1-year Master’s program in the fields of Fashion and Design.

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Where is this programme taught

Fashion Street London
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Main Site - 30 Fashion Street
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