Kingston University
Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston

– Kingston is ranked No.1 in the UK for design and crafts (Guardian University League table 2021). It’s the highest-ranked institution to offer BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design.

– Through our strong links with industry, you’ll be able to test your ideas at leading companies. Examples include John Lewis, Foster & Partners, Herman Miller, Sony and New Balance.

– This course includes optional study tours, visits to design studios and research-based trips. Previous tours have been to Milan, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Valencia.

About this course

If you’re considering a career in professional design, this course provides the skills, knowledge and practical experience you’ll need. Design work covers domestic and commercial furniture, housewares and ceramics, industrial and technology products.

Using our workshops, you’ll have a platform for experimentation and discovery. You’ll study key themes, such as sustainability, manufacturing and the roles that designers play in industry.

The course collaborates and engages with industry at all levels, from live industry briefs to masterclasses and talks by industry professionals. Your work will be promoted through international design competitions, major graduate shows and external exhibitions. You’ll graduate with a professional portfolio of work, giving you a springboard to employment.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 22 graduates of Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons) at Kingston University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Furniture Design and Making.

Overall student satisfaction
82 /100
22 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons) at Kingston University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Product and Furniture Design 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 £22000 £23000 £26500
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £24000 £17000 - £28000 £19000 - £34500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Furniture Design and Making

  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 and Furniture Design, 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 Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons) at Kingston University

30% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
19% Design occupations
8% Skilled trades occupations
6% Managers, directors and senior officials
6% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Sales occupations
4% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
3% Administrative occupations
3% Teaching Professionals
2% Artistic, literary and media occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Applicants will need 112-128 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSE (A*–C or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings): five subjects including English and Maths (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths). Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and portfolio. More details about portfolio requirements can be found on the course page on our website. You will be notified by email giving you advice about how to upload your online portfolio, once we have received your application.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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 Product and Furniture Design, BA (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)

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

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2020 and beyond.

For international fees, please visit:
https://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/fees/

Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs

Average student cost of living in the 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, 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)

University Rankings

Positions of Kingston University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Kingston University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #13 
    • #16 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #9 
    • #51 
    Art & Design
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

Design

    • #5 
    • #7 
    Design & Crafts
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

See all university rankings of Kingston University

What students say about studying Furniture Design and Making in the UK?

  • Creative Careers: What can you do with a Product and Furniture Design degree?
  • Student Ken talks about studying the Product and Furniture Design BA(Hons)
  • Interior & Furniture Design Student , Anne-marie Crilly

About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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Where is this programme taught

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