Sheffield Hallam University
Product Design with foundation year BSc
Sheffield Hallam University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

Course summary

  • Learn the skills you'll need to become a professional industrial designer or technological product designer

  • Challenge existing thinking and create engaging, sustainable and ‘disruptive’ market-ready product designs.

  • Experiment with technologies, techniques, materials and processes in state-of-the-art studios.

  • Develop the advanced digital visualisation, analysis and production skills that employers look for.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

This course prepares you for an exciting career as a globally-minded designer, equipped to identify and respond to future challenges. You’ll experience employability-driven learning through real-world projects. You'll be equipped with the visual and technical skills necessary to become an industrial designer or technological product designer.

How you learn

You'll learn from staff who are actively involved in research and commercial design delivery. Through our engaging project briefs, you'll explore creative thinking, sustainable design, enabling technologies, new product development, advanced 3D CAD and design for manufacture. These experiences help you to innovate and instigate change. Linked to the leading Design Futures Research and Consultancy Group, the course offers unique 'real-time' insights that allow you to develop your professional design and research & development skills.

You learn through:

  • studio-based design projects (individual/group)

  • lectures

  • technical skills workshops

  • work experiences and placements

  • live design projects

  • field trips

  • presentations and feedback sessions

  • work review sessions

  • studio-based design projects

  • blackboard online learning portal

  • Applied learning - Work placements

You'll have opportunities to arrange single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years of the full course. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare for your future career. Previous students have secured placements with companies including Black & Decker, Bosch, DePuy Synthes, Gripple and JCB.

Live projects

You'll engage in authentic work experiences in each year of the course, working with external partners and live briefs. We have excellent relationships with a vast range of companies – from exciting start-ups to large multinational organisations. You'll undertake a range of projects set by external organisations. You’ll build competencies as you apply design thinking from taught sessions to real-world contexts, pitching project outcomes to company representatives and potentially receiving payment for designs. Recently our students have worked on consumer electronics, the Internet of Things (IOT) and sustainable ‘circular economy’ products.

Networking opportunities

Sheffield Hallam's Careers Connect mentoring scheme allows you to gain professional insights and support from a personal mentor working in your field of interest. We also organise an annual two-day employability event, allowing you to network with commercial partners and participate in one-to-one portfolio reviews. Our annual degree show is a great opportunity for graduating students to showcase their work.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 20 graduates of Product Design with foundation year BSc at Sheffield Hallam University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
90 /100
20 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Design Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of 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 £19500 £21000 £24000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £22500 £16500 - £24500 £19500 - £29000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Design Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20046 £20113 £23568
25-75 percentile range £18042 - £24043 £15144 - £24676 £17604 - £29974

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Product Design with foundation year, BSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

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 Design with foundation year BSc at Sheffield Hallam University

30% Design occupations
10% Skilled trades occupations
10% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution


Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles or Graphics).

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design. We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.
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 Design with foundation year, BSc.


Tuition Fees Product Design with foundation year BSc

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14415 year 1
International £14415 year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2021/22 are £9,250 per year.

Our tuition fees for International/EU students are also yet to be confirmed, however you can see the course page on the Sheffield Hallam Website for more information.

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:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of Sheffield Hallam University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Sheffield Hallam University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #26 
    • #35 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #17 
    • #101 
    Art & Design
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

See all 34 university rankings of Sheffield Hallam University

About Sheffield Hallam University

Founded in 1969, Sheffield Hallam University is located in the city of Sheffield, in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. Sheffield is the UK's fifth largest urban centre, 60% of which consists of vibrant green spaces such as city parks, gardens and countryside. SHU prides itself on the important position it occupies in Sheffield as a pillar of the local economy, workforce, and infrastructure. This is reflected in the fact that almost half of this university’s enrolled students are from low-income backgrounds.

Student composition of Sheffield Hallam University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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