Product Design BDes (Hons)
Key Course Facts
Study Product and Furniture Design at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This adaptable and unique course is designed primarily for students from either an Art and Design or Technology and Design background who wish to follow careers within the Design Industry specifically in the areas of Product or Furniture design, who wish to teach in either Art and Design or Technology and Design or who wish to undertake further design related studies at Masters or Doctoral level.
The course provides stimulating and challenging practice based design education within a multidisciplinary studio environment with making and prototyping at the core of what it does.
Within the Furniture strand of the course the emphasis is towards Design rather than Craft, making is still seen as very important with model making and materials testing a key part of design development. Workshops offer facilities for the manipulation of soft materials for model making as well as wood, metal and plastics for prototyping.
Practice is informed and underpinned by a strong culture of contextual understanding and critical reflection. Students engage in multidisciplinary work based learning through collaborative projects and industrial placements underpinned by teaching in professional practice, strategic business thinking and entrepreneurship.
The Goal is to produce design graduates who are informed thinkers, fluent communicators and highly skilled makers that have the requisite technical, intellectual, creative and entrepreneurial skill sets to make a meaningful contribution within the context of the creative industries .
Below you can see course specific reviews for 18 graduates of Product Design BDes (Hons) at Ulster University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Product Design.
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Salary of all UK Graduates of Product Design
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£18042 - £24043||£15144 - £24676||£17604 - £29974|
All Product Design courses of UK
What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Product Design, BDes (Hons) you will study the following course modules.
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.
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Job in line with future plans
Utilise skills from studies
Work is meaningful
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% Skilled jobs
Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)
Example below based on all graduates of Product Design BDes (Hons) at Ulster University
|15%||Web and Multimedia Design Professionals|
|10%||Science, engineering and technology associate professionals|
|5%||Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations|
|5%||Process, plant and machine operatives|
|5%||Managers, directors and senior officials|
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Minimum Required UCAS Tariff
UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course
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One of which should be in an art and design related subject). Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.
(13 at higher level).
To include a minimum of 9 distinctions.
English Language at grade O4 or above.
GCSE GCSE Profile to include English Language at minimum grade C. English Language Requirements English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
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Tuition Fees Product Design BDes (Hons)
|England UK||£9250||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4530||year 1|
Additional fee information
Further information about full time undergraduate fees can be found at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/undergraduate.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|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|
|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
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)
Positions of Ulster University in top UK and global rankings.
Rankings of Ulster University in related subject specific rankings.
Arts Visual & Performing
- Art & Design
CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
[Published 13 June, 2022]
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What students say about studying Product Design in the UK?
About Ulster University
Ulster University is a publicly funded higher education institution located in Northern Ireland. The university owns and manages four main campuses: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee. Each campus hosts its own special facilities for the departments that occupy them, with some of the facilities between them including an award-winning Law Clinic, television and radio studios, Clinical Physiology suites, among many other well-equipped facilities.
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|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Product Design and Manufacture BEng (Hons)||The University of Nottingham||70%||0%||0%||£9250||£26500||151||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design Engineering with an International Foundation Year BEng (Hons)||Loughborough University of Technology||80%||5%||4%||£9250||£20750||163||Loughborough||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons)||University of Glasgow||75%||3%||0%||£27750||£95800||203||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)||University of Brighton||79%||0%||10%||£9250||£13842||108||Brighton||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design with foundation year BSc||Sheffield Hallam University||90%||5%||5%||£9250||£14415||127||Sheffield||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design and Manufacture including an Industrial Year MEng (Hons)||The University of Nottingham||56%||0%||0%||£9250||£26500||170||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design BA (Hons)||University of Derby||80%||0%||20%||£9250||£14045||118||Derby||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design and Innovation BSc (Hons)||University of Strathclyde||71%||10%||0%||£9250||£22400||222||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design BA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||72%||0%||0%||£9250||£30400||148||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Product Design BSc (Hons)||University of Dundee||70%||5%||0%||£9250||£19500||189||Dundee||On campus Full-time|
The University League Tables
- 13 June, 2022
- Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject:
- Entry Standards 26%
Student Satisfaction 26%
Research Quality 22%
Graduate Prospects 26%