Ravensbourne

BA (Hons) Design Products

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Product design is the study of how we interact with products and services. This course explores how we can use that knowledge to create and design better experiences for everyone.

This highly regarded course focuses on developing well-rounded designers with the skills and knowledge to produce both digital and physical products and services. User-centred research is at the centre of this course and you will work on researching, creating and evaluating new ideas and turning them into tangible inventions.

You will study aesthetics and sustainability as well as manufacturing through prototyping and basic electronics. Our lecturers and visiting professionals will give you a unique insight into product design and will help you to develop your direction as a designer.

You will learn technical skills through the completion of hands-on, practical work alongside presentation and pitching skills, and knowledge of the conceptual design process.

Graduates most often work in product, packaging, and service design and user experience. For example our graduates often help to develop new gadgets, food packaging, and better customer experience in the finance industry.

Success 

Both the BA (Hons) Design Products Design Interactions courses were selected by Domus Magazine as one of the: “Top 100 European Courses in Design & Architecture 2013” - Read more ...

Course details

Type
Undergraduate

UCAS Code
W240

Duration
3 years full time

Fees
See below

Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

Tuition fee information

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk

 

 

Careers

  • Manufacturing
  • Product design
  • Design

What your course will look like

Assessment

You will be assessed through the completion of hands-on, practical work that develops technical skills, presentation and pitching skills, and written work including essays and project reports.

Year 1

You will learn essential skills in 2D and 3D design, user research, the iterative design process and current design software packages. You will begin to develop your own approach to product design and build confidence and self-discipline in responding to live and self-initiated briefs. Throughout this stage we encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.

Year 2

You will gain a deeper understanding of the design process, from prototype development leading to the study of materials and manufacturing techniques. We set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and we encourage you to take up work placements in the design industry.

Year 3

We nurture your independence as a designer with a self-directed major product design project, ready for exhibition at the degree show. You will be assessed on a collaborative brief and are required to enter competitions and engage with industry design challenges. At the same time, you will produce a portfolio for entry into the industry. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation.

Progression

Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MSc Applied Technologies: Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies, MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media, MA/MSc Interactive Product Futures, and MDes Service Design Innovation.

Detailed course specification

 

Key Information Sets

6 reasons to apply for this course

Reason 1

Strong industry links, live client projects and internships

Reason 2

Great staff to student ratio

Reason 3

Cutting-edge, open-access Prototyping studios

Reason 4

Students gain industry ready skills

Reason 5

Award-winning course

Key study topics

  • Concept generation - being innovative
  • How to manage ideas
  • User research - how to understand people's needs
  • Prototyping - making things work
  • Ideas to market - selling a vision
My first impression of Ravensbourne came from my student interview. There was a tutor and a student present, it just showed how highly valued student and tutor relationships are. Gar Hey, BA (Hons) Design Products

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