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BA (Hons) Product Design

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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.

Student success

  • Seven BA (Hons) Product Design students recognised at this year’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Student Starpack Awards with a Ravensbourne student named ‘Best in Show’. 
  • BA (Hons) Product Design course student Alex Devane interning experience as a creative designer with award winning design and manufacturing company, Kesslers.

Course details



3 years full time

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Entry requirements

For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK or international qualifications.

Alternatively, we also welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course. We may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies or relevant work experience when assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements.

Qualifications accepted:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above
  • Find out about interview and portfolio requirements

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk


  • Manufacturing
  • Product design
  • Interaction design

What your course will look like


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.



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.

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Top reasons to apply for this course

  • Strong industry links, live client projects and internships
  • Great staff to student ratio
  • Cutting-edge, open-access Prototyping studios
  • Students gain industry ready skills
  • 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

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