BA (Hons) Product Design
This course is open for Clearing
This course is open for Clearing
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.
3 years full time
Ravensbourne University London
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.
For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.
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.
When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We asked students from Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Design Products course to design luminaries for education or the workplace.
Using The Guardian as a fictional client we created a future concept for printed media. Designing a service that produced a bespoke weekend newspaper for each customer.
Collaborative project by Judith Buhmann & Alex Tatner.
Level 1 Design Prototyping "Chain Reaction" project using Arduino, interactive sound, and a variety of construction methods by current students Ruta Agulyte, Claudia Arach, Balazs Kovacz.
The Evolution Of Prototypes. James Dyson Awards 2015 - by Ross Whillis
Hear why the Ravensbourne College students benefit from the college-wide prototyping department's Stratasys Connex Objet 260 3D printing system and how it helps them to develop their creative skills by offering freedom of design.
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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