Unleash your creativity with our accredited product design and technology degree. Immerse yourself in this future-focused discipline, blending innovation and engineering expertise. Complete challenges set by real companies, cultivating practical problem-solving skills through the Conceive Design Implement Operate teaching method. You will collaborate in diverse teams of engineers and designers, mimicking the typical working world with a wide range of technical and professional capabilities. Upon completion of this course you’ll be technically skilled, inspired, and at the forefront of design innovation.
Product Design and Technology
Discover limitless creativity with our product design and technology course, where innovation combines with digital to shape a dynamic future.
Location: Aston University, Birmingham
3 or 4 years
BSc (Hons) Product Design and Technology
To design is to create something new or different. When you look at a product, do you sometimes think ‘I could have designed that better’?If you answered yes, would like to work in an innovative and enterprising sector and gain the skills necessary to create user-centered design, this could be the course for you.
What we will provide
A wealth of opportunities are available to you on this course. We’ll ensure you benefit from strong industry connections through our industry club and gain real experience working on design challenges through Design Factory, a commercial enterprise offering design consulting services. We’ll provide you with membership to the Institute of Engineering Designers as well as access to top-notch software licenses, including Adobe and Solidworks. All design students are welcome to work, create and collaborate in the Design Studio with 24/7 access to equipment, facilities, and materials that will bring your ideas to life.
What you will provide
As a student on our product design and technology degree, you'll be required to think outside of the box, reimagine inventions and empathise with the audiences you’ll be creating for. You must embrace challenges and have a willingness grow through failure. Fuel your passion for innovation and emerge from your time with us as a visionary ready to shape the future.
What skills we teach
On this course you will learn a variety of crucial technical skills such as CAD. You will thrive with the tools needed to create fresh innovations with user-centered design. With a combination of hand and digital sketching, you will develop prototypes to practical test your creations. You will evolve your model-making skills with 3D printing, foam, and clay. Whilst enhancing your ability to work in a team, communicate well, and critically think to solve technical challenges.
During your placement year, you will gain invaluable industry experience through our well-established links with companies and excellent Careers & Placements team. This practical exposure enhances your understanding of product design and technology and will prepare you for a successful career in the field.
Recent graduates of our course have progressed to enjoy excellent careers. Many have secured positions through their placement year, with notable companies like JLR, Seymour Powell, Dyson, and Mattel. Lots of our alumni have gone on to excel in diverse roles, including Creative Directors, while others advance into managerial and leadership positions with design at the core.
Our product design and technology degree boasts world-leading facilities to support your creative pursuits. Our Design Studio provides a collaborative space for ideation and innovation. Equipped with state-of-the-art Wacom tablets, interactive sketching becomes seamless. The Model Shop offers 3D printing capabilities, laser cutting, and water jet cutting, enabling you to transform your designs into tangible prototypes. Additionally, our Wood Shop provides resources for woodworking projects. These cutting-edge facilities will empower you to bring your visions to life with precision and craftsmanship.
Your learning and support is always at the forefront of all we do whilst you can benefit from PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) which offers assistance from students in higher year groups to those in lower years. Our dedicated technicians provide excellent support for CDIO team projects and practical sessions. Personal tutors, including year tutors and program directors, ensure you have regular scheduled meetings throughout the year. Additionally, you will have access to wider university support services, ensuring your overall well-being and academic success.
- Provide you with appropriately structured curricula, combining teaching and learning in theoretical design issues with practical skills training.
- Provide you with an up-to-date and professionally focussed curriculum; and offer you the opportunity to obtain relevant industrial experience by providing the option of a sandwich placement year.
- Provide you with a grounding in the principles of design practice, manufacturing, concept development and relevant technology.
- Provide you with the underpinning engineering principles and technology to support product design work.
Prepares you to be a capable graduate who are highly valued by a range of employers in both the product design and design engineering sectors.
BBC to include a science or technical subject
BCC to include a science or technical subject (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B) (standard offer)
CCC to include a science or technical subject (contextual offer)
Science and technical subjects accepted include: Art and Design, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics.
Aston Ready is our contextual offer scheme that could reduce your undergraduate offer by one or two grades. Assessed at the point of application, there are no additional forms to fill in.
- Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (science/ technical/engineering subject): DDM
- Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering with an overall grade of Distinction
- National Diploma and Diploma (science/ technical/ engineering subject): DM plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering with an overall grade of Distinction plus an A-Level in any subject grade C OR achieve overall grade Distinction plus a BTEC Sub Dip/ Extended National Cert in any subject at grade Merit
- Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (science/ technical/ engineering subject): DM plus 2 A-level minimum grade B
- Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM plus 2 A-level minimum grade B including a science or technical subject
- National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (science/ technical/ engineering types): M plus 2 A-levels at minimum Grade B
- National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M plus 2 A-levels at minimum Grade B including a science or technical subject.
- Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted.
- 29 overall points with 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects including a science or technical subject at Level 5.
Subject related Access (science or technical) with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3.
Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme.
Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3.
The following T levels are accepted qualifications for this course:
- Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Grade D
- Digital Production, Design and Development Grade D
- Building Services Engineering for Construction Grade D
- Onsite Construction Grade D
- Digital Business Services Grade D
- Digital Support Services Grade D
- Health Grade D
- Healthcare Science Grade D
- Science Grade D
- Design and Development for Engineering Manufacturing Grade D
- Engineering Manufacturing Processing and Control Grade D
- Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering Manufacturing Grade D
Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:
GCSE Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4 and above
Fees and scholarships
|Annual tuition fees:||£9,250|
|During placement year:||£1,250|
|Annual tuition fees:||£21,100|
|During placement year:||£2,500|
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