What you will learn
You’ll learn about the life cycle of a product, from design and manufacture to use, and what happens at the end of that product’s life. Environmental sustainability is integrated into design thinking and you will consider strategies for designing things that can be separated or recycled. The other important aspect is about social innovation and how you can design products that people really need. For example, students at Falmouth University work in partnership with local specialist schools to develop sensory education products.
How are you going to learn
Some content is taught through lecture programs, but most is hands-on, like a design project where you get a design brief to hone and test those skills. Many courses have a strong employability focus and students will develop their own design brief and use the third year as a stepping stone to the industry they wish to focus on.
Most students come from an A-level in product design or a background in design technology. As these are less available in secondary schools, a wider range of backgrounds is possible. Having a creative subject, such as art, is important for demonstrating drawing skills, while A-levels in Geography, Science and Psychology are also pathways. Some universities will expect a portfolio of work to be presented at the interview.
What job can you get?
The typical job is to become a product designer. Some universities have close ties with design consultancies. The skills acquired during the course will enable students to move into service design or experience design roles, such as working with brands, web design, hospitality or the commercial sector.