Product Design BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeW240
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–80 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Design stimulates the development of an enquiring, analytical and creative approach, and progresses enterprising and entrepreneurial capabilities. It encourages the acquisition of independent judgement and critical self-awareness. Students normally pursue a programme of staged development progressing to increasingly independent and personally-focused learning during the course.

The BSc Product Design degree course at Bangor University‘s Design and Technology Centre is a diverse design course which focuses on a wide range of design sectors as well as developing your professional skills. We are the only UK University to offer a Product Design degree course with three separate industrial work placements which will allow you to experience a diverse range of working environments, projects and companies.

Your three years at Bangor University will see you immersed in the design and manufacture of products. You will study human centred design and design thinking methodologies. A range of briefs will challenge and develop you both creatively and professionally. Projects with industrial partners will ensure a grounding and context of how the industry works. Your challenge will be to be creative and ensure innovation within the given brief.

By the end of this course you will be able to adapt and interact with a wide range of professional, industrial and creative environments, as the Product Design course will have taught you a wide range of skills, from time management to presentational skills, evolving you into a capable multi-disciplinary designer.

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Product Design Degree Show & Conference 2016

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Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • We produce high calibre students with a wide range of real world applicable skills and a high percentage of our students achieve and graduate with a 1st class degree
  • Low student and staff ratio.
  • Studying at the Bangor University Design and Technology centre, which is a highly equipped, professional working environment and also an accredited CAD/CAM training centre
  • Personal tutor support on both an educational and pastoral level
  • Three placements across the degree rather than one year long placement at the end of the course, which gives you the chance to improve and develop as an individual
  • The degree course runs alongside our Design and Technology QTS course providing chances for unique group work and experiences
  • Over 90% of our students graduate into a job with many of them being offered jobs at their second or third year placement companies
  • High levels of professional development, oral presentational skills, confidence and work placement analytical report writing skills
  • Wide range of facilities, including workshop, plasma cutter, 3D printer, laser cutter and new building Ponito with an innovation centre
  • No cost for materials or usage of workshop machinery
  • Students are in agreement that this course prepares them for industry and employment.

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Course Content

Our wide range of modules will allow you to learn new topics, improve on current knowledge to allow you to develop into a skilled product designer. We have a well-stocked workshop including an assortment of equipment comprising of traditional lathes, saws and drills to more modern gear such as a 3D printer, plasma cutter and laser cutter. All equipment and the vast majority of materials are free to use and are provided on a first come first served basis.

Overall the diversity of modules will develop you from your design or art related A-Level through to a capable, reliable and dynamic designer, making you highly employable to a diverse range of companies.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

  • Introduction to Photoshop and SoildWorks
  • Basic Sketching and Drawing Skills
  • 8 week company placement
  • Basic Electronics and circuitry
  • 2 simple manufacture projects with the chance of live projects
  • One end of year summer exam
  • Various Design Topic written assignments and presentations

Year 2

  • Intermediate Photoshop, Rhino and SoildWorks
  • 8 week company placement
  • Manufacture project
  • Intermediate Electronics and Coding
  • Jewellery and Textiles Modules
  • One end of year summer exam
  • Various Design Topic written assignments and presentations

Year 3

  • 12 week company placement
  • Third Year Final Project
  • Business Plan and Dissertation
  • One end of year summer exam
  • Various Design Topic written assignments and presentations

Study on this degree course is comprised of:

  • A minimum of 19 hours contact time per week in lectures/seminars
  • Reading, preparing for seminars, completing coursework
  • Assessment of professional studies elements through coursework and a summer examination
  • Practical workshop sessions
  • Workplace experience monitored by tutors
  • Regular personal tutorials

Degree Show

Our annual degree show will give you the opportunity to exhibit your work in a professional environment where you will show your work to a variety of people including company employees, alumni, course family and friends.

The best work from year one and year two is displayed with all third year work being presented. This is a fantastic opportunity to display your work to a multitude of people which will help you develop both personally and professionally.

For more information about our Degree Show click here.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Product Design Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Currently our Product Design degree course has a 90% employment rate and our Design and Technology teaching course stands at 100% employment, because of the nature of the course is so professional and allows you to develop into a diverse and talented designer. All of our students are in agreement that the course sufficiently prepares them for industry and employment and this is down to the three work placements you will partake in during your three years which will allow you to diversify and develop your skills making you more employable.

Our students have a the highest rate of employability across the country after completing our course, due to the intense structure of the course which makes them into highly professional and employable designers.

This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers, with options including:

  • product and industrial design
  • design consultancy and management
  • sales, advertising and marketing
  • computer aided design and manufacture
  • technical management design
  • design and technology teaching

The skills and talents learnt on work placement are transferable to the real world, with many of our students continuing to work for their third year work placement company after graduation. Some of the placements companies that our students have gone to include:

  • Unilever
  • International Safety Components
  • Bench
  • Bentley
  • Fifth Wheel Company
  • Urban Picnic
  • Aston Martin
  • Prism Medical UK
  • JCB
  • Westbridge Furniture Design

Employability and the School of Education

BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education, BA Childhood Studies

The BA Primary Education, BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education and BA Childhood Studies courses opens up a range of opportunities for you who are interested in specialising in a teaching career. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in the primary, secondary, tertiary or higher education sectors. Many of our BA in Childhood studies students have applied for our PGCE course.

But, our graduates can look forward to opportunities in a range of other career pathways. These interesting career opportunities could include :

  • social work
  • child care
  • youth and community work
  • publishing, journalism and the media
  • museum and gallery education
  • libraries
  • public services
  • human resources

FdA in Early Childhood and Learning Support Studies

This course is ideal preparation for progression to QTS Primary, HLTAs Primary, specialising in Foundation Phase, and supervisory or managerial careers in nurseries and childcare establishments.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 96-80 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* in a relevant subject. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 96-80 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* in a relevant subject. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

School of Education
Tel: 01248 382408
E-mail: education@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/education

Studying within the School of Education

  • We have well-established partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools to provide varied and supportive training environments
  • We have a purpose built Design and Technology Centre to train Design and Technology teachers and to teach Product Design degree students. The centre comprises a well equipped IT/lecture room, a fully equipped workshop with a comprehensive range of CNC machinery and equipment, stores and offices.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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