Study Product Design with us...

Our 3 year Product Design BSc degree provides you with a wide range of the academic and practical skills you need.

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As a BSc Product Design degree student you'll be part of our dedicated Design and Technology centre.

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What is Product Design?

Product design is concerned with the development and creation of everyday items and luxury goods, small products and huge products - in fact product design is at the very heart of our modern world. It's a product designer like British product design guru Sir Johnathan Ive that designed key products such as the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.

What skills do you need to succeed?

To be a product designer you will need to consider the use and understanding of technology, materials and methods of manufacture need to develop and produce an entirely new end product or to improve the design and usability of an item.

Academic and practical skills combined...

These skills are based both in an academic understanding of the subject of product design, but also in a practical understanding of the nature of materials and their uses. As a professional product designer you'll also need and awareness of areas such as psychology and marketing, as having an insight to how a product design will compare against its competitors and 'sell' to the relevant target market will help you to be successful.

...and don't forget teamwork and communication skills!

As a member of the product design team in a company you'll need good communication skills, and need to be able to present your ideas and product designs to your clients.

What does a product designer do?

As a product designer it's likely your responsibilities will vary and change as you develop professionally, but are likely to involve:

  • meeting clients or colleagues to discuss the design from the initial briefing stage through to final design and development
  • working closely with colleagues who can help bring your product design to fruition such as engineers and 3D model makers
  • working those colleagues who work with clients to sell and market your designs
  • working within budgets set by the client or your employer in relation to the product design project
  • working to, often tight, deadlines
  • researching other related products and developing new ideas from that research phase of the product design cycle
  • creating outline plans by hand or computer, and developing the most effective ideas into detailed drawings using specialist computer software such as CAD/CAM software
  • producing protoypes of your product design - possibly through 3D printing technologies
  • ordering samples or working models of product designs where required
  • producing and making presentations of your product design ideas to colleagues and clients at various stages of the product design process
  • iteratively developing the design based on feedback you might receive during the product design process

Become a Product Designer with us!

Our 3 year product design degree course will help you develop the skills you need to become a Product Designer. Covering both the practical and theoretical aspect outlined above. The product design degree programme is based around three core areas of;

  • Professional Studies
  • Subject Study (two modules)
  • Workplace Experience

A final-year product design degree project will bring together all the above elements.

Design and Technology at Bangor - our videos on YouTube

Take a look at our Product Design at Bangor YouTube channel to find out much more about what we can teach you and some of our excellent final year project work.

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