Reasons to study Product Design BSc (Hons) at DMU:
- Professionally active department
where you will study with academic staff involved in commercial projects with companies such as Berghaus, BAA Furniture & Interiors, and Adidas
- Jaguar Land Rover, Dyson and BMW
are companies that our graduates have worked with previously
- DMU is in the Top 3 for producing the ‚most employable degree level product or industrial design graduates’ in the UK, by the BIDA Design School Survey 2017
- 100% of our Product Design
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status by the Institution of Engineering Designers
- CAD and CAM
and rapid prototyping techniques are available for you to use in your designs
- Gain professional experience
with an opportunity to study at a European design school or an optional supervised placement year
- International opportunity
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials available at no cost
to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
You will study the fundamentals of maths and science, electronics, simulation and fluid dynamics and the functional and market-led requirements of product design. Specific areas include technology integration, Computer Aided Design (CAD), sustainability and design for manufacture.
Structure and assessment
- The Principles of Three-Dimensional Design
- CAD for Product Designers 1
- Electrical and Electronic Principals
- Mechanical Principals
- Innovation and Design Technology Integration
- CAD for Product Designers 2
- Strength of Materials
- Product Design and Development
- Industrial Design Projects
- Graphical and Digital Communications
- Electronic and Mechanical Systems
Teaching and assessments
The curriculum is focussed on vocational skills, engineering knowledge and intellectual development – encompassing a broad range of content from design, manufacturing to ethics. Coursework and examinations are the main methods of learning and assessment.
You will be taught by design academics and visiting design consultants with specialist knowledge and skills in either product or furniture design. Our staff have all worked in industry and carry out commercial activity and research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or conduct weekly seminars, tutorials or lecture series. Visiting lecturers include Steve Mosley (Director, Mosley&), Matthew Cockerill (Associate Design Director, Seymourpowell), Marcus Atkin (Director, Out of the Bubble Design), Martin Jones (Retail Lab), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 13 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
We offer superb workshops in wood, metal and plastics as well as excellent engineering workshops. You will be supported by specialist technicians who will help you in the use of both traditional and advanced materials and manufacturing processes. You will also learn prototyping and proof of principle techniques to test your ideas during the development process and learn modelling skills to express the detailed function of your finalised designs.
Lively studio facilities allow you to collaborate with a cross-section of students and continue the discourse about your work and the design discipline more broadly.
We continuously develop your computer literacy and you will work on various PC-based 3D modelling and graphic presentation packages using specialist facilities.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Placements represent an important way of gaining real-world experience that support you to achieve better grades – as well as better jobs with higher salaries upon graduation. They are paid, usually lasting for 12 months and are normally undertaken in the third year. Previous placements include Bosch, BMW, and JCB.
DMU has dedicated resources to help you find placements and provide support if you want to arrange your own. Teaching staff support this further with an extensive network of employers and alumni.
As an alternative to a work placement you can undertake a year-long exchange with a European design school through the Erasmus scheme. Previous students have spent a year in Orleans, France and Stuttgart, Germany.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Graduates go on to work as specialist professionals in a range of industries in roles from designers through to managers. Recent graduates have embarked on careers as designers and design engineers in companies such as BMW, Dyson, Asseal and JCB. The skills you learn will also prepare you for a career in design management, teaching or postgraduate research.