Wolverhampton School of Art

Product Design with Sandwich placement

BDes (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

BDes (Hons) Product Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts through our professionally focussed design course.

BDes (Hons) Product Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts through our professionally focussed design course.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W243
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BDes (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

BDes (Hons) Product Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts through our professionally focussed design course. The course delivers a commercial understanding and awareness of current design practice in aesthetics, design innovation, leading edge technologies, industrial practice, human factors and sustainability. Product realisation remains central to our design process and our team of enthusiastic, highly experienced staff are also active in commercial design industry. This course offers you a highly creative environment in which to develop your ideas. It provides you with opportunities for future careers in the creative industries across national and international markets.

Teaching is focussed in (though not limited to) a studio environment in which tutor-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning supports a creative, experimental, professional and independent approach to development from Level 4 onwards. Teaching, supervised practice and independent exploration also takes place in well-equipped material workshops and computer labs. Throughout the course students are encouraged to explore, develop and build material and technical competencies towards developing their own rich, challenging and distinct visual language as artists and designers.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year).  A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills.  The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

International students will need to apply for the BA (Hons) Product Design course with professional placement before joining the course to ensure visa requirements are met.

 

What happens on the course?

This course is assessed on 100% coursework.

The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/ external projects in the public domain.

Studio and workshop culture is core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement (sandwich year) option. A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies.

Each level of the course has been planned to ensure progressive learning. Entry to level 4 studies provides an orientation and development of the skills concepts and creative thinking needed for a product designer. It is also designed to develop the fundamental principles of good design including drawing techniques, practical workshop skills, engineering, research skills, Computer Aided Design and Visualisation skills using the latest industry standard design tools. You will study design theory and identify the important role of the designer in a contemporary global society.

Level 5 is designed to further develop your understanding of your discipline with practical opportunities to apply the principles learned in your Level 4. You will be involved in a variety of tutor led and live design projects that you may choose to develop through design, engineering or advanced CAD modelling applications. The contextual aspects of design applied to society, technology, ecology and economics will underpin the development of design journey. It also consolidates the learning process developing the translation from design theory into a creative professional context.

The final year level 6 provides professional preparation – defining and refining individual creativity and also offers the opportunity to engage with industry clients. Lectures and seminars with professional designers allow you to explore your entrepreneurial aspirations. You will be encouraged to develop transferable skills that will equip you to be flexible and adaptable and to develop your career in a changing global economy. Self-directed projects will allow you to explore the design process in depth. You will also be able to create your own professional digital portfolio of your work enabling you to fulfil your potential and enter the workplace as a product designer.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching, the BDes (Hons) Product Design will give you the opportunity to become a product designer or freelance designer either working within a company or a design consultancy. You may become an independent designer-maker, model-maker, graphic designer, multi-media designer or work in the design marketing and business industry.

The course provides opportunities from Level 4 to experience and engage with professional and industrial contacts. At Level 4 students are encouraged to encounter and experience all aspects of their specialist area and further embed themselves into the subject through visits and speakers. At Level 5 students will have the opportunity to experience professional practice and will work on subject-specific briefs led by external clients/organisations. At this level there will also be an emphasis on off-site/live projects/placements that offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Level 5 is designed to give students the opportunity to risk take and experiment within their subjects but also to meet and network with other students across the School of Art. Level 6 emphasises self-negotiated projects and provides students with the time and support to develop their individual voices as artists and designers. There is also provision for interdisciplinary teams working together on ambitious final outcomes where appropriate, and student will be supported to maintain placement learning and external networks established at Level 5. In addition, the University offers a Career Development Week each year, which is intended to provide cross-curricula activities that enable students to extend or galvanise their skill and employability goals.

All of our students have the opportunity to engage with an additional ‘Employability Award’ associated with their degree, and a high percentage of our students achieve the gold standard as a result of our employment-focused curriculum.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The School of Art houses a range of purpose built studio spaces and workshops with an extensive range of professional equipment not available in schools and colleges. Students at the School of Art are taught by practicing artists and designers working in academic and technical roles. These specialist practitioners teach both fundamental skills, support experimental and speculative practice and ensure practice is underpinned by knowledge and awareness of contemporary contexts.

The course is structured over three years and each year is divided into two year- long 60 credit modules. This framework is designed to provide opportunities for full and part-time study and to allow students the time and space to develop their own specialist approach to Product Design over an extended time frame.

The Product Design course is particularly distinctive in its approach due to:

  • The opportunity to participate in prestigious national and international design competitions.
  • Excellent links with industry
  • Opportunities for work placements, career development and engagement with the University’s Employability Award.
  • Well-equipped workshops supported by dedicated technicians. See facilities
  • Extensive digital prototyping facilities for both large and small-scale work
  • National and international study visits
  • An optional placement year
  • Vibrant and lively creative studio environment
  • Excellent opportunities to work closely with our industry partners on real product design projects.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is David Henley

Preparing our students for work and employability is one of the main aims of the course. This is reflected in the practical nature of the course as a whole with learning activities that are designed to ensure that our students are well prepared by the time they graduate. The opportunities that exist for graduates studying Product Design are varied and extensive. This course prepares students for employment working with national and international companies. You will have the opportunity to become a product designer or freelance designer either working within a company or a design consultancy. You may become an independent designer-maker, model-maker, graphic designer, multi-media designer or work in the design marketing and business industry. You will also be equipped for further advanced study or teacher training in Design and Technology. You may continue your studies to postgraduate level on our MA programmes.

Each level of the course has been planned to ensure progressive learning. Entry to level 4 studies provides an orientation and development of the skills concepts and creative thinking needed for a product designer. It is also designed to develop the fundamental principles of good design including drawing techniques, practical workshop skills, engineering, research skills, Computer Aided Design and Visualisation skills using the latest industry standard design tools. You will study design theory and identify the important role of the designer in a contemporary global society.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12000 per year 2019-20
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Materials - £250 per semester - Costs will vary according to individual specialist media and creative practice

Additional Field Trips - £500 - Dutch Design Week - Eindhoven, Netherlands

Additional Events/Performances - £300 - All Students participate in the final year Degree Show. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design grade M
  • Foundation Studies (Art & Design and Art) grade D
  • Successful completion of a Foundation Course in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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