BA (Hons) Product Design (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS CodePDFY
- Year of entry 2022
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
programme of study with design, creation, entrepreneurial and employability skills at its core
2nd in Wales
for career prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*
8th in the UK
for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*
Why choose this course?
Our product design course focuses on the high-quality practical skills needed to be a professional Product Designer. You will gain experience in digital technologies and techniques that will enable you to turn your imaginative ideas into design boards through prototypes and practical making skills.
- Learn principles of design communication and drawing- applying these to your own client pitches, design boards, prototypes and final ‘market ready’ products.
- Develop your material and design skills through a series of projects including concept design, digital fabrication, and user-centred design.
- Explore key elements of product design with a focus on sketching, 2D digital techniques and CAD.
- Work with other students on a group project to develop solutions to real-world social and environmental challenges.
- Understand the importance of high-quality fabrication, originality and generating personal responses to materials and processes.
- Specialise and develop a final degree project that will push the boundaries of your skills to set you apart from the crowd in the job market.
- Complete your studies with the professional skills and creative thinking strategies to pursue your chosen career- whether that be as a product designer, working as a freelance designer, or starting your own business.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
- *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in Wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Art & DesignAt Wrexham Glyndwr
Key course features
- Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study.
- We have excellent commercial links with direct access to live design projects.
- The software you will use is of the latest industry standard. We provide the full suite you will need including Creative Cloud and SolidWorks.
- You will also have access to Wacom Cintiq tablets, material workshops and digital fabrication equipment.
- We offer industry-focused visits and a variety of study trips so you can gain first-hand insight into how the design industry works and the variety of employment opportunities that are available while you develop your career aspirations.
- Throughout your time with us, our academic team will ensure you are aware of opportunities, such as competitions, available to enhance your portfolio.
- We offer friendly pastoral care within our welcoming creative community. Our enthusiastic staff set aside a high number of contact hours to ensure that you can always draw on their knowledge and support.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
- *This course is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in Wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
What you will study
The programme of study will give you experience of designing products, from initial ideas to results. The course aims to provide you with a portfolio that will allow you to start professional activities, apply for postgraduate studies, and enter the design industry.
Year 1 (Foundation Year)
- Visual Investigation
- Materials and Methods
- Creative Processes
- Progression Project
- The Skills You Need
- Contextual Studies
Year 2 (Level 4)
- Concept Design (20 Credits)
- Digital Fabrication (40 Credits)
- User Centred Design (20 Credits)
- Sustainable Design (20 Credits)
- Prototypes and Production 1 (20 Credits)
Year 3 (Level 5)
- Ergonomics and Human Factors (20 Credits)
- Environmental Sustainability (20 Credits)
- User Centred Design 2 (20 Credits)
- Prototypes and Production (40 Credits)
- Creative Futures: Making a Living (20 Credits)
Year 4 (Level 6)
- Dissertation (20 Credits)
- Creative Futures: Professional Practice (20 Credits)
- Design for X (20 Credits)
- Manufacturing and the Marketplace (20 Credits)
- Product Design Degree Project (40 Credits)
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Typical UCAS Offer: 48-72 points
All candidates will either be invited to the University for an informal conversation (please bring a portfolio, showcasing your best work), or where this is not practical, submit a digital portfolio of recent work in hard copy or by digital representation. In addition to the academic entry requirements, all applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh must demonstrate English language proficiency.
Teaching & Assessment
There are no set exams. Assessment is continuous and relates to all aspects of the programme, providing more carefully defined emphasis on formative assessment and feedback on your coursework throughout the academic year. We will advise you on your level of attainment and direct you towards a strategy for further progression as you complete assignments and modules.
There are varied formats of assessment to encourage your learning through group seminars, critiques, and tutorials. This can be through group interaction with critical analysis where you will submit a range of work including design sheets, finished artwork, 3D work, screen-based work, CAD files, journals, essays and presentations. There are reviews of work at key points before Christmas and before Easter and this provides time for you to reflect on your progress prior to a final or summative year end assessment.
Teaching and Learning
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
On this course, teaching and learning are tailored to support students from a variety of backgrounds with diverse needs, and to encompass the supportive learning environment and pastoral care the School of Art and Design provides. Timetabling is developed to help learning, teaching and assessment methodologies, and provide clear and effective feedback to students. Contact hours are 16 per week in year 1, 14 per week in year 2 and 12 per week in year 3.
The programme is structured to enable you to work in a multidisciplinary manner, to be flexible and enable you to develop individually. This is supported by a personal tutor / tutorials system that provides you with guidance throughout all aspects of the programme.
Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development, communication, and entrepreneurial skills, so that you are well equipped to enter a diverse and rapidly changing industry.
Our graduates have gone on to work for companies like Airbus, AMRC, Rolls Royce, Ministry of Defence, Bentley Motors, Tata Steel, Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BAE Systems, and MBDA missile systems. Students have also sold designs to Marks & Spencer, Next, the V&A and supplied interior design companies such as Fiona Barratt interiors (London).
This degree also allows you to gain a range of transferable skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities. Further study opportunities are also available at MA or PGCE level.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages.
You can see the full programme specification here.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation section to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.
If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.
For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section.