BSc(Hons) Product Design Technology
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Learn how to design great products on a friendly and creative course with tutors who are highly experienced professional designers.
Why study product design technology?
Product design technology combines creativity and practicality to bridge the gap between product design and design engineering.
The industry needs graduates with the ability to create innovative concepts and transform them into real working products.
You may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Product Design course.
Why UWE Bristol?
BSc (Hons) Product Design Technology will give you the creativity, skills and confidence to take exciting concepts and transform them into real, working products.
Learn from friendly tutors with extensive industry expertise and work on a series of projects in our well-equipped Design Studio.
Examine real problems, grow your understanding of people and their needs, and develop innovative solutions. Gain advanced skills in concept sketching, making working prototypes, engineering analysis, computer-aided design (CAD), design for manufacture and beyond.
Work on design briefs for a range of industry clients. Past organisations have included Jaguar Land Rover, Dremel Bosch, Omlet and Virgin Marussia Formula 1. Take part in exhibitions and grow your network at industry presentations.
Graduate with the skill and confidence to create innovative products and build a successful career in the creative industries.
Where can it take me?
As a graduate, your in-depth understanding of technology, sustainability and materials will equip you for a range of careers.
Most of our graduates go into product development roles for design consultancies, or join in-house design teams for manufacturers and major brands.
Many are inspired to launch their own products or establish themselves as freelance design consultants.
Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.
Product Design Technology student showreelA showcase of student work from the BA(Hons) Product Design Technology course at UWE Bristol
You will study:
- Design Communication
- Design in Context
- Graphic Design
- Mechanisms and Structures
- Product Design Studio 1.
You will study:
- Materials and Processes
- Physical Computing
- Product CAD
- Product Design Engineering
- Product Design Technology Studio 2.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module during this time, which is the Work-Based Research Project.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Design in Practice*
- Design Research Methods
- Individual Project (Product Design)
- Innovation, Technology and Design
- Product Design Studio 3.
*Students who complete the Placement year, don't study this module.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our lecturers all have years of professional practice within the design industry. Along with an emphasis on hands-on learning, this gives the course professional practice focus that will prepare you for your career in design.
The course is project-led and taught mainly in studios. Apply your new knowledge to diverse projects that solve human-centred problems through design practice.
Focus on learning technical skills such as using computational stress analysis to design the structure of products.
Get intensive one-to-one mentoring with tutors for practical guidance on your work. Attend guest lectures with professional designers and receive help with your CV and interview skills from our partner organisations.
Lay a foundation in professional design skills including 3D design, sketching, concept generation, presentations, computer-aided design (CAD) and practical workshops. Gain an understanding of people and their complex emotional relationships with products.
Learn about human-centred design, co-design and innovative design processes, materials and manufacturing and form and aesthetics development.
Work on a range of studio projects with real companies (Brabantia, Dremel, Bloodhound and Piper Moto). Research, develop and create a product that will demonstrate your skills in the design area you'd like to grow in.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Showcase your work
Graduates also exhibit at the New Designers exhibition in London, where awards and media interest are a springboard for careers.
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You'll be assessed mostly on your project work and the presentation of a portfolio of design and development studies. Four modules include conventional exams as a form of assessment.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
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This degree allows you to become a member of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), giving you professional recognition, access to events and opportunities on their website.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.
If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.
We have placement opportunities in the UK and Europe, US and China. Past students have worked for in-house design teams, consultancies and manufacturers such as Opel cars, Disney, Omlet, Kinneir Dufort, Trunki, Mathmos and Mira Kohler.
You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work. We also arrange residential field trips locally, nationally and internationally.
Learn in modern, well-equipped department facilities that simulate industry.
Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room. Brainstorm concepts in our dedicated design studios.
Develop CAD, model-making, design and drawing skills in integrated studios.
Make models and prototypes and use 3D printers, laser cutters and computer numerical control (CNC) routers in our product design workshop.
This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
Get a tour of where you'll study with our current design students.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
After graduating, you'll find career opportunities all over the world.
Potential creative roles include product design, industrial design, design engineering, user experience, graphic or web design, teaching, and exhibition and packaging design.
Many graduates have launched their own products or established themselves as freelance design consultants.
We have strong links with local companies who provide graduate jobs. Most of our graduates go straight into product development roles for design consultancies or join in-house design teams for manufacturers and major brands.
Read how UWE Bristol alumni Kieran Devlin wins the UK Young Innovators Award from Innovate UK and the Princes Trust.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full-time; sandwich course
Supplementary fee information
The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.
For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.
- Tariff points: 112
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: A2 in one of the following subjects: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Engineering, ICT, Maths/Further Maths, Music Technology, Physics, Product Design, Statistics.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You must be studying one of the following: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Art and Design; Construction and the Built Environment; Creative Media Production; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Operations and Maintenance Engineering; Production Arts; or similar.
For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.
- Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in one of the following subjects: Art; Design and Technology; Mathematics; Product Design; or similar.
- Baccalaureate IB: To include a pass at Higher Level in one of: Design Technology; Mathematics; Visual Arts; or similar.
- Irish Highers: Higher Level in one of the following: Art; Biology; Chemistry; Engineering; Geography; Mathematics; Physics; Technology.
- T Levels: No specific subjects required.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Product Design Technology (with Foundation Year).
Applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements may be asked to provide a portfolio of their design work. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.