Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Undergraduate study

Design School

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BA (Hons)

Industrial Design and Technology

2014

Year of entry

Course information

Industrial Design is a highly visual and people-centred discipline that requires the creativity and vision to produce innovative product solutions to real problems.

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 9th for Art and Design (Times University Guide 2014)
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers
  • New state-of-the-art building in 2011
  • 94% of students were satisfied overall with this course (UNISTATS)

Understanding and working with people and driving innovation through this process are at the heart of much of the course.

Developing knowledge and abilities in areas such as styling, manufacturing, business, sustainability, materials and technology are essential components of the course.

Knowledge and skills are gained in sketching, CAD, rapid prototyping, product styling, brand awareness, user-led innovation, materials/processes, the development/ communication of ideas, ergonomics, sustainable design, techniques of planning, and the production of models, prototypes and finished artefacts.

Course aims

Year 1 aims to help you develop designing and making skills, including 2-D sketching and drawing, 3-D physical modelling (e.g. in foam and resistant materials), computer aided design and an understanding of basic electronics, mechanics and materials technologies as they relate to product design.

Year 2 encourages the learning of further knowledge and skills in product styling, user research, computer aided manufacturing, branding, model-making, and manufacturing and materials. Design projects are undertaken alongside an Optional modules, chosen in Year 2 and Year 3, allow you to tailor your course to particular interests or specialist areas of design.

In your final year you can undertake a client-based project, a concept design project, an intensive ‘design week’ and a dissertation on an aspect of design. 

The dissertation involves accessing appropriate literature, discussing the topic with people in the subject area and gaining first hand experience through original research. The client-based project may be linked to industry, hospitals, social needs or research.

Recent projects have included links with manufacturers of domestic appliances (Morphy Richards, Bosch), communication products (Motorola, Nokia) and transport (Jaguar, Land Rover). Projects may also be developed from the students’ own interests and ideas.

Professional Placements

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with year-long paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study.

It is not compulsory but students gain enormously from the experience and typically, after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment (Loughborough University First Degree Destination Data (DLHE) 2011).

Successful completion of a placement can lead to the additional award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

Study Abroad

Loughborough University actively encourages students to undertake international study exchanges or work placements overseas.

Participating students can spend between 3 and 12 months at a university in another country as part of their degree, or spend a placement year working with an employer overseas.

In both cases the opportunity to gain insight into another culture, broaden experience and develop both intellectual and personal maturity, is invaluable. Successful completion may lead to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS).

Careers

The skills developed through the School’s co-operation with commercial clients enhance our graduates’ position in the job market. Possible careers include consumer product design, marketing, product design consultancy, design research, project planning, technical sales, CAD/CAM, buying, interior/exhibition design, advertising and display design.

The key skills developed through our courses enable some graduates to obtain employment outside of the direct focus of design or even establish their own companies.

 

Course structure

Year 1
  • Design Practice
  • Design Contexts
  • Ergonomics and Design
  • Computing for Designers
  • Prototyping for Design
  • Foundation Technology
  • Industrial Design Studies
Year 2
  • Design Practice
  • Design Communication
  • Design and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Industrial Design Studies

Plus one option from:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Computer Aided Ergonomics
  • Technology for Design
  • Universal Design
Year 3
  • Final Year Design Practice
  • Industrial Design Studies
  • Dissertation

Plus one option from:

  • Issues in Design Education
  • Interaction Design
  • Computer-Aided Modelling and Manufacture
  • Universal Design
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Computer Aided Ergonomics

For those interested in becoming teachers of Design and Technology this course may be followed by a one-year PGCE. Details are available from the Design School on request.

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

UCAS codes and entry requirements

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

BA (Hons) 3 years full-timeUCAS code: H775

A-Level
ABB from 3 A-Levels including grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design
SQA AH
AB including Design and Technology or Art and Design, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
32-34 points minimum including HL Design and Technology or Art and Design
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview and presentation of portfolio. Overseas students given option of submitting portfolio electronically.

BA (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-timeUCAS code: H776

A-Level
ABB from 3 A-Levels including grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design
SQA AH
AB including Design and Technology or Art and Design, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
32-34 points minimum including HL Design and Technology or Art and Design
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview and presentation of portfolio. Overseas students given option of submitting portfolio electronically.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

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