Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Undergraduate study

Two students discussing their work in the Design School building

BA (Hons)

Industrial Design and Technology

Design School

Year of entry: 2015

Our Industrial Design and Technology course focuses on a highly user-centred approach to design and the creation of beautiful, technically viable products.

Course information

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 6th for Art and Design
    (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)
  • 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)

The structure of the course combines the study of theoretical knowledge and practical skills appropriate to contemporary design practice. The course explores and develops your abilities in three-dimensional product focused designing, using our outstanding workshop resources.

This enables you to make models and prototypes to help develop and present your creative ideas. Teaching intertwines an exciting range of practical and theoretical classes to engage you in the principles and practices of industrial design and technological bases.

Our aim is to help you combine our expert training and support development of your imaginative and creative capabilities, enabling you to prepare you for a successful career.

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 associated lecture course. 

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).

Industry Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers. This accreditation will help you on your way to becoming a Chartered Product Designer.

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).

Career Prospects

With 93% of our 2012 graduates from this course in employment or further study, you can be assured that studying this course provides you with the expert training to engage with a number of industries immediately after graduating.

Possible careers include: consumer product design, marketing, industrial design consultancy, project planning, technical sales, furniture design, CAD/CAM, buying, interior/exterior design, advertising and display design.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

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

Compulsory Modules

  • Design and Manufacturing Technologies
  • User Experience Design
  • Design Practice
  • Design Communication
  • Industrial Design Studies 2

Optional Modules

  • Universal Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Computer Aided Ergonomics
  • Teaching Design and Technology
  • Physical and Virtual Prototyping in Design
  • The Global Studio
Optional Placement Year
Final Year

Compulsory Modules

  • Final Year Design Practice
  • Industrial Design Studies 3
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Interaction Design
  • Computer-Aided Modelling and Manufacture 
  • Universal Design
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Computer Aided Ergonomics
  • The Global Studio

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

Entry requirements and UCAS codes

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: H775BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

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.

UCAS code: H776BA (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time

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.

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.

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

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H775

BA (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H776

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