Undergraduate study2017

Undergraduate

BSc (Hons)

User Centred Design

Design School

Year of entry: 2017

This is a brand new design course for 2017. It focuses on the user and their needs and requirements. The course covers the creation of products, services and systems looking at users needs from a physical, emotional and cognitive point of view.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year
  • Industry Accreditation

BSc (Hons)

User Centred Design

Design School

Year of entry: 2017

This is a brand new design course for 2017. It focuses on the user and their needs and requirements. The course covers the creation of products, services and systems looking at users needs from a physical, emotional and cognitive point of view.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd  for Art and Design (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 93% of our graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers

The suite of design programmes at Loughborough Design School equip students with skills and understanding in the effective development and communication of design ideas, the ergonomics of usability and interaction, product styling, three-dimensional designing, and the production and use of prototypes as a key part of design practice.

The User Centred Design BSc specialises in understanding and accommodating the motivations, desires and capabilities of users, in all their forms, in the development of innovative products, services and systems. The emphasis of the course targets design research, evidenced based reasoning, and a range of human-centred methods to inform the design process.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich W201
BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 3 years full-time W200
Course aims
Students will cover, amongst other content
  • How to meet industry led design briefs
  • Sketching, infographics, 2D computer images
  • 3D CAD rendering, schematics, engineering drawing
  • Creation of low - medium fidelity models/ artefacts/ prototypes both in 2D and 3D
  • How to evaluate and critique designs
  • How to make design decisions based on evidence & research
  • How to develop and meet a design brief 
  • How to undertake successful research and analysis to help inform design
  • User Experience (UX)
  • The legal aspects of design
  • Environmental effects on people and design
  • Design for ageing and disability
  • The human body - structure and systems
  • Anthropometry, physiology and psychology
Who should apply?
  •  Art and design students
  • Design and technology students
  • Students interested in designing for people 
  • Those with an interest in design where the user is the main focus 
  • Applicants might be studying a science although it is not an entry requirement
Graduate destinations

This brand new programme has been developed to address strong industry demands for highly skilled graduates in this area.  The programme will deliver graduates capable of targeting a broad range of career opportunities ranging from interaction design at companies such as IBM through to Human Factors specialist at Jaguar Land Rover.

Learn more about our graduate destinations.

Course structure

Year 1

Areas studied include design practice, design research and professional practice, prototyping and evaluation, human characteristics, user centred design and the environment of use.

Year 2

Areas studied include user centred design practice, design research, design and data visualisation, user experience design, design for emotion and system and service design.

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement or study abroad.

Final year

Areas studied include user centred design practice, inclusive design, live projects, legal aspects of design and a range of options from which students can select.

Take a look at the full list of modules here

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: W201 BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

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
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 in 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: W200 BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 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
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 in 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

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students £19,900

 

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

All costs for direct engagement in taught modules are included as part of the tuition fees – this includes materials used in the workshops and safety equipment.  From time to time students will need to cover the costs of project work and the creation of design folios.

This amount will depend on what materials, manufacturing techniques and other creative choices the student makes. An allowance for costs incurred for individual projects is allocated for year 2 and final year. 

In the final year the school contributes £100 to the cost of creating the final year project. The final mark awarded for all assessed submissions bears no relation to the amount of money spent on the work.  Students will not gain any marking advantage merely through the costly development of work.

 

Loughborough University financial support for UK/EU Students 2017-18

Undergraduate international students: please refer to the pages on financial support for international students.

 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students.

(Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
Up to £6,000 over three years LSP pages
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years DTS pages
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Sports pages 
Email
01509 226108
Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Arts pages
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Care Leavers pages

Placements

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.

82% of eligible students from our design courses completed a placement/a placement and study abroad combination in the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

Students within the Design School can spend one semester at a university overseas followed by a 25 week work placement as part of the award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS). Alternatively you can spend a placement year overseas to gain the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: W201

BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 3 years full-time

UCAS code: W200

Our students

Georgia B

“Loughborough is considered one of the top universities for design in the industry and I wanted to study somewhere with the best facilities in the UK.”

Milan M

“Perhaps the best thing about the course is that everyone supports each other, because of how the course is structured. It’s a real community”

Georgia B

“Loughborough is considered one of the top universities for design in the industry and I wanted to study somewhere with the best facilities in the UK.”

Milan M

“Perhaps the best thing about the course is that everyone supports each other, because of how the course is structured. It’s a real community”