Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

Industrial Design and Technology

Design School

Year of entry: 2017

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

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BA (Hons)

Industrial Design and Technology

Design School

Year of entry: 2017

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

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 Industrial Design and Technology BA develops skills and ability in the development and communication of ideas, ergonomics, interaction, the techniques of planning and costings, product styling, three dimensional design, materials, processes and the production of prototypes and finished artefacts.  It is more concerned with the understanding of the creative form and the aesthetics of manufactured products than our BSc course.  The course is unique in its approach where our students are taught how to produce professional standard prototypes with a number of our students going the extra mile with the production of fully functional versions.

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.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H776
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time H775
The difference between Industrial Design and Product Design at Loughborough

Both the BA Industrial Design and Technology and the BSc Product Design and Technology courses share core content that delivers knowledge and applied skills appropriate to a contemporary designer, including the development and communication of ideas, ergonomics, interaction, the techniques of planning and costing, product styling, 3D designing, materials and processes, and the production of prototypes and finished artefacts. 

The modules, exclusive to the BA Industrial Design and Technology course, deepen the understanding of the creative form and aesthetics of manufactured products, the understanding of social trends and addressing user needs through the creation of desirable products. 

The modules exclusive to the BSc Product Design and Technology course, deepen the understanding of Mechanics, Electronics and Materials in a Design context encouraging and enabling the exploration of innovative applications of technology.

Generally speaking the BA Industrial Design course tends to appeal more to students who are stronger/more interested in A-level Art and Design and/or Design and Technology.  The BSc Product Design and Technology course tends to appeal more to students who are stronger/more interested in Design and Technology alongside Mathematics and/or Physics.

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.

Graduate destinations

With 93% of our 2014 graduates in professional or managerial roles, 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.

Recent destinations include: Adidas, Alliance Boots, Dyson, BskyB, Joseph Joseph, Marks and Spencer, Proctor and Gamble and Sebastian Conran Associates.

Example graduate positions include: Marketing intern, Assistant Buying Manager, Digital Designer, Trainee Design Engineer; Innovation Designer, Industrial CAD Designer, Product Engineer, Product Designer and Industry Designer. 

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

  • BA Design and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Design Practice
  • Design Communication
  • Industrial Design Studies 2

Optional Modules

  • Universal Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Computer Aided Ergonomics
  • Teaching Design and Technology
  • Physical and Virtual Prototyping in Design
Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement or study abroad.

Final year

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional Modules

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

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: H776 BA (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: H775 BA (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
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 (Band B course) £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.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

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. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
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 Website
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 Website 
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 Website
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 Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

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.

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).

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: H776

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H775

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”