Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Product Design and Technology

Design

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich HJ79 ABB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time HJ7X ABB 1 October 2018

5th

for Art and Design

The Times Good University Guide 2017

Top 10

in UK for overall student satisfaction

NSS 2016

93%

of graduates in work or further study

£25,406

average starting salary

Product Design and Technology course overview

The suite of Design programmes at the 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 Product Design and Technology BSc course concerns itself with the development of skills and ability in the development and communication of ideas, interaction, product styling, three dimensional design, materials, ergonomics, the techniques of planning and costings, processes and the production of prototypes and finished artefacts. The course takes a technologically innovative approach to the design and creation of beautiful, ingenious, functionally viable products.

Who should apply for this course?

Generally speaking the 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. We find our students come to us having studied a wide range of different subjects alongside what is required to apply.

Facilities


This course information was first created in late 2016. All of the information on our courses is regularly checked and updated, however from time to time certain modules or areas may change. This happens as we review what we offer in line with industry needs, when staff change or when we are updating courses to improve them based on student & staff feedback. If you would like clarification on a particular item, or wish to confirm anything, please contact us.


Modules

All teaching and learning is completed via a number of modules across two semesters. Modules are covered using a combination of lectures, practical classes, workshops, CAD sessions, computer laboratory sessions, working with tools & machinery in tutorials in groups and one on one with academic staff, practical demonstrations, studio sessions and independent study.


Year 1

Year 1 aims to develop your designing and making skills, modelling skills including 2-D sketching and drawing, 3-D physical modelling (e.g. in foam and resistant materials), computer modelling and electronics, mechanics and materials technologies.

Compulsory Modules

Design Practice 1

This module is centred around teaching you good working practices in design, bringing together everything you have learned from other modules and putting this into context. The module is based in the studio and workshops where you will be designing and building projects. (Module currently under review)

Design Practice 2

The primary aim of this module is to help you build on the skills and experience from the module Design Practice 1. You will be working both on individual projects and in teams to develop imaginative and creative solutions to the briefs set. You will also lean about the role of design in enterprise and learn how to use workshop machinery and tools safety. (Module currently under review)

Design Context

This theoretical module takes a look at the changing role of the industrial designer and how society, history and the design industry have different bearings on design. It also covers the significance of enterprise and the major design movements of the 20th Century. (Module currently under review)

Computing for Designers 1

This module will help you to gain a good understanding of essential software in the design process including, data management, 3D modelling, using 3D data in engineering drawing, 3D rendering and 2D graphics. (Module currently under review)

Prototyping for Design

This practical module introduces you to product prototyping strategies and 3D modelling techniques. It uses engineering drawings, existing and created by you, to successfully translate designs to understand the appropriate methods and tools to use in prototyping.

Electronics for Design

Some fundamentals of electronics aimed at augmenting the Designer’s tool kit are introduced. The aim of this module is for you to explore issues relating to electronic systems relevant to industrial and product design. This module seeks to develop skills that will facilitate the capability to learn independently and apply theory to practical Design scenarios.

Mechanics for Design

In this module you will be able to learn about newton’s law of motion, centroids, stability, stress and strain, and equilibrium of static force systems and properties of structural sections. You will also learn about the mechanical properties of materials, safety, frameworks and trusses, work energy and port and Hooke’s Law and springs. Simple machine theory, variable velocity ratio machines and mechanical devices in machines will also be covered.

Ergonomics for Design

This module looks at how ergonomics has a bearing on design in relation to the information and operation of an item, panel design, console and workplace design, tool design, seating and musculoskeletal complaints and how these can be evaluated effectively.

Materials and Processes for Designers

This module will provide you with a knowledge of materials, properties and processing. It will cover metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and wood.


Year 2

Year 2 encourages you to learn further knowledge and skills in research, planning, modelling, building and evaluating. 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.

Compulsory Modules

Design Practice (25 credits)

You will learn to manage a programme of industrial design, involving concept generation, design development and product presentation. This will include a focus on product form and user interface, as well as an introduction to the principles of eco design.

Electronics, Programming and Interfacing For Design (15 credits)

In this module you will lean about applied electronics and embedded systems. You will cover electronics CAD systems as they are applied to the design of products and systems. High level programming, interfacing, sensors and displays are also covered.

Further Mechanics for Design (15 credits)

This module looks at selected topics in the mechanics of solids including combined bending and direct stress, buckling of columns, shear force and bending moments, shear and torsion momentum and impulse and impact. You will also cover selected topics in the mechanics of machines including centrifugal and centripetal force and the dynamics of rotation.

Design Communication (15 credits)

This module aims to extend and enhance your industrial design modelling. This includes the uses and applications of solid surface modelling. You will also learn 3D modelling skills and modelling rationale, as well as computer image generation and manipulation using vector and bit-mapped graphics software.

BSc Design and Manufacturing Technologies (30 credits)

This module will help you gain an understanding of the relationship between design and manufacturing. You will work as part of a team to product a small giveaway that uses an injection mould tool that you will design and produce as part of the project. You will also learn about various materials and the processing they can undergo such as the joining of metals, polymers and ceramics.

Optional Modules

Students choose 20 credits from the list below. These are all subject to availability and timetabling.

Sustainable Design (20 credits)

This module looks into the issues concerning sustainable design and how sustainable strategies can be implemented into design.

Computer-aided Ergonomics (20 credits)

This module uses CAD to help you understand human modelling in particular posture, fit reach, vision and the use of body scanning technologies. As well as a hands on approach, this module uses case studies from a variety of fields including automotive, rail, aerospace, and consumer products.

User Experience Design (20 credits)

This module looks into the areas of interactive product design, user experience design, persona and scenario based design techniques, user interface design, usability testing user requirements and investigating the user centred design process.

Universal Design (20 credits)

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of designing for elderly and disabled people within a mainstream population.

Polymer Processing and Applications (20 credits)

This module looks at the principles related to structures and properties of polymer materials with emphasis on their physical and mechanical properties. You will also learn about the polymer conversion processes for thermoplastics, thermosets and rubbers and will develop practical skills related to the operation of some important manufacturing processes for polymer products.


Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement or study abroad.


Final year

In your final year you will use all of the experience and knowledge you have gained in previous years to complete a number of projects that include live industry projects. During this year you will complete your final project, which is usually displayed at the School’s annual Degree Show in June.

Applications of Mechanical and Electronics for Design (20 credits)

This looks at the design issues in programmable and embedded electronic control, electrical machines and printed circuit board design. This module uses practical classes so you can understand and develop electronic circuits related to design.

Design Research (20 credits)

The aim of this module is for students to develop an in-depth knowledge about an aspect or topic of design in relation to, for instance, to extend investigative, project management and report writing capability.

Live Projects (10 credits)

This module covers two live design projects with briefs set by leading companies that mimic activity in a design consultancy where initial responses to client briefs need to be generated rapidly.

The first project will be performed in the first week of the final year and will involve rapid ideation over the period of 24 hours in response to a single brief. This activity has the intention of re-engaging students as they return to the University, refreshing the use of designs skills such as concept generation, sketching and presentation.

The second project, performed in the first week of semester 2 provides a selection of briefs that are provided by companies and design consultancies, with a more in depth design process being undertaken by students over a week long period. The students are required to select one brief and to generate a design solution that is then sent to the companies for assessment in combination with the University assessment procedures.

Final Year Design Practice (60 credits)

This module involves the accumulation of all your acquired knowledge to complete a design project. This is in essence your final year projects which will form a key part of your portfolio and demonstrate how much you have learnt and the journey which you have taken over your previous years at Loughborough. The outcomes of this module are normally what you display at our annual degree show.

Optional Modules

Students choose 10 credits from the list below. These are all subject to availability and timetabling.

Universal Design (10 credits)

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of designing for elderly and disabled people within a mainstream population.

Computer-aided Ergonomics (10 credits)

This module uses CAD to help you understand human modelling in particular posture, fit reach, vision and the use of body scanning technologies. As well as a hands on approach, this module uses case studies from a variety of fields including automotive, rail, aerospace, and consumer products.

User Experience Design (10 credits)

This module looks into the areas of interactive product design, user experience design, persona and scenario based design techniques, user interface design, usability testing user requirements and investigating the user centred design process.

Computer Aided Modelling and Manufacture (10 credits)

This practical module builds on the CAD/CAM skills you have developed during Year 1 and 2. During this module you will look into core and advanced modelling techniques, modelling strategy, 3D rendering, 3D NC machine, virtual prototyping, rapid prototyping and the advanced use of CAD throughout the product design lifecycle.

The Global Studio (10 credits)

This exciting module aims to prepare you for working in cross-cultural and geographically distributed groups. You will learn about the impact of distributed design, distance communications, cultural issues and concepts.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (10 credits)

This module is delivered by the Business School and focuses on the nature of enterprise, innovation, the protection of intellectual property, business plans and government policy to support innovation.

Recycling and Environmental Issues (10 credits)

This module will provide you with an appreciation of the resource and sustainability requirements of materials and related industries and to consider the needs of environment protection through environmental control of pollution, materials sustainability, recycling and controlled disposal.

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


Assessment

Assessments for modules will include: reports, CAD files, essays, assessed laboratory sessions, class tests, group presentations and reports, submission of prototypes, folios, logbooks, e-posters, presentation boards, computer simulations & examinations. You can see example assessment submissions on the School's gallery.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

HJ79 Product Design and Technology - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including Physics or Mathematics plus Design and Technology or Art and Design
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Physics or Mathematics plus HL Design Technology or Visual Arts
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design: DDM
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

HJ7X Product Design and Technology - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Physics or Mathematics plus Design and Technology or Art and Design
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Physics or Mathematics plus HL Design Technology or Visual Arts
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design: DDM
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and also a portfolio submission and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 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.

Graduate destinations

93% of our 2015 graduates from this course are in employment or further study (DLHE, 2015 graduates. Full-time UK first degree students available for work or study.). 92% of those graduates (2015 graduates from UK, Channel Islands and Europe. In full-time employment only. DLHE, 2015 graduates) are engaged in graduate level jobs assuring you that studying this course provides you with an expert training to engage with a wide number of industries immediately after graduating.

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

Recent destinations include: Alliance Boots, Apple, Jaguar Land Rover, Marussia F1 Team, Puma, Unilever and Vax

Example graduate positions include: Graduate Manager, Design Consultant, Product Design Engineer, Engineer, Marketing Executive, Technical Packaging Technician, Junior Graphic Designer and Director.

Professional placements and study abroad

82% of our eligible students from our design courses are on placement or a placement & study abroad combination in the 2015 – 2016 academic year. A placement or study abroad with placement combination can be taken during the third year of study. 

Please see the School’s website for more information about placements and studying abroad 

Our students

Georgia

Course

Industrial Design & Technology

Department

Design School

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Milan

Course

Industrial Design and Technology

Department

Design School

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: HJ79

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: HJ7X