Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Product Design

This course looks at theory alongside real-world practice and fuses the best of both in a unique approach to product design. Students are encouraged to take part in debate and analysis to create exciting new concept proposals. The course challenges perceptions around 'alternative living' to see what else might be possible in a world already full of things. The course will prepare students for professional life in a wide range of product design related roles.

Entry requirements

A good degree in product design or a closely related 3-dimensional design discipline, or equivalent qualifications. Applications from European or international mature students (+21) with alternative qualifications and/or substantial work experience are considered on their merits/portfolio. Good quality language skills are essential as this is a taught course and all project work requires accurate and appropriate communication in English language. Non-English speakers ideally should have IELTS 6.0 overall. However, applicants may apply with lower IELTS if they successfully participate in the BCU pre-sessional English language courses that are delivered just before the main programme begins. As a minimum, applicants should have a portfolio demonstrating their critical thinking, technical abilities and creative process in a range of media. Portfolios can be either posted or sent digitally (e.g. in the form of an easily accessible website link, PDF or PowerPoint format and not larger than 10Mb).

Course modules

Realism; design culture; personal project research; conceptualism; personal project practice; personal project communication.

Assessment methods

Studies include structured, project based learning activities which develop creative, design and making skills, research and investigative abilities, evaluation and independent learning to an advanced level. It includes individual and group tutorials, tutor-led and student-led seminars, lectures, and workshops as well as report writing and project work.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkside Building Campus Birmingham B4 7BD West Midlands

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Key information

Contact: 
Birmingham City University Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0121 331 5595