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Product & Furniture Design (BSc, BA)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Product & Furniture Design (BSc, BA)

Product & Furniture Design is all about fulfilling humanity’s imagination by creating a blueprint for the desired future. The BA|BSc|MDes programs philosophy and our vision is to encourage you to explore your design thinking and shape the future relationships we have with the products and Furniture we create.

It is the responsibility of the designer [you] to realise and direct human emotions and needs enabling society to evolve and function. It is this challenge, through a balance of intellectual endeavour, technology and design articulation, that these programs address, enabling you, the student, to be inquisitive, conceptualise and explore the subtleties for good, meaningful design.

Where they differ is in their approach to new design development with the BA (Hons) focusing on product & furniture interactions and engagement from a utilitarian and emotional perspective, whereas the BSc (Hons) focuses on product & furniture design detailing, new technologies, material choice and manufacturing criteria. The MDes (Hons) pathway gives students the opportunity to extend their learning experience and pursue self-oriented and ambitious goals through innovative and exciting teaching and learning.

When you choose to study Product & Furniture Design at Swansea College of Art in The Alex Design Exchange, you will encounter an environment that is dynamic, fun and challenging, where you can immerse yourself in innovative design experimentation, conceptualisation and practices.

You will be tasked with competition and industry-led collaborative projects; you will take ownership of your personal space in the studio, where you can sketch, create and have fun.

Admission requirements

Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however, our offers are not solely based on academic results.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Product Design

Level 4 Modules [Year 1]

  • Ways of Thinking; Drawing for 3D
  • Making for 3D
  • Professional Practice 1: Digital Skills
  • Ways of Perceiving; Design Thinking
  • Technical Design
  • Professional Practice 2: Online identities.

Level 5 Modules [Year 2]

  • Design Exploration
  • Design Realisation – CAD
  • Professional Practice; Research in Context
  • Design for Human Experience
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design for Simulation – Virtual
  • Research in Practice
  • International Independent Study (optional).

Level 6 Modules [Year 3]

  • Advanced Creative Enquiry
  • Advanced Creative Enquiry
  • Independent Enquiry
  • Professional Promotion
  • Individual Major Project.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2021/2022: £13,500

Continuing studies

Graduates have continued their educational development on postgraduate courses studying at PGCE [for teaching], Master’s or Doctoral level at UWTSD and further afield, including specialist postgraduate schools such as the RCA and Domus Academy.

Career opportunities

Graduates of Product Design courses have found employment with some of the world’s established leading names in manufacturing and design consultancy, such as:

  • Panasonic
  • Seymour Powell
  • Lego
  • Native
  • Hasbro
  • Acumen
  • Gurit
  • Zodiac Aerospace
  • Ecophon
  • Arkam
  • The Culture Group
  • Recaro

Some of our graduates have decided to establish a new generation of consultancies, such as FKCreate, Make&See and MeeCreative, or to develop specialised design centres for charities, such as Cerebra, with the support of the University.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

UWTSD is the oldest University in Wales and was founded in 1822. It has campuses in rural and city locations in the UK. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well...

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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