Kingston University London - Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons)

Kingston University London

Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons)

If you're considering a career in professional design, this course provides the skills, knowledge and practical experience you'll need. Design work covers domestic and commercial furniture, housewares and ceramics, industrial and technology products. Using our workshops, you'll have a platform for experimentation and discovery. You'll study key themes, such as sustainability, manufacturing and the roles that designers play in industry. The course collaborates and engages with industry at all levels, from live industry briefs to masterclasses and talks by industry professionals.

Your work will be promoted through international design competitions, major graduate shows and external exhibitions. You'll graduate with a professional portfolio of work, giving you a springboard to employment.

Winch Design Scholarship

Award-winning design studio Winch Design is offering a scholarship for one Interior Design or Product & Furniture Design student. The scholarship will cover the full value of the undergraduate tuition fees, together with a maintenance grant for the full three years. This generous donation takes care of fees and living costs so you can focus on the learning.

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • We're ranked No.1 in the UK (Guardian University League tables 2023).
  • Through our strong links with industry, you'll be able to test your ideas at leading companies. Examples include John Lewis, Foster & Partners, Herman Miller, Sony and New Balance.
  • This course includes optional study tours, visits to design studios and research-based trips. Previous tours have been to Milan, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Valencia.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points:


  • Level 3 qualifications, including Art and Design subjects (i.e. A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.). The preferred entry route is to first take a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or a recognised equivalent course.
  • IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Students with a degree in Product & Furniture Design work in a range of roles, such as:

  • Creative director
  • Design director
  • Design manager
  • Design consultant
  • Furniture consultant
  • Furniture buyer

Employers that look for graduates in this field include:

  • Established & Sons (design team London)
  • Richard Brendon
  • John Lewis (design team)
  • Heal's Design
  • Habitat Design Studio
  • Ideactio (design team Singapore)
  • Conran (design team)
  • Robert Welch
  • Lego (Denmark)

Course Details

The Product & Furniture Design course focuses on practical experimentation informed by the use of materials, technologies and production processes. You'll learn about the qualities of materials, their potential sustainability and appropriate application. You'll study the roles that designers play, and the impact design can have on social, political, environmental and commercial contexts.


This course introduces you to the principles of design through studio based learning. A number of introductory projects help you explore materials, sustainability, research methods, design prototyping and presentation skills. Alongside these projects you will receive masterclass introductions for example in hand Sketching, Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD. Lectures are delivered for the Product & Furniture Design history module in addition to materials / production knowledge.

Year 1

Design Fundamentals
Design 1
Workshop and Studio Practice
Materials and Making: Themes in Design History

Year 2

Context and Communication
Intelligent Making
Future Lab
Critical Issues in Furniture and Product Design: Research and Practice

Final year

Design for Production
Final Major Project
Professional Context
Dissertation: Research and Reflection

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