UWE Bristol

BSc Hons Product Design Technology with Foundation Year

Learn how to design great products on a friendly and creative course with tutors who are highly experienced professional designers.

Why study product design technology?

Product design technology combines creativity and practicality to bridge the gap between product design and design engineering.

The industry needs graduates with the ability to create innovative concepts and transform them into real working products.

You may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Product Design (with Foundation Year) course.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc (Hons) Product Design Technology will give you the creativity, skills and confidence to take exciting concepts and transform them into real, working products.

Learn from friendly tutors with extensive industry expertise and work on a series of projects in our well-equipped Design Studio.

Examine real problems, grow your understanding of people and their needs, and develop innovative solutions. Gain advanced skills in concept sketching, making working prototypes, engineering analysis, computer-aided design (CAD), design for manufacture and beyond.

Work on design briefs for a range of industry clients. Past organisations have included Jaguar Land Rover, Dremel Bosch, Omlet and Virgin Marussia Formula 1. Take part in exhibitions and grow your network at industry presentations.

Graduate with the skill and confidence to create innovative products and build a successful career in the creative industries.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, your in-depth understanding of technology, sustainability and materials will equip you for a range of careers.

Most of our graduates go into product development roles for design consultancies, or join in-house design teams for manufacturers and major brands.

Many are inspired to launch their own products or establish themselves as freelance design consultants.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

After graduating, you'll find career opportunities all over the world.

Potential creative roles include product design, industrial design, design engineering, user experience, graphic or web design, teaching, and exhibition and packaging design.

Many graduates have launched their own products or established themselves as freelance design consultants.

We have strong links with local companies who provide graduate jobs. Most of our graduates go straight into product development roles for design consultancies or join in-house design teams for manufacturers and major brands.

Course Details

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Year 0 Foundation Year

Context of Design and Development
Foundation Engineering for Designers
Foundation Maths for the Built Environment
Foundation Design Studio
Foundation Design Communication.

Year 1

Product Design Studio 1
Mechanisms and Structures
Design Communication
Graphic Design
Design in Context.

Year 2

Product Design Technology Studio 2
Product Design Engineering
Product CAD
Materials and Processes
Physical Computing.

Placement year

Final Year

Individual Project Product Design
Design Research Methods
Product Design Studio 3
Mechanical Design.

One optional module
Design in Practice.

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