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Furniture and Product Design

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course TT18 or TT19 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

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BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: TT18 or TT19
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A Level grades BCC with grade B in Art, or other art/design related subject preferred.

View "typical offers" for more information.

This cutting edge design course focuses on making and innovation to address the future of production.*

  • Learn from design and industry experts to become a digitally-literate, creative and critical designer.
  • Explore materials through new technologies and traditional processes in our excellent workshops.
  • Develop the skills you need to flourish in the global workplace through strong industry experience.

*This course is subject to final approval.

Want a career in design? If you're motivated by making, this innovative product and furniture design course is for you.

Taught by industry professionals, BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design enables you to build a foundation of technical and manufacture processes in digital making, CAD design and traditional materials. You'll develop your individual creative vision through purposeful briefs, materials and scales.

Essential professional skills and entrepreneurship are at the heart of the curriculum, providing you with new opportunities as a designer in a sustainable, digital and global economy. You’ll become a flexible problem-solver and expert collaborator who can respond to issues across disciplines.

What you'll learn

Overview

As a student on our Furniture and Product Design course you’ll become a creative and versatile designer, able to develop your ideas into resolved high quality outcomes.

You’ll learn to think critically about use and construction and to innovate through material experimentation. Working across digital making and CAD design as well as more traditional 3D design processes in wood, metal, plastic and ceramics, you’ll develop a strong foundation of making knowledge with excellent technical support. We’ll strive to equip you with the necessary production knowledge, contextual understanding, research, communication and problem-solving skills for your emerging career.

This furniture design course addresses the future of design and manufacturing, and embeds an approach that incorporates maker culture, additive manufacture, localised lower volume production, and new platforms for selling products in global markets, such as crowdfunding. 

Course structure

Year one
You’ll develop a foundation of core making processes (digital and analogue), material knowledge and experimentation. You’ll acquire skills in design communication, visualisation, research and prototyping, and develop your understanding of production volume (i.e. batch to industrial production).

In addition, you’ll gain the key skills needed for future employment in the design industry and learn about critical issues in contemporary design.

Year two
You’ll focus on external engagement with industry, deepen your understanding of the forms of design practice and opportunities available, and start to identify your personal direction in design. External briefs and study visits provide direct engagement with the design industry, and ensure you explore design innovation with a global outlook. Entrepreneurial approaches to design will be supported, and you’ll gain valuable experience of collaboration and project management.

Year three
You’ll practice, develop, challenge and explore design in preparation for establishing your career. You’ll deepen your understanding of your field of practice and position in it. Your final contextual study will underpin your practice and critical thinking. You’ll start developing professional networks and produce products, portfolios and promotional material. Part-way through the year, you’ll present your work through a public platform.

The final personal project challenges you to create a professional level of design work to present to an external audience.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% based on coursework, presented at the end of the module. You’ll receive formal feedback so you’ll know how to improve or develop your work. Throughout the module you'll receive feedback from tutors and peers.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Overseas exchanges (for example to the School of Form in Poznan, Poland and NABA in Milan, Italy) offer further opportunities to develop your global industry awareness.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We emphasise external engagement throughout the course. International design-led companies such as Herman Miller and Dyson, as well as small enterprises and designer-makers, have a strong presence in the region. We run regular live industry projects, and previous clients have included:

  • Dyson
  • ASOS
  • Morey Smith
  • Hakwood
  • The Holburne Museum.

You'll also have the option to undertake a one-year Professional Placement Year, and you'll graduate with a strong portfolio of projects and experience.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design student you’ll be taught at Sion Hill campus. You’ll benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities including:

  • Dedicated studios
  • Our comprehensive art shop
  • Well-stocked art and design Library
  • Workshops in digital making, CAD design and more traditional processes in wood, metal, plastic and ceramics.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 £290
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

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2020/21 Entry

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UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

UK and EU students part time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 £145
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

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2020/21 Entry

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International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 £290
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
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Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
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2020/21 Entry

Course fees
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Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We look for applicants who are energetic, committed and passionate about design, making and material, and curious about the made world and how design can influence how we live.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC with grade B in Art, or other art/design related subject preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit Merit Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points required with a Pass at grade 6 or above in an Art related subject.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

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Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Course contacts: Julia Keyte and Tom Sowden
Email: j.keyte@bathspa.ac.uk / t.sowden@bathspa.ac.uk

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