BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design – Bath Spa University

Furniture and Product Design

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

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BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design
School/s
Bath School of Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill and Locksbrook
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; or TT20
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

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.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.


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 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.


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Study options

Integrated Foundation Year (UCAS code: TT20)

The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.

Professional Placement Year (UCAS code: TT19)

This year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.

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 practise, 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.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Modules for the integrated Foundation year option are listed on the Integrated Foundation Year for Art and Design page.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Material Processes and Workshops
  • Visual Research
  • Digital Making and CAD
  • Production in Furniture and Product Design
  • Introduction to Visual and Material Culture: Design
  • Communicating and Externalising

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Sustainability
  • Human Centred Design
  • Industry Live
  • Personal and Professional Practice
  • Furniture and Product Design: Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Defining your Practice
  • Public Platform
  • Visual and Material Culture: Final Study
  • Final Project

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.

Careers

Many of our graduates have worked for a range of national and global design and manufacturing companies, contemporary designers and design marketing agencies. Others have freelanced, put their own designs into production, and exhibited internationally.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our Art and Design courses are based at Locksbrook Road (2019) and Sion Hill campuses.

You’ll benefit from access to:

Locksbrook campus

Locksbrook Campus is truly a unique and inspirational space, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to flourish. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

UK students part time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,530
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional 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. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

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-CCC including a Grade C in Product Design or other Art and Design subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Art and Design
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6.
  • 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) together with evidence of experience in Art and Design.

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.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

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

Portfolio and interviews

Applicants will be invited to interview at our Sion Hill or Locksbrook Road campuses and will be required to submit a high-quality portfolio in support of their application. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.

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

Course contact: Julia Keyte

Email: j.keyte@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year
With foundation year

Locksbrook Campus image credits: Chris Wakefield, Crescent Photography

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