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Product Design HND

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

We believe in teaching you to challenge ideas of functionality, aesthetics, materials, sustainability, social contexts and ethics so that you can design products that work and make a difference to society. This mindset will be put into practice with industry projects and contemporary technologies.

You have the option to complete an additional year of study, to graduate with the BSc (Hons) Product Design qualification.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies* and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 16/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    042W

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    2 years full time
    3-4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Opportunity to top up to full degree.
  • Exhibitions, Event and Visits.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

Course Content

  • Creative and original design is built on the marriage of visual and technical considerations. We will teach you these skills throughout your course, developing and nurturing them through studio-based, practical problem solving activities. The vocational approach that this course takes will prepare you for the world of work when you graduate.

    Our course team are dedicated to working with you on an individual basis so that your learning experience is personalised and tailored to you.

    In the first year, you will be introduced to computer aided design (CAD), model making, design drawing and communication. Your learning will be consolidated by short projects that are relevant to technical, commercial or social issues.

    Your second year will include professional development, through projects briefed by local, national or international companies. The projects will develop your skills and your knowledge.

    Student work

    Students are encouraged to create products which solve problems, inspire change and look to make a difference in every day life. Product Design student, Oliver Beard, who was knocked unconscious in a rugby match, designed a high-tech skull cap that can detect concussion in people playing full-contact sports. You can read Oliver’s story here.

    roduct Design - Oliver Beard

    Students have also invented products that have gone on to receive media recognition. Danny O’Beirne, devised a simple solution to help the visually impaired navigate railway stations. Danny’s research found that many people with visual impairments are put off travelling by train in the UK due to the potential for confusion when they arrive at a station. Danny’s solution – the Tellway Sound Shower – harnesses ultrasound technology which can project a beam of sound via an overhead speaker. You can read Danny’s story here.

    Joshua Taylor, a Product Design undergraduate, had a flash of inspiration which has led to him designing a phone case that alerts users when their posture needs correcting, which in turn, prevents the risk of text neck. You can read Joshua’s story here.

    • Module code: 3DD1044
      Status: Compulsory
      Good product design is based on a sound knowledge of the properties and applications of materials. This module reviews a selection of materials and associated manufacturing processes using case study and existing products. It is taught in conjunction with other modules to provide students with project specific technical knowledge.
    • Module code: 3DD1007
      Status: Compulsory
      This module introduces students to 2D and 3D visual communication. It is concerned with stimulating visual perception and idea generation. Students will be encouraged to be experimental in their approach and apply suitable media and techniques to communicate technical and aesthetic subjects appropriate to a creative programme.
    • Module code: 3DD1009
      Status: Compulsory
      The practise of design requires knowledge in various related subjects. Part of this is the understanding and articulation of the social historic and economic factors in the design process. The purpose of this module is to provide students with an overview of design history and introduce research resources.
    • Module code: 3DD1022
      Status: Compulsory
      The practice of design requires knowledge in various related subjects. Part of this is the understanding and articulation of the economic and commercial factors in the design process. This module provides an insight into the nature and rationale of organisations and businesses as an integral component of the design process.
    • Module code: 3DD1005
      Status: Compulsory
      This module enables students to research and apply established working practises concepts and principles through a variety of design tasks. Projects include all aspects of the design process including 3D experimentation visual language and technical considerations initiated through a briefing process and culminating in appropriate peer group presentations and assessment.
    • Module code: 3DD1054
      Status: Compulsory
      This module is concerned with stimulating visual perception idea generation and design development. Students will be lead through a series of technique building experiences which utilise a broad range of two and three-dimensional materials and media. This will link visualisation model making and the use of colour.
  • What equipment, tools and materials will I need?

    To study on the Product Design course a high-specification laptop capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud and professional CAD software is essential. You will require a laptop, with the following specification:

    PC Laptop specification – preferred option:

    Processor: 3 GHz or higher clock speed (preferably closer to 4 GHz)
    Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
    Memory: 32GB (16GB minimum)
    Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro P2000 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
    Internet Connection: High speed broadband connection
    MacBook specification with additional required software*:

    Processor: 2.8 GHz or higher clock speed (preferably closer to 4 GHz)
    Operating System: MacOS
    Software*:  Windows 10 64-bit, Bootcamp and/or Parallels
    Memory: 32GB (16GB minimum)
    Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space
    Graphics Card: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6
    Internet Connection: High speed broadband connection
    You will need to budget approximately £200 per academic year for extra materials to cover the costs of sketch books, marker pens, modelmaking materials, 3D printing, and 2D printing of presentation graphics. This amount is a guide based on what successful current students and recent graduates have spent and will depend upon the projects you choose to undertake.

    You will need to purchase, drawing and modelmaking equipment such as digital Vernier callipers, cutting tools, basic hand tools, plus a toolbox to contain them. A comprehensive list will be provided prior to starting the course.

     

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be continually assessed during the course through studio-based design projects and written assignments. In the final year, you will have a minor design project and a final major project which will both be exhibition-based.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. All qualified applicants will be interviewed.

    If you would like to make an application as a Home or EU student, please visit our <a href=”/undergraduate/how-to-apply/”>How to Apply page</a>.

    If you are an International student and would like more information on how to make an application, please visit our <a href=”/international/how-to-apply/”>How to Apply page</a>.
    <h3 style=”text-align: right;”>English Language Requirements</h3>
    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
    <ul>
    <li><strong>IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands</strong>
    for study at undergraduate level.</li>
    </ul>
    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our <a href=”/international/english-language-requirements/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>IELTS page</a>.

     

     

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    • Year 1 – £250 toolbox, modelling tools, drawing equipment
    • Year 1 – £50-100 materials & printing
    • Year 2 – £75-150 materials and printing
    • Year 2 – £350 design trip (optional)

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,900

    Additional Costs

    • Year 1 – £250 toolbox, modelling tools, drawing equipment
    • Year 1 – £50-100 materials & printing
    • Year 2 – £75-150 materials and printing
    • Year 2 – £350 design trip (optional)

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,500

  • Once you successfully complete your HND, you may be eligible to apply for an additional year of study, to graduate with the BSc (Hons) Production Design qualification.

Is this course for you?