Product Design BA Welcome Pack

Welcome to Product Design BA 2022.

Welcome to the Bachelor of Art (BA) Product Design course – I hope you’re looking forward to joining us as soon.

We’ve a wide range of design projects, workshop activities, technical demonstrations and practical activities planned for you throughout your first year. We’re also starting this autumn with a ‘live-client’ project working with a local environmental social enterprise for our Wednesday ‘Design Social’ activity.

To get to know you we’ve planned a fun, ‘look ‘n’ me’, design exercise for you to work on before you join us – and we’ll be continuing this during your first few weeks. I’ll explain more when we meet online (see below), so put the dates in your diary, enjoy the rest of the summer, and I’ll see you then . . .

Your Programme Leader

Paul Hines, Programme leader for Product Design

Paul Hines

Deputy Head of Art & Design


Welcome and Induction Sessions

To help you take your first steps as an undergraduate student we’re running some handy online sessions to support you:

These sessions aren’t essential, but please try to join as they’ll contain lots of information that’ll be helpful before you arrive – times and dates are outlined below:


Product Design is a very practical, so you’ll need a range of drawing implements, tools, and workshop safety equipment to help you design and make throughout the course. These items will be needed in the studios and workshops, as well as for allowing you to continue your studies in your room. We’ll be emailing a complete list of all the items you may need before you start as well as running an online advice session.

A laptop is essential for allowing you to run personal (free/academic) versions of the computer-aided-design (CAD) software that you’ll need on the course. Please carefully consider the free laptop offer as you’ll benefit from a higher performance laptop during your three years of study. The preferred laptop specifications are outlined in the FAQs section of the Product Design course page.​

Enhancing skills, building networks and engaging in the wider University community

One of the many strengths in Product Design is our ‘live-client’ projects where we collaborate with local businesses and charitable organisations. These extra activities, often run as competitions, will enable you to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the course and help towards building a professional design portfolio.

Projects are run on Wednesday mornings and are open to all Product Design students. We’re also hoping that other creative students, studying across the subject area of Art & Design, will join in as well.

Over the last few years, we’ve worked with the following organisations:

  • Tingdene Homes – reduction and reuse of post-industrial waste
  • Berry CPI – ‘zero-waste’ in-store refills to replace single use packaging
  • Sue Ryder – upcycling of unused pallets into garden products

We’ve already a potential project in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to introducing the brief this autumn . . .

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