We are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects in design and crafts (The Guardian University Guide 2020).
Our award winning course will focus on innovation and a sustainable, user-centred approach to design. Aesthetics, function, user-centred design, sustainability and commercial acumen are all taught to develop innovative products from conception to completion. You will utilise a range of graphic skills, design and making techniques and digital technologies, turning your initial ideas into prototypes, and working with real materials and equipment used in industry. You'll also learn about the latest design thinking, disruptive and systemic design, design history and culture as well as marketing, management and user interaction design.
The course combines technology design and development with creative innovative thinking and flexes to suit your interests. You’ll collaborate with students across different courses, including interior design, engineering and music, to combine skills and ideas into enterprising projects. Previous student work has won innovation awards at New Designers and has been highly commended by Royal Society of the Arts and the Head of Sustainability at NUS. Projects included haptic feedback chairs to enhance the experience of music through vibration and new biodegradable materials for packaging that have recently been nominated for the ‘Creative Conscience’ Award.
Working in small groups, you’ll get personalised support from lecturers who’ll develop your skills and challenge your imagination to create innovative designs and forward-thinking products. This course scored over 90% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019 for academic support.
You’ll focus on user-centred design – creating for people, and learn essential skills in iterative prototyping, fundamentals of technology, form and branding, sustainable design and commercial awareness.
You'll have the opportunity to work for a year on a paid placement that counts as part of your studies with previous students working with companies such as Superdry, Hurricane and IT Schools Africa, designing classrooms in Malawi. The course has been designed to enable membership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).