The things in our lives, the objects that we love, the equipment we use is all developed by a product designer.
Product designers are creative problem solvers. They respond to human needs, have ideas, rigorously test them and turn them into products ready to be manufactured and put to use.
The BA/BSc Product Design degree gives you the skills this fast-moving industry demands. You develop an analytic mind, deep knowledge of materials and technologies – and the ability to create balance between form and function. You learn by doing – with hands-on projects that take you through conception, design and development to manufacture.
You constantly reflect on and refine your work, gaining an understanding of human-centred design and taking inspiration from real-world experience and live briefs. You also study the history and theory of design and how it influences the work you do.
Opt to study either a BA or a BSc. Whichever you choose, you'll gain thorough knowledge of the product development process and leave with the skills and expertise you need to become a designer whose products change lives.
Learning & Teaching
From the outset, you will gain hands-on experience in practical studio sessions and workshops – developing your core material skills. Lectures, lead by members of the academic staff, will broaden your theoretical understanding of your field, whilst smaller, targeted seminars are designed to provide guidance for meeting more individual intellectual and practical demands.
During their first year of study each student can expect to receive between 14 and 22 hours of contact time per week via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.
Employability & Careers
Whilst your learning is designed to develop you into a rounded and capable artist/designer and intellectual, your curriculum is similarly structured with your potential in mind.
As such, the emphasis that will have been placed upon your work ethic, both creatively and academically, is matched with significant focus on real world experience; from building contacts and undertaking placements to live briefs and, should you choose so, support in forming your own business.
You can elect to take a route through your second and final years of studies where you can engage with businesses or launch your own for the moment you graduate. In your final year, rather than submit a dissertation, you have the option of devising a detailed business plan.
Throughout your time at CSAD, you will be meeting and hearing from professionals within your industry, honing your skills and ideas for commercial and professional advantage. Cross-disciplinary projects will prepare you for teamwork later on, whilst live briefs will prepare you for deadlines and the demands of tight specifications.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, and preferably five GCSEs to include English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
Following an interview and assessment of portfolio, our typical offers can range between:
- 96 - 120 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
- 96 - 120 points from at least 2 A Levels. For the BSc, one A level at grade C or above is required within a relevant subject: Science/Maths/Technology. The Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM / DDM
- 96 - 120 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers (For BSc this should be within a relevant subject: Science/Maths/Technology)
- 96 - 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades from any subject (minimum grade H4 considered)
- 96 - 120 points from the Access to HE Diploma within a relevant subject
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE