Product Design BA (Hons)

Product Design BA (Hons)

School of Art, Design and Fashion




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Three years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    W241; Short form: BA/PrD

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Product Design is all about the process involved in taking a product that we may use in everyday life from concept to design to the market place. Our degree helps you think of ways to make this process easier, faster and cheaper.

You will explore problem-solving skills and the impact of material selection and the manufacturing processes. This means you will develop as an effective and successful product designer, assisted by working from live design briefs with real deadlines in a well-equipped and stimulating environment.  

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma
: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access course with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C inc Maths & English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma
: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

All applicants are invited to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be notified of your date for your Selection Day by our Admissions Office who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Creative Thinking
  • Product Anatomy
  • Computer Aided Modelling
  • Concept Design 1
  • Historical Contextual Studies

Year 2


  • Product Design Studies
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Concept Design 2
  • Presentation and Visualisation
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies

Year 3


  • Honours Project
  • Concept Design 3
  • Computer Aided Prototyping
  • Design Futures

Further Information

Our BA (Hons) Product Design course will develop your ability to function as an effective and successful product designer. From initially identifying a problem, you will be taken through the ‘design process’ and introduced to skills and techniques such as model-making; conceptual definition; styling and detailing; technological specifications; and material selections that can guarantee a competitive advantage in the professional product design environment. 

The course is delivered by a highly-skilled and experienced staff team and is supported by guest lectures and industry contact. Product Design received a 100% rating for overall satisfaction from our students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).


Studying Product Design at UCLan has given me the chance to compete and win competitions both nationally and internationally.

Matt Bland



Year 1

You will experience and appreciate broadly the core strands of study, which underpins this new dynamic product design course. The strands cover conceptual definition and user-centred design issues; technical design problem-solving and manufacturing; design methodologies and techniques; product visualisation; drawing, sketching and model-making; and computer-aided modelling utilising Solid Works software.

Year 2

You will continue to develop general design skills, in terms of problem-solving, design communication, computing and model-making, as well as an awareness of the contemporary product design industry. You will begin to consider design opportunities of conceptual exploration, styling, definition and detailing as a primary driver for your design activity. In addition you will consider the impact of material selection, manufacturing processes or an emerging technology within a design context. Further development of CAD skills is taught through advanced techniques of computer-aided design and Solid Works. You will develop enhanced visualisation skills through digital sketching using graphic tablets, Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, as well as Sketchbook Pro and Sketchbook Designer.

Year 3

You will have the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest in your final year design projects. These activities provide you with an opportunity to design products using new market identification as well as detailed design development and computer-aided prototyping. By the end of your studies, you will be working to present your design ideas not only at the School’s Degree Show, but also at New Designers, a national exhibition of the best design graduate.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Partner Institutions

You could study at AAS College in Thessaloniki, Greece on our partner course, where there are opportunities for exchange study trips and collaborative projects.

Industry Links

The course has strong and growing links with industry and 'live' project work is embedded within the course structure. You will be given the opportunity to work with clients and designers throughout the course.

Alternatively, competitions might be used as a vehicle to drive a creative activity. The course has worked with regional, national and international brands. Some recent work has been with Kenwood, Dyson, Samsonite, Hasbro, LG Electronics and Martin Yaffe Toys. Final year BA (Hons) Product Design student Matthew Bland won the ‘2011 Super Yacht Design Competition’ and followed this with a creditable fourth place at the ‘Abitare la Barca Concept Award’ competition in Italy.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Learning is studio-based and you will be engaged in a wide variety of activities. The ‘design brief’ acts as the main vehicle for the student experience, complemented by lectures, seminars and demonstrations, which aim to encourage the development of problem-solving skills and creative investigation. 

Assessment is 100% coursework and you will be continually assessed throughout the course. Assessment will be through assignments including design briefs (project work), competitions, presentations, seminars and group activities.


You will benefit from our up to date studio facilities including experimentation/model-building, as well as CAD/CAM and RP (Rapid Prototyping) facilities accessing CNC milling centres, Objet, Dimension and Stratasys FDM (Fuse Deposition Modelling), Laser Cutting and extensive digital printing facilities.


You will graduate with a wide range of transferable skills. Our graduates are working in a wide variety of roles including design manager, multi-media developer, design engineer or graphic designer. For example:

  • Luke Miles is head of design at Virgin Atlantic
  • Alpesh Patel is a design manager with Disney
  • Richard Preston is a multimedia developer; Mike Jones is head of design
  • Ryan Lemons is a head of department/lead teacher
  • Kate Evans, Joe Staniforth and Nichola Sheargold are design engineers at Dyson
  • Indy Basra is an art worker in advertising agency
  • Liam Dowdall is a design engineer/3D draughtsman; Kathy Ann Davis is a graphic designer for the British Gymnastic Foundation.

Your final year design ideas can be presented not only at the School’s Degree Show, but also at New Designers, a national exhibition of the best design graduates, which is held in London.