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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 13450 per year
This course focuses on developing innovative designs for the consumer market, in areas of commercial and domestic furniture, interiors, lighting and homewares.
Our course is a designer-centred programme, encouraging you to develop your own individual style, vision and philosophy. You'll spend time in our industry-standard workshops, developing concepts and learning about principles of effective design. You'll develop your communication skills through drawing, model making, computer aided design, prototyping scale and full-size realisations of your designs, working on a range of diverse and challenging design projects.
Why study this course?
How does the course differ from our BA (Hons) Product Design and BSc (Hons) Product Design courses?
How you're taught
Trips and study visits
BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design students on a European study trip to Paris
You'll be assessed through coursework, which will consist of projects, reports, presentations, essays and a portfolio.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the design industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content. 100% of our BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design sandwich students are in work or further study, just six months after graduating (DLHE 2015-2016).
Where do Product Design graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong product design alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Our Employability team
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.
Competitions and awards
Our students are consistently recognised in national awards. Recent award winners include: Chartered Society of Designers Award, winner of the Bespoke category at the Wood Awards and the One Year On invite at New Designers.
Nav Bains, BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design, displaying her work at New Designers 2017
Excellent placement opportunities
NTU is ranked first in the UK for the number of year-long placement undergraduates, studying design-related courses (HESA 2015-16).
By choosing our sandwich (4 year) route, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement during your studies, giving you the opportunity to gain real experience in industry. The majority of our placement students receive a salary.
Where can I work on placement?
Students typically gain placements in product design companies across the UK and abroad. Recent destinations have included Disney, Hasbro, Nestlé, Tesco and Philip Watts Designs.
There are a wide variety of placement roles available within the industry, and the majority of our students have worked as packaging and design interns and product development roles.
Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.
Facilities for Product Design students
You'll benefit from our high-quality engineering laboratories, extensive modern studios and workshop facilities, and full IT and CAD suites.
Specialised equipment includes the following.
Take a look at our comprehensive gallery of the facilities, equipment and workshop spaces used by our Product Design students.
Access to our workshops and labs
Dedicated resource centre
Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Books and library resources
In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Product Design. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.
Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.
Bonington Art Shop
Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to support your project work.
Notes about fees for this course
The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.
The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.
The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.
What are we looking for?
Submission of work
You will be asked to submit examples of your creative abilities. For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design work submission document.
The UCAS Tariff
The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. In the new Tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.
Getting in touch
If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.
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