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Hi guys,
I'm really stuck between choosing Product Design and Industrial Design to study at university.
I was researching the difference between the two and saw that Industrial design is a BA and in most places Product Design is BSc. I found this quite odd as i know that Industrial branches out to cars and Machinery. Therefore I went to compare the modules and saw that with Brunel and Loughborough the modules are pretty much identical except for a couple.
i was wondering for people that are currently studying Product Design or Industrial design, what made you choose one rather than the other?
Also what is the course like?
Just any sort of advice would be good, so it can help me decide between the two!
Thanks!
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Hi,

I'm a product design (BSc) student at Brunel.

At Brunel the courses are very similar, and have several modules in common each year. On the whole the BA courses tend to be a bit more practical, and do not go into so much depth about the technical stuff (electronics and mechanics), however they are still taught. As a general rule, if you are more scientifically minded do the BSc, else do the BA. Feel free to ask me more specific questions about this. I would also encourage you to go to open days as they usually do a great job of explaining the differences there, as all unis vary slightly in differentiating the two courses.

As for the course - I wont lie its a lot of work BA and BSc. Projects are thrown at you from day one. But I also find it very enjoyable, and love the problem solving aspect of design. Also most unis also teach you to make things in the workshop, which is a really useful skill, and very fun to do! Again feel free to ask me specific questions.
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(Original post by littlemissmidget123)
Hi,

I'm a product design (BSc) student at Brunel.

At Brunel the courses are very similar, and have several modules in common each year. On the whole the BA courses tend to be a bit more practical, and do not go into so much depth about the technical stuff (electronics and mechanics), however they are still taught. As a general rule, if you are more scientifically minded do the BSc, else do the BA. Feel free to ask me more specific questions about this. I would also encourage you to go to open days as they usually do a great job of explaining the differences there, as all unis vary slightly in differentiating the two courses.

As for the course - I wont lie its a lot of work BA and BSc. Projects are thrown at you from day one. But I also find it very enjoyable, and love the problem solving aspect of design. Also most unis also teach you to make things in the workshop, which is a really useful skill, and very fun to do! Again feel free to ask me specific questions.
sorry but just out of curiosity what a levels would you say is best for the degree and what a levels did you take?
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sorry but just out of curiosity what a levels would you say is best for the degree and what a levels did you take?
Truth is it doesnt really matter.

If you want to do the BSc maths AS as a minimum is advised, probably A2 too. Physics may also be beneficial.

Obviously you will need to take some kind of design related course - Art, DT, Graphics may all be suitable, as long as you can prove you have a real interest in the 3d Design.

I took German, Physics, DT and AS Maths.
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Truth is it doesnt really matter.

If you want to do the BSc maths AS as a minimum is advised, probably A2 too. Physics may also be beneficial.

Obviously you will need to take some kind of design related course - Art, DT, Graphics may all be suitable, as long as you can prove you have a real interest in the 3d Design.

I took German, Physics, DT and AS Maths.
If you don't mind answering any more questions would it be a disadvantage if I do not take physics? For example I am interested in the BSc degree and I want to know if that degree would be more maths oriented rather than physics in other words how much physics would it include? Thanks for answering
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If you don't mind answering any more questions would it be a disadvantage if I do not take physics? For example I am interested in the BSc degree and I want to know if that degree would be more maths oriented rather than physics in other words how much physics would it include? Thanks for answering
No you wont be at a disadvantage. Everything you need to know for design is taught from the basic at uni (so those that have already done it just get an easy ride for the first few weeks), because everyone comes from so different backgrounds, they have to cover everything.
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Historically, the discipline evolved from Industrial Design, Raymond Loewy etc. http://michaelaldridge.com/the-diffe...strial-design/
The bottom line the evidence of a design process, passion for design, confident sketching and an ability to generate ideas- skill sets demand by both BA and BSc course. There are BA/BSc Product Design courses around, where you experience both BA and BSc type projects in Year 1 then choose your preferred award route...
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