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BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design (Sandwich)

Nottingham Trent University
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Course UCAS code: W240
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  • BA (Hons), Sandwich , Duration: 4 Years
Course Summary:
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. **Key features** - Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 100% of our BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE 2016-2017). - NTU is ranked among the top 150 universities in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). - Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance. - Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content. - Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement. - Work on project briefs from companies such as John Lewis, Umbra, Isokon and QFC. - Experience design inspiration with trips in the UK and abroad included in your course fees. Recently students have travelled to Paris as part of the course to visit the Maison&Objet design fair, and to collaborate with students at the Parisian Strate Design School on a joint lighting project. - Learn how to use a range of design tools and techniques in our industry-standard facilities and design spaces, including metal, concrete and timber workshops, supported by expert technical staff. - Turn your ideas into a viable business with help from The Hive, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses. - Exhibit your work at our Degree Shows and at national events such as New Designers in London. - Have the option to study abroad for a semester as part of the European Project Semester (EPS) programme.
All modules are core. Year One: Design Fundamentals - This module provides the fundamental skills and knowledge that you'll need as design professionals. This module is largely based on individual design project activity, with some elements of collaborative work with other students. It contains three elements: design projects, design communication, and design process and practice. The Developing Furniture and Product Designer - You'll explore the importance of the commercial context of design, users and markets, which are integral to, and for, designers. You'll examine aspects related to design for the future to widen your understanding of contemporary issues that influence culture and society and their relationship with design. Applied Product Design Practice - This module focuses specifically on context and identity of design, and how to apply these alongside design processes and relevant design methodologies that are attributed to the creative perspective of product design. Year Two: Professional Practice - This module is designed to prepare you, as a designer, for industry. The module is broken down into three elements: professional projects, professional context, and professional communications. By the end of the module you'll have developed a professional portfolio and CV that represents your design capability and awareness. Furniture and Product Design: Context and Identity - You'll work on design briefs and live projects to understand the relationships between the designer, clients, and users, focusing on user centred design, ergonomics, digital design, and changing culture and commercial markets. Year Three: Recent placement opportunities have included Disney, Hasbro, and Nestle. The majority of these roles come with a salary which sees some students earning up to £16,000 for their year. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice. Final Year: Design in Practice - Within this module you'll complete a minor project and major project. You'll develop the application of your skills, knowledge and understanding of design methodologies to the creative realisation of products, and develop an understanding your own practice in a professional context. Design in Context - This module gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of your personal interest and choice. It challenges you to source and research information, be critical and reflective, and present findings on a range of topical, relevant subjects of significance. You'll either do this through a dissertation, or a critically reflective thesis. Exhibiting as part of the Degree Shows - In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows.
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15 January

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Nottingham is an absolutely amazing town, with the best student club ever, the Ocean. You’ll never hear the Baywatch theme the same way again. There’s a really nice student vibe, a ‘friendly’ rivalry between Nottingham U, Batman’s house, and three pubs claiming to be the oldest pub in Britain (that serve cheap pints to boot). The library is also amazing, with loads of study space, and the SU threw loads of great events, and I joined a few fantastic societies that really helped me experience all the uni had to offer.

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Tel. +44 (0) 115 848 4200

NTU Admissions:
Tel. +44(0)115 848 4200
Email. [email protected]

Tel. +44 (0) 115 848 4200

Top TSR member reviews
  • Nadz1a's avatar by Nadz1a on 24th January 2019
    Simple yet exciting, your able to be involved in as little and as much as you'd like to be. Which is fun to take responsibility for what you want.
  • h-m123's avatar by h-m123 on 24th January 2019
    Excellent place to study.
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