Industrial Design BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Industrial Design
Industrial design is where creativity meets technology. If you want to learn the skills to design, create and develop products, then this BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree course is for you.
You’ll fuse elegance and beauty with functionality and performance. You’ll harness technology and learn computing skills that’ll put your innovative ideas on screen and then bring them to life as real products.
You'll graduate from this degree course able to work in areas such as product design, design management, consultancy, engineering, marketing and graphic design. With the expertise you develop on this course, you can consider a career working on and improving many of the products we all take for granted including cars, computers, furniture and household appliances.
This course fulfils the membership requirements of the Institution of Engineering Designers as a Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). This assures potential employers of the quality of your degree and gives you an edge over candidates who didn't do an accredited degree course when you apply for jobs.
What you'll experience
On this degree course you’ll:
- Develop your understanding of computer-aided illustration and design (CAD), as well as manufacturing and technology concepts
- Tailor your studies to your career ambitions by specialising in subjects that interest you most,
- Learn how businesses apply design for their products and production processes
- Bring your ideas to life using our sophisticated computer software, 3D printing and rapid prototyping equipment
- Work on real-life projects through our links with design centres and big players in the industry such as Anglepoise Lighting, Raymarine, Frictec and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
- Have access to our computer labs and workshops to construct and trial your designs
- Learn how to use professional software including Photoshop, AutoCad, Creo, and Keyshot
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with an Industrial Design degree?
Armed with the expertise and knowledge you develop on this course, you'll be set for a career in fields such as:
- computer-aided design (CAD)
- product data management.
- project management
- research and development
What jobs can you do with an Industrial Design degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- product design engineer
- CAD designer
- design manager
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Product Analysis and Illustration
- Engineering Practice
- Introduction to Design
- Introduction to Illustration Techniques
- Introduction to Materials and Manufacture
- Introduction to Technology Concepts
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Design
- Conceptual Design
- Materials and Manufacture
- Product Analysis
- Technology Concepts
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Illustration Techniques
- Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
- Research Methods for Product Design
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core units in this year include:
- Individual Project
- Product Electro-Mechanics
- Product Modelling for Manufacture
- Advanced Modelling
- Ergonomics in Product Design
There are no optional units in this year.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- project work
- CAD systems
There's an emphasis on using the latest software and technology and putting what you learn in the classroom into practice.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- multiple choice tests
- coursework and portfolio
- practical tests
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 34% by written exams and 66% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 32% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 17% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 80% by coursework
BSc (Hons) Industrial Design degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include two relevant subjects.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
- Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,400 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
There may be occasional trips for which you will be asked to contribute £25 a trip.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – HH18
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.