Product Design Futures BA (Hons)

Bournemouth University

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Full-time | Main Site | 3 Years | 21-SEP-20
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    5 (Art & Design)
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    BA (Hons)

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Course Summary

While Product Design is for the ‘now’, Product Design Futures examines the future of design by challenging existing design direction where it needs to go, informed by exploration of design trends, societal change, emerging technologies and environmental issues. Environmental and ethical issues are becoming increasingly more important when dealing with the design of products. Understanding the impact of the choice of materials, the use of energy, disposal and potential recyclability are key considerations for the product lifecycle from cradle to grave. This course will develop your understanding of the impact that the design of products has on the world and the way we live. It will focus on ethical development of new products, with view to influencing how they can be designed to enhance value to the user whilst being sustainable and having less environmental impact. You will learn from other examples of good practice globally and consider alternative philosophies in order to inform the design process and develop design sense. You will consider the opportunities afforded by new methodologies, technologies and materials; how to influence consumer behaviour and lead future trends, challenge the current patterns of design for manufacture; and develop products to add value to the lives of their users. On the course you will employ the latest virtual design tools such as virtual reality for realising design solutions. However, well-developed hand/eye/mind co-ordination, spatial awareness and manual sketching techniques are still essential in design practice to be able to develop and communicate ideas rapidly and effectively, so you will develop these skills along with the use of CAD tools.

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Scottish Higher
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  • GCSE/National 4/National 5
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
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  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma


104 - 120 tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers

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Bournemouth University courses are industry-informed and relevant: the university offers invaluable work placement opportunities to every student, as well as overseas exchanges. Combined with a beautiful coastal location and commitment to ensuring its learning and social spaces are modern and attractive, BU has something to offer everyone.


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