Master of Design - MDes
Sandwich / Placement
Design at Brunel is all about realising fantastic ideas in the real world. Our Design BSc/MDes degree is focused on developing your commercial awareness, technical skills and ability to innovate, meaning you can develop physical and digital products that both look good and work well.
There is a lot of project-based learning to test your skills and you’ll see the outcome of your design from concept to making the actual product. This means you’ll be able to build a great portfolio of your best-quality projects, academic and industry briefs, and case studies during your studies.
You’ll have workshop training and will use industry-standard equipment and software to develop quality hands-on skills to become a competent designer. Independent access is available to modern facilities that include dedicated design studios, digital sketching, extensive prototyping workshops, and electronics and digital fabrication labs. The practical knowledge you gain is transferable to the industry and provides a head start for your future career as a designer and design thinker in the modern world.
Our design course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and can be studied 3 years full-time (or 4 years full-time for MDes) or 4 years full-time with placement (5 years full-time with placement for MDes), starting in September. The placement year helps you to prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. Our students have worked in both small innovation start-ups and multinational organisations such as Adidas, Chanel, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips, Disney and Lego.
Teaching and Learning
Our design degrees are delivered by a passionate multi-disciplinary academic and technical team, including practising designers and graphic communication experts, mechanical and electrical engineers, and computer and materials scientists, and our lecturing staff are research or professionally active. This means you’ll be learning from enthusiastic teaching staff with real industry experience, and who have been making their ideas a reality through design for many years.
Study will combine lectures and other tutor-led activities such as group tutorials, lab sessions, computing sessions, manufacturing workshops, and guided independent study.
Class sizes depend on module, but all core modules are split up into around 40 people per group. Independent learning is key, and the amount of credits in a module represents the amount of time you will be expected to put in. For example, 40 credit modules require 400 hours of work across the year which equates to 12 hours per week, typically three of which will be in lectures and the remaining nine in self-directed study.
Assessment and feedback
Your progress will be assessed via assignments, coursework, presentations, individual and group design projects, lab reports and case studies, exams, and the final year major design project.
Marked work and feedback will be returned to students within three weeks of submission.
Careers and your future
To help you prepare for the world of work, we’ll encourage you to take the placement option, incorporating a year spent in industry. This means you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience and networks when you graduate. Our students have worked on placement for both small innovation start-ups and multinational organisations.
On our previous product design course, graduates were highly valued in the industry, working for established companies, including Disney, Dyson, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips and Cambridge Consultants.
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£ 20,450per year
Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.
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