The BDes (Honours) Product and Furniture Design provides stimulating and challenging practice based design education within a multidisciplinary studio environment with making and prototyping at the core of what it does.
Within the Furniture strand of the course the emphasis is towards Design rather than Craft, making is still seen as very important with model making and materials testing a key part of design development. Workshops offer facilities for the manipulation of soft materials for model making as well as wood, metal and plastics for prototyping.
Practice is informed and underpinned by a strong culture of contextual understanding and critical reflection. Students engage in multidisciplinary work based learning through collaborative projects and industrial placements underpinned by teaching in professional practice, strategic business thinking and entrepreneurship.
The Goal is to produce design graduates who are informed thinkers, fluent communicators and highly skilled makers that have the requisite technical, intellectual, creative and entrepreneurial skill sets to make a meaningful contribution within the context of the creative industries particularly the design industry, enhancing the existing economic, social and cultural development of the region.
Each is seen as an an individual and their aspirations, needs and progression catered for in an environment of supported risk taking allowing them to develop and communicate a personal design philosophy in respect of their chosen discipline and to demonstrate how it will be implemented in a professional career.
You can apply until:
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The course is based on a modular structure with four modules of study in each year of the three years. Students share a common First Semester with both Interior Design and Architecture where they are introduced to the key skill sets and methodologies common to all areas of study. You are encouraged to undertake an optional placement year between years two and three. At the end of final year of studies, you will have gained a range of design skills and have developed a personal, innovative approach to the practice of designing.
Year 1 Semester I
The New and the Modern 20pt
Space Form and Making 40pt
Year 1 Semester II
Design Skills 20pt
Design Methods and Processes 40pt
Year 2 Semester I
Design Communication 20pt
Design Realisation 40pt
Year 2 Semester II
Design Debates 20pt
Design and Commerce 40pt
Placement Year (Optional)
Industrial Placement for DPP 60pt
Year 3 Semester I
Design Perspectives 20pt
Design and Society 40pt
Year 3 Semester II
Major Project Researc,Rationale,Portfolio 20pt
Major project Design and Realisation 40pt.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold GCSE passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). You will be required to submit a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills in making and drawing and expresses your interest in pursuing studies in Product or Furniture Design. You should in your portfolio and at interview be able to demonstrate an aptitude for critical, cultural awareness and the ability to engage in creative problem solving. The BDes Hons Art and Design (Foundation Year for Specialist Degrees) is the typical entry route for this degree but applications are welcomed from strong candidates from either an A level Art and Design, Technology and Design or Product Design background or students who have studied a combination of these subjects. For more details on the Foundation course, go to the course entry for BDes Hons Art and Design (Foundation Year for Specialist Degrees). For international students, the standard University requirements of IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 apply.A level requirements
A minimum of 240 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades CC.Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 240 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BBCCC.Other qualifications
We are happy to consider applications from students who have passed an appropiate BTEC, ND or Foundation Degree in an associated subject area such as 3D Design, Art and Design, Product Design.
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