Product and Furniture Design, Bachelor

Product and Furniture Design, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
This adaptable and unique course is designed primarily for students from either an Art and Design or Technology and Design background who wish to follow careers within the Design Industry specifically in the areas of Product or Furniture design, who wish to teach in either Art and Design or Technology and Design or who wish to undertake further design related studies at Masters or Doctoral level.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12495 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12495 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3805 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3805 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Belfast

  • 561 - 890 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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