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About the course

Are you fascinated by how design can influence and improve modern life? Do you want to design the products, devices and solutions of the future? Ideal for students with backgrounds in art or engineering, this innovative degree offers a perfect balance of fabrication, design and manufacturing study, focusing specifically on the relationship between products and their users. The curriculum also includes intensive study of ergonomics, usability principles and materials.

With a strong industry focus, product design at Solent is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). This mark of quality is reserved for courses that are best suited to preparing students for employment in engineering design roles.

The course aims to equip students with fundamental skills in design and manufacturing techniques. Studies are aided by industry-standard facilities, including well-lit professional studios with fully equipped model-making and prototyping workshops, together with access to the latest rapid prototyping software and facilities.

An important element of the course is its accreditation by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). Students on the product design degree can enjoy free student membership for the duration of their studies, as well as their first year of graduate membership. There are many benefits to membership of the IED, most notably the opportunity to gain professional registration and recognition of expertise, to network with other designers and to continue professional development.  

If you think a career in product design is for you, Southampton Solent’s innovative, industry-focused product design degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to help you on your way to an exciting and inspiring career.

Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to find roles such as design engineer or junior product designer at organisations including Bright Innovations, Fitch, ALH Systems, Alfa Display and Design, and Celsus.

Who is this course for?

Product design here at Southampton Solent University is ideal for students with a background in art, design, engineering or graphics. Students should be aspiring to careers in product design, design consultancy, design engineering, interior design, prototyping, or product marketing.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W241
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year W2W2
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Year one:
Compulsory marker pen and materials costs: £300
Optional study trips: £400

Year two:
Compulsory marker pen and materials costs: £400
Optional study trips: £400

Year three:
Compulsory marker pen and materials costs: £500
Optional study trips: £400

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


of students are satisfied overall with the quality of the course

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BA (Hons) Product Design

Design Foundation Year route:

Design Foundation Year

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Design Visualisation
  • Design Exploration
  • Design Process
  • Commercial Studies
  • Technical Studies
  • Modern Design (Themes and Issues).

Year two

Core units
  • Computer Modelling and Visualisation
  • Materials and Sustainable Design
  • Human Factors
  • Design for Manufacture.


  • Design for Industry
  • Design for Enterprise
  • New Product Development
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Design Futures
  • Live Competition Project
  • Professional Project Research
  • Professional Project
  • Preparation for Employment.


  • Work Based Learning Unit 
  • Design Futures 


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Students' work

Meet the course team

Sarah Radif academic profile Sarah Radif Head of Subject View profile
Mark Jones academic profile Mark Jones Head of Subject View profile
Peter Jones academic profile Peter Jones Senior Lecturer View profile
Alan Manley academic profile Alan Manley Lecturer View profile
Alison Messenger academic profile Alison Messenger Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points. Students also have access to well-lit professional studios with fully equipped model-making and prototyping workshops, together with access to the latest rapid prototyping software and facilities.

Students can enjoy access to industry-standard facilities including an advanced manufacturing lab. This lab provides additive and subtractive computer-aided modelling technologies, as well as 3D scanning, laser cutting, rapid prototyping, 5-axis routing and 3D printing equipment.

Your future

As a design-trained graduate, your creative-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills are in high demand among employers and open up a range of career options.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Product design
  • Design consultancy
  • Design engineering
  • Interior design/space planning
  • Exhibition design
  • Special FX model-making
  • Graphics/packaging/point-of-sale design
  • Product marketing or research.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • My projects have taken me from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, India, China and beyond. I am privileged to be able to travel to unlikely destinations to observe and understand how products fit into people’s lives. Then I get to help turn that research into products! At Solent I enjoyed the small class size and opportunity to develop my design skills while understanding the importance of building links between design solutions and practical industry needs.

    Chris Butler, graduate - Seymour Powell Design

  • Product design at Solent is also a community, everyone helps one another. The tutors go out of their way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your time at Southampton, helping you develop your design skills and always encouraging you to think creatively.

    James Rayner, Graduate

Industry links

Tutors have extensive industry experience, helping students to relate projects to the real world. The course team maintains strong links with industry and has set up a partner affiliation network (PAN) which provides live project briefs, professional input on course content and various student design competitions, together with extensive work placement opportunities.

The University also helps nurture and protect your ideas and innovative designs by providing you with support and advice on intellectual property protection.

We also have a comprehensive programme of guest speakers throughout the course, giving you access to a formidable selection of industry professionals delivering up-to-the-minute case studies.


Opportunities for work placement are provided through the course partner affiliation network, which encourages professional input and work placement opportunities for students. Companies include: In-Tandem Systems, B&Q, IKEA, the NHS, Greaves Best Design, SIG, Adris and In-Tandem Systems.

Further study

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