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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?

BA (Hons) Product Design scored 100% overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS).

Product design is the blend between art and engineering, and the projects you undertake will bring together both sides of this fascinating discipline – helping to ensure a balanced portfolio and inspiring you to become a confident creative designer.

Throughout the course you will be provided with a range of learning experiences, and the necessary support to develop transferable skills that enable you to work within the broader creative industries after graduation. A number of modules also allow you to create, make and retail products in our shop Re:So, and many students also work on professional freelance jobs in their second year through our Solent Creatives initiative.

You will have access to our 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 – helping you bring your design ideas to life.

The course is supported by a friendly and encouraging teaching team, who have vast experience both in commercial practice and in teaching, and maintain excellent links with industry. These links give you the opportunity to work on live projects, and experience the design profession whilst learning as a student. The course also has a vast network of employers who sponsor a number of the modules on the course.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

The course team comprises of qualified and award winning staff with a range of teaching and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

The transferable skills learnt on this course will enable you to apply for a range of careers within the broader creative industries including roles in: product design, design consultancy, design engineering, interior design, special effects, exhibition design, human factors and usability, user-experience (design UX), service design, prototyping and specialist model making, advertising, product packaging, point of sale (POS), and product marketing.

Recent graduates have gone on to find roles within companies/organisations including: Rolls Royce, Kenwood, Morphy Richards, B&Q (Design), Fitch, Innovate Product Design, Mustard Design, Bright Innovations, ALH Systems, Alfa Display and Design, Celsus, 2LK, Hexatronic, IKEA, Wiggle, Ocean Safety, Kinneir Dufort, Spinlock, Extreme Exhibitions, JPR Lighting, Italdesign, VW Design, Solid Solutions - to name just a few.

Many graduates have also been very successful in setting up their own business enterprise.

Who is this course for?

Product design at Solent University is ideal for students with a background in art, graphics, design, or engineering. It’s a Bachelor of Arts honours programme, but with sufficient engineering content and understanding to ensure you can apply for membership to the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Year one:
Compulsory materials costs: £300
Optional study trips: £200

Year two:
Compulsory materials costs, IT software: £400
Optional study trips: £400

Year three:
Compulsory materials costs: £500
Optional study trips: £200

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third year may be considered for this course.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • 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
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Design Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Introduction to Drawing Principles
  • Introduction to Creative Digital Media
  • Product Design Projects 1
  • Product Design Projects 2
  • Introduction to CAD
  • History of Design 

Year two

Core modules
  • Ergonomics
  • Computer Modelling and Visualisation
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Materials and Sustainable Design
  • Design for Industry
  • Design Research 


Year three

Core modules
  • Design Futures
  • Preparation for Employment
  • Professional Project
  • Creative Business Start-up 


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

Students' work

Meet the course team

Mark Jones academic profile Mark Jones Head of Subject View profile
Sarah Radif academic profile Sarah Radif Head of Subject View profile
Peter Jones academic profile Peter Jones Senior Lecturer View profile
Chris Patterson academic profile Chris Patterson Senior Lecturer View profile
Alan Manley academic profile Alan Manley Lecturer View profile
Alison Messenger academic profile Alison Messenger Lecturer View profile
Gordon Brand academic profile Gordon Brand 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 for its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

Students also have good access to well-lit professional studios with fully equipped model-making and advanced manufacturing labs for composites, 3D printers and laser cutters, where you will develop both traditional and digital skills supported by good access to industry-standard software packages.

Our degree show has many sponsored prizes, including work placements from our industry partners – we have access to over 20 companies including, IBM, B&Q, 2LK, In-Tandem, IKEA, Elumin8. The course also features an extensive guest speaker programme to advise on career options in design, what to put in your portfolio and how to apply for relevant jobs.

Your future

As a design-trained graduate, your skills in creative-thinking, problem-solving and communication are in high demand among employers and can 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
  • Advertising
  • 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.

    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

The course has an established industry partner network, with over 20 companies regularly supporting the course and helping to shape the curriculum based on attributes they seek in new employees.

This network enables students to benefit from guest lectures, live briefs, advice on portfolios, mentoring, sponsorship, and industry placements. Recent placements have included: IBM, IKEA, B&Q, In-tandem Systems Ltd, 2LK, Solid Solutions and Elumin8. Many of these companies also sponsor the annual degree show with awards and prizes which will be presented at the graduation ceremony.

The team also maintain contact with alumni working in design, which provides the opportunity for live projects, talks, sponsored prizes and work placements.


During your studies you will be encouraged to find your own work placements outside of the teaching period, enabling you to develop your skills and professional portfolio further.  

We also encourage you to sign up with Solent Creatives, our student led design consultancy who provide opportunities to work on external design projects with real clients.

Many course units are sponsored by industry (over 20 design companies make up our industry partnership). Some of the sponsored units also include work placements for the winning/selected students. Our course alumni also regularly support students with employment and placement opportunities.

Further study

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