Ready to bring your ideas to life? Explore ergonomics, aesthetics and sustainability to produce an industry-ready portfolio. With access to our unrivalled state-of-the-art prototyping and 3D printing equipment, you'll have everything you need to develop original ideas and deliver detailed designs that are ready for production.
This course will teach students to learn cutting-edge research and analysis approaches, develop original ideas with creative thinking and deliver detailed designs that are ready for production.
It is predominantly project-based and explores the functional and market-led requirements of product design from concept to production.
What can this course do for me?
You'll gain the tools to develop products that push boundaries in order to thrive in this innovative sector. Students create and market their own work with pitch presentations, images and design documents.
"The course gave me so much product and manufacturing knowledge and access to all the resources I needed to make my work stand out and my portfolio ready for the jobs market."—Bonnie Johnson , Product Design BA (Hons) graduate
Top reasons to apply
Strong industry links, live client projects and internships.
Great staff to student ratio.
Cutting-edge, open-access prototyping studios.
Students gain industry-ready skills.
Students will be assessed through the completion of hands-on, practical work that develops technical skills, presentation and pitching skills, and written work including essays and project reports.
Students will learn essential skills in 2D and 3D design, user research, the iterative design process and current design software packages.
They will begin to develop their own approach to product design and build confidence and self-discipline in responding to live and self-initiated briefs.
Throughout this stage, we encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the design process, from prototype development leading to the study of materials and manufacturing techniques.
We set briefs that encourage students to collaborate with other students and we encourage them to take up work placements in the design industry.
We nurture student's independence as designers with a self-directed major product design project, ready for exhibition at the degree show.
They will be assessed on a collaborative brief and are required to enter competitions and engage with industry design challenges. At the same time, they will produce a portfolio for entry into the industry.
We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long-form dissertation.
Key study topics
Students will study the functional and market-led requirements of product design, looking at ergonomics, aesthetics, usability, sustainability, intellectual property and the application of technology.
They will also learn to communicate their design work engagingly through pitch presentations, images and design documents.
The expert lecturers and technicians will provide a unique insight into the market and teach students to identify areas where design could have a significant positive impact in social, economic and environmental contexts.
Key study topics include:
How to manage ideas
User research: how to understand people's needs
Ideas to market: selling a vision
Graduates often proceed to a career in 3D product, packaging, service, retail interior design and user experience design. For example, our graduates often help to develop new electronic devices, food packaging and the better customer experience in industries such as finance, transport and entertainment.
We encourage you to take up work placements in the design industry to help shape your future career path.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
International students will be required to have IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 or above, or TOEFL with an overall score of 72 or above.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work which shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.