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What makes Product Design at Worcester special?*

If you are interested in 3D design and want the freedom to be creative, shape your design ideas through making, from small scale bespoke production to multiples, while developing innovative design solutions for real world contexts, then Product Design is for you.

At Worcester you'll take part in workshops equipped for hand and machine making in ceramics, plastics, model making, printmaking, photography, textiles and wood. In addition you have access to specialist model and design labs, with AutoCAD, 3D Rhino, 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, rapid prototyping, motion capture software, augmented/virtual reality systems, photography studios, darkrooms and the course is supported with creative mac suites.

*This course is launching in 2021 



Key features

  • Discover through experimentation and learn through design and making
  • Define discoveries through 'live briefs' and develop a bespoke design studio practice
  • Develop creative ideas within industry-led briefs
  • Deliver innovative design solutions for real-world contexts
  • Showcase your design talent with our final year degree show and share your work with top industry professionals
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points (for example, BCC at A Level)

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio for consideration.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1


  • User Scenarios, Context & Design Ideation
  • Products For World Markets
  • Product Designing, Making And Presenting


  • Fab-Lab: Materials And Play
  • Design Principles And Process
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Design Research, Context & Framework
  • Industry Engagement ‘Live’ Design Project
  • Product Designing, Making & Prototyping


  • Fab-Lab: Materials And Innovation
  • Design Exploration Process + Analysis
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3


  • Professional Practice Responsibility & Community
  • Design Identity - Profile, Portfolio & Publication
  • Live Projects
  • Industry Projects
  • Independent Design Project
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You are taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, 'live' industry briefs, group crits, seminars, design exhibitions, professional practice, tutorials and other activities. Practical workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable you to apply your learning through making, discussion and small group activities. Lectures and seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of project briefs, and practical workshops are focused on developing subject specific skills in a variety of materials and processes for applied individual and group project work.

There are opportunities to visit design studios, design exhibitions, workshops, factories, manufacturers, museums, libraries, galleries and other work places and a programme of visiting speakers, designers and industry consultants ensure you are fully aware of the expectations and constraints of product design studio practice. The programme is supported by 3D workshops for hand and machine making in ceramics, plastics, model making, photography, textiles, wood and access to specialist design and model labs.

Teaching approach

We place emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that helps you to flourish and be successful.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Assessment is practice-based and includes presentations, reflective written reports, design studio group crits, individual portfolios, and practical work.

Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as reflective written reports, responses to design briefs, practical work, group crits, individual portfolios, oral presentations, and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1 Experiments & Innovations

  • practical projects
  • reflective written reports
  • individual or group presentations
  • individual portfolios responses to design briefs

Year 2 Collaborations & Exchanges

  • reflective and skills portfolio relating to work-based project
  • practical projects
  • reflective written reports
  • individual or group presentations and exhibitions
  • individual portfolios responses to design briefs

Year 3 Professional Applications

  • major independent project
  • professional practice portfolio
  • reflective written report
  • final year group exhibition/presentation
  • individual design solution


You will receive feedback on summative and formative assessments. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Final Year Art Shows

The Worcester Degree Shows are the culmination of work from students on the University of Worcester's arts courses.

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Where could it take you?

The course offers excellent employability opportunities (94% of our design graduates were in employment and/or further study in 2017/18). Due the applied interdisciplinary nature of this course with its strong work-based components and close partnership working with industry, students develop skills that are attractive to employers. The course equips students to pursue career paths in areas such as: product, textile, museum or set design, ceramics, model making, visual merchandising, design consultancy, project management, marketing or post-graduate study in the UK or abroad.

Students often also choose to set up and run their own businesses to continue developing their own practice after graduation. Recent student examples include; the designing and making of sculptural models for the Science Museum in London; the selling of upcycled furniture and other sustainable products online; working as a project curator in a museum; providing workshops for community and educational groups and other roles within the creative industries.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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