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Kristina Suryani, BA (Hons) Product Design

Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons)

Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year or International Year (optional)

Course overview

If you're passionate about turning the everyday into the extraordinary, then our BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design degree is the perfect course for you.

You'll explore the fundamentals of thinking, analysing, drawing, making and testing through a mix of digital and analogue methods. Along the way, you’ll discover the importance of the relationship between products, furniture items and the spaces they occupy, working alongside BA (Hons) Interior Design & Architecture students.

This industry-facing course will allow you to make the most of our partnerships with leading design agencies and work directly with the local community and businesses on live projects.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be an intelligent problem solver with a curious outlook and a bold approach to exploring how product and furniture design can serve society, both today and in the future.

Please note: this course is moving location from UCA Farnham to UCA Canterbury from September 2021 entry.

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Length of study 3 years full-time or, 4 years full-time with Professional Practice Year/International Year
Campus Canterbury
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W243
UCAS code for course with Professional Practice W244
Course details

Course details

Product and Furniture Practice Process 1
This unit introduces you to the design process from research to final outcome. You will be introduced to fundamental skills and knowledge that provide the learning foundation to help to inform the design process. The unit is informed by close reference to relevant historic and contemporary practice.

Contextual Studies 1
This unit introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary contexts that serve to locate crafts and design practices within wider social and cultural frameworks and promotes contextual research as a fundamental aspect of creative practice. Through a series of illustrated lectures and seminars, the unit will explore a range of theoretical and practice-based positions in order to demonstrate the rich diversity of existing approaches to crafts and design and to consider specific aesthetic decisions in relation to their contexts.

Product and Furniture Practice Process 2
This unit builds on Practice Process 1 and you will test and develop skills and material knowledge from inception to resolution within the context of a given user requirement or need. You will increasingly synthesise processes of research, ideas generation, exploration, documentation, evaluation, resolution and communication at a fundamental level.

Product and Furniture Practice Process 3
The purpose of this unit is for you to develop competency in the range of processes, materials and manufacture learned in previous units and acquire a new range of related skills to further synthesise your ability to respond creatively and with confidence to project briefs.

Product and Furniture Practice Exploration 1
In this unit you to extend and develop your conceptual thinking. This is undertaken through engagement with project briefs and is seen as an impetus to engage in speculative and conceptually led design proposals; teamwork will feature. Emphasis is placed upon independent critical decision making and external industry awareness. Project concepts remain the catalyst for further design development.

Contextual Studies 2
Objects and the environment within which they sit are fundamental to our understanding of the world. The purpose of this unit is to introduce a range of contexts demonstrating the importance of meaning, and how this meaning can be used to create and express value within crafts and design practices.

Product and Furniture Practice Exploration 2
Exploring projects in further detail, you’ll consider how a concept develops through to realisation and demonstrate your knowledge of this, from technical drawing to scale model creation.

Product and Furniture Practice Exploration 3
Within a defined framework, you’ll have the opportunity to develop work in response to a project brief resulting in a full-scale, working prototype. You will be encouraged to develop and refine teamwork as well as individual approaches to research, designing and making, and to reflect upon the full scope what you explored through Year two.

You may enrol to undertake an additional ‘Professional Practice Year’ as an integral part of this course.

This will take place in year three. You will undertake a work placement with a subject appropriate employer to further develop your skills and CV.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

On this course, you'll have the opportunity to add a year of study at an overseas institution (either a higher education establishment or a workplace).

This optional year is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop sought-after employability skills such as independence, motivation and – depending on where you go – a working knowledge of another language. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the international year experience.

To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section: Study abroad information

The International Year is not available to students enrolled onto the Professional Practice Year route.

Professional Practice and Portfolio
Lectures and tutorials provide methodologies for the preparation of a portfolio of work, curriculum vitae, letter of application and interview techniques. You’ll also look to secure a work placement, of between two to eight weeks in duration.

Contextual Studies 3
You’ll conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research. This research will inform, augment and reflect upon your practice, will critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks and will serve to support the positioning of your practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.

Final Major Project
The purpose of this unit is for you to realise a graduate major project from a self-initiated brief, within a given framework, that realises individual potential. A selection of topics of a high level of design quality will be offered.

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for September 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be set by the government in their funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you will be charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

The course fees per year for September 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for September 2021. The details for September 2022 will be available here in due course. 

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

UCA Canterbury has open plan studio spaces offer a flexible learning environment, used for tutorials and independent working. Fully equipped Mac and PC computer labs with software for design and coding. Access to a purpose built FabLAB with laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC milling and injection moulding equipment, as well as virtual reality and spatial tracking technology. Campus 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics.

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Studios, UCA Canterbury

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Materials 3D workshops, UCA Canterbury

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Fabrication Lab, UCA Canterbury

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Materials 3D wokshops, UCA Canterbury

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We welcome students with a broad range of A-level subjects, as well as students with appropriate Art & Design Foundations or BTEC/UALAB diplomas which allow you to demonstrate your ability to research, evaluate and produce creative solutions. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

UK Applications

International Applications

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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