Industrial Design*

BSc (Hons) - UCA Canterbury - 2019, 2020

On our BSc (Hons) Industrial Design course at UCA Canterbury, you’ll explore the small or large scale manufacture of everyday objects we interact with. You'll experiment with materials and design, creating your own prototypes. 

This highly technical course will teach you the manufacturing process from beginning to end, with emphasis on design. You’ll challenge the definition of modern industrial design, innovating and developing towards a new model for the future. 

You'll combine creative flair and vision with sound practical knowledge and experience of the industry.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement between Years 2 and 3 to gain invaluable industry insight into the relationship between design research, development and production.

Building transferable skills throughout your studies, you’ll learn to make and create prototypes, present concepts to investors and develop a scientific understanding of materials and their interaction.

Industrial Design graduates will be able to enter a variety of industries with a production element – automotive, furniture, toys, electronic devices, printmaking, 3D printing and more.

As a student on this course you’ll have access to our extensive workshop facilities to develop and prototype your ideas.

*Course subject to validation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Canterbury

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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course details

  • Year 1

    In the first year, you'll learn idea pitching and presentation, generating ideas and enhancing visual skills.

    You’ll undertake contextual studies, exploring companies such as LEGO and the challenges of mass-production, and build and make your first prototypes.

    Creative Thinking

    Context & History

    Design Communication

    Industrial Design 01

    Material and Manufacture

  • Year 2

    In the second year, you'll share a unit with the BSc (Hons) Creative Computing course, alongside encouraged collaboration with the School of Architecture.

    You’ll build an understanding of business management within industrial design, mirroring running a small business or working freelance.

    You’ll learn practical skills in 3D printing, laser cutting and model making. You may undertake a year-long industrial work placement between Years 2 and 3 to gain industry insight into design research, development and production.

    Industrial Design 02

    Context & Theory

    CoLAB 01



  • Study Abroad Year (Optional)

    Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace).

    This optional year is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling 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 initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.

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

  • Year 3

    You’ll undertake a dissertation, providing the foundations for your final major project.

    You’ll create and present ideas, fine-tuning your portfolio into your desired industry to enter your chosen career.

    Pitching and Protyping

    Research Thesis

    CoLAB 02

    Major Project

  • Fees

    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    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.



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 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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How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via UCAS - 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.

More information:

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Entry requirements

UK 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
  • 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.

International entry requirements

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

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. At the Applicant Day you will have a chance to meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. 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 a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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