Beautiful, functional products

Are you a problem solver? Why not learn how to design products, services, and systems that answer the challenges for industry and society today? Blending design thinking with physical and digital prototyping, this course develops the intellectual and practical skills you need to become a well-rounded product designer.

You’ll learn about design methods, materials, manufacturing processes and basic engineering principles, with the opportunity to put these into practice by developing your products from concept to final model and prototype. In your third year, you’re encouraged to spend a year on an industrial placement. In your final year, you’ll display your work in our end-of-year degree show.

Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and is one of the longest-running degrees to hold that accreditation.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Product Design at LSBU?

  • Our staff are experts with a great network of contacts.
  • Professional accreditation: our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and is one of the longest-running degrees to hold that accreditation.
  • Get to know the industry: with guest lectures from companies like LEGO.
  • You’ll get to develop products from concept to final model and/or prototype using our exceptional facilities.
  • It’s project-focused: you’ll spend most of your time in the studio/workshop making creative products that answer a brief.
  • Boost your employability with an optional paid professional work experience placement in your third year.
  • No.1 amongst London competitors for overall satisfaction and learning opportunities in Mechanical, Production and Manufacturing Engineering (National Student Survey 2018).


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus


The course centers on studio/workshop based design assignments – and you spend much of your time involved in design project work. Individual project work allows you to develop as a designer, while group work reflects the reality of your future professional life.

We’ll teach you everything that you need to become a well-rounded and thoughtful designer:

  1. How to draw
  2. Design fundamentals
  3. Manufacturing processes
  4. Materials and sustainability
  5. Workshop practice
  6. Ergonomics and inclusive design
  7. Alternative and emerging technologies
  8. All about fashion, taste, and style
  9. Market awareness

Finally, we’ll support you to put all of this into practice with a major design project and give you a platform to exhibit your work to the public.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 100%

Year 1

  • Design methods
  • Visual communications
  • Digital design and modeling
  • Inclusive design and usability
  • Design for a sustainable society

Year 2

  • Design thinking and applications
  • Design contexts and communications
  • Design futures and emerging technologies
  • Digital visualization and CAD
  • Design interactions
  • Design and manufacture project

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Research methods for a design project
  • Portfolio design projects
  • Design and culture
  • Service and system design
  • Product design project


Combining flair and vision with practical skill, Product Design is an exciting course that will set you on course for a creative, fulfilling career.

Our recent graduates are pursuing successful careers with companies like LEGO, VosLED, Cogent Healthcare Systems, BDP and Complete Fabrication. Others have set up businesses or work as freelance product designers. From design consultancies to manufacturing companies, there’s a wealth of choice for you.

The course has a focus on studio-based design assignments and design project work. You'll learn how to propose workable and functional solutions within financial constraints whilst still delivering compelling, aesthetic products. These are the very skills that will set you in high demand from industry employers!

Graduate success stories

As well as recent graduates going into jobs with design consultancies and manufacturing companies, they have also excelled in design competitions:

  • Jack Ogborn (winner, IED Student Design Award)
  • Matilde Rodriguez and Izzatullah Ahmadi (winners, Design Factory @ Design Museum)
  • Andrew Hodgson (winner, DFI furniture design)

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


You are encouraged to spend your third (sandwich) year on placement in the industry; this gives you the opportunity of testing and adapting the skills that you have learned in class within a workplace environment. It also gives you an invaluable networking opportunity. Placement jobs often lead to 'live' projects in their final year that are sponsored by the companies, and many of our students have been employed by their placement companies on graduation.


Our course philosophy places making at the heart of the design process; you'll learn in an environment that is highly in tune with refined technologies. You'll gain the knowledge and training needed to meet future demands for products and services, and the requirements of employers in the design industry.

Well-placed and considered investment means you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios. Through hands-on engineering experience, you'll learn how to test, measure, design and produce your own prototypes, bringing ideas off the drawing board or computer screen and into full-size and functional 3D models.

Our workshop capabilities include:

  • 'Soft' modeling operations, for prototypes in card, clay, foam, or wood;
  • Machining capabilities using milling machines, lathes, and others, both manually and CNC controlled;
  • Welding and metal fabrication;
  • Digital prototyping including laser cutting, silicone soft tooling and resin casting, and a range of 3D printing technologies;
  • Paint finishing facility;
  • Reverse engineering through CMM and 3D scanning;
  • Composite manufacture in fiberglass and carbon fiber;
  • Electronics and robotics laboratories;
  • Material testing laboratories;
  • Photography and video editing studios; and
  • A virtual engineering suite for 3D visualization and testing.

Virtual Engineering lab

Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching staff is experts, with a great deal to share. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for the industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn both intellectual and practical skills in a modern, well-equipped environment that blends traditional manufacturing equipment and sophisticated technology.

An applied approach to learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merit including a minimum of 3 Merits in Design Technology, Maths and Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include art/ design or show evidence of engagement with creativity
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

We normally require a portfolio of work and in many instances will also interview potential applicants to assess suitability for the course.

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Last updated February 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 4 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125
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