Learn to design products that people can get their hands on, play with and admire. Mix project-based studio activity with design, as practised in industry.
Product Design at Dundee
Product designers explore existing and emerging technologies in a playful way, using them as a creative medium throughout the design process.
Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design will train you to design products that meet the needs of real people. We are an award-winning programme with strong links with industry and a vibrant studio-based culture.
We have a design process that generally starts by undertaking human-centred research to inspire our work. We apply this knowledge to our diverse design skills and technological know-how, to make real and valuable difference in the lives of people. Keep reading to find out more about our core values.
We will help you to develop the essential skills to identify and respond to people’s needs, using a number of people-centred research methods. We teach our students to find out what people want and how to design the right products for them. We often work closely with stakeholders in the community to find meaningful outcomes.
See an example of our students working with people here.
We develop designers who can explore existing and emerging technologies in a playful way. Our students go on to use these technologies as a creative medium throughout the design process. We are particularly interested in digital technology and the role it plays in people’s everyday lives.
We will work with you in our studios, helping you to become part of the next generation of leading designers. We promote a culture of ‘thinking through making’ and teach you techniques to prototype throughout the design process. You will become equally comfortable programming electronics, making models or using computer aided design methods.
See an example of our students making process here.
We take our role as designers seriously, promoting social awareness in our students and an understanding of the impact their designs may have on society. We encourage our students to read, talk and write about current issues.
Did You Know?
Our graduates have gone on to work for companies and organisations such as Dyson, Lego, Nokia, Mountain Equipment, Unilever and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
Our students have the option of studying abroad for an agreed period in their third year with partner universities. Students have studied in Italy, Spain and Canada, among others. We also take overseas students from partner universities onto our course.
- We encourage you to become a confident designer practicing at the forefront of product design.
- You will learn how to design for real people.
- You will work with a range of technologies including electronics, computer aided design, laser cutting and 3-D printing.
- We have both traditional and state of the art workshops with a committed team of technicians that will help you make high quality prototypes.
- We have dedicated studios for our students to work in throughout the year.
- We have strong relationships with employers, including high profile companies like Microsoft, making it easier for you to find a job.
- You will have the opportunity to enter national and international competitions.
- You can exhibit your work at our graduate exhibitions in both Dundee and London.
Learn more about Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
For further examples of student work, staff profiles and news visit the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design website.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||BBCC (minimum) - BBBB (typical) at Higher including one or more from art and design (or another creative subject), product design, an appropriate technical subject (e.g. computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject||BB at Advanced Higher, including one or more from art and design, product design or other creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing, information systems) and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects|
|GCE A-Level||CCC (minimum) - BCC (typical) including one or more from art and design (or another creative subject), product design, an appropriate technical subject (e.g. computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject||ABB including one or more from art and design, product design or other creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing, information systems) and an appropriate literate subject|
|BTEC||A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level including one or more from art and design (or another creative subject), product design, an appropriate technical subject (e.g. computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level, to include one or more from art and design, product design or other creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing, information systems) and an appropriate literate subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||H3H3H3H3 at Higher Level including one or more from art and design (or another creative subject), product design, an appropriate technical subject (e.g. computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with CC at Advanced Higher||Pass with BB at Advanced Higher|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at BC||Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at BC||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in an Art & Design subject and 7 in a literate subject||75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject|
|Notes||All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be taught
Key to the philosophy of BSc (Hons) Product Design is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. This means that students are taught modules in both design and technology subjects. You will have technology lectures and labs alongside design lectures and product design studio classes. Staff on the course work closely with you to help you use a range of acquired skills through a carefully planned programme of product design projects. In Level 3 and 4 you can tailor your individual learning programme through a suite of elective modules. The course aims to give you the space to be trained, and importantly to build the kind of strong product design portfolio that employers are looking for.
Another unique feature of Product Design is the close relationship that we share with the Digital Interaction Design course as part of our ‘Social Digital’ programme. Facilitated by shared modules you will have the opportunity to design great new experiences through physical objects and also begin to understand and develop digital interactions, which may be embedded within products or be screen-based.
How you will be assessed
Typically, assessment in the design modules is through designed products, services or interactions, which are presented to the class. You will generally be asked to demonstrate final outcomes alongside development work (your design process). You are trained and encouraged to present in a range of formats in such a way that you are given a good grounding in graphics, media (webpages, blogs, short films), prototyping and verbal skills. In technology modules, assessment is through a mixture of coursework (technical reports), exams and team practical projects. Through this variety of ways of assessing we build your confidence in the life-long skill of presenting your ideas to an audience.
Our students have won some of the world's most prestigious design awards, including:
2013- Francis Munnoch awarded ‘Best of Year’ for a project responding to a brief set by Oakley.
2011- John O’Connor awarded ‘2nd Prize’ for a project responding to a brief set by Digital Direct Sponsored by E.ON.
2011- Fiona Harper awarded ‘In Book’ for a project responding to a brief set by Michelin Lifestyle.
2014- the Social Digital programme awarded the prestigious ‘Best Stand’.
2012- Nikki Ferguson awarded the ‘New Designers Virgin Atlantic Award for Product Design and the Customer Experience’ for her final year project entitled ‘The Heirloom’.
2012- Andrew Knott awarded the ‘Designers Block Associate Prize’ for his final year project entitled ‘Faber’.
2008- Andy Ross awarded the ‘Swarovski Crystal Palace Award’ for his final year project entitled ‘The Bone Project’.
Awards for honours year final projects
2015- Jamie Kunka awarded ‘Sports Innovation Challenge’ funding of £15,000 for his final year project ‘Lonely Mountain Skis’.
2014- Peter Iveson awarded the prestigious ‘Delight in Design’, a national lighting designer competition organised by the Lighting Industry Association, for his final year project ‘Study Bright’.
Microsoft Design Expo- Seattle
2009- A team of Product Design and Digital Interaction Design students awarded ‘Best Industrial Design’ for their project ‘Social Sewing’.
2008- A team of Product Design and Digital Interaction Design students awarded ‘Best End-to-End Design’ for their project ‘Storymaker, Storyteller’.
Employability is a fundamental driver for our course. We pride ourselves in building strong relationships with employers throughout our students’ education to encourage a smooth transition to industry or further academic study on graduation.
Our graduates are employed as product designers, service designers and interaction designers across the globe for companies such as Lego, Dyson, Orange, Nokia, Mountain Equipment, Microsoft and NCR.
Graduates from BSc (Hons) Product Design have gone on to have successful careers in the following fields, across large and small organisations
- Consumer electronics
- Sports equipment
- Medical products
- Automotive industry
- Service and experience design
- Education sector
- Independent consultancies in the UK and abroad
Our graduates have worked for companies such as
- Alpkit- designing camping equipment for mountain activities including climbing, camping, mountaineering and trekking.
- Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design- an education, research and consulting service designing innovation products, services and environments.
- Dyson- designing products, which work in different and better ways than their predecessors.
- Lego- providing toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries.
- Native Instruments- a German based leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJ-ing.
- Nokia- a world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries.
- Novalia- an award winning technology company based in Cambridge who combine conductive print and capacitive touch to create smart surfaces that act as sensors and speakers.
- Random International- creating artworks and installations that explore behaviour, reaction and intuition in relation to natural phenomena and the human form. See their ‘Rain Room’ at the Barbican project here.
- Uniform- a creative consultancy based in Liverpool.
- Unilever- developing new packaging concepts at one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies.
Chris McNicholl, Product Designer, James Leckey Design
"During my time in Dundee, I learnt and developed a broad range of the fundamental skills of a product designer - from research and sketching to electronics and prototyping. But where the course stands out from others is in the emphasis on ‘design thinking’. Enabling me to think like a designer and therefore approach tasks creatively is by far the most valuable asset I attained from the course The Product Design programme at DJCAD is at the forefront of design."
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.|
|Rest of UK students||Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,275 per year of study|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
Application Consideration Process
Based on the information contained in the UCAS application, selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview to present their creative portfolio.
It is also very important to select a Referee who will fully support your application.
Investigate your discipline -Your personal statement should demonstrate your interest in Product Design as a discipline.
We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.
Based on your application/interview, a decision will be made and notified to you via UCAS Track.
If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Product Design BSc (Hons)||W240|