School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design

Our course focuses on hands-on exploration and you’ll work with a range of materials, skills and processes to create expressive designs for products, services and artefacts to furniture, ceramics and lighting for both one-off craft or batch and mass production.You’ll explore emerging themes including business as a tool for strategic development, technology as a tool for creating new experiences and social enterprise as a tool to generate responsible business ideas.

We create confident and employable graduates able to work across the breadth of the design industry. You’ll develop a diverse knowledge and range of skills relevant to your studies; designing and learning through making and creating important links between materials, process ideas and expression.Through an understanding of materials and making processes, you’ll develop individual pathways and philosophies that create useful, useable designs that respond and contribute to contemporary life.

Thumb logo2

A top 10 UK Young University for Art, Design and Architecture

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019

Careers with this subject

Graduates from our course are adaptable and flexible and are working at major design consultancies, running their own businesses, working as freelance designers, or have moved into education or postgraduate research

Our design projects and program of employability and creative industry skills creates graduates who are skilled, knowledgeable and professionally aligned to today's job opportunities. 

This course produces students who’ve gone on to successful careers within design and craft world with designers setting up their own practice, working freelance for companies or joining design agencies including IDEO, Tangerine, Lego, Dyson.

Take a look at a few of our graduates to get a feel for range of diverse career paths available.

Key features

  • Teaching is in small groups with the studio culture run like a design practice with innovative delivery including flipped classroom, podcasts and team teaching.
  • Work alongside students from our Interior Design course in our vibrant studio with individual desk space and CAD stations.
  • You’ll build up a portfolio with fresh projects starting every few weeks. Assessments are 100% coursework – so no exams.
  • Culture trips to Europe and study exchanges in Japan, USA, India or Italy are also possible.
  • Engage with real clients with live projects. We’ve recently run projects with Vitra, John Lewis, Red Paddle, UPP, architects Willmore Iles and Herman Millar.
  • Gain valuable industry experience through our competitions, studio visits, visiting lecturers and our meet the supplier visits.
  • The studio practice mirrors contemporary professional practice, helping you develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the job market.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll explore the discipline of Product and Furniture Design with shared modules alongside the Interior Design course. 

    You’ll learn how to develop and create innovative, practical and contemporary designs through gaining a hands-on understanding of material, processes, model making and prototyping methods. 

    By developing your own robust ideology, you’ll gain confidence to develop ground-breaking concepts, backed by high levels of CAD visualisation skills.

    You’ll learn how to design, expand your knowledge and skills in practical design projects and develop teamwork and project skills across your discipline. You’ll interact with other design disciplines and explore links between design, art and expression, comprising culture, materials, process and market. You will develop design and employability skills and explore the limits of design of your pathway.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will develop your creative identity within the discipline of Product and Furniture Design. You will begin to shape your career path by working on design projects that deepen your understanding and experience and expand your skills and capabilities. 

    You will establish your skills as a designer, exploring methods, ideas and themes, and can choose to go on exchange programmes in Europe and Asia. You'll also set up your own exhibitions and build a portfolio of special interests, becoming proficient in design processes, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and communication methods.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you will take your specialism deeper and develop an individual philosophy to design and create a strong portfolio to demonstrate your skills. You’ll engage in real-world projects and can enter international competitions. You’ll work on your major project and dissertation with a focus on negotiated, self-directed study and managing your own work. You will exhibit your projects at our Degree Show and national events such as New Designers, taking advantage of our links with art and design institutions and the craft and design industry across Europe.

    Our employability workshops help you look beyond graduation and prepare for employment or further study.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96 - 120

A level 
A minimum of two A levels, general studies accepted.   

International Baccalaureate
A total of 28 points overall.  

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DDM (any subject, preferably Art and Design).

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Student Recruitment and Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information, we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Satisfactory presented portfolio required. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

<p>Will Huggons, Spin lid, RADO shortlist 2017</p>
Choose your discipline: explore ceramics, furniture, product and interior design
<p>Small group tutorials</p>
Teaching is in small groups in our vibrant studio
<p>Talk and live project with Vitra<br></p>
Engage with real clients and live projects

Superyachts competition 2018 Ashley Scott&nbsp;<br></p>
Industry experience through competitions, studio visits, visiting lecturers
<p>3D Design facilities</p>
Assessments are 100% coursework – so no exams

Social Media - follow us!

Get some news about the course and our events by following us on:

Instagram: @Plym3d

Facebook: @DesignWithPlym

Twitter: @DesignWithPlymouthUniversity

Meet your lecturers