School of Art, Design and Architecture

BSc (Hons) Digital Design and Engineering

This course engages with revolutionary digital technologies as part of the Industry 4.0 agenda. Focused on high-value markets such as manufacturing and the creative economy, this course invites you to develop digital design and fabrication skills applicable to a range of fields such as architectural technology, mechanical engineering design, and industrial design. You will become a highly skilled, creative and business-savvy professional able to join the emerging and fast-growing digital sector.

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

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019

This course is not available for September 2020 entry

Join the course in September 2021.

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Key features

  • Join fast-growing industry sectors with a degree from a top 10 UK Young University for Art, Design and Architecture (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019) and in the First-Class Category of Sustainable Universities in the UK (People and Planet Green League 2015).
  • Develop valuable transferable skills in digital design, design thinking and digital fabrication applicable to a range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, advanced construction and industrial design.
  • Benefit from our newly developed workshop spaces, with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support for digital fabrication and immersive visualisation.
  • Gain multidisciplinary experience in a vibrant project-based learning environment by working alongside BA/BSc students, associate tutors from industry and academic staff from the School of Art, Design and Architecture, and the School of Engineering.
  • Gain valuable workplace experience with a year-long placement in industry in the UK or abroad between years 2 and 3. Our industry links will help you find a placement, boosting your studies with practical experience and developing the contacts that can lead to future employment.
  • 100 per cent coursework. No exams!
  • Explore the Industry 4.0 revolution with site visits and field trips, where you will observe a range of sectors, innovative solutions and technology development and practices within and outside the UK.
  • Opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies as well as cross-collaboration with other courses such as, among others, MA Smart Urban Futures, MSc Advanced Engineering Design, MA Digital Media Design, MA/MSc Integrated Design Innovation and/or MSc High Performance Buildings.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Year 1 will introduce you to basic digital design and fabrication technologies. In a project-based environment, you will apply those skills in the resolution of industry challenges with the support of associate tutors, technical and academic staff. Your studio course is additionally supported by electives in semester 2 that will help you develop the skills necessary to meet the requirements for either your BA (Art and Design) or BSc (Engineering) degree.

    Core modules
    • DFAB402 Project Studio 1.2

      Based on a combination of individual and teamwork (yet assessed individually), this Module delivers a project-based learning experience addressing students’ technical and detailed resolution of an industry challenge through the use of design and technology skills (namely digital tools and methods such as digital fabrication) and competences, as well as multidisciplinary peer-learning across the technical development of a proposal and creative/design thinking opportunities.

    • DFAB421 Collaborative Design and Fabrication Technologies 1.1

      The Module focuses on the students¿ individual development of transferable and practical skills/knowledge relevant for a digital design and fabrication process, for BA and BSc students. Basic contents (e.g. digital modelling and fabrication) are introduced, practised, and ultimately transferred to the project studio course via the development of a design proposition to tackle a project brief.

    • DFAB431 Project Studio 1.1

      This Module operates through a combination of individual and teamwork, and is assessed individually. Students will work on the development of a solution to an industry challenge through the use of design and technology skills (namely digital tools and methods such as digital fabrication) and competences, enabling collaborative peer-learning across the technical development of a proposal and creative/design thinking opportunities.

    • DFAB432 Professional Skills: Design Thinking and Making 1

      Based on individual work, this Module enables the specialisation of BA students by delivering contents specifically relevant for the Art & Design subject benchmark. By enrolling in this Module, students will be exposed to design theories, critical thinking skills and methods enabling the creative and aesthetic resolution of design challenges through digital means.

    • ENGR102 Engineering Practice and Experimental Techniques

      The mainly experimental basis of this module allows students to extend their engineering knowledge and practical competence using a guided, student-centred, and laboratory-based approach to develop fundamental understanding of a range of engineering topics. The module will help students acquire good study skills and competency in technical communication.

  • Year 2
  • In Year 2, your skills will be further developed through advanced modelling and fabrication techniques. A system of electives will allow you to acquire knowledge and skills associated to design thinking and methodologies, as well as subject specific knowledge in the form of elective courses to support your own professional interests and employability opportunities in advance of the optional placement year.

  • Optional placement year
  • The optional placement year gives you the opportunity to engage with revolutionary industry digitalisation technologies by working in the UK or abroad. Throughout the placement year your learning will be monitored and supported by academic staff, in order to assure the relevance, mentoring and professional development required at this stage of the course.

  • Final year
  • In your last year of studies, you will join the course to conduct your final project. This year includes a dissertation component to allow you to engage with an emerging intellectual territory, as well as business and entrepreneurship skills to increase your employability opportunities and further develop your understanding of economic, regulatory and intellectual property aspects of your professional field.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96 - 112

A level

Minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall. If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit).

All access courses

Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

Progression from Extended Science

Students who pass the Extended Science year are guaranteed progression to one of the Faculty’s BSc (Hons) courses and detailed advice will be provided by the Admissions Tutor.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted 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 2020 2021
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,800 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, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business 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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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