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Our innovative Design degree is centred around design and making. Using digital and non-digital technologies the course brings together:
- product design
- fine art.
We will support you as you develop your own identity as a designer. You will explore entrepreneurial, socially responsible, sustainable ideas. And gain cutting-edge digital-making and entrepreneurial skills that ready you to enter a design role with confidence.
You will learn to develop a project from an initial idea to a 1:1 prototype. You’ll do this using:
- hand drawing
- physical modelling
- computational design
- digital fabrication techniques.
You’ll have 24/7 access to our purpose-designed studios in our RIBA National Award-winning building.
You can expect to work on a range of design projects including large scale specialist fabrication packages and user-focused products. You will also undertake a 10-week placement with a ‘live’ design project which will provide real world content for your portfolio.
How to apply
Questions about fees?
Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
In Year 1 you will break, make and create in a series of practical exercises in and out of the studio. You will find design solutions which contribute to UN sustainable development goals.
You will work in teams drawing, sketching and making 3D models. By year end you’ll have developed your own designs into physical objects, informed by your research activity, with a focus on fabricating objects at 1:1, exploring, making, utilising tools and testing materials.
In Year 2 there is a 10-week industry placement that may inspire your final year project.
In Year 3 you will plan your future. We’ll encourage you to look ahead at future trends in design and making. You’ll apply your skills to a final project. You’ll design, speculate, make and test. At the end of it all you’ll have a theoretical research portfolio in your own area of interest.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
Graduates in Design find employment across the creative, cultural and fabrication industries.
The types of companies in this industry include: Heatherwick Studios, Barber Osgerby, Aldworth James and Bond, DigiFab, Chris Brammalls, to name a few.
Graduates can pursue further postgraduate studies in Design and Making, Product Design, Construction Project Management, PhD Research.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.