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BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

W200

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Department

School of Architecture

UCAS Tariff Points

128

Overview


Our innovative Design degree is centred around design and making. Using digital and non-digital technologies the course brings together:

  • architecture
  • 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.

Student working in a design studio

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 128

A Level: ABB

IB Points: 32

BTEC: DDM

Preferred subjects include: Art, Product Design, 3D design, Design and Technology, Textiles.

Other typical offers include Foundation in Art and Design (Merit).

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: We strongly recommend that one of your A-level or A-level equivalent subjects is Art, Design, or Design and Technology.

GCSE: Mathematics, English and a physical science at grade C or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants will need to provide a portfolio (eg sketches, freehand/technical drawings, life drawings, 3D models, paintings, photographs). Please read our portfolio guidance notes.

 

On application you will be given instructions on how to upload a digital version of your portfolio. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to bring the original portfolio with you.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. The interviewer will look for evidence of motivation, general creativity and breadth of interest, and will expect to be shown work which demonstrates creative ability of some kind. Any such work may be presented, including art work where no formal course has been followed.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in reading and writing).

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

International full time
£13,410

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.

Additional costs

Students produce many drawings and models.  You are encouraged to recycle used materials, particularly for sketch models. Some students work digitally, spending more on printing and some by hand, spending more on materials so costs vary widely between students.

Year 1: Expect to spend approximately £500 - £700 on materials.You will be expected to keep a sketchbook, produce specific drawings, make models and final prototypes.

Year 2 & 3: You will be expected to produce finished presentation models using more expensive materials. You can expect to spend approximately £500 - £1000 on materials per year.

PCs with the programmes needed for your course are available in the studios 24 hours-a -day, 7 days-a-week. Some students choose to buy a laptop and software when they begin to draw digitally but this is not mandatory and free student licences are available for much of the software. An optional laptop and software would cost approximately £500-£1200.

Field trips: Such trips are optional and are an additional course cost. Typically overseas field trips range from £300 to £600. Local and UK field trips, site visits and factory visits typically cost between £1 and £300.

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.

Students working in a design studio

Study modules

Year 1

Design and Make: creativity and innovation

Materials Tools and Processes: communication and representation

Professional Practice: collaboration and project management

Design Thinking: social life of materials

Year 2

Design and Make: material emergence

Design Thinking: the future of making

Professional Practice: business and entrepreneurship (online)

Professional Practice: placement experience and engagement

In Year 2 there is a 10-week (minimum) placement in industry. This will prove invaluable to studies and often supplies a final year project. Our students find the placement module invaluable to their development not only professionally but personally, taking back into the studio a wide variety of new skills and ideas.

Design and Make: speculative resolution

Materials Tools and Processes: post digital

Design Thinking: dissertation

Year 3

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

There is a definitive studio culture in the school. Our specialist staff support students within the Design and Make Studio. Our international team of design tutors draw on the very latest practice and research.

Studio teaching consists of:

  • group and individual tutorials
  • presentations
  • workshops
  • discussions of ideas.

You’ll also attend cultural and social seminars to give you a well-rounded learning experience.

By the end of the course you'll have developed a broad range of skills that allow you to express and develop your design ideas.

Field trips

Field trips abroad are offered each year in addition to site and factory visits. Recent field trips in the school have included such places as Hungary, Portugal, Italy and Spain. Field trips are a very popular option because they offer the opportunity to experience design and culture first hand with your tutors. 

Field trips, site visits and factory visits are optional and an additional cost to the course fees. Typical costs of overseas field trips range from £300 to £600. Local and UK field trips, site visits and factory visits typically cost between £1 and £300. 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is 100% coursework.

Assessment methods include:

  • group and individual presentations
  • exhibitions
  • reports
  • portfolio
  • a written dissertation in the final year.

Study Abroad


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


Career prospects

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. 

Further study

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.