On this creative design course you learn to design products that are innovative, attractive, usable and functional. As part of Sheffield Institute of Arts, which traces its history back to 1843, you work alongside students from creative disciplines including fashion, graphics, interior design and fine art.While gaining the skills you need to produce imaginative designs with visual and technical flair, you also learn how to make those designs rational, suitable for manufacture, and affordable. We'll help you to think like a designer and gain the ability to design, develop and present work to a professional standard. We are also an educational member of the World Design Organization- one of only four UK universities. http://wdo.org Examples of student work, activities and learning environment can be found on our Instagram page. Search for SHU product furniture Our BA/BSc course is designed around a common first year. At the end of your first year experience you will be able to make an informed choice on whether to pursue a BA or BSc award route to reflect your future career aspirations.In year one you will undertake creative activities and BA and BSc type design projects involving • making, drawing and computer skills • contextual, business and marketing studies • manufacturing, technology and human factors. Year two involves • live design projects • visual and presentation skills • product materials and manufacturing • an optional overseas study tour.In your final year, you complete a major project in an area of your choosing. By developing your skills in research, design and new product development, you develop a clear understanding of social, market, technological and materials-based trends and of what products mean to users. You also get to build up your industry knowledge by taking part in projects for regional companies and well-known brands. **Placements and work experience** All students on this course get to work on real projects for well-known regional or national companies. Previous students have designed kitchen appliances for Morphy Richards, personal care products for Gillette, and bathroom ware for Ideal Standard. These projects allow you to tackle a real design challenge in a commercial context and present your designs to senior industry figures. As well as building up an impressive portfolio of work for your CV, you gain skills like presentation and teamwork that set you up for a huge range of careers. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. In your third year you can choose to do a placement year, providing you with the opportunity to add to your CV. Placements give you the opportunity to apply your learning, develop new and existing skills and increase your knowledge and experience. Our students have secured placements with companies such as DesignFutures, Morphy Richards and DesignBridge. **Facilities** This is a practical course where you can apply what you learn using equipment as good as – and in some cases better than – what you would find in a professional setting. In our technical workshops you can practise many techniques, from sandcasting to computer modelling. We have a variety of sophisticated 3D printers, including those that can build complex assemblies using rubber and plastics. Our computers are equipped with software like Solidworks that you'll be expected to know when you graduate. And during your time here, we supply you with a free copy for your own computer.