Got a passion for creative design? Not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Southampton Solent University’s Design Foundation Programme is perfectly suited to students who may not be from an art- design- or fashion-related background or whose qualifications do not meet the admissions requirements of their chosen course. To help get you up to speed, this one-year foundation course provides all the creative, technical and study skills needed for entry onto a degree-level art, design or fashion course. Upon completion, you will be able to progress onto a range of art-, design- and fashion- related courses here at Southampton Solent. The course begins with a five-week group project. This enables students to mix with like-minded peers and helps them to settle in quickly. This project also helps students to decide which area they might like to follow at a later stage. The following ten weeks are spent introducing students to the world of art, design and fashion. This includes design history, vocabulary, methods and academic foundation. This ten-week block will also give students the opportunity to learn and apply two-dimensional and three-dimensional visualisation techniques, giving them the tools required to conduct their final project. This final project takes place in the last fifteen weeks of the course and is based around the specific discipline that the student will go on to study. The project will be supported by tuition in visual presentation techniques, enabling students to communicate their concepts, development processes and final proposals. Students will also receive instruction in verbal communication and presentation techniques, increasing their confidence in pitching design ideas. Successful completion of the Design Foundation year will provide a pathway to the Product Design degree programme. With a strong industry focus, product design at Solent is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). This mark of quality is reserved for courses that are best suited to preparing students for employment in engineering design roles. The course aims to equip students with fundamental skills in design and manufacturing techniques. Studies are aided by industry-standard facilities, including well-lit professional studios with fully equipped model-making and prototyping workshops, together with access to the latest rapid prototyping software and facilities. An important element of the course is its accreditation by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). Students on the product design degree can enjoy free student membership for the duration of their studies, as well as their first year of graduate membership. There are many benefits to membership of the IED, most notably the opportunity to gain professional registration and recognition of expertise, to network with other designers and to continue professional development. If you think a career in product design is for you, Southampton Solent’s innovative, industry-focused product design degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to help you on your way to an exciting and inspiring career.