801–1000 th
World University Rankings 2021
201–250 th
Young University Rankings 2020
201+
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Tees Valley, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS1 3BX, United Kingdom

Product Design and Creative Innovation (with Foundation Year) - Teesside University

**Summary**: This integrated foundation year degree programme prepares you for degree-level study in a range of disciplines across the creative arts and design. The course allows you to develop your career in a multitude of directions, either as designer-makers or as designers for large organisations. 21st-century approaches to product design range from designing one-off, bespoke artefacts to mass-produced objects in their millions. **Course details**: Our product design courses have an outstanding reputation and a proven track record. This course focuses on creative ideas for the form of products, and how they relate to consumer needs and tastes, as well as their environmental impact. There is a strong focus on design thinking, business thinking and how design can be used to deliver solutions to real-world problems. The design studio and workshops, where all three years of the programme share spaces, allow for a truly experimental approach to the design and development process through talking, drawing and making. Digital labs and prototyping workshops allow you unlimited access to create and innovate within your chosen pathway. The curriculum is supplemented by opportunities to engage with live projects, internships and national competitions. Likewise visits are regularly organised to manufacturers and trade exhibitions as well as an annual international trip to the likes of Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. Visiting lectures by industry experts and alumni strengthen the professional feel of the course. **After the course**: When you successfully complete the foundation year, you can progress to the first year of the degree. Graduates from this programme are versatile creatives who pursue careers in solo, small enterprise or more corporate set-ups across the world. Typical destinations are in furniture and lighting design, domestic and household products, fashion accessories, electronics and gadgets, cars and transportation. You could work at all levels as designer, maker, retailer, manager or prototyper.