The course aims to meet the demands of 21st-century design by teaching a balanced blend of art, technology and science and offers students a chance to fuse their inspirational thinking with sound technological thinking.
Subject areas encompass research, critical analysis, design engineering, brand development, interaction design and human-centred design along with investigations into culture, psychology, ergonomics, art, science and commerce. This interdisciplinary knowledge base helps students explore their creative skills while considering all stages of the design process.
Students are introduced to some inspirational and creative teaching methods that not only aid in the development of their design, mathematical and engineering skills, but also encourage an empathic understanding of the user and an awareness of society and sustainability.
Students study many disciplines: from industrial design to packaging design, and furniture design to interaction design. Examples range from a toy design that improves emotional communication to a medical product that saves lives.
Our product design courses at Sussex facilitate real-life experience and help build up valuable industry links. Here you will work alongside a school of enthusiastic tutors, industry experts and practicing designers who will help develop and guide your passion for product design.
In addition to the Sussex Product Design degree show each year, the best graduate design students are selected to exhibit their work at the prestigious New Designers show in London each July.
Product Innovation surrounds all of us on a day-to-day basis, design 2014 is a celebration of the dedication, creativity and hard work of our graduating students.Teaching and Learning on our Product Design degrees
Our Product Design courses involve a significant level of project based work to allow students' skills to develop at a practical level. Our degrees also integrate with the engineering syllabus at several points enabling students to work in multidisciplinary teams.
Interpersonal and professional skills are developed through teamwork and business and project management, whilst students are also required to produce portfolios, reports, presentations and physical protoypes to communicate their work.