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Product Design BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): W241 (with placement year) / W243 (full-time)
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Four years full-time with placement year, three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Products, services, systems: three small words with a galaxy of applications. From TVs to trainers, we’ll help you navigate the evolving world of product design, growing your technical, practical, and interpersonal skills along the way.

Our teachers don’t just teach. They’re collaborators, constantly encouraging you to develop your own unique design style. We’ll plug you into the industry from day one; you’ll be pushing live briefs to the edge of your imagination as you explore the needs of users, markets, and manufacturers. You’ll create with your mind, your hands, and cutting-edge software.

You’ll learn how designers guide projects as visionaries and leaders, and as the glue between specialists. You’ll be part of a studio culture that builds confidence through community, developing your work from preliminary sketches to fully functioning prototypes. Through placements, competitions and exhibitions, you’ll have the chance to meet and impress some of the biggest names in the game.

We’ve built this course in consultation with product design’s most influential employers. We know what they want, and that’s what we teach: with hard work and creative bravery, you could be following our global network of alumni to the likes of Adidas, Puma, Sony, Speedo, the BBC, Habitat, MADE.COM, and Matter.

  • It’s a platform for new entrepreneurs. We don’t just create great employees — we also have a history of developing game-changing employers. For the enterprise-minded, we’ve got the in-house expertise, opportunities and connections to help you realise your dreams.
  • You’ll work on live project briefs with real industry clients. We’ve already welcomed the likes of Nestlé, PepsiCo, W'innovate, Herman Miller and Speedo onto the course, and that list of big-time industry partners is growing all the time.
  • You’ll have the chance to complete a year-long placement. On the ‘sandwich’ route, you’ll immerse yourself in the 9 to 5 of real-world product design; previous placements have included roles at companies like Disney, Hasbro, Logitech and LEGO.
  • Compete, exhibit, and get yourself noticed! Events like New Designers and NTU’s annual Degree Show are fixtures in the product design calendar, and our grads have won big at competitions like the Starpack Awards and Student Design Innovation Awards.

Course accreditation

  • Chartered Society of Designers logo
The course will apply for reaccreditation by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) by July 2022 to cover intakes from 2022 onwards.

Main image: Work by Lucy Glover

Want to see what our product design students are up to? Check out the NTU Design Industries Virtual Student Showcase — an online exhibition celebrating the Class of 2021.

What you’ll study

Product design is constantly evolving — and that's exactly what makes it such a rewarding area to work in. On this course, you’ll be exploring all the challenges and creative possibilities of the field, as you get to grips with developing your own unique design style. Our job is to help you establish the toolkit that will support you throughout your career: your job is to make the most of those tools.

Risk-taking is a big part of being a designer. We want you to challenge the briefs and embrace the projects — to produce innovative solutions that push boundaries. Ultimately, you’ll graduate as someone with an appreciation of creative possibilities, a respect for technical practicalities, and the interpersonal excellence to work well with others.

We’ve developed this course through conversations with big employers and the Industrial Liaison Committee, and the professional experience of our own teachers. Based on those insights, we know what the best in the business are expecting to see from today’s graduates — and that’s exactly what we’ll teach you.

Together, we’ll be analysing the evolution of contemporary design — its history, its critical traditions, and its psychology. You'll learn to create products based on sound design principles and methods, by understanding the ergonomic and anthropometric factors that impact design. Experimentation is key, so you'll be working with a range of materials and techniques to develop effective, sustainable practices — and in our studios and workshops, you’ll soon start taking your own designs from sketches to fully formed prototypes. It’s fun, it’s dynamic, and it’s very hands-on.

Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of what you’ll be studying during the course.

In Year One, you'll establish your knowledge, skills and experience of the design process and its principles. Through a mixture of applied projects, you'll explore everything from user needs and market demands to technology, materials, and systems. You'll be required to use your imagination and creativity to tackle design briefs and develop a good understanding of the historic, contemporary and future influences on product design.

Design Fundamentals (40 credit points)

  • This module provides the fundamental skills and knowledge that you'll need as design professionals. This module is largely based on individual design project activity, with some elements of collaborative work with other students. It contains three elements: design projects, design communication, and design process and practice.
  • You'll undertake a number of exciting product-inspired design projects, involving the expression of your creative and technical talents. You'll be expected to undertake research to inform and support your design activity.
  • You'll learn how to use a range of techniques to communicate your ideas effectively, including computer-aided design (CAD); sketching; modelling; presentation drawings, images and rendering, and verbal, electronic and written presentations.
  • You'll develop your knowledge and awareness of a range of material properties and production processes, introducing you to to the principles and applications of technology. You'll also develop your awareness of environmental issues, sustainability, ethical sourcing, and critically explore the historic, contemporary and future influences in art and design.

The Developing Product Designer (40 credit points)

  • This module builds on the Design Fundamentals module, continuing the practical design culture through studio-based activities and lectures.
  • You'll further your knowledge of and skills in design communication, through digital tools including 3D CAD modelling, and sketch modelling, as well as develop your skills through presenting this information in front of your tutors and peers.
  • You'll broaden your project portfolio by undertaking a range of design projects individually or as part of a team. The design activities will develop your understanding of how to frame appropriate solutions through a variety of different processes and approaches.
  • You'll explore the importance of the commercial context of design, users and markets, which are integral to, and for, designers. You'll examine aspects related to design for the future to widen your understanding of contemporary issues that influence culture and society and their relationship with design.

Applied Product Design Practice (40 credit points)

  • This module focuses specifically on context and identity of design, and how to apply these alongside design processes and relevant design methodologies that are attributed to the creative perspective of product design.
  • You'll expand your understanding of the subject beyond the traditional remit of product design, as a 3D field, to consider services, systems design, and digital prototyping, and explore and apply these within your work. Research will inform and support this design activity.
  • You'll consider your own position as a future designer, the opportunities available for designers, and develop your own identity within this field. Building on your design communication skills, you'll explore design for production, and technical report writing skills.

Your Year Two modules will build on your experience and challenge you to take on more varied projects in preparation for professional practice. You'll focus on the evolving commercial and cultural demands of the design community through live projects, and take part in contemporary design competitions that will stretch your creative abilities and enhance your skillset. By the end of Year Two, you'll have produced a high-quality portfolio of work, which will be invaluable in securing an industry placement.

Professional Practice (60 credit points)

  • This module is designed to prepare you, as a designer, for industry. By the end of the module you'll have developed a professional portfolio and CV that represents your design capability and awareness. The module is broken down into three elements: professional projects, professional context, and professional communications.
  • You'll work on a range of different live briefs from industry, and competition work, focusing on user needs and characteristics, the market, product manufacturing, and commercial awareness. You'll develop and utilise advanced communication techniques to produce sketches, renderings, models, test rigs, prototypes, simulations, and virtual solutions for real industry scenarios.
  • You'll contextualise your design studies, in terms of the future of the industry and your place in it. You'll learn about key design management techniques, and how to effectively manage your projects and time, working as an individual and part of a team.

Product Design: Context and Identity (60 credit points)

  • This module will build on the knowledge, skills and attributes learnt in the first year of your studies, and develops them to give you confidence to progress as a product designer. The module is broken down into three elements: product design projects, global contexts, and contemporary design practice.
  • You'll work on design briefs, some from industry clients, to real time deadlines. You'll consider significant issues designers face in practice such as user centred design, ergonomics, digital design, and changing culture and commercial markets.
  • You'll explore the global impact of sustainability, cultural challenges, resources, and material usage, and examine different perspectives on the design profession through your project work.
  • You'll gain an understanding of the relationships between the designer, clients, and users, and further your creative problem solving skills through project work. You'll consider various environmental factors that influence design, including economic, social, and aesthetic elements.

The course operates a 'soft semester' approach in Year Two meaning you also have the opportunity to undertake an international exchange opportunity to study abroad for 15 weeks (one semester).

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

You'll be supported by dedicated placement staff whilst you're on placement who you will keep in touch with throughout the year. You'll also be invited to a call-back day with your classmates where you'll present what you've been up to, and what you've learnt in your role(s).

Recent placement destinations have included Lego (Denmark), The Walt Disney Company, Adidas, Urban Outfitters and Nestlé, working in roles such as toy designer, junior designer, assistant designer, and Disney Design and Creative Intern. The majority of placement roles include salaries, with some students earning up to £16,000 for their year.

Successful completion of the placement year also leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a European Project Semester during your third year with one of our partner universities. This option allows you to spend half a year studying abroad, and the other half gaining work experience on placement. We've got links with Universities in Spain, France, Austria, The Netherlands and Germany amongst others.

In your final year, you'll develop a detailed learning proposal or the year which will provide you the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop projects of personal and professional interest to you. This is your chance to showcase your knowledge, skills, and personal design identity through your work.

Design in Practice (80 credit points)

  • Within this module you’ll complete a minor project and major project. Your proposal of work will focus your thoughts and plans for what you intend to learn, develop and produce during the module. The minor content of this module is formally taught, but the major – your own negotiated activity – is not formally taught.
  • You'll develop the application of your skills, knowledge and understanding of design methodologies to the creative realisation of products, and develop an understanding your own practice in a professional context.

Design in Context (40 credit points)

  • This module gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of your personal interest and choice. It challenges you to source and research information, be critical and reflective, and present findings on a range of topical, relevant subjects of significance.
  • You'll either do this through a dissertation - a critically reflective piece independent from the rest of your studies, or as a thesis - a critically reflective piece directly linked to your self-directed project in the Design in Practice module. Whichever route you choose, your topics are individually negotiated and agreed with tutors through a learning agreement.

Exhibiting as part of the Degree Shows

In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows. The events are an opportunity for all final year students studying across NTU's Art and Design-based courses to showcase their work to our network of industry professionals and prospective employers, invited specifically for this purpose.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Molly Greene

Product Design

Compared to other universities, there is so much more on offer here at NTU.

Anastasia Klimova

I have completed two placements for my course, one at Logitech HQ in Silicon Valley and second one at design consultancy LAYER in London. Placement experience took my 3D modelling and technical theory skill to an entirely new level.

Meghan Geraghty

Product Design

We have loads of live briefs with different companies. My favourite so far was in first year. We worked with a well-known storage company and my product was shortlisted in the top 10. It gave me an insight to what industry was like.

Cerys Benskin

Product Design

The most recent live project we did was with the design consultancy, Matter. In groups, we were challenged with designing three separate smart devices for the year 2025. It was a great experience to present to and receive feedback from industry professionals.

James Plimmer

All the tutors are very supportive and approachable throughout the course. Their enthusiasm makes the subject even more interesting and really gets students excited about the work they do.

Tomi Daniels

Product Design

I enjoy the level of autonomy we are encouraged to have on the course. I think it is a helpful tool in teaching and building great designers.

Adam Wolstenholme

I am currently living and working in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of my placement year. I work for Modernity Gallery which specialises in the curation and sale of iconic mid-century Nordic designs, from lighting and furniture, to textiles and ceramics.

Sarah Lodge

My placement year really helped me to progress as a designer and gave me valuable insight into what life after university might be like.

Student Work

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How you’re taught

Course content is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and studio design sessions. You'll also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

You'll learn from a team of academic staff with extensive experience in the industry and expert technical staff who are on hand to support you with your practical and project work.

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Our Product Design community

We have a strong sense of community on our Product Design courses. Our community is creative, supportive, and challenging. It allows you to work side-by-side with your classmates, tutors, and our technical and research experts as you find and establish your own design identity.

You'll become part of this community from your first day on the course. It's important that you feel comfortable working collaboratively for you to push the boundaries of design and tackle creative challenges that you'll face throughout your studies and in your career. You'll work in teams to complete lots of different design activities, from experimenting with ideas and plans in our studio space to developing CAD models and producing prototypes in our workshops.

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits and visits to practices, museums, exhibitions and events. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student. A valid passport and any associated visas will be required for trips outside of the UK.

Contact hours

Year OneLectures/seminars/workshops46%Independent study54%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops43%Independent study57%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops20%Independent study80%

Design studio

You'll benefit from dedicated studio space on the course. Our studio-based environment encourages experimentation with new methods, styles, and techniques, and pushes you to take your practice in any direction that motivates you. This approach reflects how the industry works and prepares you well for the collaborative approach that you'll practice throughout your career.

Live projects

As part of some modules, you'll work on live project briefs set by real industry clients. This can involve visits and workshops led by design teams from industry, and delivering presentations to them, providing the opportunity to showcase your skills and ability to potential employers. Previously our students have worked with Nestlé, PepsiCo, Speedo, W'innovate, Instrmnt, Herman Miller, and Matter on a range of exciting projects.

Conversations on Design

We run an exciting lecture series called 'Conversations on Design'. As part of this series practitioners from a range of industries come and deliver talks to students about their own practice, experiences in industry, and contemporary issues in their field. These talks are a great way to get first-hand insights into the workings of different organisations, practice and applications of design.

Competitions

As well as working on briefs as part of the course, we encourage you to enter external industry competitions to challenge yourself, broaden your skillset, and add to your CV and portfolio. Our students have won national competitions including the BPMA Student Design Innovation Awards and the Student Starpack Awards, been awarded high-profile prizes at New Designers, and exhibited their work at huge events like the Global Grad Show during Dubai Design Week.

Staff Profiles

Grant Baker

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Ian Campbell Cole

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Max Pownall

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Max Pownall is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University.

Emily Brook

Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Kathryn Pashley

Associate Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Richard Malcolm

Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

NTU staff profile, R. Malcolm

Paul Kennea

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Paul Kennea is the module leader of the Furniture & Product Level 1 Students.

James Dale

Head of Department

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

James Dale is the Head of Product Design in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

Chris Lamerton

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Chris is a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer. This entails running and managing the Furniture and Product Design module and product design courses. Chris also teaches on all levels of

Phillipa Marsh

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Senior Lecturer in 3D Design and Course Leader for the BA (hons) Product Design course.

Rebecca Gamble

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Rebecca Gamble is a Principal Lecturer in Product Design, in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University.

Hui-Ying Kerr

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Dr Hui-Ying Kerr is a design practitioner turned design historian. Completing her PhD in History of Design at the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, her…

Emma Lane

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

How you’re assessed

You’ll be assessed through coursework, which will consist of projects, reports, presentations, essays and a portfolio.

Year OneCoursework100%
Year TwoCoursework100%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoursework100%

Careers and employability

The course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the design industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and contemporary course content.

Sandwich placement year

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. Placement years are the perfect opportunity for you to put your skills to the test in a real design role, and test out potential careers. Through modules and projects, you'll study in Years One and Two, you'll develop skills that employers are looking for and a design portfolio that showcases your design interests and capabilities. Our Employability team will support you in everything from finding opportunities to preparing your CV and practicing interview techniques.

This year in industry will provide you with invaluable experience that is hugely valued by graduate employers. It can also give you a sense of focus and direction for your final year work, and graduate jobs. Some of our students design their final year projects around their experiences in industry and sometimes work with their placement companies to deliver the work. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

Students typically gain placements in product design companies across the UK and abroad. Recent destinations have included:

  • Disney
  • Hasbro
  • Nestlé
  • Tesco
  • Philip Watts Design.

NTU is ranked fourth in the UK for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying design-related courses (HESA 2018/19).

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification of Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

Where do Product Design graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong product design alumni community with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Graduates from this course include design engineers, product designers, CAD designers and visualisation managers. Recent destinations include:

  • Sony
  • Matter Design
  • Mothercare
  • Games Workshop
  • Nestlé
  • LEGO.
  • Next
  • Molton Brown

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability Team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies and for up to three years after completing your course.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Final Year Showcase

Check out our NTU Design Industries Virtual Student Showcase, an online exhibition celebrating the work of our Class of 2021 Product Design graduates.

Keep up to date with our current Final Year Product Design student work on Instagram @NTUDI!

Campus and facilities

Studio space

Our Arkwright studio is a big, open, creative space where you'll spend a lot of your time as a Product Design student. This is where you'll collaborate, undertake group and individual work, sketch, develop projects and soft modeling, and have presentations and critique sessions. Fitted with plenty of desk space and computers with all the software you need, you'll be well equipped and supported by our academic and technical teams.

Recycling workshop

Students and academics taking part in a recycling crowd research project, Product Design Arkwright studio

Specialist facilities

At the University's City Campus, you'll have full access to our range of specialist equipment and spaces based in our Arkwright and Maudslay buildings. You'll be supported by a team of expert technical staff who will teach you to maximise the use of our resources and facilitate your development as a designer.

You'll benefit from our dedicated studios and workshop facilities, and full IT and CAD suites.

Specialised equipment includes the following:

  • Rapid prototyping modellers: these machines quickly create a 3D object from a virtual computer model using a highly advanced laser process.
  • Waterjet cutter: the latest generation precision technology capable of cutting up to 150mm in almost any solid material such as glass, steel, granite, marble, aluminium and rubber.
  • a CNC (computer-numerical control) router and laser and plasma cutters.
  • Bandsaw machines, lathes and circular saws to cut a range of materials including wood, foam, plastics and metal.
  • Sanding machines, used to prepare surfaces and furniture for a high quality finish.

Take a look at the facilities, equipment and spaces you could use as a Product Design student.

Access to our workshops and labs

  • You will have timetabled access to the workshops and labs in Year One, and project-specific access in Years Two and your final year. There is also access to studio spaces, which can be booked on a daily basis. Some machinery will be available outside timetabled hours. Timetabled students have priority but other students can access the workshops at any time, provided there is space available.
  • In normal circumstances, the Maudslay workshops are open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4.45 pm, closing on Wednesday afternoons.
  • The workshops are normally closed for lunch from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm. However, during busy periods the workshops don't close for lunch.

Student using our Product Design workshops

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications

and

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other requirements

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for Year One entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into Year Two. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

For this course, you'll need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications

and

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other requirements

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in Year Two or Three)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that's why we're here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which for this programme could include the following:

  • Year 1:  Layout pads, geometry set, portfolio case, rendering pens, materials £250 (minimum) and printing £100 (minimum)
  • Year 2: Layout pads and materials £160 (minimum) and printing £100 (minimum)
  • Final Year: Layout pads and materials £700 (minimum) and printing £80 (minimum)

Please note that material costs may vary depending on what material you choose to work in. All other mandatory costs for the course are paid for by the University.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Degree Show

In Final Year, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue and exhibition set-up costs. If you’re selected to exhibit your work at a graduate show in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work, the exhibition stand and event set-up.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. Visit our fees page for more information.

Scholarships 

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees 

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which for this programme could include the following:

  • Year 1:  Layout pads, geometry set, portfolio case, rendering pens, materials £250 (minimum) and printing £100 (minimum)
  • Year 2: Layout pads and materials £160 (minimum) and printing £100 (minimum)
  • Final Year: Layout pads and materials £700 (minimum) and printing £80 (minimum)

Please note that material costs may vary depending on what material you choose to work in. All other mandatory costs for the course are paid for by the University.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Degree Show

In Final Year, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue and exhibition set-up costs. If you’re selected to exhibit your work at a graduate show in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work, the exhibition stand and event set-up.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll present your portfolio. This is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your potential as a designer. Take a look at our interview and portfolio advice.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU Applicant Portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Your portfolio 

If your initial application is successful, you'll be invited to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

This is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your potential as a designer. Take a look at our portfolio advice.

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

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