Our course presents opportunities to explore product and craft design through research, development and innovation, with a selection of degree awards available including Ceramics & Glass; Jewellery; or Product Design.

Explore traditional making skills and techniques whilst broadening your knowledge of advanced digital design and fabrication methods.

Industry-linked projects, European exchanges, design internships and live competitions are an integral part of our course and specialist staff will guide you through all aspects of the discipline. You will learn skills including 3D modelling & Adobe CAD, design drawing & visualisation, rapid prototyping & computer aided manufacture.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

W290

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 Years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

Gray's School of Art

Overview

Year 1

In Year 1 we help you explore the foundations of Three Dimensional Design processes through practical, creative, critical thinking and making.

You are introduced to new ideas, new concepts and new ways of working and thinking through the projects briefs and technical inputs.

Year 2

Building on previous knowledge and experience, project briefs are delivered within both studio and workshop environments. Further introduction and direction on more advanced creative thinking methods and systems, materials and making processes are featured. New technologies and computer aided design and visualisation are core within the curriculum.

Year 3

You will take part in cross-disciplinary design projects with external clients, working in teams from across the design departments with Communication Designers, Fashion & Textile Designers and 3D Designers.

Increasing self-directed study and studio project work enables a greater focus on developing specialist interests in preparation for Year 4. Opportunities to participate in a range of external projects and placement activities develop your professional aptitudes.

Year 4

Working independently, with guidance from staff, you will develop your self-directed proposal for work. This relates to areas of specific interest and questions of research, with staff guiding you and provide on-going support.

Graduating students have the opportunity to present their work amongst their peers from other UK institutions at ‘New Designers’ graduate show in London.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and Module Disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Creative Principles & Methods
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Semester 2
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Core Design Studies
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Design: Drawing & Visualisation
  • Three Dimensional Design: Principles & Processes
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Design Contexts
    Semester 2
  • Design: Drawing & Visualisation
  • Three Dimensional Design: Principles & Methods
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Design Contexts
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Exploring Critical Themes
  • Three Dimensional Design: Practice & Context
  • Professional Design Studies
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Taught Route
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Research & Enquiry
  • Three Dimensional Design: Professional Practice
    Route B - Industry Work Based Placement
  • Industry Work Based Placement
    Route C - International Study Route
  • International Study
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Three Dimensional Design: Self - Directed Projects
    Semester 2
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Three Dimensional Design: Self - Directed Projects
  • There are three named pathways: Three Dimensional Design, Product Design, Jewellery or Ceramics & Glass. Specialist areas include: Design Thinking, 3D Modelling and Adobe CAD Training, Design Drawing & Visualisation, Ceramics, Glass, Metalwork, Woodworking, Rapid Prototyping in plastics and metals, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Electronics along with professional practice.

    You have the opportunity to explore Product & Craft Design through research, development and innovation in materials and processes.

    Industry-linked projects, European exchanges, design internships, live competitions and public facing external events are an integral part of our course.

    You will participate in undergraduate exhibitions such as the Graduate Degree Show in your final year, along with New Designers Exhibition in London that same year.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • One to One
    • 20 – 30 mins per week

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • One hour per week

     Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Supervised time in studio / workshop

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • 10 hours per week

    External Visits

    • Approximately 16 students per group
    • Two day visit to London in Semester 1

    Independent study summary

    The course places emphasis on you developing independent learning where you will have the opportunity to direct your own study through independent self-directed design project/s. By Year 4 you undertake independent study, reflecting on your previous 3 years’ experience building expertise and specialist knowledge within your chosen pathway towards professional practice level.

    Staff delivering this course

    Staffing on the course consists of academics with expert knowledge within all areas of the course delivery across Product Design, Contemporary Jewellery Design and Ceramics & Glass. All staff have experience of working within the industry where some staff have worked extensively as consultants and designers.

    The course has technician support in all areas such as: general materials and process knowledge in Wood/Metal/Plastic/Resin, Contemporary Product Prototype Production methods, Contemporary Jewellery Designing and Making, Contemporary Ceramics & Glass Design and Production. Industry experts contribute to the programme through the Guest@Grays programme and as Professional Associates to the course.

    Facilities

    • Photography Studio
    • Ceramics & Glass Workshop: Throwing, Slab Building, Fusing, Slumping, Slip and Firing Facilities
    • Product & Technology Workshop: Rapid Prototyping / Laser Cutting / CNC Machining / CNC Routing / Laser Metal Sintering
    • Large Scale General Metal Workshop
    • University Library
    • Spray Booth for model construction
    • 3D Printing
    • Specialist Mac Suite
    • Student Support Services
    • MAKE Fab Lab at 17 Belmont St housing: large scale Direct Media Printing, various 3D Printing and Laser Cutting Machines along with Electronics support.

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each Semester via one each of the following:

    • Project Outputs
    • Written Assignment, including essay
    • Oral Assessment
    • Report
    • Dissertation
    • Portfolio

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    GCE A Level: BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    IB Diploma: 24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Alternative Qualifications: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during open days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3, subject to meeting conditions criteria and successfully passing the selection. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, Design & Media). All advanced entry applications with the appropriate qualifications will be invited to attend an interview. Download a copy of our portfolio guidance (PDF 188KB)

    Interview/Portfolio Review: Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

    Non Standard Entry: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during Open Days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    You have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of external activities throughout the duration of the course including international field study trips, national competitions and live collaborative projects with a wide variety of external partners.

    An optional work placement in Year 3, Semester 2 is also available.

    Year 3 students have the opportunity to undertake Erasmus overseas exchanges or industrial placement for one semester. The course has very well established partnerships with academic institutions in Milan, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Hameenlinna, Turku and Hasselt.

    You are responsible for finding the placement with support from the placement office and academic staff. 

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9367 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    This course is equipped to provide you with the transferable design and business skills necessary to operate confidently in an ever-changing design, creative industries or design management related career. Many of our graduates are now working as designers within a wide range of companies and as self-employed jewellers, product designers, ceramicists and interior design consultants.

    A number of graduates have extended their academic experience through further study at the Royal College of Art and other postgraduate institutions.

    Recent graduates can also apply to our Graduate in Residence (GiR) scheme which supports the next stage of their professional journey, whether this involves setting up a business, applying for postgraduate study or building a portfolio.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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