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BA (Hons) Product Design
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This exciting very hands on practical approach we take on the BA (Hons) Product Design programme provides an educational and creative framework that enable you to become professional product designers and will ultimately give you, as graduates, the knowledge and tools to explore, experiment and find interesting solutions to complex problems.
The curriculum will provide you with the right transferable skills required to be problem-solvers and creative product design thinkers. These traits include having the ability to empathise so that you fully understand who you are solving the problem for and why and how it benefits society.
The course will help you gain a solid understanding of the processes, practices and expectations of a future product design culture in an international workplace which is changing at an ever-increasing pace. Throughout the course, engagement with industry experts and real work experience will be embedded into the core elements of learning and assessment.
What makes this course different
This programme is part of a larger group that includes many inspired people offering cross-disciplinary influences and contributions from other diverse programmes within the School.
Live projects form a large part of the professional development which gives students not only a realistic understanding of industry practice but also an insight into the many varied prospects available for future employment.
The quality of product design students' work is reflected in the national awards received from prestigious organisations, such as, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and the British Lighting Association. An example of this is Ahmed Salah, Product Design alumni, who won a RSA (Royal Society of Arts) Student Design Award in 2016.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
During your studies you will compile a portfolio of creative and inspiring designs which are unique to your individual approach and which will showcase your talent and expertise to potential employers.
You'll cover all aspects of product design in our purpose-built design studios and workshops. We have traditional workshops as well as digital and fabrication facilities that boast industry standard equipment.
By studying product design, you'll be gaining a range of skills. You'll learn to experiment and think both creatively and analytically and you'll develop research skills relevant to the history and context of the product and the materials and processes used to develop the design.
You'll gain an understanding of the marketing and branding appropriate to your project work. And you'll master design skills including drawing, sketching, rendering, sketch modelling, computer modelling and prototype making, investigating, researching, interviewing, debating, presenting and working in a team. We'll also give you advanced computer representation and photography skills.
Our well-established links with local businesses mean you'll have the chance to work on real-life project briefs. These projects often lead to work experience and career opportunities.
And of course there is also the potential for designing products with direct commercial value.
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- Core Modules
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Techniques for Designing
This module introduces you to a set of tools for designing (materials, methods, attitudes and techniques) involved in design generally in both 2 & 3D. It aims to develop your confidence and ability to use a range of methods and media in exploring, developing and presenting your ideas clearly and effectively, as well as an ability to evaluate and rework your output in response to feedback in terms of its technical, craft and aesthetic qualities. Briefs are introduced so that design ideas are explored both individually and in groups. These aim to introduce a suitable work ethic and the practise of design as an iterative process, and to support experiment and trial and error, through short design orientated projects and exercises that build confidence and competence.
This module works in partnership with the Design Project module (AR3002) in that it prepares you for exploring & practising the potential of selected media, materials, methods and techniques used in the development of your own design work in Design Project module (AR3002).
The module introduces safe and appropriate workshop practice.
The module aims to provide you with a broad, varied, stimulating range of projects that introduce you to the skills, processes and practices involved in making design projects. The module intends to facilitate you to develop a critical, disciplined and productive approach to the act of designing and to support independent thinking, making and communicating.
This open ended interpretive and longer individual projects allow for fostering a personal perspective and sense of direction, reinforcing independence and commitment to generating and developing more self-motivated, innovative, enquiry based project work within a principal area of specialisation.
Through completing design projects set in this module, you will develop and evolve your portfolio of work in a distinctive way that is evidence of increasing subject specificity and an ability to make an informed choice of progression pathway.
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Art and Design Workshop
This module introduces a variety of contemporary media techniques that are relevant to design and artistic practice in its widest sense.
It aims to support the evolution of the creative habits of recording, collecting, documenting, reading, reworking and evaluating. It seeks to build broad understanding of the relationship between context and creative practice, first in analogue, then in digital formats. The complexity of the media employed and exercises set will increase as the module develops and depending on the ambition and skills of each student.
The projects will be organised in both individual and groups, and that support students in learning to articulate & share ideas, work effectively in teams and at pace, and to be able and organise and deliver projects.
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History and Theory
The module introduces you to a basic understanding of History & Theory Studies in the subject of architecture and design, through engaging with selected histories and theories relevant to art, culture, technology and contemporary practice.
The module prepares you for helping you to structure and plan your research work and the communication outputs, for further critical and theoretical work in higher education.
As a result, you will begin to acquire a range of basic skills in observation, research & reviewing methods, critical thinking, writing and communication.
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Professional Life (Mental Wealth)
- Core Modules
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Material Integration 1
The aim of this module is to relate design skills with the use and application of materials in the Term 2 main design project. You should understand the nature and character of various types of materials in common categories such as types of stone, casting material, glass, metalwork and woodwork. The use of workshops will be intrinsic to your learning outcomes. You will also be expected to have a thorough body of research.
Running in parallel with "Design Resolution 1", you should come equipped with a knowledge of your prescribed materiality and be prepared to deliver, during the course of the module, a resolved design project that will become both spatially and materially coherent across a number of scales.
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Design Resolution 1
The module enables you to produce imaginative, appropriate and competent design proposals in response to a variety of sites, briefs, cultural, social and technological issues. Furthermore it aims to develop a general understanding of the materials, processes and techniques that are applied in the architectural and interior, and product design disciplines.
The module aims to develop your confidence and ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present their design proposals clearly and effectively as well as an ability to evaluate and rework ideas in response to review and feedback.
The module supports the ability of students to see and reflect on how their design proposals are beginning to develop into fully-fledged interior and product design projects, and the kinds of work and thinking involved in taking their ideas further. Therefore, the module familiarises you with design development processes including the analysis and interpretation of a range of project sites and the development of project specific research. The module demonstrates strategies for producing spatial, material and programmatic ideas that satisfy aesthetic as well as technical requirements and how to present them using a range of appropriate media and methods of communication.
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Design Investigation 1
The module aims to introduce you to the skills, processes and practices involved in a spatial design project. It engages you in a range of processes by means of which you can understand, think about and engage with the academic and practical design discipline of architectural design.
The module enables you to develop an understanding of space and materials. It familiarises you with methods for fabricating models, prototypes, 2D and 3D drawings, sketches, diagrams, collage, photographs and mixed media representations, and to practice their use in generating and communicating ideas.
The module supports experiment, trial and error through short projects and exercises that build confidence and competence. It introduces you to the role of representation in design and links with art practice as well as an understanding of the materials, processes and techniques that apply specifically to spatial design.
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Technical Studies and Representation 1
The module aims to prepare you for the task of visualising and communicating their work at all stages of its development, and setting their work in relation to the final design project Design Investigation, Design Resolution and Design Integration and the technical demands of the design proposal.
In this regard, drawing ability is a necessary skill for observation, recording, analysis, visualisation, evaluation and communication of different technical aspects of the design project.
This module aims to develop your repertoire of practical, technical and computer-aided skills that can keep pace with your growing knowledge of the design process.
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History and Theory 1
The module aims to orient and critically engage you in the subject of architecture and interior design in your relationship with art and design culture through engaging with selected histories and theories relevant to art, culture, technology and contemporary practice.
Whilst beginning to develop a sound knowledge in their field, you are encouraged to see, read and articulate connections between developments in architecture and contemporary practice.
The module introduces you to the range of academic researching, analysing and essay writing tools you need to produce graduate-level discussions and writing, while encouraging you to articulate and take responsibility for the development of your own learning and to be able to reflect critically on your own work and that of others.
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Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.
Herein you will begin to recognise the areas for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.
Having acquired understanding of the key developmental areas, you will have opportunity to pitch a small scale design project to a panel of practitioners, and be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position you will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in your studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.
- Core Modules
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Design Investigation 2
The module provides a forum for you to develop a creative, inventive and productive design process in relation to a design project or projects. In particular to raise student awareness and understanding of the occupants and users and their physical, social and psychological needs through the design of both objects and environments at appropriate scales, as well as exploring key characteristics of design projects.
There is a particular focus on investigations of site and context that may involve the gathering of empirical data, making analytical studies and conducting observations of people, place, context and materials that are appropriate to the project.
By setting one design project, the module aims to engage with the practices, protocols and conventions that apply to the design and delivery of projects within the design and construction industry. The module fosters the development of a personal position and working methods as part of the attributes required by a professional architect.
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Design Resolution 2
The aim of this module is to rehearse the production of more complex design projects in preparation for the final project undertaken in the final year. It also opens up the range of opportunities available to a student of architectural design looking to work in a discipline which is extremely varied, but where individual practices often specialise. The module therefore allows for a degree of choice in relation to the design unit and therefore the project type and site.
Running in parallel with Design Integration 2, you are equipped with a brief and during the course of the module deliver a resolved design project that will become both spatially and materially coherent across a number of scales.
The module fosters the development of a personal position and working methods as part of the attributes required by a designer. You will also develop the capability of testing and evaluating the potential impact of your design proposals on the users and the broader environment.
You will be expected to offer articulate explanations of your proposals, be able to discuss your design considerations, present your case for specific social and environmental strategies and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between materials, technology and the execution of their design.
The design process continues to be expansive and exploratory, and emphasises the creative and imaginative thinking involved. Working within vertical design units, you will also be encouraged to cultivate a shared understanding of your project contexts and their briefs enabling you to work collaboratively, share tasks and review each other's work.
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History and Theory 2
The module aims to orient and critically engage you in the subject of architecture and interiors and also in its relationship with urbanism and urban space through engaging with selected histories and theories and through engagement with relevant art, culture, technology and contemporary practice.
The history and theory element further prepares you as independent and critical thinkers, capable of producing a sustained piece of study in the form of a written essay. The module sets out the resources and methods, and rehearses the thinking, historical, analytical and discursive skills that will be required in relation to architecture and interior design.
Throughout the module you are supported to think creatively and to take more responsibility for the development of your own learning and academic and professional direction whilst examining broader ethical questions resident in the practice of design.
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Design Integration 2
This module focuses on the application of knowledge of environmental principles into your design projects, using relevant methods of environmental strategies as part of the design process.
The module aims to encourage integration of environmental design from the outset of a project, giving you the ability to reflect on appropriate environmental design strategies and explore these in a creative and rigorous manner.
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Material Integration 2
The aim of this module is to relate design skills with the use and application of materials in the Term 2 main design project. You should understand the nature and character of various types of materials in common categories such as types of stone, casting material, glass, metalwork and woodwork. The use of workshops will be intrinsic to the student’s learning outcomes. You will also be expected to have a thorough body of research.
Running in parallel with "Design Resolution 2", you should come equipped with a knowledge of their prescribed materiality and be prepared to deliver, during the course of the module, a resolved design project that will become both spatially and materially coherent across a number of scales.
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Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to apply several of the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.
Herein you will advance the areas identified at level 4 for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
This module will help you develop: an understanding of job market forces and influences; required skills to enable you to make successful applications for a job in the architecture sector; effective representation in interviews; opportunities to gain work experience in an architectural practice (as a placement) to learn more about how to apply your knowledge and learning in practice.
Through engagement with the Career Passport, you will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop your reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.
You will use a design project chosen and set by the academic staff. This may be a competition or a live project. In so doing, you will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences you have learnt elsewhere.
- Core Modules
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Material Integration 3
The aim of this module is to relate design skills with the use and application of materials in the Term 2 main design project. You should understand the nature and character of various types of materials in common categories such as types of stone, casting material, glass, metalwork and woodwork. The use of workshops will be intrinsic to your learning outcomes.
Running in parallel with "Design Resolution 3", you should come equipped with a knowledge of your prescribed materiality and be prepared to deliver, during the course of the module, a resolved design project that will become both spatially and materially coherent across a number of scales.
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Design Investigation 3
The module consolidates skills and knowledge gained at Levels 4 and 5. Together with Design Resolution 3 and Design Integration 3 which requires highly detailed reflection on the integration of cultural, professional, technical and environmental issues within the design project, this set of 3 modules is intended to prepare you for independent practice, entry into the professional workplace, or for higher studies.
Whilst improving your practical skills and refining your ability to use them productively, the focus of this module is on developing a depth of knowledge and understanding about research and project development, appropriate to graduate level. It also aims to help you to offer evidence of self-management in respect of planning, monitoring, recording and evaluation within the portfolio work that is produced.
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Design Integration 3
This module builds on the knowledge gained from the two pre-requisites above. It further explores the role that key environmental variables inform a low energy building design. It helps you to reflect on appropriate environmental design strategies that respond to occupants' needs, design brief, and climate.
This module allows you to explore, identify and evaluate the interrelationships between the various environmental mechanisms and address them in a rigorous manner by developing design strategies that deliver comfortable environments for building users.
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Design Resolution 3
The module consolidates skills and knowledge gained at Levels 4 and 5. Together with Design Investigation 3 and Design Integration 3 which requires highly detailed reflection on the integration of cultural, professional, technical and environmental issues within the design project, this set of three modules is intended to prepare you for independent practice, entry into the professional workplace, or for higher studies.
Whilst improving your practical skills and refining their ability to use them productively, the focus in this module is on you demonstrating your ability as professionals: your capacity to define and analyse spatial and design problems, generate proposals, integrate knowledge derived from different fields and sources, produce socially relevant inhabitable spaces, design technically competent buildings of aesthetic quality, and to take into account issues relating to human comfort and sustainability.
In this module you are expected to draw on your previous experience as well as the agenda offered by your choice of design unit in order to formulate and communicate a resolved final design project that frames the specific aspects of architectural design that you are interested in.
The module reiterates and supports the requirement to produce high quality design proposals that satisfy aesthetic and technical requirements, and for these to be presented using a range of suitably professional and appropriate media. It also aims to help you offer evidence of self-‐management in respect of planning, monitoring, recording and evaluation within the portfolio that is produced.
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History and Theory 3
The module aims to critically engage you in the subject of architecture and interiors with the related art and design technologies and human sciences through engaging with selected histories and theories, and by considering these in relation to architecture contemporary practice.
This module provides a platform for ambitious individual work and it calls for graduate levels of achievement in the submission of an essay or dissertation about a subject relating to architecture, interiors, cities or politics. You will receive guidance on critical thinking, the analysis of texts, information retrieval, time management, bibliography, referencing, acknowledgement and the requirements for essay presentation.
Throughout the module you are required to think creatively and to take responsibility for the development of your own learning and academic and professional direction whilst examining broader questions resident in the practice of design.
Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3Close
Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.
Herein you will advance the areas identified at level 5 for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
This module will help provide: an overview of professional responsibilities of the profession, the regulations and procedures involved in the approval and construction of designs, and the relevant context of the construction industry; and a framework within which you practice the integration of Professional and Technical concerns within a design proposal.
Through engagement with the Career Passport, you will reflect on the success of the strategies that you employed to further develop your reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve your approaches.
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
You will be joining a creative hub of innovative engineers and designers. You will be able to observe other design projects, share ideas, and participate in interdisciplinary projects and competitions, such as IMechE Formula Student challenge to design and build a single-seat racing car.
Year 1 prepares students with a comprehensive understanding of design principles and this knowledge will be embedded into an approach to realising innovative ideas which can be profitably manufactured and marketed.
With a personal tutor to oversee students' progress, and module leaders for each part of the course, they will work independently or occasionally in small groups on design briefs and projects in our dedicated design studios.
Our fabrication and design facilities include traditional workshops as well as computer-aided design (CAD) suites where a student can use a range of two and three-dimensional programmes to produce test results and resolve concept ideas through to final design.
Guided independent study
We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.
Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the University from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.
Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate percentages for this course are:
- Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
- Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
- Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
No exams are taken to appraise a student’s progress on the Product Design programme. Instead you are assessed on a continual basis under supervision using various methods, such as, through personal and group tutorials and presentations where work is appraised by a panel of teaching staff along with a peer group of fellow students. Through these methods, as well as carrying out activities in the workshop and laboratory, you will receive regular formative feedback. This feedback is offered to assist the learning process and improve the quality of work before final hand-in.
Design modules require a series of presentations for each project throughout the course. You will be asked to present your work to your student colleagues and teachers highlighting details relating to your primary research, through to concept developments and the fabrication of design(s), as well as a concluding pitch of your chosen final design. You will also develop a creative portfolio of work. Other modules require a group presentation and a short written assignment.
Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD
Our campus and the surrounding area
Our waterfront campus in the historic Royal Docks provides a modern, well-equipped learning environment.
Join us and you'll be able to make the most of our facilities including contemporary lecture theatres and seminar rooms, art studios and exhibition spaces, audio and visual labs and a multimedia production centre.
Features include our 24/7 Docklands library, our £21m SportsDock centre, a campus shop and bookstore, the Children's Garden Nursery, cafés, eateries, a late bar, plus Student Union facilities, including a student lounge.
University of East London is one of the few London universities to provide on campus accommodation. Our Docklands Campus Student Village houses close to 1,200 students from around the world. We are well connected to central London and London City Airport is just across the water. We also run a free bus service that connects Docklands with Stratford campuses.
WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
After working briefly in the commercial world, Andrew was asked to join the teaching staff at UEL in 2008, and became a Programme Leader in 2017.See full profile
Mathew Brown is a part-time (0.4FTE) lecturer teaching on the BSc (Hons) Product Design programme at UEL.See full profile
Bahar K Esfahani
Dr Khayamian Esfahani is the Programme Director for BEng Product Design Engineering at the University of East London (UEL).See full profile
What we're researching
At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.
Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.
It is also vitally important for students to master the skills needed to rapidly prototype an idea and gain an aptitude for testing and reiterating solutions thereby allowing ideas to develop and flourish into sustainable and feasible products."
Andrew Wright MSc BA (Hons) FRSA Programme Leader
YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Our graduates' design skills are highly transferable. Studying product design will give you an excellent grounding in related areas such as design management, research, consultancy and teaching.
Our students are successful in many national and international competitions and events, and often use these as a springboard to employment.
For example, our students have won the prestigious Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce award and the D&AD global student award. They've also exhibited at the Crystal Research Centre and taken part in an exchange programme with Braunschweig University of Art in Germany.
After completing your course, you'll be able to exhibit your work at the highly regarded 'New Designers' exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
This attracts professionals and academics from the wider national and international design field, giving you the chance to win prizes, gain publicity in the design press and impress prospective employers or investors.
Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work in British and overseas consultancies, design engineering firms and website design companies. Others have moved on to postgraduate courses.
Some have set up their own consultancies with the expert support of Knowledge Dock, or developed and marketed their project work with the support of our Petchey Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Throughout the course, you will develop a comprehensive knowledge and professional portfolio, which is your gateway to a rewarding career including,
- Product designer
- Industrial designer
- Manufacturing engineer
- Digital fabrication
- Product engineering
- Freelance designer
- UX/UI design
- Social design
- Design management and strategy
UEL has a dedicated team to forge close and strong links within industry and with individual businesses and all the while supporting students with placements during study and advice with graduate employment.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.
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This describes the general regulatory framework of UEL and gives information about how UEL confers its degrees, diplomas and certificates. It includes important information about academic performance requirements for continued study.
Engagement Attendance Policy
This outlines UEL's expectations of students in relation to attendance on and engagement with taught programmes. These students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and engage fully with learning materials and resources provided to them - failure to do so may result in withdrawal from module(s) and/or the programme.
Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Degrees
The purpose of this code is to provide a framework for the successful organisation and implementation of good practice in all matters relating to postgraduate research degrees at UEL. It aims to ensure that all students are effectively supported and supervised so that the full scope and potential of their research is realised; that their thesis is submitted within regulatory periods and that they complete their programme with a suitable and sufficient portfolio of research and employment-related skills and competencies.
Health and Safety Policy
This describes the structures and processes by which UEL protects the health and safety of its staff, students and visitors. It confirms that students will receive sufficient information, instruction and induction in relation to health and safety. All students should take reasonable care for their health and safety. They must abide by UEL’s rules and regulations and co-operate with supervisors to enable them to fulfil their obligations. Students must not interfere intentionally, or recklessly misuse anything provided for health and safety.
UEL has consulted with its students and staff and has adopted a No Smoking Policy to safeguard the health and well-being of its community. Students are required to comply with this policy which restricts smoking to designated shelters and prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes within any UEL building or near building entrances. For further information on our Healthy Campus initiatives and support please visit the Health and Safety pages.
Student Disciplinary Regulations and Procedures (incorporating the student code of conduct)
This code is more than a list of things that we should and should not do: it reminds us that we should always consider how our behaviour affects others. The code applies:
- to all students;
- at all sites throughout our estate, and;
- when we represent UEL on business beyond our campus, both in real (face-to-face) and virtual environments.
And outlines expectations of students:
- verbal and physical behaviour should always be polite and respectful;
- behaviour should not impair the engagement, learning or participation of others;
- anti- social behaviour by individuals and groups will not be tolerated.
9) Changes to scheduled programmes
UEL will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the programme of study that you have accepted will conform to the programme specification published on our website and will ensure that the necessary resources required to enable you to meet the required learning outcomes and pass the relevant assessments are available.
In order to ensure that our programmes are current and relevant, they are subject to regular review. From time to time, to ensure the maintenance of academic standards and/or compliance with professional body requirements, it may be necessary to amend a module or make adjustments to programme content.
Major changes to programmes that in the reasonable opinion of UEL, will have a significant impact on students will involve consultation with students already enrolled on the programme when the changes are proposed. Once any changes are confirmed, UEL will notify all students and applicants of the changes. When UEL reasonably considers that the change may only impact one or more cohorts on the relevant programme, UEL may decide to only consult with the relevant cohort.
In the event that we discontinue a programme, we will normally permit existing students to complete the programme within the typical duration of study. In these circumstances, UEL will use reasonable endeavours to continue the programme for existing students without making major changes. If this is not possible, we will support students in changing to another UEL programme on which a place is available, and for which the student is suitably qualified, or assist with transfer to another HEI to complete the programme elsewhere.
10) Changes to these terms
We may change these terms from time to time where, in UEL's opinion, it will assist in the proper delivery of any programme of study or in order to:-
(a) Comply with any changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements;
(b) Implement legal advice, national guidance or good practice;
(c) Provide for new or improved delivery of any programme of study;
(d) Reflect market practice;
(e) In our opinion make them clearer or more favourable to you;
(f) Rectify any error or mistake; or
(g) Incorporate existing arrangements or practice.
No variation or amendment to these Terms of Admittance may be made without our prior written agreement. In the event that we agree to transfer you to an alternative programme of study, the transfer will be considered to be a variation to the Terms of Admittance, which shall otherwise remain in full force and existence.
If we revise the Terms of Admittance, we will publish the amended Terms of Admittance by such means as we consider reasonably appropriate.;We will use reasonable endeavours to give you notice of any changes before they take effect.
11) Data Protection
UEL is committed to adhering to its obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 and will act as a Data Controller when it processes your personal data. You can find our registration to the Data controller register on ico.org.uk.
UEL processes your personal data fulfil its contractual and legal obligations to students. Personal data that we process about you includes:
- Your contact details and other information submitted during the application and enrolment processes;
- Details of courses, modules, timetables and room bookings, assessment marks and examinations related to your study;
- Financial and personal information collected for the purposes of administering fees and charges, loans, grants, scholarships and hardship funds;
- Photographs, and video recordings for the purpose of recording lectures, student assessment and examinations and for the purposes of university promotion that is in our legitimate interest but still fair to you;
- Information about your engagement with the University such as attendance data and use of electronic services such as Moodle, Civitas and YourTutor;
- Contact details for next of kin to be used in an emergency;
- Details of those with looked after status or those who have left the care system for the provision of support;
- Information related to the prevention and detection of crime and the safety and security of staff and students, including, but not limited to, CCTV recording and data relating to breaches of University regulations;
This is not an exhaustive list, for further information please refer to our fair processing notice pages on uel.ac.uk. In all of its data processing activities, UEL is committed to ensuring that the personal data it collects stores and uses will be processing in line with the data protection principles which can be summarised as:
- Being processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner;
- Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes;
- Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary;
- Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
- Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary;
- Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal information;
- Be accountable for, and be able to demonstrate compliance with, the six principles above.
You must ensure that:
- All personal data provided to UEL is accurate and up-to-date. You must ensure that changes of address etc. are notified to the Student Hub.
- Students who use UEL's computing facilities may process personal data as part of their studies. If the processing of personal data takes place, students must take responsibility for that processing activity to ensure that it in line with the data protection principles above.
- Students who are undertaking research projects using personal data must ensure that:
- The research subject is informed of the nature of the research and is given a copy of UEL's Fair Processing Notice and this Data Protection Policy.
12) Legal basis for use of data
By agreeing to these Terms of Admittance and enrolling at UEL, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of a contract for the use of your personal data relating to your enrolment, and if appropriate, registration and ongoing participation on a programme of study. Your personal or special category data will be collected, processed, published and used by UEL, its online learning and teaching services and/or its partners and agents in ways which support the effective management of UEL and your programme of study, to allow for the delivery of bursary schemes and to support improvements to student experience and progression, and are consistent with:
The terms of the Data Protection Act 2018;
Any notification submitted to the Information Commissioner in accordance with this legislation; and compliance with any other relevant legislation.
You have fundamental rights associated with how organisations use your personal data. Further information on data protection and use of your personal data can be found in our Data Protection Policy and on uel.ac.uk.
13) Intellectual property
You are entitled to the intellectual property rights created during your time studying at UEL that would belong to you under the applicable law. There are some programmes where the assignment of certain types of intellectual property to UEL is appropriate. UEL will require the assignment to it of intellectual property rights relating to postgraduate research that is part of an ongoing research programme.
Where the nature of the research programme means that some assignment of intellectual property rights to UEL is appropriate, we will take what steps that we can to ensure that your interests are protected. UEL will take reasonable endeavours to ensure:-
- the scope of the assignment is narrow, and is restricted to what is necessary, for example to protect UEL’s legitimate interests in the intellectual property created as party to a research programme;
- the application of the assignment is clearly defined, so that it is clear to you in which circumstances the assignment will apply;
- where the assignment of the intellectual property is appropriate in the circumstances, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the rights of the parties are evenly balanced (for example, your work being acknowledged in a publication and, where appropriate, subject to an appropriate revenue sharing scheme)
- where UEL claims ownership of intellectual property rights in relation to a taught programme of study, such treatment of those rights will be made clear in the published information relating to that programme.
14) How we communicate with you
UEL will communicate with you via a variety of channels, including postal letter, e-mail, SMS text message and online notices. To enable this, we request that you provide us with your e-mail address, postal address, and contact telephone number when you first enrol.
Throughout your studies, it is important that you keep your contact details up to date. You can view and edit this information by logging into our student portal, UEL Direct at www.uel.ac.uk/Direct.
We will create a UEL e-mail account for you after you enrol. Your e-mail address will be your student number, prefixed with a ‘u’ and followed by ‘@uel.ac.uk’ – e.g.: email@example.com. UEL will use this e-mail address to communicate with you and it is important that you regularly check and manage this mailbox for important updates and information.
You can access your email account, plus information about our services, news and events by logging into our Intranet, intranet.uel.ac.uk. At the login screen, enter your email address (as above) and password.Your default UEL password will be your date of birth, formulated as DD-MMM-YY, e.g. 31-jan-84.
Your UEL email account and associated UEL IT accounts will be deleted not more than 6 months after you graduate or withdraw from your programme of study (if earlier).
15)University of East London Students' Union
The University of East London Students' Union (UELSU) represents students at UEL. By enrolling at UEL you are automatically granted membership of both UELSU and the National Union of Students (NUS). If you wish to opt out from this membership, please inform UELSU in writing at either firstname.lastname@example.org by writing to: Chief Executive, UELSU, University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, London E16 2RD.
UELSU provides a range of services and support to students and can provide advice and representation on any matter affecting the contract between you and UEL. For further information on this support, please visit www.uelunion.org
16) Students studying at partner institutions
If you are undertaking a programme of study at a partner institution you will need to generally abide by the above terms and also those of the partner institution. Further information and support in understanding these terms is available from the Academic Partnership Office -email@example.com.
17) International students - additional responsibilities
All international students must also comply with UK Visa and Immigration requirements. All international students are required to hold a valid visa which permits study in the UK or hold a Tier 4 visa/have applied for a Tier 4 visa with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies issued by UEL. Students who are being sponsored under a Tier 4 student visa must also understand and comply with the responsibilities of their student visa and co-operate with UEL in fulfilling our Tier 4 duties.
18) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
UEL is committed to working together to build a learning community founded on equality of opportunity – a learning community which celebrates the rich diversity of our student and staff populations and one in which discriminatory behaviour is challenged and not tolerated within our community.
Within the spirit of respecting difference, our equality and diversity policies promise fair treatment and equality of opportunity for all regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion/belief (or lack of). In pursuing this aim, we want our community to value and to be at ease with its own diversity and to reflect the needs of the wider community within which we operate.
For further information on this inclusive approach to education please visit our Student Policies page.
We welcome feedback on our programmes and services and facilitate this in a variety of ways, including programme committees, module evaluation forms and surveys.
However, if you are dissatisfied with a particular service or programme or the manner in which it has been delivered, you must let the person responsible for that service know as we will always try to resolve matters at the earliest opportunity via informal conciliation. If you are unsure who to approach, please e-mail The Hub who will be able to direct your concerns appropriately.
If you remain dissatisfied with a service or programme, or the manner in which it is delivered, you should refer to our formal complaints procedure to have the matter formally addressed.
In addition, once you have enrolled onto your programme, you will also have access to the Advice and Information Service offered by UELSU. This access is not available to students studying at partner institutions.
If you wish to cancel this contract within 14 days of enrolment onto your programme, you must do so in writing by sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any fees that you have paid will be refunded – please see Fees Policy for further information on obtaining a refund.
21) Further guidance
If any of the information in these Terms of Admittance or related policies are unclear or if you have any questions, please contact The Hub for guidance on +44 (0) 208 223 4444.
22) Right to advice
This is a consumer contract and you are able to obtain independent advice in relation to its terms and conditions from UELSU as well as your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Neither you nor UEL will be liable for failure to perform their obligations under these Terms of Admittance if such failure arises from unforeseeable events, circumstances or causes outside of that party's reasonable control. Examples of such events include, but are not limited to, war, terrorism, industrial disputes, natural disaster, fire and national emergencies.
Only you and UEL are parties to these Terms of Admittance. No other person shall have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Terms of Admittance.
Failure or delay by you or UEL to exercise any right or remedy provided under this contract shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
These Terms of Admittance are governed by the law of England and Wales and you and UEL agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.