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A career in design is enormously satisfying. You have an idea and with the use of tools like clay or computers - it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone or Razr to hold the finished product in their hand.

Product Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product design, industrial design, graphics design or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe the Computer Aided Design and manufacture industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.
(extract taken from the AQA website)

For information about AS/A2 Product Design and for a future career in design, please see Ms Marconi or Mrs Zannar. 

Work Opportunities:

3D Modelling Animation

Architecture Automotive Design

Building and Construction Design Engineer

Electronics Furniture Design

Gaming Design Graphics Design

Illustration Design Industrial Design

Interior Design Jewellery Design

Product Design Website Design


If you gain 5 A*-C grades in Maths, English, GCSE Design Technology-Product Design and 2 other subjects you can study a range of courses. These include:

An apprenticeship in Product Development or Manufacture/Engineering with Jaguar Landrover. Click here to find out more. 

There are a number of other apprenticeship schemes you can find on the apprenticeship website in designing, manufacturing and engineering. Click on the categories to find out more.
You could also complete a City and Guild course. These can be done as a Level 2, Level 3 and sometimes a Level 4 course. This can be done at a local college. Click each course to find out more.

Computer Aided Design
Manufacturing Practices
Food Manufacturing
Engineering Manufacture
Aeronautical Engineering

A Level Product Design at Archbishop Ilsley

If you gain 5 A*-B grades including Maths, English, GCSE Design Technology-Product Design and 2 other subjects you can study A level Product Design. Talk to Ms Marconi or Mrs Zannar for more information about this. 

Designing and Engineering at University

Once you have gained 3-4 A*-C grade A levels, one in Design Technology-Product Design and 2/3 other subjects you can study a range of university courses. Often your degree course will offer an industry placement year so you are able to gain some industrial experience within your field.

Loughborough University
BSc (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering
BA (Hons) 3D Design
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication and Illustration
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Bsc (Hons) Architectural Engineering
BSc (Hons) Design Ergonomics
BSc (Hons) Product Design
BA (Hons) Industrial Design
BEng (Hons) Electronic and System Engineering
BSc (Hons) Design with Engineering Materials
BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering
BEng (Hons) Sport Technology

The course below can be taken after you have completed your degree course successfully.
Initial Teacher Training-Design & Technology

Birmingham Institute of Art & Design-UCB
BA (Hons) Interior Design
BA (Hons) Interior Product Design
BA (Hons) Product Design
BA (Hons) Visual Communication- Graphics
BA (Hons) Visual Communication- Illustration
BA (Hons) Architecture
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

Aston University
BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
BEng (Hons) Design Engineering
BSc (Hons) Transport Product Design
BSc (Hons) Industrial Product Design
BSc (Hons) Product Design and Management

Royal College of Art
MA Architecture
MA Interior Design
MA Animation
MA Visual Communication
MA Design Products
MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering
MA Vehicle Design
MA Metalwork and Jewellery

There are also a range of Masters and PHD courses you can do once you have completed your degree course at a range of universities.