At Sussex, you’ll be taught by design experts with industry experience combining art, science and technology. You’ll learn to design products that satisfy the needs and behaviours of people and society.
From day one, you’ll be working with industry professionals on live creative briefs, and you’ll have opportunities to commercialise your products. We ground you in design thinking so you can develop informed solutions and produce them through prototyping and manufacturing models.
You’ll also consider how your products may be recycled or re-purposed at the end of their life – designing for the circular economy – a skill desired by the industry.
Our teaching prepares you for success: our students have won awards from design leaders such as LEGO and Hasbro. They’ve also taken their own designs to market through the Sussex Innovation Centre.
Recent Engineering and Design graduates have started jobs as:
equipment design engineer, Digital Pixel
user experience (UX) designer, IBM
product development engineer, Ford Motor Company.
(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016)
Your future career
You develop creative, problem-solving and project-management skills throughout your course. You can attend tailored careers events, including drop-in sessions, industry talks and one-to-one support.
Recently, some of our Product Design undergraduates won a design competition, creating a brand new toy concept at the Inventors Workshop conference. The students worked together as a team on a live brief, using the skills they gained during a module on Toy and Game Design at Sussex. Their ‘Bandit’ wristband concept won the Inventors Workshop New Designers Award.
Your Product Design degree prepares you for jobs in manufacturing, consultancy-based design and the creative industries (graphics, marketing, research and digital design). You can work in a variety of roles, including as:
an industrial, packaging or furniture designer
a UX (user experience) designer and 3D visualiser
a design engineer or product developer.