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Product Design Level 3 Diploma/Extended at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

Everything man made has been designed. We shape our environment by the objects we develop and evolve. The UK is a world leader in this sector and exports both ideas and talent across the world. This course is a grounding in creative problem-solving, design skills, prototyping and evaluation. You will learn design theory and history as well as taking part in manufacturing studies. Crucial to this course, and for broadening your experience, are group trips to various locations. There will also be an overseas visit, which will give you an invaluable opportunity to build your professional skills and may influence your own personal approach to Product Design. You will also develop skills and confidence in presenting and discussing your work, preparing you for university or work interviews.

Course content

  • Use sketchbooks to explore and record ideas and processes
  • Ideas generation and creativity skills
  • Design methodology
  • Manufacturing techniques and processes
  • Making skills– prototyping
  • Design history and contextual studies
  • Commercial applications
  • Live projects
  • Presentation and exhibition
  • Identifying and working to briefs

Entry requirements

You will need to show passion, enthusiasm, commitment and have a portfolio of work to show at interview. You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with merit or distinction grades, and a proven record of attendance and engagement in English and Maths.


Through completion of a wide range of practical assignments, complemented by relevant theoretical research. A series of projects will guide you through the process of originating ideas, exploring techniques and realising your final pieces. You will be given technical instruction and guidance to help build your portfolio of skills. You will use a sketchbook to record all your ideas and processes. Being willing to experiment, and risk making mistakes is a crucial element of creativity and we encourage an open-minded approach to practical learning.

Future opportunities

Most of our students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.

The course could lead to careers within the creative sector within product design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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