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Product Design BTEC HND (part-time)

  • HE
  • L5
  • NEW

The one year HND programme is a follow on from the HNC 3D Design course and will introduce you to design manufacturing, new materials and trend forecasting. You will also develop methodologies for idea generation within the industry, the design cycle, analysis and testing. There is an emphasis on contemporary making skills for example ceramic, glass, wood, metal and resin. The programme is delivered by design practitioners in studios in the purpose built South Bank Arts Centre. The course will prepare you for a career as a creative designer and maker, in addition you will engage in contextual studies of British and European product design as well as design from various cultures. Our students have progressed to employment with local and London-based design agencies. One you have completed the HND in Product Design you can progress to a university of your choice.

Employer engagement

View this document to see a taste of the workshops and other events that students have experienced recently.

Student success

Past 3D Design HND students who specialised in jewellery design have both progressed to successful careers within the field. One is working for international jeweller Arabel Lebrusan and has been part of the designs for the most recent award nominated bridal collection. The other student is working for Rachael Jeffrey's jewellery school and has recently had her work published in Glamour Magazine.

Talented HNC/D 3D Design students from Bedford College took part for the first time in an international event, New Designers. Their work was seen alongside the most famous design universities in the UK.  Read more.

Design Factory 2015-16 competition set by the Design Museum
Three of the HNC students were three out of 40 shortlisted as part of the Design Factory 2015-16 competition set by the Design Museum.

HND student gains internship at bespoke design service Koti
A HND student has gained an internship at a bespoke design service called Koti. Koti Studio is a product design consultancy built around a passion for considered design. Collectively, Koti has a vast array of experience in product design, product development and branding.

Talented student
Bedford College student Gregg Hinds has been described as an 'endeavouring' product and furniture designer and is currently one of 40 finalists of the Design Factory competition launched by the Design Museum. Greg experiments with new composite materials and resins, focusing on texture as a main feature of his designs.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a Higher National Certificate in an Art & Design subject, or relevant professional experience. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.

Course content

You will develop skills and knowledge in Product Design as well as broad diagnostic skills and knowledge in 3D Design.

Units include:

  • Core units
  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project
  • Pearson-set unit
  • One specialist unit
  • Three optional units

Assessment methods

Formal presentation of project work.


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Product Design)

Further study and career options

On completion of this course, you will be able to undertake work on a freelance basis or direct employment. Future career paths include: product designer, interior designer, model designer.

Additional information

You will have the opportunity to take part in workshops delivered by guest designers as well as visiting design destinations for example Berlin, Milan and New York. Our students have taken part in several design exhibitions including New Designers, London.

Additional costs

  • Resource fee of £75.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 - 2 years (depending on prior learning) 27/09/2021 6 hours per week 9.15 am - 4.30 pm £2948 per year Cauldwell Street BBL1639 Apply

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.