Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Kingston University is ranked No.1 in the UK for design and crafts* in the Guardian university league table 2021 (*covers graphic design, interior design, illustration, animation and product and furniture design).

We believe in practical experimentation and the hands-on understanding of materials and processes. Our student design work is broad, from commercial furniture and housewares in wood, metal, plastics and ceramics, to industrial design concepts for new products in new markets.

Our critical design projects push the boundaries of design and question how we might respond to future challenges in society. Our belief in making, prototyping and the development of new materials underpins our delivery, leading to prize winning designs and commercial sponsorship.

The teaching is delivered by a team of designers, practitioners and academics. Strong links with industry mean students can work with and challenge leading companies with their ideas and gain invaluable commercial experience. Previous "live" projects have included Foster & Partners, John Lewis, Dyson, SCP, Joined & Jointed and New Balance.

Our course has the option to be extended to four years, either through Erasmus exchange, placement or a combination. Optional study tours and visits are offered. Previously we have visited Milan, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Valencia.

Paul Bishop Design Scholarship

Alumnus and Interior Designer Paul Bishop is offering a scholarship for one Interior Design or Product & Furniture Design student which will cover the full value of the undergraduate tuition fees, together with a maintenance grant for the full three years. This generous donation takes care of fees and living costs so you can focus on the learning.

Learn more and apply through the "Fees" section of this page.

Deadline for application: midnight on Monday 30 August 2021.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time W260 2021 (Clearing)
2022
Location Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

2021 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between September 2021 and August 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • Kingston is ranked No.1 in the UK for design and crafts (Guardian university league table 2021). It's the highest-ranked institution to offer BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design.
  • Through our strong links with industry, you'll be able to test your ideas at leading companies. Examples include John Lewis, Foster & Partners, Herman Miller, Sony and New Balance.
  • This course includes optional study tours, visits to design studios and research-based trips. Previous tours have been to Milan, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Valencia.

What you will study

The Product & Furniture Design course focuses on practical experimentation informed by the use of materials, technologies and production processes. You'll learn about the qualities of materials, their potential sustainability and appropriate application. You'll study the roles that designers play, and the impact design can have on social, political, environmental and commercial contexts.

Modules

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

Year 1 we introduces you to the principles of design through studio based learning. A number of introductory projects help you explore materials, sustainability, research methods, design prototyping and presentation skills. Alongside these projects you will receive masterclass introductions for example in hand Sketching, Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD. Lectures are delivered for the Product & Furniture Design history module in addition to materials / production knowledge.

Core modules

Design Fundamentals

30 credits

This module introduces the student to the fundamental 2D and 3D design skills and tools necessary to successfully develop, communicate and represent ideas and concepts to themselves, their peers and the outside world in a variety of media. The application of free hand drawing and rendering techniques are explored in relation to points within the process of product and furniture design and development. Additionally simple 3D model making methods and presentation techniques are introduced to enhance the students ability to communicate ideas effectively. The subjective nature of design is investigated through form development exercises in which the outcomes are reflected on in relation to visual language and perception.

Design 1

30 credits

This module introduces you to the process of design and the importance of observation, idea generation, concept development and communication skills. The design process is established as a strategy for the successful development, evaluation and refinement of design ideas.

Importantly you will begin this "process" with a user-centred design philosophy, putting the person at the centre of the process, understanding their needs and desires. You will gain an initial understanding of product and furniture design practices and the role of the design as it relates to empathies such as human factors, ergonomics and manufacturing including where appropriate the role of contemporary issues such as sustainable design practice etc.

Fundamentally, this module takes advantage of user-focused design techniques to create inspired and relevant design solutions. Context is introduced, materials and form giving are explored, all supported by the introduction of creative tools like brainstorming and design workshops where appropriate.

Workshop and Studio Practice

30 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles and components of workshop and studio practice as they relate to the concept of 'designing through making' and the creative application of technology.

Through a range of projects, workshops, experiments and exercises the module explores the relationship between materials, techniques, processes, technologies and meaning.

The module develops the key areas of 2D and 3D analogue and digital communication including model-making, workshop techniques, visual language and communication, graphic layout and composition, materials and manufacturing technologies. The emphasis in this module is on developing a creative understanding of the core competencies that underpin product and furniture design practice.

Materials and Making: Themes in Design History

30 credits

This module presents thematic approaches to the study of product and furniture design as an historical subject. Through image-based lectures, discussions and study visits, students will be introduced to the historical development of product and furniture design from the 1750s to the present day. Students will consider the evolution of the design practices and professions, and the role of changing design and production technologies and techniques. Each session is intended to address particular ideas and practices that have shaped and constructed our contemporary understanding of product and furniture design as a meaningful social, cultural and economic activity. The module engages with critical texts to allow students to examine the relationship between theory and practice in product and furniture design, and to develop an understanding of the emergence of product and furniture design as a cultural response to modernity. Key themes will be explored, including: the evolution of design practices and professions, the relationship between politics, labour, craft and technology, taste and display, consumption and design, consumer advocacy and sustainability, alternative approaches to design practice, and the impact of digital technologies. An integral part of this module is the close consideration of designed objects and images, and the understanding of these in relation to larger contexts of meaning and interpretation.

Year 2 Introduces the processes of Design. Nurturing personal working methods, critical thinking and decision-making abilities. Projects are longer and students are expected to go from a sketch to a fully finished prototype within either Industry or set projects. This is a discovery year where students have the freedom to experiment and explore new design approaches, Intelligent making and alternative presentation methods including film. Students learn the importance of context and user-based research.

Core modules

Context and Communication

30 credits

The aim of this module is to develop understanding of the potential roles and responsibilities of the designer and enable students to contextualise their personal design vision and ambition. The emphasis in this module is on developing design sympathies and an awareness of a project's stakeholders and how to work creatively and effectively within established project parameters.

The module encourages understanding of how to develop work in a dynamic and appropriate manner, equipping students with the ability to express opinions and adopt different perspectives in relation to a range of issues and contexts (social, commercial, cultural, environmental and political).

Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and ability in developing design solutions and communicating these physically, digitally, verbally and visually. The module aims include the design of a contextual portfolio in preparation for Level 6.

Intelligent Making

30 credits

The module aims to introduce students to the concept of intelligent making as it relates to the creative and appropriate use and application of materials, technologies and manufacturing processes.  Emphasis is placed upon direct experimentation and investigation of materials, technologies and processes and the development of conceptual yet practical design outcomes informed through an understanding and awareness of the affecting factors of batch production.  The module also seeks to introduce the concept of prototyping as an industry standard method for presenting fully resolved objects and artefacts in context prior to industrial or batch manufacture.

Future Lab

30 credits

The module seeks to provide an environment for the discussion, debate and engagement with potential future design and manufacturing issues.

The module encourages the concept of 'future-gazing' and the adoption of a 'science-fact' philosophy to underpin a rigorous and robust conceptual design process that seeks to indentify 'real' future design needs and design opportunities. The module also encourages 'live' client projects and industry collaborations as a means of contextualising and framing the learning outcomes.

You are asked to consider the impact of technology on specific areas of society, the environment or industry and engage in the development and dissemination of strategic design outcomes which either encourage further debate or propose sustainable design solutions in relation to defined future scenarios.

Critical Issues in Furniture and Product Design: Research and Practice

30 credits

This module builds on the historical and thematic content introduced at Level 4 and emphasises the theorisation of contemporary furniture and product design practice. A series of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, screenings and visits informs and support your own emerging research interests and the development of independent visual and academic research skills that cross history/theory and design practice. Lectures and seminars will deepen critical and theoretical engagement with contemporary issues in furniture and product design. Seminar tasks and assessments are carefully designed to foreground projects that support the location of furniture and product design as a discipline. Research methodologies are introduced though case studies and practical activities that reflect the issues explored through the module's contemporary content.

You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad.

In the final year, the practice of Design is supported. Using knowledge and working methods developed across the previous years you develop two major projects. These are personal projects evidencing your insights, research and development process. A final portfolio informed by your career aspirations and a written dissertation is required. Where appropriate we continue to introduce live industry projects and studio visits to promote professional practice knowledge.

Core modules

Design for Production

30 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to demonstrate your ability to engage in the design and serial manufacture of objects and artefacts. The production project is an opportunity for you to develop concepts and strategies for innovation and creativity not only in terms of design but also in relation to the methods and techniques of manufacture.

The module promotes a holistic understanding of the process of research, design and manufacture and encourages an iterative 3D material orientated process of design and development. Production project design solutions require an insight-led approach to conceptualisation and design specification to ensure the requisite design empathy and appropriateness.

You are encouraged to contextualise your individual practice, with the opportunity to embark on industrial collaborations where appropriate. The production project submission encourages completed works in production as well as editions and series.

Final Major Project

30 credits

This 'capstone' module allows you to demonstrate your personal design philosophy through both the execution and choice of their major project. Capstone is an application of skills and knowledge, and a reflection on your learning through the course evidenced via the major project. Prior to commencement, you are required to submit a project proposal to be scrutinised and sanctioned by tutors and peer group.

You will consolidate the professional skills you have gained and demonstrate your strategic application through their research, design and development process. The ability to engage in critical debate and present work professionally, both visually and orally, is fundamental.

This module expects you to deliver professional and creative design solutions with a clear narrative. Consultation with academic and industry experts combined with intellectual contextual and sociological drivers should inform their work. This module is a bridge to your future study, work life or career.

Professional Context

30 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a means of promoting your employability through the presentation of an integrated body of work that represents both the concrete outcomes of your creative work and highlights your transferable skills, ie those personal and professional skills and qualities that may not be directly evident in a body of creative work.

The module draws together and develops a number of elements of your work produced during your three years at Kingston in order to be able to present a complete picture of your range of abilities, personal design interests and ambitions. It is essential that the outcome of the module captures a sense of the your personality and identity and therefore engenders a sense of self within the folio.

This module requires you to develop a coherent and fluent portfolio, which demonstrates strategic skills, knowledge and creativity relevant and appropriate to their graduate ambitions. You are encouraged to give careful consideration to the appropriateness of the methods and techniques used to creatively communicate all these aspects of their work to an external audience such as potential employers etc. 

Dissertation: Research and Reflection

30 credits

Building on the links between research and practice embedded at Level 5, the Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) Dissertation: Research and Reflection module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in students' own practice, and pertinent to the practice of their own discipline.

Over the module, students will initiate and develop an individual research topic; identify and evaluate appropriate archives, bodies of critical literature, visual/material sources and research methods; manage their study time; engage with and respond to tutorial dialogue and peer feedback, and apply critical and analytical skills to produce a 7-8000 word written Dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Gallery of student work

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2021, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2022 entry only.

Typical offer 2022

UCAS tariff points: 112-128

Level 3 qualifications, including Art and Design subjects (i.e. A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.). The preferred entry route is to first take a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or recognised equivalent course.

Typical offer 2021

UCAS tariff points: 112

Level 3 qualifications, including Art and Design subjects (i.e. A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.). The preferred entry route is to first take a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or recognised equivalent course.

Additional requirements

Entry onto this course will require submission of a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Further details about the portfolio will also be sent via email after submission of application.

See portfolio guidance below for more information about how to prepare your portfolio.

International

All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Portfolio guidance

Alongside the UCAS application and personal statement, applicants are required to send a portfolio of 20-25 pages with an additional 10 pages outlined below.

Digital portfolio format

Your portfolio will need to be in landscape orientation and saved/uploaded as a PDF file.

You may have an animation or moving image/film which can be uploaded to Vimeo, Flickr or YouTube. Please supply theses links in your portfolio and make sure they are active and work on all platforms.

Digital portfolio content

Your portfolio should be unique and personal and reflect your design interests plus the activities and methods you have undertaken, in other words, your process.

Subject knowledge

We pride ourselves on attracting a diverse range of applicants and our studio environment thrives off that unique mix of creative talent. We have applicants from backgrounds in design, architecture, fine art, crafts and project management.

You do not need to show conventional ‘interior design' work. You do need to share your understanding of the subject and what excites you about the possibility of creating environments and experiences for other people.

Show a place/space that has meaning to you. It is useful for us to see if applicants engage with interiors and are inquisitive about why and how they are designed and made in a particular way.

Creativity

We are looking for people with practical and intellectual ideas, storytellers who challenge process and play with visual language. Evidence how you develop your ideas through sketchbook work plus photographs/film of rough models and prototypes.

Making and prototyping

Kingston is interested in you presenting your ideas through making and working with a range of materials as part of the creative process. It is useful if applicants present making and exploring ideas digitally and physically.

Including experimentation with a range of different materials process and techniques – e.g. drawing, printmaking, collage, 3D, digital works, photography, moving image.

Digital skills

We support CAD and other software skills; however, it is good to understand some software skills you are already developing.

Narrative, storytelling, or sequential work

E.g. a series of images that are sequential, comic/graphic novel works, a story told in a single image, animation, moving image.

Drawing from life

E.g. observational drawing, life drawing or drawing on location.

Additional 10 pages to include in your portfolio

  • Please include five pages or images which show a project that has somehow been transformational in your development as a creative. This should be presented from the beginning (brief) to end (outcome), showing the process of how you got there. You may consider selecting a project where you tried out a new way of working and it was successful or you got great feedback from your peers and tutor or perhaps it was a real failure but you learnt a great deal in the process.
  • Use the last five pages or images to show us visually who you are, what you are interested in or what inspires you. Choose one thing that we should know about you. To make, take or find images that visually communicates this to us. E.g. drawings of a location you find inspiring, paintings of a hobby you enjoy, photos event or moment you find interesting, or make a model of a favourite possession.

How will your portfolio be reviewed?

Due to the possibility of travel restrictions relating to Covid-19 the Kingston School of Art (KSA) courses will not be able to undertake interviews. The Course staff team and student panel will undertake the selection process, considering the quality of your creative practice presented in your portfolio, your personal statement and your UCAS application with your supporting references.

Teaching and assessment

Modules will be delivered by means of lectures, seminars, workshops, group critique, individual tutorials, demonstration, projects, briefings, study visits, peer learning, independent learning and study skills.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Time spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Year 1: 54%
  • Year 2: 62%
  • Year 3: 61%

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 644 hours
  • Guided independent study: 566 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 738 hours
  • Guided independent study: 462 hours
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching: 736 hours
  • Guided independent study: 461 hours

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 3
  • Coursework: 100%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

We accept year groups of around 50 students per annum. Depending on the projects and modules being delivered. Teaching class sizes vary from the total year group for briefings to group teaching of 25, 15 or smaller. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

This Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons) course is taught in the Design School, Kingston School of Art. Our staff are practising designers, researchers and academics who'll enrich your student experience with contemporary issues, events and challenges. Influential guest speakers reinforce the currency of the course, providing the latest insights into practice.

Links with business and industry

  • Foster & Partners - We have collaborated on live industry projects, including studio visits and a professional practice workshops. Foster & Partners offer paid internships to our graduates.
  • Joined & Jointed - Live furniture project with two winning student designs chosen for manufacture. To be launched at 100 Design September 2019.
  • SCP - Sponsor a Live industry furniture and product project with us.
  • Coakley & Cox - Course visit to their upholstery factory in Norfolk UK.
  • Bisque (radiators) - Live design project with Bisque.
  • John Lewis & Partners - A number of live projects including a furniture-based project and a ceramics project for the House brand.
  • Very Good & Proper - A live furniture-based project with VG&P design team.
  • New Balance - Live furniture project with 12 full-size furniture pieces made for the NB Olympic Experience Centre (London).

 

Facilities

You'll use our studio spaces and facilities to experiment and explore new ways to push the boundaries of projects and open discourse across disciplines.  

Collaborative and multi-disciplinary teamwork is actively encouraged between students, across faculty courses, international institutions and with industry.  

Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to explore and develop expertise in current design approaches, techniques, media, and application including branding, editorial, interactive design, packaging and 3D design, advertising, information design, digital moving image, sustainable and experiential design. 

Skills and techniques such as typography, photography, moving image, printmaking, rapid proto-typing, analysis and research, human factors, presentation, interactive and graphic software all support project work by helping realise solution-led ideas.

Gallery of student work

Course fees and funding

2022/23 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2022/23 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2022/23): £16,200
Year 2 (2023/24): £16,500
Year 3 (2024/25): £16,800

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2021/22): £15,900
Year 2 (2022/23): £16,200
Year 3 (2023/24): £16,500

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

For this course you will be 

  • involved in processes of making, as means of exploration, experimentation, and understanding your practice, by using a diverse range of media and materials
  • required to purchase your own copy of books, for required reading
  • required to produce physical artefacts for assessment 
  • able to participate in optional study visits and/or field trips

However, over and above this you may incur extra costs associated with your studies, which you will need to plan for. 

In order to help you budget, the information below indicates what activities and materials are not covered by your tuition fees 

  • personal laptops and other personal devices 
  • personal copies of books 
  • optional study visits and field trips (and any associated visa costs)
  • printing costs
  • your own chosen materials and equipment
  • costs of participating at external events, exhibitions, performances etc.

The costs vary every year and with every student, according to the intentions for the type of work they wish to make. Attainment at assessment is not dependent upon the costs of materials chosen.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Paul Bishop Design Scholarship

Through the generous support of Bishop Design and alumnus Paul Bishop, we are able to offer a full scholarship to one UK (Home) undergraduate student enrolling on Interior Design BA (Hons) OR Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons) in 2021. The scholarship includes a 100% fee waiver and a yearly £5,000 living allowance bursary, for the duration of the whole course (three years).

This scholarship is open to UK (Home) students only, and priority will be given to shortlisted applicants meeting at least one of the following priority criteria:

  • Your family household income is less than £25,000 per year.
  • You are the ­first generation in your family to progress to higher education (ie. your parents have not been to university; but if a brother or sister has, you are still eligible).
  • You identify yourself as being disabled or having a specifi­c learning difference.
  • You are a mature student (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) who does not currently hold a bachelors degree.
  • You are under the age of 25 and have spent time in care in the UK, been placed in care or are estranged from your family.
  • You are recognised by social services as a young adult carer.
  • You are entering Higher Education with a BTEC as your main quali­fication.
  • You identify as black or minority ethnic.

The deadline to apply for the Paul Bishop Design Scholarship is midnight on 30th August 2021. Find out more and apply through the online application form. For more information, please email Silvia Tzvetanova Yung.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50-£250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost £100-£3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Student successes

Futon Company - Small Space Living 2018

Futon Company - Small Space Living 2018

Sammi Cherryman - Aerate Cabinet

Awarded first prize of £1000

Slatted cabinet / room divider system.

LiCC Award

LiCC Award

London International Creative Competition

Student Design Award, Awarded to Mashiko Ito

School Chair, design to improve student concertation through variable seating posture.

New Designers 100% Design Award 2018

New Designers 100% Design Award 2018

Awarded to Jiawei Sun Magneto Lights. Her prize was her own stand at 100% design show 2018.

Pendant and floor lighting system using magnets as a joining system.

 

New Designers / Shortlisted for John Lewis Loves 2018

New Designers / Shortlisted for John Lewis Loves 2018

Alex Geal- Pressed steal cutlery.

New Designers / Shortlisted for John Lewis Loves 2018

New Designers / Shortlisted for John Lewis Loves 2018

Jiawei Sun - wall shelving.

New Designers/ Shortlisted for Made.com / Talent Lab

New Designers/ Shortlisted for Made.com / Talent Lab

Hannah Llewellyn - Balance light

New Designers / Shortlisted for Joseph & Joseph Loves

New Designers / Shortlisted for Joseph & Joseph Loves

Oksana Bondar - Food skins. 'No supermarket packaging' revolution.

New Designers: Shortlisted for Belmond Loves

New Designers: Shortlisted for Belmond Loves

Poppy Pippin - Moss tiles

Exhibited at 100% Design 2018, Selected as one of UK's top Green Hero's 2019 (Kevin McCloud)

 

SCP Design Brief Award 2018

SCP Design Brief Award 2018

Awarded to Poppy Booth

Soap Box & Megaphone, featured on the cover of Blueprint Magazine.

 

Manufactured work

Manufactured work

Dominic Postlethwaite

'Crush stools' an exploration of the crush bending process.

What our graduates say

The best thing about this course is that it has lots of very talented and kind tutors.They willingly have individual tutorials apart from regular tutorials, which helped me with my projects so much. Also, the teaching staff had links to current designers in London, so we were able to meet real designers and access internship opportunities.

I think one of the other advantages of studying on this course was that I was able to learn practically as well as digitally – one of the most important things for the professional design field. The harder I worked, the more the course helped me. I got internship opportunities, where I met some amazing designers in the capital.

Kingston School of Art is located really well: I could focus on studying in the calm environment on campus but also often visited galleries and design studios in London, as the campus is so close. It has amazing facilities to make any type of artwork or prototype.

Masahiko Ito

The course is really an amazing family who you get to know over three years. Your fellow students, the tutors and all the workshop technicians staff are part of "your team" helping to improve your own work and knowledge.

The course introduces many live clients and projects that help give professional experience. These connections that you make are very personal and are one of the many treasures that really sets P&FD at Kingston apart. Beyond that, the opportunities to connect with alumni to gain work experience or industry insight is really great. For me, this brought three different internships working with P&FD graduates. We are really like a giant family – not only during your time at Kingston, but also out in the real world. You can find one or two of us almost anywhere in the world!

Lauren Best, service designer at ideactio Singapore (2018 graduate)

Studying on the P&FD course has been a 360 degree turning experience for me as a person as well as a designer. They say you get out what you put in. When I think of those three years, with the outstanding team of academic and technical staff, the following also applies: be ready to absorb what you're about to be given.

This P&FD course is a meticulously-curated and carefully-guided adventure into the world of design and self discovery which I'd always recommend.

Oksana Bondar, designer at BIOHM (2018 graduate)

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, especially the ‘thinking through making' ethos. I found the broad range of projects we did helped me gain skills in a variety of areas including CAD, woodworking and model-making. Now working as a junior designer, I have been praised for my making abilities and hands-on understanding of materials.

One of the course highlights was the ‘Toolkit' lecture series. My current employment was sparked from a Toolkit talk and subsequent summer internship. The Toolkit series had insightful lectures which were held regularly where a guest designer from industry came in to speak about their own experiences careers and practices.

Tom Postlethwaite, designer at Studio Make Believe (2018 graduate)

After you graduate

Students with a degree in Product & Furniture Design work in a range of roles, such as:

  • creative director
  • design director
  • design manager
  • design consultant
  • furniture consultant
  • furniture buyer
  • freelance designer
  • industrial designer
  • 3D designer
  • packaging designer
  • product and furniture designer
  • product design manager
  • service designer

Employers that look for graduates in this field include:

  • Established & Sons (design team London)
  • Richard Brendon
  • John Lewis (design team)
  • Heal's Design
  • Habitat Design Studio
  • Ideactio (design team Singapore)
  • Conran (design team)
  • Robert Welch
  • Lego (Denmark)
  • Dyson (Design Studio)
  • Hay / Hay London
  • Foster & Partners (Industrial design team)
  • Marks & Spencer (design team)
  • Pinch (Russell Pinch studio design team)
  • Stella McCartney (design team)
  • Studio Makebelieve (Anthony Dickens)
  • Sony (design team)
  • Samsung (design team Europe)
  • Sebastian Bergne Studio
  • Hasbro (toys)

 

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

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