Vive La Révolution

I have been wondering for a while now what the difference between the BA and BSc is within Product Design

I remember myself questioning how I will handle the second year, it was advertised as so difficult, I now know why, It is because BA does not get featured at all within the second year. I am questioning why there seems to be a clear difference advertised on the undergraduate page describing what BA and BSc would consist of, the description posted for both degree schemes:

You’ll focus on the intellectual and creative skills you need to develop objects with purpose, beauty and social relevance. You’ll take a user-centred approach to design and consider how objects are used in social groups and cultural situations.

You’ll concentrate on design for manufacture and assembly – focusing on technical and engineering issues. You’ll develop your logistical and intellectual skills and use them to solve problems and develop products.

Throughout your studies you’ll have full use of our extensive workshop facilities and specialist design studios – where you’ll gain practical knowledge of a variety of materials and develop skills in both traditional and new technologies surrounding core competencies, including:

  • Design Process: User Centric Methodologies including Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design
  • User Insights: Ethnography Research, Empathy as a Designers tool, User testing
  • 2D and 3D Conceptualisation: Sketching, Rapid Prototyping, Hand Modelling
  • Prototyping: Arduino/Electronics, Laser cutting, Computer Numerical Machining (CNC), 3D printing, Woodwork, Stitch, Metal work, Ceramics
  • Design for Manufacture: Industry standard CAD software, CAD/CAM, Exploration of Manufacturing Processes and Material Properties
  • Presentation Techniques: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Keyshot
  • Engineering Science (BSc): Mechanical Properties, Machines and Mechanical advantage, Power Transmission Systems, Analogue and Digital Signal and their processing, Electronics, Computer Programming, Electro Mechanical Systems

Both the BA and BSc give you vital opportunities to experience how product design works in the real world – with live briefs, industry placements, research projects and options to study abroad. In your final year, you can choose to complete a business plan, technical report or dissertation to help you get closer to your career goal.


Looking at this description, it looks like I am a BSc student currently writing a thesis instead of a technical report. How Exotic.



What is the difference between BA and BSc? As far as I can tell, the only difference is the constellation and dissertation that is submitted.

There seems to be no discussion on the difference.

How will it look when I leave university, hopefully with a BA in Product Design when I have actually been trained more within the BSc style.

I find this to be extremely interesting as I am currently writing my thesis that relates to my field, what I find now is scarily accurate and relevant to what I have found from some sources.

Update :

I would like to make a comment on my comments as they could be conveyed as negatives to the course that I am currently studying. I wish nothing more but to reflect and give my thoughts on ways in which things are done with questioning and suggested ideas that I believe could positively contribute to the status of the course and those who work within.



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