BA/BSc in Design and Innovation (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BA/BSc in Design and Innovation (Honours)

The Open University

Design and innovation have a huge impact on society well beyond the creative industries – finding solutions to problems that affect every aspect of our lives. This ground-breaking course features online design studios, social networking, and inspiring study materials, and each module has a significant practical component.

Alongside design and innovation, you will study a complementary second subject – choosing from arts, business, engineering or environment – to gain knowledge and skills that will be useful in a wide range of careers.

Key features of the course

  • Focus on the process of design, working with and for others, and applying design and innovation in real-world contexts
  • Put your learning into practice as you study
  • Build a highly relevant portfolio of design work

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with a 60-credit design module, followed by 60 credits in your chosen second subject.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study a further 60-credit design module, followed by a 60-credit module in your second subject.
  • And finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study a final 60-credit design module. You’ll conclude your degree with 60 credits in your second subject.


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • working with a specialist reading material such as design drawings and plans
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing drawings, diagrams and photographs
  • undertaking practical work such as 3D modelling
  • researching external material online
  • using specialist software (for example OpenDesignStudio, Computer-aided modelling, CES Edupack database)
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques (Engineering and Environment route only).

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines.

You will, therefore, need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Skills for career development

A design and innovation approach can bring value to almost any activity and is increasingly in demand with employers – for example in education, business, local government, leisure services, engineering, environment, and health.

This degree course will develop your skills in design and innovation so that you can apply them to ‘embedded contexts’ – areas outside the creative industries that are not traditionally thought of as ‘creative’, but nevertheless benefit hugely from design thinking. As an Open University student, you have a great advantage over other design students in that your learning can be put into practice as you study.

The BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation encourage you to apply the thinking, methods, and techniques you learn to your own context, enabling you to produce a portfolio of highly relevant design work. Additionally, the ability to think critically and responsibly about design problems is greatly valued by a wide range of employers.

Career relevance

Design and innovation play a central role in society, producing solutions to problems of all sizes in every aspect of our lives, not just in the creative industries. A design and innovation approach can bring value to almost any activity and is increasingly in demand by employers. Graduates with these skills can find jobs in a wide range of fields including education, business, local government, leisure services, engineering, environment, and health.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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3 - 16 years
Part time
Full time