This general design degree focuses on developing creative design thinking and practical work to address problems in every aspect of life, not just the creative industries. The design modules feature online design studios, social networking and inspiring study materials alongside a significant practical component. As well as design, you’ll study modules in complementary subjects gaining skills and knowledge in an area that fits your needs and interests.
Key features of the course
- Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
- Teaches you about several different design specialisms
- Focuses on the process and application of design and innovation in real-world contexts
- Puts your learning into practice, building a portfolio of design work to show your ideas and skills
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 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 routes only).
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 increases 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; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- In Stage 1, you’ll choose a designation – BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BSc (Bachelor of Science).
- In each stage, you’ll study a 60-credit design module and 60 credits from a choice of modules in complementary subjects.
- We’ve created themes for the complementary subjects to guide you and help you choose your modules.