Product Design

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Institution Name: GSA
Institution Code: G43
UCAS Code: HW72


BDes/MEDes Product Design. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Glasgow Clyde College Associate Student Scheme
This programme participates in the scheme supporting year 2 entry to selected programmes at the GSA - find out more here.

Studio environment with social spaces. IT facilities, rapid prototyping, plastic, wood and metalworking facility allowing 3D - physical prototypes designs to be tested, both functionally and aesthetically. Students also have access to other departmental workshops.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Graduate Destinations include
Innovation School graduates go on to work in a variety of different roles for a diverse mix of employers and organisations, including the NHS, Google, Facebook, Intel and the BBC. Others continue into further study or set up their own businesses. They are particularly sought after by financial institutions, charities, healthcare providers and government, as they are well equipped to develop and implement transformative processes that can improve how these organisations operate.

Programme Leader
Irene Bell

Janet Kelly

Robert McCaffrey

Zoe Prosser

Kirsty Ross

Rachel Sleight

Mil Stricevic

Programme Overview

Product Design at GSA's Innovation School provides a unique and holistic overview of design’s role in future society. The BDes and MEDes programmes equip students with a diverse skill set and thorough understanding of design’s evolving role as the creative and strategic link between technology and society. Both programmes offer opportunities for international study, as well as the possibility to participate in live projects with businesses and public-sector organisations. As a result, our graduates have a unique, multicultural perspective that prepares them for all sorts of creative possibilities.

BDes Product Design (3 or 4 years)

The Bachelor of Design (BDes) programme challenges conventional perceptions of product design as a solely industrial discipline, focusing instead on reimagining experiences and responding to the complexities of modern life. Our students work beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and engage with specialist expertise from other domains, such as science, medicine or technology, to create a vision of a better future.

You will explore complex social, ethical and environmental issues as subjects for design projects, and will learn how to apply research methods and analytical skills from the social sciences in order to ensure your designs respond to the needs of the people who will use and be affected by them.

Through a unique programme of studio-based learning and live projects, you will acquire a wide range of visualisation, communication and material-making skills that will enable you to bring together user insights, expert input and ethnographic information to drive the design and innovation process.

As part of our trans-disciplinary approach, the BDes programme offers classes in another language and the opportunity of a semester-long exchange with one of our international academic partners. The BDes programme shares the first two years with the Master of European Design (MEDes) programme, at which point you can choose which of the two directions best suits your academic objectives.

MEDes Product Design (5 years)

The Master of European Design (MEDes) is a unique programme created by the Innovation School in partnership with other eminent European institutions. The programme sets the school's trans-disciplinary approach to product design in an international context, providing an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in different cultures and experience alternative approaches that will inform your future practice.

The MEDes pathway shares its first two years with the BDes programme, at which point you can choose which of the two directions best suits your academic objectives. MEDes students spend the following two years studying abroad in two different European schools, before returning to Glasgow for the final year.‍