Product/industrial design courses teach theoretical and practical skills in the design area. By combining creativity with technology they provide you with a broad knowledge of production methods and materials…
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Undertaking relevant work experience can greatly boost your chances of success in finding a job. Apply to local industrial/design businesses for voluntary or paid work placements during your university studies or while searching for work. Even if the work is unpaid it will help to equip you with the skills employers are looking for.
Companies involved in the manufacture and marketing of products require product designers, as design skills are needed in every aspect of the company's business. As well as being involved in the research, design and manufacture of the product, these graduates are also involved in commercial aspects such as sales and marketing, and logistics and supply chain.
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Employment can be found in both the private and public sector. Private sector work could include a wide range of manufactured products for the domestic and industrial market. Public sector work could include designing interactive facilities, such as public information points and equipment used by services such as the police, fire and ambulance.
Self-employment, or employment within a design-based consultancy, is also possible. For information on setting up a business, see self-employment.
As well as developing subject-specific skills, your degree in product/industrial design will also equip you with other transferable skills that are valued by employers in many sectors.
These can include:
There are some specialist Masters courses in this area, including product innovation and development. Another option is to train for a profession. Teaching, for example, needs a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Scottish Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
Around one in seven graduates in employment in the UK are working as industrial designers.
|Working and studying||1.8%|
|Arts, design and media||44%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||14.9%|
|Engineering and building||9.6%|
|Technicians and other professionals||4.5%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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