Foundation Degree in Product Design

L5 Level 5
Full Time
16 September 2024 — 17 May 2026
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our Foundation Degree in Product Design course is perfect for students wanting to pursue a career in the design industry. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this programme will allow students to develop a range of design skills across a variety of areas of Product Design including:

  • Industrial Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Branding Design
  • Set and Prop Design
  • Spatial Design

Studying in the College's specialised studios and multimedia suites, candidates will develop the level of skill, knowledge and understanding required to achieve success in the creative industry. 

This course is delivered at Cardiff Arts Academy which is situated a short walk from City Centre campus.

How to Apply:
You apply for this course via UCAS.  The ‘Apply Now’ button will take you to the UCAS course page.
You will need the following details:
Course Code – CR06, Institution Code – C16, Campus Code - A, Campus Name – City Centre Campus 
For further information visit
Completing your UCAS application.

What you will study

Central to the practice will be the study of materials and workshop processes to create models and prototypes, critical thinking, 3D computer modeling, visual communications and historical and contemporary design in context. The structure of the course also offers you the opportunity to gather strong business perspective and undertake a work placement within the industry. The programme is project-led and studio based, with a mix of technical workshops, lectures, seminars and supervised studio practice, and continuous assessments.

Successful candidates have the opportunity to progress onto the third year of the B.A. (Hons) Degree within the School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

For course specific enquiries please contact:

Dan Perkins

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your portfolio of appropriate work and experience will be taken into consideration at interview. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. Applicants must be 18 or over and for standard entry a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points is required, which is reflected in the offers below: Typical A-Level Offer - DD Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Pass/Pass/Pass The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in place of one A-level at the grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 in a related subject Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent). A successful interview with the Course Leader or another member of the team may also be a requirement for entry onto the course.

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessments practical

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

16 September 2024

End date

17 May 2026

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

15 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Foundation Degree in Product Design


What our students say

Career prospects & further study


The Creative industries is one of the fastest growing sectors with 56,000 people employed in Wales.

Successful candidates have the opportunity to progress onto the third year of the B.A. (Hons) Degree within the School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

45a Trade Street, 
CF10 5DT