Product Design

Edinburgh Napier University


Merchiston Campus


The BDes (Hons), Product Design course covers a very wide range of design activity and innovation from commercial 3D objects to conceptual design interventions in spaces and communication.

With an emphasis on innovation and user-focus, you’ll learn a range of practical skills in visualisation, prototyping, CAD, materials, fabrication, business and marketing skills to prepare you for a career in design.

You'll gain practical skills in design, sketching, use of digital media, 3D modelling, materials and manufacture, plus business and marketing skills.

This course will address future technologies, changing consumer culture and the impact of carbon neutral lifestyles, both locally and globally.

You'll gain an understanding of the creative economy and professional design practice. You'll work with our industry partners on live projects and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. We encourage links with industry through external lectures, placements and participation in competitions.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBC. Art and Design or Design and Manufacture preferred. Interview and portfolio.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BCCC. Art and Design or Design and Manufacture preferred. Interview and portfolio.

For entry to year 2 you must have 3 Advanced Highers at CCC. Art and Design, Design and Manufacture or a technological subject preferred.

Start Date





BDes Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Design and Photography

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy