Design and Innovation

Open University in Scotland


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.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required to study this degree. Computer and internet access required.

If you’re new to study or to the OU, it is recommended that you start with a course at Level 1.

Progression Routes

This qualification is aimed at anyone who may be part of a design team and would like to learn more about the subject, as well as those who have particular design skills but would like to find out how design processes can be better managed and facilitated. Through course work, activities and projects you build up a design portfolio and gain experience in contributing to the operation of design processes which you can demonstrate to potential employers.

Start Date

October, February




BA/BSc Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length






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