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Product Designer

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Product designers design most things we use in our daily life, from chairs and other household items, to mobile phones, computers and other gadgets. They either improve existing models, or design new products.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for newly qualified product designers in the UK tend to be in the range £18,000 to £24,000 a year. Experienced designers and those leading a team can earn up to £45,000 a year. Senior designers can earn £45,000 or more.

Freelance designers charge a daily rate or price for a whole project. The amount will depend on your experience and reputation.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

All applications to Art Schools (Duncan of Jordanstone at the University of Dundee, Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art and Gray's School of Art at Robert Gordon's University) are through UCAS, with some courses having a closing date of 15th January and others having the closing date of 24th March.

Because product designers are needed in all types of industry, there are job opportunities throughout the country. However, many design consultancies are in large cities, particularly in London and south east England.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2598
2.1 %
RISE
2023
2652
  United Kingdom
2018
42759
2.8 %
RISE
2023
43972

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Design Business Association (DBA)
Tel: 020 7251 9229
E-mail: enquiries@dba.org.uk
Website: http://www.dba.org.uk
Twitter: @dbaHQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-Business-Association/122991906136?ref=ts

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display

Photography