If you are a forward thinker who is intrigued about what the future might look like, this course will not just help you to understand what to expect – it will help you design it. Product Design Futures looks at the future of design, challenging existing design direction and thinking and consideration of where it needs to go, informed by the exploration of design trends, societal change, emerging technologies and environmental issues. Our innovative course has been developed to meet the future needs of design in a market where automation will transform professions and create new opportunities. Our graduates will be well placed to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the course to future-proof their career. This course focuses on the ethical development of new products whilst being sustainable and having less environmental impact. The industry increasingly needs to consider ethics and sustainability, so you will concentrate on the ethical development of new products and how they can be designed to solve real-world problems without causing environmental issues further down the line. Your learning will be informed by the exploration of design trends, societal change, emerging technologies and environmental considerations. You’ll develop your understanding of the impact that the design of products has on the world and the way we live. You will learn to take into account environmental and ethical issues such as the choice of materials, the use of energy, disposal and potential recyclability, which are key concerns for sustainable product lifecycles. You'll learn to use digital media in the conception, evolution, development and planning stages of the design process. We have the latest virtual design tools such as virtual reality, which you will employ alongside your manual sketching skills and techniques which are still essential to be able to develop and communicate ideas effectively, and CAD systems ranging from 2D drafting to 3D solid modelling and other sophisticated analysis tools.