"The best thing about studying at NTU is that the majority of projects are live briefs from either a company or a competition."
Roseanna Starkie, BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design

Our excellent network of industry links and relationships ensure that our students are exposed to the real world of product design and can learn industry practice from the start of their studies. The School is very active in the wider professional community. The School and students take part in many collaborative projects, live briefs and 24-hour design days.

Recent projects have included:

Live projects:

We have recently worked with the following companies on live projects:

Collaborative projects:

  • Easibind, developed with Tesco and Nottingham City Council
  • On a Shoe String, developed with The Hive and Waterstones
  • Juniper Buggy, developed with Boots.

24 hour design projects:

  • Squadd
  • Audi Design Foundation.


Our BSc (Hons) Product Design, MSc Smart Design and MSc Advanced Product Design Engineering courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

This means they are fully supported by the Institution, and receive free IED student membership for the duration of their studies and first year of Graduate membership.

Successful students can then upgrade to graduate membership and, once they have obtained the necessary professional experience, they can progress to full membership of the Institution.

Find out more at Institution of Engineering Designers website.

Guest lecturers

Prominent industry professionals regularly contribute to our lectures offering industry insight. Recent lecturers have included:

Samer Hamadah from ALJ, Dubai, product marketing and development specialist associated with Toyota.

Bruce Bedlam, entrepreneur and product developer.

Jamie Buckley, NTU graduate to offer advice on next steps after university and the design industry.

Professor Choi Choolheon, visiting professor from Korea.

External links

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED ) logo
PepsiCo logo
Nestle logo
Speedo logo
Paul Smith logo
Audi Design federation logo
Smith of Derby logo