I have finished high school last year and am now just about to finish civilian service in germany. I always did like design and use rhino for modeling / rendering stuff and some months ago i figured this is really what I want to do for a living. Till then I had been a bit cautious as to “this only works for other people” and I did not like how I felt design was handled at german universities (though i did not get deep insight, I must admit). At an education fair I came across Middlesex University and flicked through their prospectus. Their descripttion of the “Engineering Product Design” sounded much what I was hoping for, combining art with engineering. That was what actutally convinced me so I applied to several universities in the uk, mostly i selected them just by picking names that I came across in this forum. I did not go through all the work of picking a favorite because I did not know which unis would offer me a place anyway.
I had to take interviews at Middlesex and Northumbria to show some examples of my work. turned out I got unconditional offers from all I applied at:
Aston University: Engineering Product Design
Brunel University: Product Design Engineering
University of Glasgow: Product Design Engineering
Loughborough University: Product Design and Manufacture
Middlesex University: Engineering Product Design
Northumbria University: Product Design and Technology
Now this does not make the next step of deciding any easier so I come here to ask you for help. I have not visited the Aston, Brunel, Glasgow and Lboro yet, but I will do that in May. What I like about Middlesex in particular is that they focus a lot on real work for industry, which is what most of the other courses do also, at least to some extent. However Glasgow I like for the fact that you do the arts stuff at the College of Arts in Glasgow and the technical part is taught at Glasgow University. But they do not offer Thick Sandwich courses which to me feels not so good.
What is your opinion on doing “real” prectical work, including things like a placement in industry.
It’s important to me that I get to use the equipment they offer myself and not just give data to some guy that does it and returns me the result.
I do not care so much if it’s a big city or not I’ll be living in, but it should provide a fair amount of social life opportunities, so for example Newcastle (Northumbria) was nice since it is a real student city…
Thanks for the time you took to read this (and contribute to my decision)!