Product Design Engineering is a collaborative programme that integrates the educational cultures of The Glasgow School of Art, School of Design and the University of Glasgow, School of Engineering. The essence of the course is the synthesis of practical knowledge, theory and creative ideas to form coherent and tangible design solutions. PDE is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Engineering Designers to allow Chartered Engineer status - an excellent example of the recognition of the programme and a springboard for careers.
Day to day, PDE students split their time between in-depth design projects in the Glasgow School of Art studios, challenging them to create solutions to real-life problems, and a rigorous Engineering education at the University of Glasgow. This collaborative approach is done in parallel with students studying other creative disciplines at the Glasgow School of Art and Engineering students from a wide spectrum of disciplines at the University of Glasgow.
The final year of the PDE programme focuses on the exploration and application of the core skills developed in the earlier years. This approach is known as ‘Core-Explore’. During their studies, students are also introduced to industry through live projects, placements and visits. The course concludes with a major individual project completed over two semesters. These projects, exhibited in the annual GSA Degree Show provide the opportunity to showcase the broad skill-set and diverse interests of the student cohort.