Postgraduate Certificate in Product Design
The Postgraduate Certificate in Product Design (PGCertProdDesign) offers both practical and theoretical studies in designing product concepts for home, business, and commercial industry use.
UC’s dedicated product design facilities, including 3D printing labs, laboratories, and an AR/VR gaming lounge, will give you the opportunity to build your own products during study.
Those seeking to learn how to commercialise a product or service idea (design background not required) may want to consider the Postgraduate Certificate in Product Innovation or Master of Product Innovation.
Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Product Design requires an appropriate design-related degree (eg, the Bachelor of Product Design) with a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Product Design or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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The Postgraduate Certificate in Product Design involves up to 60 points of compulsory and elective courses (30 points of each).
Starting in February or July, the programme requires 6 months of full-time study. Part-time study is also available for up to 2 years.
The PGCertProdDesign includes compulsory and elective courses that allow personalised study into the commercial lifecycle of particular kinds of products.
Select two courses that best suit your interests and expertise:
- PROD 611 Design and Manufacture
- PROD 612 Bio-Inspired Design
- PROD 613 Development of Interdisciplinary Practice and Self
- PROD 614 Design Ethics
- PROD 621 Games for Health & Wellbeing
- PROD 622 Immersive Collaborative Play and Design
- PROD 623 Gamification for Enterprises
- PROD 631 Fragrance Design
- PROD 632 Special Topics in Cosmetic Product Formulation
- any 400-level course approved by the Dean of Engineering (Academic)
Our Product Design graduates will find work in areas that have need for advanced experience in customer focus, product design and testing, and advertising.
This could include roles within marketing consultancies, education and training services, government, regulation and quality assurance (QA) testing, and a range of enterprises.
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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Product Design.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design or the College of Engineering:
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800