Industrial Product Design
Industrial Product Design is one of three majors of the Bachelor of the Product Design degree combining creative innovation with technical and business skills.
Products such as mobile phones, mobility-assist devices, automatic espresso coffee machines, microwave ovens, or bicycles all have elements in both design and usability. This major will teach students how to design products which will solve a problem, as well as create interest for consumers.
You will also develop skills in product design methods such as sketching and computer-aided design, fluid flow, power and energy, and materials selection that is both ergonomic, functional, and appealing. Students will gain a practical understanding of the product design lifecycle – from idea generation to prototyping and commercialisation.
Industrial designers need to be imaginative with good artistic skills, innovative, able to work well under pressure, and be good communicators who can accept criticism. You will also be persuasive at selling your ideas to clients.
- UC’s Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design brings together creative design, science, engineering, and business studies. There are opportunities to apply your learning through team-based projects, entrepreneurship courses, and the use of dedicated, hands-on product innovation spaces.
- UC has a range of state-of-the-art facilities to assist students through the product design process, including an industrial 3D printer, and testing laboratories.
- UC is ranked 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and in the top 250 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
Students should ideally have at least 14 credits in Level 2 NCEA science and mathematics (or the IB/CIE equivalent of these).
UC offers a major in Industrial Product Design as part of the Bachelor of Product Design.
At all levels, students will undertake significant hands-on projects, working in teams and individually, to design and test prototypes to the level needed to launch or pitch a new product concept to a client or investor.
Industrial Product Design major
To complete a major in Industrial Product Design within the Bachelor of Product Design, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
- PROD 111 Materials Science for Design
- PHYS 101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics or PHYS 111 Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering
- PROD 211 Materials Engineering and Selection
- PROD 212 Thermofluids
- PROD 213 Industrial Product Design 1A
- PROD 214 Industrial Product Design 1B
- ENME 201 Design Communication
- ENME 221 Engineering Design and Manufacture
Graduates will be able to develop creative product ideas based on their knowledge of related sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as practical business skills to commercialise these ideas.
Combining engineering and science with creative arts and business will help you shape a career with unlimited possibilities, as industrial designers work across many different industries. Opportunities exist in design departments for large manufacturing companies, design or engineering consultancies, architectural practices, or the possibility to be self-employed with your own company.
Other example areas include furniture, electronics, packaging, medical appliances, consumer goods, vehicle design, ergonomics, and recreational and sports equipment.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Industrial Product Design.
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