Product Design is an interdisciplinary mix of creative design, with courses from science, engineering, and business.
Product designers plan and develop items for use in homes, businesses, and industry. From creating a new lightweight kayak or a phone app, to formulating natural cosmetics or a virtual training world, studying Product Design will equip you for a wide range of occupations.
UC's Product Design degree offers majors in:
Graduates will be able to develop creative ideas based on their knowledge of related sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as gain the practical business skills needed to commercialise new product ideas. This degree will prepare you for a modern career path in many areas of Aotearoa New Zealand's innovative economy.
- The Bachelor of Product Design (BProdDesign) is a three-year professional degree – the only university degree of its kind in Te Waipounamu South Island.
- Conjoint programmes leading to a BProdDesign/BCom, or a BProdDesign/BSc, can be completed in just four years.
- Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as laboratory, computer, and testing facilities.
- 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).
Entry to the BProdDesign is open to all students with entry to the University. However, it is strongly recommended that you have at least 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 science and mathematics, while those intending to take the Chemical Formulation Design major should ideally have 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 chemistry (or the IB/CIE equivalent of these).
Credits in related subjects such as digital technologies, technology, or design and visual communication would be an advantage.
Visit Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design website for more details on recommended preparation, including an outline for different qualification frameworks.
UC offers a Bachelor of Product Design, which offers hands-on project work designing and developing prototype products for market.
Bachelor of Product Design
See the Bachelor of Product Design for the compulsory courses in the degree.
As well as core courses in product design, engineering, science, and business, students also study towards one of the following majors:
At each year of the degree, students will be completing individual and team project work designing, building, and testing their product ideas.
The scope of product design roles is widening from the traditional commercial product design to include the design of user experiences, systems, and processes, as well as implementing virtual reality into existing applications. Increasingly, many industrial and product designers work in multidisciplinary teams.
Graduates may be employed in large manufacturing companies, design agencies, educational and training companies, game development companies, engineering consultancies, or central and local government. They may do design work for businesses in many industries such as medical, home appliances, packaging, computing, graphic design, education, cosmetics, or therapeutics and pharmaceutical companies.
More broadly, BProdDesign graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of roles for modern companies that not only require a technical background, but value innovation, customer focus, and business sense.
Product designers may choose to start their own company.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Product Design.
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