Product Design combines creative design, science, engineering and business studies. 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.
Starting in 2018, UC will offer a brand new three-year degree in Product Design with majors in:
- Applied Immersive Game Design
- Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation
- Industrial Product Design.
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 New Zealand's innovative economy.
- The new Bachelor of Product Design (BProdDesign) is a three-year professional degree – the only university degree of its kind in the South Island.
- UC’s 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 in the top 200 universities in the world for Chemical Engineering, Business and Management Studies, and Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
- UC’s Chemical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Marketing departments are the top-ranked for research in New Zealand (the latest Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF assessment).
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, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation 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.
For more details on recommended preparation, including an outline for different qualification frameworks, go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/engineering/product-design
There are three 100-level courses in Product Design:
- PROD 101 Product Design 1
- PROD 111 Materials Science for Design
- PROD 121 The Game Development Process
PROD 101 is a compulsory core course for students studying the BProdDesign. PROD 111 and PROD 121 are specialist courses required to be taken in particular majors for this degree.
200-level and beyond
From 2018, UC will offer a number of courses in Product Design at 200 and 300-level, allowing you to develop deeper understanding of the principles of product design, as well as more detailed understanding of the principles of game design, industrial design or chemical and healthcare product design, depending upon your chosen major.
The scope of product design roles is widening from the traditional design of commercial products 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 design departments for large manufacturing companies, design agencies, educational and training companies, game developers, engineering consultancies, central and local government, or be self-employed. 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, to name just a few.
For further career information, please go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
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