Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Product Design Innovation CW728

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW728
  • 20
  • 300
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

Product design is the process of creating new products and items from concept or working on improvements to existing products and concepts. Items can include everything from electronics, domestic appliances and machinery to company brands and web applications. Increasingly, product designers are also involved in assisting businesses deliver services to the public.

The programme blends creative design skills with entrepreneurial and business problem-solving skills, ensuring graduates emerge with a pragmatic approach to industrial design. The Product Design Innovation programme was developed in conjunction with the small to medium size (SME) business sector so that students are equipped with both the creative and broader business skills required by industry. In Year 2, students can opt to take either a one semester work placement or a study abroad option. Students complete individual and group project work helping to foster creative problem solving, communication and modelling skills. Modules include: design skills; materials production science; visual and creative studies; marketing for design; project planning and development.

Special Features:

  • Studio-based programme that nurtures a culture of investigation and creativity. Each year group have their own studio space with access to workshops and computer facilities.
  • Facilities for students include: design studios, 3D modelling studio, traditional workshop, suite of rapid prototyping equipment, testing room and equipment, model finishing room, design research centre, and printing/plotter facilities.
  • On-going collaboration with industry across all years of the programme to allow students experience the design process in action.
  • One semester work placement or study abroad option in year 2.
  • Students are encouraged to enter national and international design competitions and have a strong record of success including the Dyson Awards, FP7 Marie Curie Awards, Universal Design Awards and Student Graduate Awards.
  • Annual design exhibition to allow students to present their work and demonstrate their skills to industry and community.
  • The DesignCORE research centre provides cutting-edge research and is directly linked with the undergraduate programme enabling knowledge transfer.
  • Exit award - Bachelor of Arts in Product Design Innovation (NFQ Ð Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates achieving an honours grade can qualify to undertake postgraduate studies in design and related disciplines including the Masters in Interaction Design or a Research Masters through DesignCORE at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?

Graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates of this programme will have employment opportunities across a variety of sectors including: design consultancies; graphics; furniture design; environmental design; product interface and specialised web/internet applications. There is a strong indigenous SME industry with requirements for graduates in this sector which has been specifically targeted by government for significant growth and development.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Colin Deevy, BDes