Bachelor of Arts in Design CW707

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW707
  • 15
  • 241
  • 3 Years
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What is this Course about?

Design as a discipline has developed in many specialised areas like product, graphics, interaction, user experience, interior and many more. What unites these specialisms are design skills and methodologies. This programme allows learners to develop these transferrable skills and methodologies by working through design projects while sampling the many niche pathways available to designers.

Learner will be brought through the design process of problem identification, understanding user needs, exploring concepts, prototyping solutions and developing final designs. Through this project focused, hands on approach, they will learn the skills of sketching, model making, creative problem solving, digital design skills, and research and discovery.

The programme is designed to give the learner a solid platform in design that will open pathways to design specialisms they are now more informed about.

Is this course for you?

Are you a creative visual thinker? Do you like solving problems by making and doing and working with your hands? Do you question why things are the way they are and are you inquisitive around how things work?

Do you enjoy practical subjects like Art, DCG, Technology, Engineering and construction?

Are you interested in design but not sure what area you would like to get into?

Then this course is for you.

Special Features:

  • All learning is project-based in a studio environment, with a continuous assessment approach. The course structure ensures full integration of all creative, academic and technical module components. 
  • Facilities for students include: customised studios and design offices; dedicated access to computing and industry standard design software, printing/plotting resources, multiple 3D modelling and rapid-prototyping solutions as well as traditional model workshop equipment, testing labs and finishing booths to demonstrate design proposals.
  • Deep collaboration with industry partners across all years of the course to allow students to experience the design process in action.
  • One semester work placement or study abroad option in year 3.
  • Exit award – Higher Certificate in Arts in Design (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.
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What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may be eligible to progress to year 4 of the BA (Hons) in Product Design Innovation (CW728).

What exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates of Product Design Innovation at Institute of Technology Carlow, have membership in the IDI, Institute of Designers of Ireland.

Our graduates are employed across a wide range of sectors from services and manufacturing to hi-tech and pharmaceuticals. Specialisms include: product and industrial design consultancy; furniture and environmental design; visual communications; packaging and the print sectors; web; digital technologies and user-experience (UX).

Graduates will now have opened new pathways in their design career and have a strong platform to engage with learning a specialism in design.


What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at O6/H7
  • Mathematics at O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Emmet Sexton
BA (Hons)