Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Innovation CW728

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW728
  • 20
  • 246
  • 4 Years
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What is this Course about?

From the physical products we engage with every day, such as homewares, entertainment, sports and gaming electronics to specialist high-end technology tools and medical devices, all are carefully designed to be intuitive, efficient and engaging.

Product Design develops deep insight into how people choose to live, work and play. Using design-thinking, research, process and practice, human-centred and elegant solutions are created to assist people engage and perform at their best.

Course Structure

Product Design Innovation is a creative and collaborative activity which uses a design-led approach to identify and develop new products and services to enhance and improve people’s lives.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in creative problem solving tasks that focus on the development of products and services that address real-world, human-centered problems then Product Design Innovation might be the course 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.
  • SHOWCASE and exhibition of work occurs throughout the course allowing students to present their work to industry, commercial partners, agencies and the community.
  • Exit award – Higher Certificate in Arts in Design (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Arts in Design (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.
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What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates achieving an honours grade can qualify to undertake postgraduate studies in design including a Master of Arts in Interaction Design, a research masters through designCORE or a Master of Science in Medical Devices at Institute of Technology Carlow, among other post-graduate opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

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).


What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

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

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Colin Deevy
BDes (Hons)