Otago Polytechnic

Product Design


Shape the world around you.

Product Design is everywhere. It is exciting and ever-evolving. Every product you use has been designed – from your toothbrush to your toaster to your tablet. Product Designers strive to design objects and systems to improve the way we live.  




Our budding product designers showcase their latest projects in an exciting and inspirational display of talent and creativity.




Career outcomes

Product Design is one of the most important growth areas for New Zealand businesses and enterprise (2017, Price Waterhouse Cooper) and, depending on role and experience, Product Designers can expect to earn between $42,000 to $100,000 per year (payscale.com).    

Our graduates are working in Product Design around the world. Some are working as designers of a wide range of products (including outdoor equipment, audio, jewellery, architecture, medical equipment, lighting and appliances) whilst others work as model-makers, social innovators, consultants and entrepreneurs.    


New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester one in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2022
  • Apply until start date or class is full

No matter what direction your creative career takes, you'll benefit from having the ability to learn and apply creative processes, methods and technologies in both art- and design-based studio projects. This programme is great preparation for further study in any creative programme. Successful completion of this Certificate will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Bachelor of Design (Product)

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time; six years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2021
  • Apply now

Undertake this hands-on, innovative programme and learn about a human-centred, sustainable approach to the design of products, services and systems for commercial, industrial and community use. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience.

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time; up to two years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Achieve an applied qualification to complement your degree in a specialist area of design. Ideal if you are a professional designer or practitioner wishing to develop your applied skills and studio project experience.


Not sure where to start your learning journey?



Tile Andrew

Andrew Wallace

Senior Lecturer 
Product Design 

Tile Machiko

Machiko Niimi

Academic Leader 
Product Design 

Tile Gavin OBrien

Gavin O'Brien

Product Design