Otago Polytechnic



Product Design


Shape the world around you.

Product design is everywhere. Every product you use has been designed – from your toothbrush to your toaster to your tablet. Product Design is an exciting, ever-evolving profession focused on designing 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

Our graduates work as designers of a wide range of products, including outdoor equipment, medical equipment, lighting, appliances, architecture, audio and jewellery. Others work as model-makers, social innovators, consultants and entrepreneurs.

Product Designers work for corporations, manufacturers, consultancies and the public sector. They often collaborate within multidisciplinary teams, e.g. with doctors, researchers and engineers to create medical equipment.

Because our graduates learn many transferable skills – including project management, communication, marketing skills and idea generation – they are well-equipped for the workforce.

How much could I earn?

Depending on role and experience, Product Designers in New Zealand can expect to earn between $42,000 and $100,000 per year according to payscale.com.

Is Product Design a significant industry?

Product Design is one of the most important areas of growth for New Zealand business and enterprise, according to a 2017 Price Waterhouse Coopers report. Together, Product Design and Interactive Design contributed $4.5 billion to the New Zealand economy in the year to March 2016.

Is your Bachelor of Design (Product) equivalent to a university degree?

Yes! With the added advantages of hands-on project work and internships.

Is the degree recognised globally?

Yes – and our graduates are working in Product Design all over the world.



New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester one in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

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 and the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) 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
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • 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
  • 1 year full-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.


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