Product Design

Product Design is everywhere. It’s exciting, creative and ever-changing. Every product you use has been designed, from your toothbrush to your tablet. Study Product Design at Otago Polytechnic and you’ll learn how to design objects and systems to improve the way we live.

 

In a rapidly expanding global media environment, a product design qualification will open doors. Learn how to present ideas and stories creatively and effectively, a skill highly sought after by employers. Our Product Design graduates work around the world creating incredible products in a variety of industries.

What you’ll appreciate most when you study with us is our real-world approach to learning. Working for clients on actual jobs as part of your studies will give you the skills to seamlessly transition to employment or promotion.  

Product Design qualifications

Art, Design

Begin to build the skills and degree-level portfolio you need to apply for our Bachelor of Design (Communication), Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or Bachelor of Visual Arts. Alternatively, this programme will prepare you for a junior role in a creative workplace.

Duration

17 Weeks Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study , Junior Designer

Design

During this hands-on programme, you’ll learn how to approach the design of products, services and systems while keeping human needs and sustainability as your core focus. You’ll design, build and test prototypes to understand concepts and to gain skills in conceptualisation, drawing, modelmaking, Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, graphic design and production methods.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

6 Years Part-time

Delivery

Work-based through Capable NZ, On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Design Consultant, Entrepreneur, Model Maker, Product Designer, Proto-Typer, Researcher, Social Innovator

Design

If you are looking to achieve an applied qualification in a specialist area to complement your existing design degree or experience, you can opt for this programme and specialise in either Communications, Fashion or Product Design. This diploma will help you gain an understanding of the professional and strategic requirements of your industry, and to extend your professional research techniques. The skills you develop will then be applied to your selected area-specific courses and showcased in your final project.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Brand Designer, Fashion Designer, Product Designer

Design

If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Creative Lead, Digital Artist, Senior Designer, Visual Effects, Web Designer

Design

Perfect if you're returning to study after a long break or if you desire personalised guidance and support. This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. You will have to option to focus on one discipline or take up a cross-disciplinary approach.

Duration

6 Months Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practicing Artist

Design

This qualification is suitable for you if you have a strong professional design background. Extend and deepen your research skills and work on applied research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry/community partners. 

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Artist, Collection Curator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Design

This is an advanced programme with an emphasis on design research. You can choose to conclude the degree by either completing a thesis or developing an integrated body of creative work.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Doctoral study, Practicing Artist

Design

Learn how to enhance user experiences through design. You will develop skills to use design as a strategic tool by undertaking applied research tailored to suit your needs. You will explore ways to create new products and systems that contribute to satisfying human interactions. Multi-disciplinary design interaction, criticism and debate will be encouraged throughout the programme.

Duration

18 Months Full-time

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practicing Artist

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