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Bachelor of Design (Product)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected February-2021
Otago Polytechnic
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Product Design is an exciting, ever-evolving profession focused on designing objects and systems to improve the way we live.

As a product designer you could work for corporations, manufacturers, consultancies and in the public sector, working to create specialised equipment with multidisciplinary teams that include doctors, researchers and engineers.

You'll graduate well-equipped for the workforce, with transferable skills in project management, communication, marketing and idea generation.

Why study Product Design with us?

Employers want our Product Design graduates for their problem-solving abilities, agile thinking and teamwork. In this programme you'll design, build and test prototypes to understand and refine concepts and cultivate your skills in: conceptualization, drawing, model-making, CAD software, graphic design, production methods.

Benefits of studying with us: Valuable industry experience that gives you key connections, A range of international exchange opportunities with global partner institutions, Human-centred approaches, manufacturing processes and aesthetic considerations to enhance your concepts and ideas, A balanced curriculum of theoretical content and studio-based projects, Highly personalised learning with small classes and plenty of one-on-one support, World-class technology, CAD suites and technical support that will provide you with all the tools you need to get the most out of your learning.

Further study options: Advance your design skills with our graduate or postgraduate qualifications in Design or Art, or expand your career prospects with a graduate teacher training programme.

Your workload: There is an emphasis throughout the three year programme on the development of independent learning skills. This is reflected in the decrease of directed hours over the three years with an expectation that, by the end of year three, you will be an independent learner.

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent qualifications/experience. Mature applicants with work and life experience are encouraged to apply.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years)

Writing band 6.0
Speaking band 6.0
Reading band 5.5
Listening band 5.5, OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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