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University of Canterbury International College


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University Transfer Programme: Product Design - Industrial Product Design

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3 semesters
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Start date: Expected October-2022
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UTP: Product Design is the equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate Product Design degree. Upon completion of the programme, you will be eligible to progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Product Design degree at the University of Canterbury.

Programme facts

The University of Canterbury is leading the way with its multidisciplinary Bachelor of Product Design. Product Design combines creative design, science, engineering, and business studies. Product designers plan and develop items for use in homes, businesses, and industry.

Everyday products such as microwave ovens, bicycles, mobile phones, and automated espresso coffee machines both resolve a need or problem and inspires a craving within a consumer. By specialising in Industrial Product Design, you get to learn how to create useful products which incorporate fundamental elements found in successful modern-day designs: a scientific or engineering principle and an appealing aesthetic. Gain the necessary skills and be part of an industry with a passion for innovation and create functional devices to assist in people’s lives.

Available majors and endorsements

  • Industrial Product Design
  • Applied Immersive Game Design


UTP Product Design is a set programme of study. Students will study seven courses from the following subject areas. Note: Not all subjects will be offered every semester and failure to pass a required course will result in a delay in the completion of studies.

Compulsory academic subjects for all majors:

  • Product Design 1
  • Mathematics
  • Foundation of Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Management

Additional courses for specific major

Industrial Product Design:

  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Science for Design
  • Principles of Marketing

All UTP students are required to complete compulsory study skills programmes (fee free).

Potential career paths:

A degree in Product Design specialising in Industrial Product Design can lead you to work in multi-disciplinary design departments in a wide array of areas such as: electronics, packaging, furniture, ergonomics, consumer goods, medical appliances, and vehicle design.

Entry criteria

Entry into the UTP generally requires the successful completion of Year 12 of secondary school or its equivalent (this is equivalent to Year 13 in the New Zealand education system).

NCEA Level 3 or equivalent qualification: 12 credits in Mathematics (including both 91578 - differentiation and 91579 - integration), 12 credits in Physics (if required for intended major) and 10 credits in one or two other University Entrance approved subjects

Entry requirements vary from country to country. Please refer to UCIC website for details:

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall 5.5. All band scores minimum of 5.0
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT): Score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 14
  • Cambridge English Qualification - B2 First or B2 First for schools: Score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET (Occupational English Test): Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • LanguageCert: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with no less than merit in any band
  • Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA): Qualification completed and awarded

Due to COVID-19, we are accepting online versions of the above tests.


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