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Bachelor of Product Design
Bachelor of Product Design

Bachelor of Product Design

  • ID:UC640011
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 science and mathematics are strongly recommended, while those intending to take the Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation major should ideally have 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 chemistry (or the IB/CIE equivalent of these).
  • Secondary school studies in related subjects such as digital technologies, technology, or design and visual communication would be an advantage.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

Product Design combines creative design, science, engineering, and business studies. Product designers plan and develop items for use in homes, businesses, and industry.

From creating a new lightweight kayak or a phone app, to formulating natural cosmetics or a virtual training world, studying product design will equip you for a wide range of occupations.

Graduates will be able to develop creative ideas based on their knowledge of related sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as gain the practical business skills needed to commercialise new products. This degree will prepare you for a modern career path in many areas of Aotearoa New Zealand's innovative economy.

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Year 1

  • PROD 101 Product Design 1
  • MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
  • PROD 110 Product Design Principles or ENGR 101 Foundations of Engineering
  • One 100-level MATH or EMTH course

Year 2

All students in the degree complete one of the following:

  • ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
  • ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MKTG 100 Principles of Marketing

Year 3

All students in the degree must complete two courses at either 200 or 300-level chosen from:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Marketing

If you have not already completed MKTG 100 in the degree, then you must include at least one Marketing course in your options.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The scope of product design roles is widening from the traditional design of commercial products to include the design of user experiences, systems, and processes, as well as implementing virtual reality into existing applications.

Increasingly, many product designers work in multidisciplinary teams. Graduates may be employed in large manufacturing companies, design agencies, educational and training companies, engineering consultancies, and central and local government.

They may do design work for businesses in many industries such as medical, home appliances, packaging, computing, education, graphic design, cosmetics, or therapeutics and pharmaceutical companies.

Product designers can choose to start their own company.

More broadly, BProdDesign graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of roles for modern companies that not only require a technical background, but value innovation, customer focus, and business sense.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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