Product design is the process of creating new products and items from concept or working on improvements to existing products and concepts. Items can include everything from electronics, domestic appliances and machinery to company brands and web applications. Increasingly, product designers are also involved in assisting businesses deliver services to the public. The programme blends creative design skills with entrepreneurial and business problem-solving skills, ensuring graduates emerge with a pragmatic approach to industrial design.
The Product Design Innovation programme was developed in conjunction with the small to medium size (SME) business sector so that students are equipped with both the creative and broader business skills required by industry. Students complete individual and group project work helping to foster creative problem solving, communication and modelling skills. Modules include: design skills; materials production science; visual and creative studies; CAD CAM1; marketing for design; project planning and development.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Graduates of this programme will have employment opportunities across a variety of sectors including: design consultancies; graphics; furniture design; environmental design; product interface and specialised web/internet applications. There is a strong indigenous SME industry with requirements for graduates in this sector which has been specifically targeted by government for significant growth and development.