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Product Design / Dearadh Táirgí

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Product Design

2023 CAO Points: 421

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of

Subjects

Higher

6

2H5's

Minimum Grade in

Maths

English OR Irish

O6/H7

N/A

QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5: 

1 OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS:    

  • ADESX / 5M2208 Design
  • AGDXX / 5M1995 Graphic Design
  • ACADX / 5M1940 Computer Aided Design
  • AFURX Furniture Design
  • 5M2012 Furniture Design & Making
  • AIDXX / 5M5054 Interior Design
  • CCONT / 5M5010 Construction Technology
  • CCTXX Control Technology
  • CELTX Electronic Technology
  • CENGT / 5M2061 Engineering Technology
  • CITXX Information Technology
  • CMTXX / 5M2145 Motor Technology
  • 5M2162 Life Sciences Manufacturing Operations
  • 5M0529 / 5M17817 Software Development
  • 5M0536 / 5M17814 Computer Systems & Networks

DISTINCTION(S) REQUIRED:
5 DISTINCTIONS

Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Course Description

Product design is all about creating a new product that a business can sell to its customers. Industry, commerce, retail and domestic markets are hungry for new products of all varieties. Every product moves through a development cycle, which the product designer oversees.

This course aims to produce graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work in today’s demanding design fields.

The World Economic Forum forecast the most important skills you’ll need in order to be truly valuable for your lifetime in the workforce. At the top of the list are creative problem-solving, social intelligence, complex critical thinking and the ability to be a lifelong learner. Our Product Design course has been equipping students with these skills since 2003.

It’s a dynamic course, always evolving to reflect changes in the technological and cultural environment and showcasing future possibilities through innovation and design.

Modules include everything from Applied Physics for Design, Creative Design Fundamentals, Design Mathematics, Manufacture & Materials, Innovation in Design and Design Tools & Technology to Management and Strategy, Product Visualisation, Prototyping & Modelmaking, and Product Development Studio.

Our sought-after graduates go on to work in a wide array of industries, including medical devices, agri-tech, automotive, sports technology, strategic service design, user experience design, toy and game design, and many more.

Study Abroad Opportunities

In Year 3, you can undertake a full semester at an international partner university such as San Francisco State University, UPC in Barcelona, or Hong Kong PolyU.

Professional Accreditation 

If you qualify with a BSc (Product Design) Degree, you’re eligible for full membership of the Institution of Engineering Designers.

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Our sought-after graduates go on to work as designers in a wide breadth of industries. These include medical devices, agri-tech, automotive, sports technology, strategic service design, user experience design, innovation consultancy, marketing, graphic design, toy and game design, and much, much more.

Graduate Job Titles:

Industrial Designer Product Manager Exhibition/Display Designer
Product Designer Technical Sales Executive Interior and Spatial Designer
Design Assistant Computer Games Designer Web Development & Advertising
Industrial Testing Brand Manager Owner / Founder
Product Inspection New Business Development Production Manager
Freelance Designer Mechanical Design Engineer Packaging Manager
Graduate Design Engineer In-house Designer Design Branding
Entrepreneur Sports Product Designer Illustrator/Animator
Account/Client Manager Medical Device Designer Fashion Designer
Packaging Designer Sustainable Product Designer Space Planners
Interaction Designer Lighting Design Engineer Planning Assistant
Design Consultant Product Development Engineer R&D Processor
Marketing Executive Creative Director Packaging Researcher
Graduate Designer Project Manager/Director Patent / Copywriting
Product Developer FF&E Designer Legal / Compliance
Structural Designer Midweight Designer Management Consultant
New Product Developer CAD Design Engineer Lecturer, Sales Executive
Research Engineer Design Manager Design Draftsperson
R&D Engineer R&D Technician Journalist
Multimedia Designer Regulatory Officer Product Communications Officer/Manager/Specialist
Graphic Designer Jewellery Designer Technology & Development Manager
Web Designer Furniture Designer Product Strategist
Simulation Designer Quality Assurance/Control Health & Safety
  • Applied Physics for Design 1
  • Communications
  • Creative Design Fundamentals 2
  • Creative Design Fundamentals
  • Design History
  • Design Mathematics 1
  • Economics
  • Graphical Communication in Design
  • Manufacture & Materials
  • Marketing
  • Team Design
  • Applied Creativity in Design
  • Applied Innovation in Design
  • Applied Physics for Design 2
  • Design Innovation
  • Design Mathematics 2
  • Design Tools & Technology
  • Management and Strategy
  • Marketing Research
  • Modelmaking & Rendering
  • Product Visualisation
  • Prototyping & Modelmaking
  • Virtual Modelling
  • Applied Design Options
  • Creative Design Studio
  • Design & Manufacturing Methods
  • Design Analysis
  • Design for Tooling & Manufacture
  • Design Theory
  • Electrotechnology
  • Enterprise Devel/Business Process Management
  • Legal Aspects of Product Design
  • New Product Introduction 1
  • New Product Introduction 2
  • Design & Innovation
  • Ethical & Sustainable Design
  • Innovation Management & Life Cycle Design
  • Marketing Case Studies
  • Product Development Studio
  • Professional Practice
  • Project

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

The trilogy of knowledge this course offers including Engineering, Business and Creative Design is fundamental to producing an exceptional product designer and even an entrepreneur.
After graduating from Product Design there were many job possibilities available to me. The area that I chose to look for work in was medical devices. The Product Design course enabled me to explore this line of work because as part of the curriculum there was a semester of classes that introduced the medical device industry and much of what I learnt is used daily in my job. Most of the work I do involves working closely with small groups of people, leading brainstorm sessions, using and developing new technologies. These are all skills that I learnt from Product Design at TU Dublin.

This level 8 Honours Degree is accepted both nationally and internationally as a suitable qualification for entry to a large range of Masters degree or research courses.

TU Code

TU811

Level

Level 8

Award

Bachelor of Science

Duration

4 years

Number of Places

36

Location

City Centre: Aungier Street, City Centre: Bolton Street, City Centre: Grangegorman

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Bolton Street

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Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

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