Product Design


Are you curious about how everyday objects are designed and made? Are you inventive and enjoy problem solving? Are you interested in making functional objects beautiful? Product design involves the design of an object from concept stage to design development employing graphics and model making.
This course places a strong emphasis on the design process, and combines creative ability with technical skills. It is based on project work with an emphasis on learning by doing. The work produced will be presented as a portfolio to enable you to progress onto further studies or employment in the design field.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:
• Industrial Design
• Set Design
• Product Design
• Graphic Design

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Computer Aided Draughting (SketchUp)
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Combined Materials
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Course Code

  • PDD
  • Duration

  • 1 Year - Full time, September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable Contact

  • 5 Days
Support Elements
  • Field Trips to sites, Museums, Conferences, and Design Projects are an integral part of the learning experience.
  • Educational Tours are organised which may include a European trip.
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the Guidance and Career Service.
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of studio projects and assignments submitted throughout the year.
  • Learners will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Design (5M2208).


If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links
Scheme such as:

BSc (Hons) Product Design Dublin Institute of Technology 
BA (Hons) Product Design National College of Art & Design 
BA Industrial Design or BA (Hons) Product Design Innovation Dublin Institute of Technology -
BSc (Hons) Product Design Institute of Technology Carlow 

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart 

Entry Requirements

  •  Leaving Certificate/LCA

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.


  • Others including Mature Students

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.


  • At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.
  • Students will be required to purchase certain items, such as drawing equipment.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  


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