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
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • 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

"After I finished school in Coláiste Choilm Swords in 2019, I decided to do Product Design at BFEI.  On the course, you learn a lot about a product, like how it’s made, its functionality and other reasons as to why it is made.  This course also opens your creative mind and the more products you make, the more you begin to come up with different ideas than you normally would have at the start.  You’ll also find that you will take what you are learning with you everywhere, as you look at products and objects outside the college differently and try to improve them.  You will also make loads of friends on the course as everyone is very friendly and the lectures also encourage you to stay creative which is a benefit as you start to come up with more ideas, instead of coming up with one and then just sticking to that.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone as it is a very interesting and fun course to do.  I am now continuing my studies and am completing the first year of my Product Design Degree at NCAD”.  

- Jamie McGuirk, Product Design Graduate, 2020 -

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 Technological University Dublin [City] -

BA (Hons) Product Design National College of Art & Design - *

*Leaving Certificate Mathematics is a pre-requisite

BA Industrial Design or BA (Hons) Product Design Innovation Technological University Dublin [City] -

BSc (Hons) Product Design Institute of Technology Carlow -

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers

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.

Application Process

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


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