Bachelor of Product Design

Bachelor of Product Design

Bachelor degree
36 months
Application deadlines: October 31, April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February, July
International tuition: NZ$35,175
Domestic tuition: NZ$7,076

Program overview

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. The Bachelor of Product Design involves a combination of coursework and design projects. All students in the degree complete compulsory courses in introductory product design, management, engineering, and mathematics, as well as courses towards a major. The Bachelor of Product Design requires a minimum total of 360 points: 135 points of Product Design courses 165 points of Science and Engineering courses 60 points of Business or Management courses. A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 75 points at 300-level. Students complete 105 points of compulsory courses in their first and third years of the degree. The remaining 255 points are selected based on your chosen major. Design projects throughout the degree will involve independent work on open-ended projects, with a mix of individual and team-based activities, under close supervision by academics with experience in product design. The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol. 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). English language 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; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand