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Study product design at Unitec and you’ll delve into consumer psychology as you develop products that are useful, creative and designed with a sustainable future in mind. You’ll spend lots of time in studio developing your creative ideas as well as your technical skills. You'll use the latest CAD software to produce your designs, and develop them in our metal, wood, plastics, glass and ceramics workshops. You’ll get to show off your hard work in the campus galleries and at the end of year graduate show.
Your tutors will be there to guide you at every step. Many of them have their own successful design businesses and are known globally. The product design degree is industry aligned with real world experience in mind. It’s no wonder our graduates have gone on to win ECC Young Designer of the Year.
Programmes and study path
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)||3||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available||Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level.||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design||4||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.||This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industries||February or July|
|Bachelor of Creative Enterprise||7||Three years full-time or six years part-time||Artist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Digital producer||February or July|
|Graduate Diploma in Creative Enterprise||7||One year full-time or two years part-time||Animator, Artist, Photographer, Game or app designer, Graphic designer, Industrial designer, Interior designer, Brand manager, Online marketer||This programme is no longer offered for new enrolments|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice||8||Six months full-time or one year part-time||Director, Experience designer, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Sculptor, Service designer, Visual communicator, Visual artist, This programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field.||February or July|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice||8||Full-time for one year or part-time for two years||Artist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artist||February or July|
|Master of Creative Practice||9||Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three years||Artist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, Filmmaker||February or July|
|Master of Design||9||Full-time for two years or four years part-time||Artist, Art director, Art/design educator, Art/photography educator, Curator, Graphic designer, Photographer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Service designer, Visual artist, Visual communicator||Throughout the year|
There are table saws, overhead sanders, lathes and big band saws in the wood room. And you can weld, roll, form, mill and turn metal in the metal workshop. You can also use the rapid prototyping 4-axis milling machine and laser cutter.
Want to work with hard materials like glass and stone? You can use the cold finishing (diamond tooling) room with saws, grinders, drills, sandblasters and polishing tools. There’s also a ceramics studio and a kiln room with eight kilns where you can fire your creations.
The plastics room has vacuum formers, benders and a rotational moulder, which is ideal for model making. You can use mould-making room to cast anything from resins and rubber to glass and ceramics.
There’s plenty of computer access for designing your products too, and specialist software including SolidWorks, Rhino and Graphisoft ArchiCAD for you to practise with. You can also use SimaPro and Ecoinvent – a life cycle inventory database that identifies the impact of your design on the environment and its carbon footprint.