Explore your options

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

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design4Full-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 industriesFebruary or July
Bachelor of Creative Enterprise7Three years full-time or six years part-timeArtist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Digital producerFebruary or July
Graduate Diploma in Creative Enterprise7One year full-time or two years part-timeAnimator, Artist, Photographer, Game or app designer, Graphic designer, Industrial designer, Interior designer, Brand manager, Online marketerThis programme is no longer offered for new enrolments
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice8Six months full-time or one year part-timeDirector, 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 Practice8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsArtist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artistFebruary or July
Master of Creative Practice9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three yearsArtist, 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, FilmmakerFebruary or July
Master of Design9Full-time for two years or four years part-timeArtist, Art director, Art/design educator, Art/photography educator, Curator, Graphic designer, Photographer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Service designer, Visual artist, Visual communicatorThroughout 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.