Product design is an exciting and rapidly evolving profession. At AUT a great product is defined as the result of a design process that explores, challenges and/or meets and exceeds a clearly defined set of parameters. Products can be tangible, 3-dimensional manufactured objects such as consumer products, furniture, packaging and sports equipment, or product interfaces and product-related systems and services. Many products are solutions to real world problems and opportunities.
The Product Design major in the Bachelor of Design degree (BDes) provides you with the skills to effectively design and develop new and innovative products. No longer solely concerned with the design of manufactured goods, this major also focuses on the design of innovative products and services that will benefit individuals and society as a whole.
Year 1 papers - 120 points in total
You are introduced to the design process, design thinking, and learn fundamental design skills, theories, methods and processes through a range of product design projects.
115024 Creative Process (15)
115100 Core Studio Art and Design (30)
115101 Core Theory Art and Design (15)
115162 Product Design Studio II (30)
115163 Human-Centred Design I (15)
115164 Technology (15)
Year 2 papers - 120 points in total
You undertake more sophisticated creative product design projects, each exploring key ideas and concepts. In addition you develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), production technology and theory.
116022 Product Design Studio III (30)
116023 Product Design Theory and Context (15)
116024 Computer Aided Design (CAD) (15)
116025 Product Design Studio IV (30)
116026 Production Technology (15)
116200 Elective Project (15)
Year 3 papers - 120 points in total
You work more independently on projects, generally of your own selection.
117214 Product Design Studio V (30)
117215 Human-Centred Design II (15)
117216 Business and Innovation (15)
117217 Product Design Studio VI (45)
117301 Professional Practice (15)
Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.
Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.
Please contact the Programme Administrator, Johanna Bowden for programme information.
Video of Michael Grobelny, surfer and AUT product design student designing, making and testing his very own eco-friendly wooden surfboard.