Product Design at AUT: an overview

  • Also referred to as, or includes, ergonomic design, design - product
Product design is an exciting and rapidly changing profession that focuses on the design of products, services and systems that will benefit individuals and society as a whole. The AUT product design department’s mission is to produce excellent product design graduates who are not just great designers but who care about the impact that their design decisions have on people and the environment. AUT offers world-class product design facilities that include:
  • Open plan design studios
  • Wireless networking
  • Extensive wood, metal and plastics workshops
  • Casting and spray painting rooms
  • Advanced prototyping equipment

Key academic contact

Shane Inder
Head of Department
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6017

Research interests and associations

    A website developed by the product design department and students at AUT. The site includes images and video showcasing student work plus news relating to product design.
  • 3D Printing Lab

Research areas:
  • Sustainable manufacture of upholstered furniture
  • Sustainable materials for surfboard manufacture
  • Design of products for shared spaces
  • Design to change domestic waste behaviour
  • LCA and sustainable design tools

Industry associations

Industry collaborations include:

Degrees and qualifications



News, events and conferences

Contact us

Art + Design Central
City Campus
WE Building, St Paul Street Entrance, Room WE305
Phone +64 9 921 9999 extension 9663

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Last updated: 08-Apr-2016 4.03pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.