Diploma in Product Design and Innovation (N68)




What will I learn?

Design-focused and studio-based training that enables you to develop a portfolio and prototypes of your designs

Strong partnerships with design consultancy companies provide opportunities to design products to solve real-world problems

Mentorship by practicing product designers and internships with leading companies

Exciting exposure from overseas design study trips

Final-year design challenge project

About the Diploma

What makes good design? An innovation that is equal parts attractive, practical and functional, and is able to differentiate itself from its competitors. Learn how popular products in the market become success stories, and design your very own smart innovation.

The Diploma in Product Design & Innovation (PDI) integrates three important disciplines of product design – Arts, Engineering and Business. You will get to explore design processes at every stage, from idea conceptualisation to realisation, and graduate with quality design folios, including working prototypes. With our studio-based learning approach, you will work in modern design studios and develop prototypes using state-of-the-art model making equipment and facilities.

In your first year, you will be introduced to fundamental design principles as well as engineering concepts that are applied to the design process. You will be taught to use computer-aided design software. In your second year, apply what you have learnt to actual product design projects. You will then progress to more advanced product innovation and development projects in your final year when you learn about the business management aspects of product development. You will also go on a three-month internship at leading companies.

Under our partnership with Motorola Solutions, PDI students will also get to design products that enhance public safety. Top designs will be given awards by Motorola.


PDI graduates can look forward to good employment prospects in international design companies such as Motorola Solutions, which have Singapore offices, as well as local enterprises such as We Are Perspective, Singapore Mint and ST Kinetics that design and manufacture products or provide product design and development services.

You will also be able to explore creative professions in furniture design, packaging design and product merchandising. If you’ve got a natural flair for design, you can even start your own design consultancy or design-and-manufacture firm after gaining a few years of experience.

Further studies

As a PDI graduate, you can pursue related degree courses at both local and overseas universities. You may enjoy advanced standing from many universities, including:

Nanyang Technological University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design, Digital Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Digital Imaging, or Visual Communication

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

National University of Singapore

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Singapore University of Technology & Design

Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Product Development

University of Strathclyde (UK)

Bachelor of Science in Product Design & Innovation

Bachelor of Engineering in Product Design Engineering

University of the West of England

Bachelor of Science in Creative Product Design

Bachelor of Science in Product Design Technology

Monash University (Australia)

Bachelor of Industrial Design

University of New South Wales (Australia)

Bachelor of Industrial Design

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,51,796) per year
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Design and Environment

Blk 47 Level 07, Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

535, Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Any three other subjects: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also have sat for a Science or Art / Higher Art or Design & Technology or Food & Nutrition or a relevant OSIE / Applied Subject and fulfill the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with English as a second language (EL2) must have attained a minimum grade of 6.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency should not apply for the course.


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