What will I learn?

What is the Course about?

Product Design Innovation is a creative and collaborative activity which uses design-led approach to identify and develop new products and services to enhance and improve people’s lives.

From the physical products we engage with every day, such as homewares, entertainment, sports and gaming electronics to specialist high-end technology tools and medical devices, all are carefully designed to be intuitive, efficient and engaging. The complex systems and interfaces which support these products are also part of a carefully considered eco-system.

Through creative problem solving, enterprise and leadership, Product Design develops deep insight into how people choose to live, work and play. Using design-thinking, research, process and practice, human-centred and elegant solutions are created to assist people engage and perform at their best.

Special Features:

  • All learning is project-based in a studio environment, with a continuous assessment approach. The course structure ensures full integration of all creative, academic and technical module components. Project activity is both individual and group based to help each student develop a wide range of social, research and creative skills required for the design and development of new commercial product and service opportunities. Creative problem solving, collaborative action and design-thinking are utilised and developed to address broad social and organizational issues.
  • Facilities for students include: customised studios and design offices, dedicated access to computing and industry standard design software, printing/plotting resources, multiple 3D modelling and rapid-prototyping solutions as well as traditional model workshop equipment, testing labs and finishing booths to demonstrate design proposals.
  • Deep collaboration with industry partners across all years of the course to allow students to experience the design process in action.
  • One semester work placement or study abroad option in year 2.
  • Students are encouraged to enter national and international design competitions and have a strong record of success including the Dyson Awards, FP7 Marie Curie Awards, Universal Design Awards and Student Graduate Awards.
  • SHOWCASE and exhibition of work occurs throughout the course allowing students present their work to industry, commercial partners, agencies and the community.
  • The design CORE Research Centre is the postgraduate research and industry-facing facility of the undergraduate course, working on cutting-edge design and design-led research for the SME sector.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates achieving an honours grade can qualify to undertake postgraduate studies in design including a Master in Interaction Design, Research Master through design CORE or an MSc in Medical Devices, among other post-graduate opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates of Product Design Innovation from design CORE at Institute of Technology Carlow, have membership in the IDI, Institute of Designers of Ireland.

Our graduates are employed across a wide range of sectors from services, manufacturing, hi-tech and pharmaceuticals. Specialisms include product and industrial design consultancy, furniture and environmental design, visual communications, packaging and the print sectors, web, digital technologies and user-experience (UX). Ireland’s ever expanding indigenous SME industry offers superb opportunities as they seek commercial and competitive advantage through excellent design.

Which department am I in?

Department of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€9,750.00 (US$ 10,568) per year
Start date

Expected September 2020


Institute of Technology Carlow

Kilkenny Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.  Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent.

For international students

All students must have a Leaving Certificate: 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

English or Irish O6/H7

Mathematics O6/H7

The required evidence may take the form of either:

1. An approved English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result shall have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, and / or 2. Substantial education (minimum one academic year) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted through English and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment

English language requirements: TOEFL paper based 550; TOEFL computer based 213; TOEFL internet based (iBT) 79; IELTS 5.5; GCE O level English language – grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE) – B2+; TOEIC – 700; GCSE English – Grade C; Cambridge certificate in advanced English – Grade C; English test for academic and professional purposes (ETAPP) – B2+; Irish leaving certificate – ordinary level grade D.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Niagara College