What will I learn?

What is the Course about?

Industrial design is a creative problem solving activity focusing on humans. Through an understanding of human needs, wants, limitations and desires, product opportunities are identified, researched and solved.

Industrial designers work across many industries like electronic goods, domestic appliances, medical equipment and sports equipment as well as service systems and product interaction.

This course equips students with knowledge and skills in design, presentation, technical detailing, model making, professional practice and research.

The course blends creative problem solving design skills with business and an entrepreneurial spirit, ensuring graduates emerge with a pragmatic approach to industrial design. In Year 2 students must take either a semester-long work placement or a study abroad option.

Students develop through individual and group focused project work, helping to foster the skills required for a dynamic new product development team.

Special Features:

  • Studio-based course that nurtures a culture of investigation and creativity. Each year group have their own studio space with access to workshops and computer facilities.
  • Facilities for students include: design studios, 3D modelling studio, traditional workshop, suite of rapid prototyping equipment, testing room and equipment, model finishing room, design research centre and printing/plotter facilities.
  • On-going collaboration with industry 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.
  • Annual design exhibition to allow students to present their work and demonstrate their skills to industry and community.
  • The design CORE Research Centre provides cutting-edge research and is directly linked with the undergraduate course enabling knowledge transfer.

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

Graduates of this course may pursue a wide range of careers including: in-house product designers, designers within consultancy, freelance designer, research and development, computer aided modelling/technical drafting, model making and project management.

Which department am I in?

Department of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 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.

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