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Study product design abroad

An in-depth guide to studying product design as an international student.

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Product design degrees abroad

Product design refers to the process of conceptualizing new ideas and transforming them into physical, functioning products.

By taking a program in product design, you’ll develop the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise needed to create innovative devices and merchandise. You’ll study consumer needs and market trends and apply what you’ve learned by working on real-world briefs with professional clients. You’ll also gain skills in computer modeling, concept sketching, engineering, and manufacturing.

Studying abroad is a fantastic chance to immerse yourself in new markets and cultures. Observing a new way of life will spark your creativity and expose you to new windows of opportunity. You’ll become a more thoughtful, confident, and original designer.

Product design program structure

Although BSc programs in product design last a minimum of three years, most universities will encourage students to complete an extra year-long placement as part of their course. Industry internships are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience, try out new ideas, and boost your employability.

It’s possible to study product design as a four-year bachelor’s program in the US. Your first two years will be dedicated to general education classes, while the final half of your program will focus on product design-specific courses.

Those looking to take their education further can enroll in a postgraduate product design program. It normally takes one or two years to graduate with a master’s degree, and between three and seven years to gain a doctoral qualification.

Learning through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and laboratory sessions will help you understand the theoretical and practical aspects of product design.

To assess your progress, you’ll probably need to submit portfolios, case studies, sketchbooks, reports, digital prototypes, and completed design projects.

Every university offers different core and elective modules depending on the specialties of their teaching staff. However, most product design courses will introduce you to these fundamentals:

  • Design practice
  • User-centered design
  • Materials and processes for product designers
  • Mechanical and electronic systems for product designers
  • Prototyping of design
  • Research and design methods
  • Computer modeling
  • Sketching and wireframing

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Product design study abroad programs

Product design undergraduate programs

Diploma in product design

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    Product Design - Dip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,250 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Product Design and Development - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Bachelor's in product design

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    Product Design - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Product Design and Technology - BSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,986 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Product Design Technology - BSc (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Product Design - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Product Design Engineering Technology - BSET Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,936 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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Pathway in product design

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    Product Design (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Product design graduate programs

Master's in product design

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    Product Design - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Product Design - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in product design

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    Advanced Ergonomic Studies - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    19,344 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future product design careers

Manufacturers, design consultancies, and engineering firms are always looking to recruit the next generation of talented designers who can identify gaps in the market and meet consumer demand.

As a product design graduate, your creativity and inventiveness will open up several exciting employment opportunities, including:

  • Product designer
  • Computer-aided design technician
  • Design engineer
  • UX/UI designer
  • Product manager
  • Materials engineer
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Purchasing manager

Building up your portfolio and connecting with industry professionals will give you the best chance of landing your dream job after you graduate. Consider entering design competitions, keep on top of sector developments by reading journal articles, and get as much relevant work experience as possible under your belt.