Product design is the practice of developing an idea into a finished product. This involves deciding the size, shape, and materials to be used to best fit the function of the item.
As well as general product design concepts, this course also includes electronic technologies, and materials commonly used in electronic products.
This course will suit you if you are interested in the creation of new products built with the user in mind and want to be at the heart of successful product innovation by bridging the gap between technology and the market, in a human-centred way.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|ACADX||5M1940||Computer Aided Design|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
This course has placcement, and internship options and an Erasmus study abroad year (subject to availability)
The graduate will be capable of understanding and driving innovation in many spheres of life, especially those involving technology, its application or assessment. - Product Design - Technical Marketing - New Product Development - Design Management - Project Management - Public Administration - Technology Business Management (Marketing and General Management)