Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design CW707

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  • CW707
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  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Industrial design is the process of creating new products and items from concept or working on improvements to existing products and concepts. Items can include everything from electronics, domestic appliances, garden products, medical equipment, sports equipment and machinery, to company brands and web applications.   

This three-year programme equips students with knowledge and skills in design; engineering; technology; materials; manufacturing processes; computer aided design, model making and marketing.

The programme blends creative design skills with entrepreneurial and business problem-solving skills, ensuring graduates emerge with a pragmatic approach to industrial design. The Industrial Design programme was developed in conjunction with the small to medium size (SME) business sector so that students are equipped with both the creative and broader business skills required by industry. In Year 2 students can opt to take either a one semester-long work placement or a study abroad option.

Students complete individual and group project work, helping to foster creative problem solving, communication and modelling skills. Modules include: design skills; materials production science; visual and creative studies; CAD CAM1; marketing for design; project planning and development. 

Special Features:

  • Studio-based programme 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 programme to allow student 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 DesignCORE research centre provides cutting-edge research and is directly linked with the undergraduate programme enabling knowledge transfer.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme may apply to progress onto Year 4 of the BA Honours in Product Design Innovation. IT Carlow offers a range of postgraduate opportunities for graduates of the Honours Degree such as Taught and Research Masters in design which include the Masters in Interaction Design or a Research Masters through DesignCORE at IT Carlow. Graduates can also choose from a wide range of specialised design programmes in Ireland and internationally including: automotive design; medical product design; digital modelling; computer games design; sustainable product design and many more.

What exemptions will I receive?

Graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.



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

Graduates of this programme may pursue a wide range of careers including: product designers in manufacturing companies; designers within consultancy or research and development organisations; computer aided modelling and technical drafting; model making and product marketing positions.  

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Hilary Dempsey