The curriculum addresses all the stages and activities involved in the creation of a new product – from concept design to manufacture, prototyping to marketing encouraging the student to challenge conventions.
The programme is delivered primarily within the design studio. Each year-group consistes typically of 30 students.
Coursework, essays and practical design projects are assessed at key points throughout the year. Formal assessment results are issued at the end of each academic year.
NCAD considers applications from candidates who wish to gain Advanced Entry to the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree.
NCAD will accept applications for Advanced Entry to all of their studio based undergraduate degrees as well as to AD215 BA Visual Culture. The BA in Visual Culture provides an opportunity to study the history of art and design in a creative art school setting. This programme does not require a portfolio submission. For more information about the programmes see here.
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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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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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.
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.
As a consequence of the range of skills acquired, Product Design graduates have a wide range of local and global opportunities open to them.
Designers often focus on a particular area, such as consumer electronics, furniture or medical equipment, but many of the product designer’s skills are transferable between projects and products. Graduates find employment within manufacturers and design consultancies, and have strong entrepreneurial skills which enable them to set up their own design companies, creating and producing products.