MCAST Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design

MCAST Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design
Course Code AD6-07-15
MQF Level Level 6
Duration 3 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design


MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts)


2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes Compulsory A-Level: Art, or Graphical Communication, or Engineering Drawing


Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This degree prepares students for a world of creativity – to respond sensibly to different cultural and social contexts through the design of products.  Students will learn how to research independently, develop ideas and concepts, and to effectively communicate them using CAD software.  They will acquire the necessary skills to generate technical and artistic renders, and to transform designs into physical prototypes within industry-based scenarios.  Technical and creative abilities will be broadened through the exploration of fundamental topics such as, contextual studies, sustainability, functional design, technologies, and traditional 3D and new production processes.  At the end of the course, students will have built a portfolio of work which will serve them well for work opportunities.
Study/Course Delivery The course fosters independent learning and develops learners’ ability to explore, apply and extend their learning in different contexts and situations. Students will also benefit from shared lectures, projects and workshops, and are generally expected to work in multidisciplinary teams on real-life cases.
Assessment The course includes a wide variety of assessment methods including design projects, presentations, practical projects and written work. The assessment is continuous throughout the course. Students are requested to work on a negotiated final project and dissertation.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Conduct in-depth, contextual research pertaining to complex product design problems

2. Challenge assumptions and accepted conventions in design work

3. Develop industry-standard as well as innovative design solutions to complex product design briefs

4. Analyse and evaluate a broad range of product design solutions

Core Study Units
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Design
  • Communicating through Computer Aided Design
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Commercial Model Making
  • Visual Communication in Design
  • Digital Visualisation and Post Production
  • Contextual Studies in 3D Design
  • Critical Thinking
  • Contextual Studies and Research Methods
  • Professional Studies and Entrepreneurship
Specialist Units
  • Product Design
  • Properties of 3D materials and Production Processes
  • Design Principles and Methods
  • Sustainable Product Design
  • Functional Design
  • 3D Technologies in Materials and Production Processes
  • Design for Need
  • Emotional Design
  • Professional Practice


Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion After the completion of the first 120 ECTS relating to the first two years of the programme, students will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Product Design.
Career Opportunities
  • Industrial Product Designer
  • Furniture Designer