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Diploma in Product & Industrial Design  (T35)

You see design in the most surprising or most unexpected of places: an MP3 player that responds to motion, a washing machine small and sleek enough to fit any living room and medicine bottles that dispense just the right amount of cough syrup without a spoon. These ideas are not science fiction but international award-winning designs from our students. You too could very well be our next award-winning product designer!

At a Glance

Duration:3 years full-time
Qualification:Diploma in Product & Industrial Design
Application:Please refer to the section on 'Admissions & Requirements'.

The Course

The course teaches and hones design specialists to design specific products and services that enrich our lives. If you want to create interesting and notable products that make life better for users – this course is just right for you.

The course will address design fundamentals and build your entrepreneurial, experiential, collaborative and professional skills further through projects and assignments. Here, you will learn to design with understanding of the end-users and their needs through experiential and human-centred design approaches. You will have to think out of the box and be able to frame innovative solutions with aesthetics and usability. You will be encouraged to pit your skills against others in exciting local and international competitions, as well as to participate in industry-initiated projects. This course prepares you for the dynamically creative profession where the boundaries and definitions are constantly challenged. There are new and unlimited opportunities in the profession and our Product & Industrial Design course will prepare you well to meet these dynamic challenges in the creative industry.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are simply needed everywhere. In diverse fields such as consumer electronics, medical products, entertainment design (special effects, set design, concept design, model/ prop design), furniture design, packaging design, transportation design, product merchandising, object/craft design, advertising and environmental design including building interiors and signage. Many of our graduates have also started their own successful design or design-related studios and enterprises.

Selection Procedure

All applications meeting our minimum entry requirements are considered. andidates with good O level results may apply via the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).

Candidates with good portfolios and strong inclination for creativity and design may apply through the Joint Polytechnic Special Admission Exercise (JPSAE). If shortlisted, you may be required to attend an interview to which you should bring samples/portfolios of your work in art and design exercises or other media of expression that show evidence of creativity and imagination. You may also show certificates of completed courses and letters of recommendation from employers. Other qualities like commitment, motivation and passion for art and design are most favourably considered. The process seeks to ascertain your aptitude, attitude, knowledge and potential for the course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)*Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A)Grades 1-7
Any three other subjects, excluding CCAGrades 1-6

Applicants must also have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Additional Combined Science, Additional Science, Art / Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3-D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Fundamentals of Electronices, General Science, Higher Art, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Media Studies (English), Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

*Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

Note: Applicants who have partial or complete colour appreciation deficiency should not apply for this course.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average : min 1.0
TP Core Subjects : 20 credit units
Diploma Subjects  
    Core Subjects : 93 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects : min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed : min 122 credit units

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Notable Features
  • The first product design diploma in a polytechnic with focus in human-centered and experiential design.                                               
  • Most established product design course that boasts of an illustrious alumni who are leaders in the creative industry.

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