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Product design is a subset of Industrial design. They use their designing skills and technical knowledge to design new products or improve the way that existing product look or work. Product designer designs product keeping in mind the consumer market and are involved in the whole product design life cycle, from concept to its design delivery.

Career Opportunities in Product Design

  • Exhibition Designer
    They work in large exhibitions, trade shows, conferences, museum, (public and private organization) and create display and fixtures during show. They are responsible for overseeing the supplies.
  • Furniture Designer
    They are responsible for producing design for items of furniture and related items. They study, and design various style of furniture design.
  • Product/ Industrial design researcher
    They work closely with the marketing department and are involved in understanding the needs of the user and come up with solutions and suggestions for the product being used at the user’s end.
  • Consulting Firms
    They work with firms and help choose all the elements of design as per the need of approaching clients.

How to Pursue a Career in Product Design

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Science Stream Pursue B. Des in Industrial design/ Product designing --
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream (Recommended)Pursue B. Tech in Mechanical/ Automobile/ Electrical engineering Pursue Diploma/M. Des in Product designing/ Industrial Designing-

Important Facts

  • Candidates from the Science Stream (PCM are eligible to apply to all the three institutes. Candidates from any other stream (Science (PCB), Commerce, Humanities) are eligible to apply to only IIT Bombay and IIITDM Jabalpur.
  • The candidate should possess Creative Aptitude & Skills necessary to pursue Design Education
  • Shortlisting of Candidates of IISc­ DAT exam is done on the basis of CEED or GATE exam. If scores are not available candidates need to provide their registration number.

Leading Institutes

Top Product Design Institutes in India
College Location Website
National institute of Design Multiple Locations
National institute of Design Multiple Locations
Industrial Design Centre (IDC) – IIT (Integrated Course- B. Des + M. Des) IIT Mumbai, IIT Guwahati, IIITDM Jabalpur
Symbiosis Institute of Design Pune
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) - Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing Bangalore
Srishti Institute if Art, Design and Technology Bangalore
MAEER’s MIT Institute of Design Pune
Top Product Design Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Rhode Island School of Design USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
Pratt Institute of Art New York, USA
Lasalle College of The Arts Singapore
Domus Academy Milan, Italy
Florence Design Academy Italy

Important Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NID Application form start- October Exam- First week of January Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims (Written) Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains (Studio Test/ Interview)  Assessed on design aptitude, perception, attitude, achievement and Motivation
Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)- . Application form Start- Second week of October Start- Second week of November Exam- End of January • Visualization and spatial ability • Observation and design sensitivity • Environmental and social awareness • Analytical and logical reasoning • Language and Creativity • Design thinking and problem-solving.
Symbiosis Institute of Design (SET) Application form Start- End of December’16 Last Date- May Exam- May Written test Followed by Studio test/ Interview • Visualization • Observational, Perceptual and Reasoning abilities • Creative and Problem-Solving abilities • Application of Basic knowledge of Science and Mathematics • Art, Craft, Culture, Design and Environment
MIT Institute of Design Exam- First week of April Design Aptitude Test Studio test/ Interview
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/ June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NID - Stage 1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims Stage 2: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Mains (Studio Test) - Assessed on design aptitude, perception, attitude, achievement and Motivation
IISc- DAT Application Start – First week of February Last Date - March Test/ Interview - April - Spatial Creative and analytical thinking ability - Aesthetic sensitivity and communicating ability
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Jan/ Feb All Branches of engineering
Common entrance exam for Design (CEED) Start Date- Second week of October Last date- Second week of November Exam – Third week of Jan Part A- - Design aptitude - Visual and spatial ability - Environmental and social awareness - Analytical and logical reasoning - Language & creativity - Observation and design sensitivity Part B- Candidate are evaluated on the basis of their drawing, Design and written skills.
Srishti Entrance and Aptitude test (SEAT) January Test- end of Jan Aptitude Test and Portfolio Review
MIT Institute of Design Exam- First week of April Design Aptitude Test Studio test/ Interview

Work Description

  • Sketching the Initial design ideas.
  • Meet clients to discuss design brief and make samples for the same.
  • Maintain an awareness of current design trends and influences
  • Correcting Product faults, be accurate and pay attention to detail
  • working on ideas as part of a team or developing design concepts using CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Arrange meetings and liaison with engineers and marketing department to discuss and negotiate appropriate production processes, costs and commercial issues
  • Evaluate the safety of the product, and functionality of products

Pros & Cons of a Career in Product Design

  • It is a field for people who want to work creatively
  • It is a high paying and high demand career
  • It can be a stressful job since it needs perfection
  • It requires a high level of study and skill
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