Centennial College

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Product Design and Development

Centennial College

Faculty:School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
Degree:Diploma; Online; Advanced
Field of Study:Industrial Design
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,639
International: $17,403

This cost estimate is based on two semesters and includes ancillary fees.

Careers:Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and TechniciansIndustrial Designers


The Product Design and Development program is the only one of its kind in Canada. It will provide you with the unique understanding to develop high-tech, ecological and socially responsible products from concept and design to production.

Combining the strengths of Centennial College's School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, the innovative Product Design and Development courses will bring together hands-on learning in product and industrial design and product development with product lifecycle management. Through interdisciplinary, collaborative group projects that will require you to apply all stages of the visual design process, you'll develop creative design problem-solving abilities and strategies.
You'll also acquire a wide range of other skills in this advanced diploma program, including idea generation, drawing, model-making, 3D CAD advanced computer modelling, rapid prototyping, product development (CAE analysis, reverse engineering technology, materials selection, quality testing, product costing and optimization), product lifecycle management and cross-platform multimedia communications. To round out training, you'll gain a strong sense of functional and aesthetic principles of design and a solid understanding of the technical and business aspects of product development.
Centennial's Product Design and Development program meets the growing need for graduates with a strategic vision of interdisciplinary product design and an understanding of all product lifecycle stages. Graduates will be ready to work in a variety of exciting careers related to consumer product development, electronics, furniture, transportation and more.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •   Mathematics 
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
Grade 11 Mathematics (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio
  • You are required to attend a Product Design and Development program admission session where you must present a portfolio of your work.

    Portfolio requirements:

  • Select minimum of six pieces of your original work in art and design.
    Your work should demonstrate problem-solving, creative process and your interest in product design.
  • Include drawings from observation in traditional and digital media, contour drawing of everyday objects, conceptual drawings of products, notes about your ideas for redesign, 3D models in variety of materials as well as any samples of 3D printing and/or CAD drawings. Sculptures, Woodshop/Metal shop projects, and mechanical models also accepted.
  • An idea sketchbook is considered one piece of portfolio. Examples of any Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator work is a plus.
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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