Diploma in Product & Industrial Design (T35)

2017 Planned Intake: 50 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 19

Good product design has the power to improve lives. Everything, from the smartest, sleekest personal communication devices, to large-scale projects such as transportation modes depend on good design to make our lives better.

Here in the product design course, you will be encouraged to break down conventional thinking, to seek the freshest and boldest of ideas and prototype them with the latest 3D printing technology as well as traditional workshop tools. Learn about different materials, human-centred design and the newest technologies and trends. Then get experimental, ideate and collaborate. Hone your sense of craft and work with industry on ‘live’ projects for the real world. Study trips, international workshops, internships and competitions will sharpen your skills and give you a global perspective into the ever-evolving world of product design. Combine cutting-edge technology with creativity and purpose to design meaningful, memorable and user-friendly products, systems and experiences.

If you wonder how you can make the world a better place, if you love to tinker and to create, to transform the mundane into nifty, intelligently designed gadgets that can create and add value to lives and businesses, come take your first step with us.

 The School has continued to stay relevant by producing creative thinkers, not just designers, and is cultivating a unique attitude towards design, not just skills and knowledge of design. Design thought leadership will be critical in the coming years for the graduates and the School.
—  Low Cheaw Hwei    
Vice President    
Global Head of Product & Service Design
Head of Design, Asia
Philips Design
Philips Electronics (S) Pte Ltd
Design specific products and services that enriches lives


What you will learn

  • Concept Sketching & Communication

    Concept Sketching & Communication

    Build your skills in presentation techniques and skills to produce strong and informative design concepts. You will experiment and try out different techniques, media and digital tools to effectively enhance and communicate your design ideas.
  • Service Design Methodology

    Service Design Methodology

    Get into the minds of consumers and users. These days, design is not only limited to products and objects but to services as well. Understand how users interact with business processes, products and systems from anything as big as transportation systems right down to the interaction experience at a bank or a boutique.
  • Innovation Science Technology

    Innovation, Science & Technology

    Design is at the confluence of art and science. How does technology impact design? And vice versa.

Notable Features

  •  Learn in up-to-date facilities such as 3D printing labs and a comprehensive prototyping workshop.

  • Be the part of a long and illustrious history in product design. The product design course has its roots as Singapore’s first object design diploma.

  • Engage in human-centered and experiential design. The Diploma in Product & Industrial Design is the first product design diploma in a polytechnic that focuses on these critical areas.

  • Travel with your course mates on annual study trips to places like Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Europe.

  • Be mentored by a team of highly committed and experienced lecturers and mentors from the industry.

  • Intern with reputable design agencies, design studios and big multi-national corporations.

  • Work with reputable industry partners on live industry projects. Our students have worked with government agencies and multi-national corporations such as A*Star, SingHealth, ST Kinetics, SATS, NParks, Courts, Banyan Tree, Risis Singapore and others.

  • Count among your seniors, award-winning designers who have made a name for themselves globally – among them winners of the President’s Design Award.

Career Prospects

Product designers work in diverse fields such as consumer electronics, medical products, furniture design, packaging design, transportation design, product merchandising, object/craft design and more. Many have also started their own successful design studios.

Further Education

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

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

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

Note: Applicants who have partial or complete colour appreciation deficiency should not apply for this course. Applicants who do not satisfy the pre-requisite may not be accepted into the course. For safety reasons, applicants must ensure that they do not suffer from medical conditions such as epilepsy or hearing deficiency.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

A rich and sophisticated language repertoire is required for articulating and presenting design ideas. This subject explores the creative use of language features such as denotation, connotation, metaphors, tone and style in a variety of genres. It further analyses the discourse modes of description, narration and exposition as used in the design context. Next, it focuses on the application of these language features in written and oral presentations for expressing, examining and supporting design concepts in design critiques.


This subject focuses on self-leadership and personal effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to discover and understand themselves in terms of their personalities, values and mission and to build their ‘Logical Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on the ‘Golden End’ and ‘Consequential Thinking’. It helps the students to listen to the inner self and to express their personal thoughts and ideas.


This subject focuses on team-leadership, followership and team effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to build their ‘Emotional Quotient’, relate to peers and manage team conflicts. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on a ‘Win-Win Attitude”. It helps students to make meaningful conversations and to articulate their vision.


This subject focuses on service to others. It provides a platform for students to understand themselves better and to make responsible choices in life and to build their ‘Community Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on ‘Ethical Judgement’ and ‘Moral Courage’. It helps students to build trust and credibility in their communication with others and in the community.


Effective written and oral communication play a critical role in advancing a design professional’s career. Designers are expected to be persuasive in articulating their design ideas in order to secure design contracts and employment. Hence, this subject focuses on the use of persuasion in two broad areas of professional communication for designers: client relationship and career self-promotion.


This student internship programme provides students with the opportunity to relate their academic learning in the course of study to a relevant work environment. It allows them to gain a perspective of work life and to understand the attributes expected by the employers.


The culmination of the design process is the communication of design solutions. This subject focuses on the argumentation process that leads to the articulation of informed, rational and creative design solutions. You will identify key issues in a client’s brief, conduct research, analyse findings, define design directions and rationalise design solutions through written and oral presentations.


Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

The subject introduces you to art and design fundamentals, aesthetic awareness and cultural appreciation. It will develop an understanding for the art and design processes, and enable you to reflect and see the world from a designer’s perspective. Through this subject you will discover how to express yourself visually and with confidence in areas of art and design.


This module introduces you to the definitions and practice of Marketing in Design with a focus on people, spaces and interactivity. It provides an understanding of the scope and purpose of marketing and its integrated role within the design process. The module enables you to develop processes to identify the target audience, understand the clients and brands and understand the competition of the marketplace. The module also covers the fundamentals of marketing research methodology through field work such as simple field interviews, data analysis, comparative analysis and matrices. Most salient is the exposure to the language of marketing and its relevance to designers in the business of Design.


This subject introduces you to a wide variety of basic processing of wood, metal, plastics, composite materials and safe operations with workshop tools and machineries. You will acquire a working knowledge of Workplace Safety & Health (WSH), material specification, their characteristics and properties, prototype techniques, and competency in joining different materials together using the right methods of construction and techniques of casting, surface finishing as well as application of product graphics on 3-D prototypes.


This subject gives an insight into the evolution of product design and its impact on society. It traces the rich heritage of man’s quest for ideas and forms since industrialisation by examining developments in art and the design of product and architecture. It also follows the changes of product design from traditional to mechanical forms and finally examines its present state in the electronic age.


This subject provides an understanding of the language and techniques of drawing as well as the characteristics and potential of a range of drawing media. It provides you with an understanding of quick and effective conceptualisation and communication. It also covers basic methods of rendering, construction and perspective drawings to effectively represent product design ideas for prototyping.


This subject introduces you to form aesthetics in product design. It centres on methods and principles of form development and manipulation. It also looks into form proportion and the meaning of product form and how it communicates.


This subject develops a range of presentation skills to produce strong and informative design concept presentation. You will experiment and try out different graphic presentation techniques, media and digital tools to effectively enhance and communicate the design ideas.


This subject provides insight into computerbased technical drawing technique and introduces you to the fundamentals of prototyping and modelling using computer tools. The generation of basic quality industrial design 3D models will be taught using interface and tools such as Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAID) tools.


This subject deals with the understanding of product systems involving prime movers, input and output devices, and energy storage devices. You will be introduced to basic mechanical engineering, and basic structural engineering.


This project looks at design methodology, with an emphasis on research, problem identification and analysis, and simple problem solving. Sketch ideas generated on paper will be translated into coloured renderings and general assembly drawings with the aid of maquettes and mockups, using a variety of media and workshop technologies. Issues of functionality, practicality and product semantics and aesthetics will be discussed and refined.


This project emphasises the application and use of industrial processes to meet user needs so that manipulative and workshop skills are developed into an understanding of production processes. You will learn entrepreneurship, leadership, batch production, marketing and sale of your designs.


This subject introduces the basic product design lifecycle process. It will also look into individual’s cognitive and physical factors that influence usability of interaction with the products.


This subject deepens your knowledge of the design lifecycle. The subject centres on procedures to support design solutions to satisfy the needs and desires of individual users in the context of the environment. It will cover application of design reasoning and rationale necessary to develop a holistic solution.


This subject deepens your knowledge of form aesthetics in product design, focusing on types and methods of product detailing in relationship to form and proportion. It will also look into how product detailing affects user experience and perception.


This subject centres on the design of interactive products in the context of the product ecosystem. You will learn to design for product experience that will go beyond an individual user and his interactions with a lone product.


This subject helps you learn to present and communicate design solution in a visually persuasive and captivating way by deepening your knowledge and ability to combine research process, design principles and art direction with the latest presentation techniques and technology.


This subject develops your proficiency in generating concepts on screen using the appropriate Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAID) tools. You will develop skills in creating 3D concept visualisation using CAID tools and will be able to execute and manipulate the desired outcome best conveying your ideas within the CAID environment.


This subject introduces you to a self-initiated project that includes a written thesis on the rationale, design research approach and personal design viewpoints, in a problem- based approach. The design and development process will be systematically recorded in a journal which will evolve into a detailed thesis. It covers a wide spectrum of design issues from anthropological, social, cultural, market behaviour, human factors and technology in the upstream processes to the downstream production processes of CAD simulation, prototyping, product testing and user feedback.


This project introduces you to a professional level of work attitude and design standards on projects varying from large structures and systems to mass-produced consumer durables. You will have to demonstrate your ability to internalise current socio-economic issues and evolve self-motivated areas of design research that lead to initiation of design problem-setting. You will also need to evaluate and test your design solutions.


This subject discusses how the influence of science and technology affect design and vice versa. You will be exposed to the innovation behind these domains and also the processes involved from creation to the protection of your ideas.


This subject deepens your knowledge of product design through further investigation of design and its relevant impact on business and services. You will align learning closely with professional studio practice processes and apply a wide range of media, materials and techniques on a range of design scenarios to produce a well-considered outcome that demonstrates a high level of design sensitivity, maturity and sophistication.


This subject deepens your knowledge on computer-aided rapid prototyping in the industrial design process. You will acquire skills on complex model technique for rapid prototyping and contextualisation of 3D models through stimulated 3D environments for presentation and visualisation.


Graduation Requirements

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

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.

Blog Post

  • TP bags a new design for NDP2012

    TP bags a new design for NDP2012

    28 Jun 2012

    Fuelled by endless cups of kopi and long, soul-searching chats late into the night, buzzed by WhatsApp in all hours of the day, nine student designers from the Diplomas in Product & Industrial Design and Visual Communication worked together to create this year’s Fun Pack for the National Day Parade 2012.

  • Lindis Chia – Designing for The Human Design

    24 May 2011

    One of the things about meeting students is how they impress us, surprise us and leave us with a sort of wonder. “Did you seriously manage to do that?” we can’t help but ask.

  • Pushing It Forward

    12 Feb 2011

    Furniture designer Nathan Yong is well-known for his trail-blazing career, and has been credited with nothing less than advancing furniture design and furniture retail standards in Singapore. Having wanted to be a designer since the age of 15, he chose to pursue industrial design at Temasek Polytechnic as he was interested in the forms of products. His aim at the time was ‘to be as famous as Philip Starck’.


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