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Industrial and Product Design Certification 


Join the exciting makers movement that is freeing designers from all levels to scratch their creative itch. Take charge of the world around and design your future with this unique and modern Industrial and Product Design Certification.  


This program will introduce you to the process of design and develop your expertise in industrial engineering product design and equip you with the necessary skills to start and run your own business in this rapidly growing industry.  Taking you from concept to creation, the programme will introduce you to the development and production through a practical, hands-on curriculum that exposes you to a wide range of product types and processes.  


It takes a modern approach by exposing students to several new and emerging developments and concepts in the manufacturing field, specifically looking at how new disruptive technologies and paradigms are influencing the field including rapid prototyping, 3D printingCnC Milling, de-centralised lean manufacturing and the influence of the 4th Industrial revolution on design process. You will also work with Virtual Reality technology using your Goggles VR headset, and other VR Technologies. (Review the VR Lab block below)


You never know, the next unique product on the market might be yours!



Features and Benefits


  • Cover modern and practical topics such as new disruptive technologies, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CnC Milling, de-centralised lean manufacturing and the influence of the 4th Industrial revolution on design process. 
  • The programme integrates multiple leading CAD/CAM/CAE software including AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion 360 accepted by industry at the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering new designers. 
  • Scarce and beneficial product design tools such as Adobe Photoshop was added to further maximum employment success.  
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality technology is incorporated into this program (Read more below) 

  • Scarce industry skills such as Project Management was added to further maximum employment success. 
  • Get access to the full software suites of Adobe (for 1 year) and Autodesk (for 3 years) with no limitations and restriction to any functionality, all included in the price.  
  • Through our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning we deliver our programmes via flexible study method options including class-based sessions and blended learning for online student.  
  • For online students, we ensure that you are supported by technology and people throughout your academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.   
  • Our programmes are practical in nature that prepare the student for the working environment and suitable salary expectations. 
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 
  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.  

This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements:

NQF 3 or Grade 11 with English as your home/first language

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusivly to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i5
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i7
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3500 Series i7

R9 000.00Learn More

15" laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. Featuring 10th generation Intel®

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive, DVD Drive (Reads /Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Home 64bit English, 1Y Collect and Return Service

R14 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks. Featuring 10th generation Intel® processors and an array of ports.

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R18 000.00 Learn More

Get serious with the high spec Latitude, Dell’s flagship hardware for high end graphics and processing.

8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 -8565U, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX130 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills


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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time

    • 10 months (+-10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 hours each, class times are between 08:30 – 12:00 or 12:30 – 16:00) 
    • All hours are achieved via your study duration at the institute and project-based assignments.


    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change.



    • Online = 10 Months (3 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hours on Campus session - Every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00) 
    • Part Time = 10 months (2 Hours Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00)    
    • Hours are obtained through a combination of live virtual Q&A sessions, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
  • Career Options

    As part of our commitment to helping you find a job after graduation, we go a step above by preparing you with networking techniques, a professional resume, and interviewing techniques so you have what you need to succeed. 


    Career opportunities for graduates of this degree have been identified in entry-level positions in:


    • Product Designer 
    • Industrial Designer 

    • Product Design Management 

    • 3D Printing Specialist 

    • Toy Design 

    • Furniture Design 

    • Packaging Design 

    • Plastic Product Design 

  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:

    • Free WIFI (Unlimited data, On Campus only).
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years. 
    • Adobe student license valid for 1 year.  
    • Stationery kit that includes:
      • Notepad
      • A4 & A3 Paper
      • Tracing Paper  
      • A3 Sketchpad and Spectra Markers 
      • Pencil Case, Ruler and Pen
      • Derwent 12 piece Artist Pencil
    • Electronic Study Guides 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.  
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications.
    • HUION H420 Drawing Tablet



What you get

This programme is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates and qualifications, 
both locally and internationally recognised by industry for maximum employability.   


On completion the student will earn:  


  • Industrial and Product Design Certificate 
  • Autodesk Certified Training Centre Certificate for each Autodesk course completed. 
  • Adobe Certificate for each Adobe course completed.
  • Certificate from Learnfast via the Project Management Institute

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of an Industrial and Product Designer. 

BUCO: Business Communication for Designers

  • Elements of Communication

  • Public speaking and visual aids

  • Business Presentations and Writing

  • Research Methodology



DTHI: Design History and Theory

  • A brief historical background

  • How these movements apply



ESPM: Essentials of Project Management (CAPM PMI)

  • The nature of a Project, Structures in the Project

  • Environment, Processes and Activities

  • Collaboration, Building relations, Strategies



DDPA: Drawing and Design Presentation

  • Freehand Sketching

  • Sketching techniques

  • Views and projections

  • Perspectives drawings

  • Presentation styles



Map: Materials and Prototyping for Industrial Design

  • Materials overview - types of wood/characteristics and processes; types of plastic/characteristics and processes and environmental implications of plastics

  • Wearable technology - overview; characteristics; features; pros/cons; future predicaments

  • Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing

  • New Manufacturing Methods (industry 4.0/factories of the future)

  • Design for Recycling (DfR) concept and Renewable Materials and Recycling and waste management

  • Design For Sustainability (D4S) concept and Design For Environment (DfE) principles



DEPR: Design Elements & Principles for Interior Design

  • Line, Form, Shape, Colour etc.

  • Balance, Harmony, Contrast etc

  • Designer vs decorator



DEPR: The Design Process

  • Design Thinking Processes

  • Setting out a Design Brief

  • Planning and Implementing Design Projects

  • Design process (creative though process) - ideation; conceptualisation; problem solving techniques and strategies; presenting your creative design process (though process) from initial idea to final concept

  • Creative problem solving in the context of the built environment



BUED: Business and Entrepreneurship in Design

  • Entrepreneurship

  • New Venture Creation & Freelance work

  • The Start-Up Process

  • The Growth Stages

  • Maturing a Business

  • Research Methods and Processes

  • Social & Digital Marketing



VRES: Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Fundamentals

  • Basic introduction to Virtual Reality

  • Preparing and Exporting Models for use in VR and AR

  • Design Validation and Virtual Prototyping

  • Design Presentation in Virtual Reality



DEAA: Design Application A

  • Introduction to Draughting

  • Using CAD Software (AutoCAD Essentials)

  • Introduction to 3D Modelling (Sketchup)

  • Manipulating Graphics (Photoshop)




WORE: Workplace Readiness Program

  • Compiling a Portfolio

  • Creating a Curriculum Vitae

  • Maintaining and Social Media Profile

  • Preparing for an interview

  • Registering on the AIE Recruitment Portal

  • Seeking Employment



DEAB: Design Application B

  • Advanced CAD software in 3D (Autodesk Fusion360, Autodesk Inventor)

  • Advanced Graphic Manipulation (Photoshop Advanced)

  • Digital Illustration (Adobe Illustrator)

  • Presentation Page Design & Layout Tools (Adobe InDesign)



  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Full Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Part Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Part Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Full Time

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