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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


  • The programme integrates multiple leading CAD/CAM/CAE software including AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk Sketchbook, 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 and Illustrator was added to further maximum employment success.  
  • Scarce industry skills such as Project Management and others 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. 
  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal. 

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

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 (Online live Q&A classes, once/week, 17:00 - 18:00)  
    • Part Time = 10 months (2 x evening classes, 18:00 to 21:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thur)    
    • 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:


    • Design Interpretation and Presentation
    • Prototyping
    • Manufacturing innovation
    • Product Design Management
    • 3D Printing
    • CnC Manufacturing
    • Toy Design
    • Furniture Design
    • Packaging Design
    • Plastic Product Design
  • Study Kit

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

    • Free WIFI (3GB/Month, On Campus only). 
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years. 
    • Adobe student license valid for 1 year.  
    • Stationary including, Notepad, Sketchpad, A4 & A3 Paper and Tracing Paper 
    • Electronic Study Guides 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.  
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications.
    • Sketching Tablet  
    • Sketchpad and Copic Markers 
    • Colouring Pencils

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. 

Semester 1 


Module 1: Business and Entrepreneurship in the Design field  


This subject will introduce the student to the skills needed to start a business in the design fields, including the process of research to ensure that any new idea is properly researched and evaluated moving ahead.  


The outline includes but is not limited to: 


  • Entrepreneurship 
  • New venture creation 
  • The start-up process  
  • The growth stages  
  • Maturing a business 
  • Research Methods and Process 


Module 2: Design Technology 1a 


Students will be introduced to the traditional and new materials, including the new breakthrough technologies that will shape the future of design. 


The outline includes but is not limited to: 


  • Material properties 
  • New technology and smart materials 
  • Wearable technology 
  • Design paradigms in changing world 


Module 3: Design Drawing and Presentation 1a 


No design can be thoroughly understood and explained without sketching. Students will be introduced to the process of sketching with traditional media and conventions 



  • The outline includes but is not limited to: 
  • Sketching with traditional hand sketching tools.  
  • Sketching with Autodesk Sketchbook and sketching tablets.  



Module 4: Design Theory  


Students are introduced to the process of creative thinking and will employ design theory and principles of design on their own projects. 


  • The outline includes but is not limited to: 
  • Design Theory 
  • Creative Thinking 
  • Principles of Design 
  • Ergonomics in design 

Semester 2: 


Module 5: Business and Project Management 


Students are introduced to the skills of managing a running business and the related processes. Project management is introduced to ensure deadlines are met and resources are well managed, based on the international PMBOK curriculum, both critical for the successful transition from start-up to mature business.  


The outline includes but is not limited to: 


  • Project Management and Processes in Context  
  • Project Integration Management  
  • Project Scope Management  
  • Project Time Management  
  • Project Cost Management  
  • Project Quality Management  
  • Project Human Resource Management  
  • Project Communication Management  
  • Project Risk Management  
  • Project Procurement Management  
  • Project Stakeholder Management  
  • Business Strategy 
  • Project Management 
  • Business Information Systems 
  • Business Communication 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Outsourcing strategies 


Module 6: Design Technology 1b 


Students will explore traditional and new Manufacturing processes, Decentralised manufacturing and the influence of the 4th tech revolution on design process. 


  • The outline includes but is not limited to: 
  • Design for 3D printing 
  • Designing and preparing for CnC Manufacturing 
  • Traditional Manufacturing processes 
  • New Manufacturing trends 


Module 7: Design Drawing and Presentation 1b 


Students will take their concept into the next phase of design by employing Engineering Drawings (CAD), Presentation Graphics (PS) and Digital Rendering to prepare for client presentation and  manufacturing 


  • AutoCAD Essentials, AutoCAD Advanced 

  • Autodesk Inventor 
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • 3D Product and Industrial Design with Autodesk Fusion 365 


Module 8: Design History and Theory  


A study of Modern and Post Modern art and design styles, an overview of Furniture design history, designs of the Bauhaus era will give students a robust background and foundation of the design paradigms that are prevalent today. Further exploration of design in the era of disruptive Technology will assist the student in understanding the possible future elements that will have an impact on design 


Virtual Reality 

With Virtual Reality becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the game industry we believe no gaming course would be complete without introducing the student to the specific requirements and nuances of designing for this interface. Our VR module is a standalone course that will not only introduce the basic concepts of VR but also expose the student to some of the fields beyond gaming where this is being applied and the specific needs of working in those industries. This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality: This topic will cover the basics of Virtual Reality, the concepts and ready to use VR environments. Learners will use their Goggles VR Headset and experience various VR environments both static and interactive.

  • Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality: A topic to introduce students to the concept of 3D using virtual reality. By using VR, learners will conceptualize the 3D environment much quicker. 
  • Modelling for Virtual Reality:  Guidelines and tips for ensuring correct modelling techniques are followed to ensure the best experience. 
  • Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Immersion: This topic will cover how to prepare your data for the virtual reality environment. It will explore the conversion of your data through various channel, using applicable software so that it is VR ready. 
  • Design Validation through Virtual Reality: Use VR for design validation. 
  • Presenting your data in Virtual Reality:  Using VR platforms, learn how to present and use your data in various VR scenarios, from basic stereo images to full immersive experiences. 


    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.
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