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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 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 printing, CnC Milling and the influence of the 4th Industrial revolution on design process. 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. 
  • Students get free access to the MakersLab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Laser Cutting facilities
  • The programme integrates leading software including Autodesk Fusion 360  accepted by industry at the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering new designers
  • Creative and design tools by Adobe for graphic editing and presentation are based on industry-leading software. Beneficial product design tools such as  Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign was added to further maximum employment success.  
  • Scare 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 1 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 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.  
  • Design
  • Explore
  • Create

Re-imagine designers
of the future

This programmes incorporates the use of the MakersLab. A space where learning, exploration, design, making & testing will take place. It will act as a platform for design & prototyping of products specifically related to space-making.

Casting & Moulding, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling!

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 exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00 Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/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, Hybrid Learning (Learn More) 

    • 10 months (+/-12hrs per week of class time)
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time 

    Part-Time, Hybrid Learning (Learn More) 

    • Part Time = (1 x 2hr Week @ 18:00-20:00 & 3hrs every 2nd Saturday @09:00-12:00)
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time)
    Online, Virtual Learning (Learn More)
    • Online = 10 Months (1 x 2hrs @18:00-20:00) 
    *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.
  • 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 (On-Campus only) 
    • Autodesk student license valid for 1 year
    • Adobe student license valid for 1 year. 
    • USB 8GB with all required software applications
    • Stationery kit that includes: 
      • AIE Ruler
      • AIE Pen
      • AIE Notepad
      • AIE Pencil Case (15cm)
      • A3 Bleedproof Sketchpad - 50 Sheets
      • A3 Tracing paper - 30 Sheets
      • Monte Marte pencils 12 pack/ Staedler traditional sketch pencil
      • Uni Pin Fine Liner (0,2mm and 0,5mm)
      • Scale Ruler
      • HB Pencil
      • A3 Sketchpad
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to our myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 




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:  
  • AIE Certificate of completion for Industrial and Product Design 
  • International Certificate: AutoCAD Essentials and Autodesk Fusion  
  • Specialized Certificates: Certification in Project Management from Learnfast

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

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. 


Creative and Critical Thinking



Business Communicatio



Design History and Theory



Drawing and Design Presentation



Materials and Prototyping for Industrial Design



Design Elements & Principles 



The Design Process



DA: Design Application A

  • Graphic Manipulation (Photoshop) 

  • Presentation Page Design & Layout Tools (Adobe InDesign) 

  • Using software in 3D (Autodesk Fusion) 




ESPM: Essentials of Project Management (CAPM PMI)

This module will prepare students to write their Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam. (Note: CAPM Exam to be arranged by the student) 

This course is accredited with Services SETA to the following unit standards: 

  • SAQA ID 120372: Explain Fundamentals of Project Management | NQF Level 4, 5 Credits 

  • SAQA ID 120379: Work as a project team member | NQF Level 4, 8 Credits 

The person credited with these unit standards is able to begin operating in a project environment by understanding the terminology used and interpreting and explaining fundamental concepts of project management. These unit standards will also add value to learners who are running their own business and recognise that project management forms an integral component of any business.



WORE: Workplace Readiness Program through a self paced assemembly

  • Compiling a Portfolio

  • Creating a Curriculum Vitae

  • Creating & Maintaining your Social Media

  • Seeking Employment

  • Registering on the AIE Recruitment Portal

  • Preparing for an Interview




  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time

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