The aim of these studies is to provide future professionals with scientific and technical training enabling them to be in charge of and manage the entire life of a product, from its inception as an idea (market analysis, marketing, basic design...), through the product's production, manufacturing and launch, to the study of environmental impact at the end of its useful life.
The curriculum includes a series of optional subjects, which are grouped into two itineraries:
One is taught at the Polytechnic School of Alcoi, and offers the following elective subjects: Production and Innovation, Quality and Management, Product Design, and Textiles and Fashion.
And the other one is taught at the School of Design Engineering, and comprises the following elective subjects: Integral Consumer Products Design, Advanced Design of Industrial Products, Public Use Products, and New Products Design.
It is desirable to have scientific and technical interests, creativity, drawing skills, a capacity for analysis and synthesis, abstract understanding, pragmatic sense and a willingness to do disciplined team work.
Graduates will be able to identify market opportunities for new products, visualize them and build them so that they can be mass-produced, and manage the technical and commercial communication required. They will also be able to develop models and prototypes, participate in marketing plans for new products, and manage technical offices for product development. Finally, they will be able to be in charge of and execute projects, and manage companies in the field of industrial design.
You will be able to work in companies belonging to all industrial sectors (furniture, lamps, ceramics, plastic and metal processing, etc.) in the technical, design, research, project and new products development departments.
You will also be able to practise your profession freely, creating consultancy companies or producing companies. Or you can choose a public administration career (as a European Union, national, regional or local administration civil servant or employee); or a career in research, development and innovation (at public or private education centres, or in R&D departments of large companies) or in teaching.
The Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development recognizes up to 18 credits for work experience in any of the 500 companies (from all fields of industrial design) with which the EPSA and the ETSID have signed agreements.
The vast majority of those internships are paid, which improves their quality.
The most popular destinations are the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and the Ingeniørhøjskolen Odense Teknikum, Denmark -vacancies there are quickly filled.
In addition, more than 100 vacancies are offered at other universities in Europe, America, Asia and Oceania that are no less interesting, because of the language that you can learn there and of the university's prestige as well.
With a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development you will be able to access the following master's degrees offered by the UPV: Design Engineering; Project Management; Integrated Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing; Mechanical Engineering and Textile Engineering.
And, as in all cases, you may request access to any UPV master's degree studies by taking the corresponding levelling subjects.