Our Industrial Design program prepares students to be knowledgeable, creative and innovative, with emphasis on design and its place in and effects on society. Our degrees take into account the rapid transformation of communication and industrial technologies recognising the need for designers to resolve increasingly complex issues. Providing students with the knowledge and skills to respond to design challenges in their design careers.
Our students have access to our MakerSpace facilities to enable them to get the most out of their studies and receive training in the latest design and manufacturing technology. The MakerSpace includes a 3D Printing Hub, Fab Lab, Robotics and Interactive Programming and Virtual Reality.
The program involves industry partners on research projects, a built in industry internship component to fulfil our commitment of producing industry ready graduates. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Resmed, Stegbar, Tiller, Visy, PepsiCo, Wilkhahn, Honeywell, Doric and Klick. Graduates have also gone on to establish successful careers as independent designers and become Design Teachers in schools.
We have a history of outstanding student's achievements whilst studying with our students creating patents and winning industry awards including 1st place in the 2014 Cormack Packaging awards. We give our students the opportunity to showcase their final year projects to industry with our end of year Widevision Technology Innovation Exhibition.
Bachelor of Design and Technology
This three year course prepares students for a career in industrial design and/or industrial graphics. This is achieved by providing a sound knowledge of units in a broad range of design disciplines, including design methodology, design innovation, product design, ergonomics, manufacturing technology and design, management, 2D and 3D CAD. Students interested in a teaching career in Design and Technology may take the end-on Bachelor of Teaching degree or Graduate diploma in Education after completing their Design and Technology degree.
The course pathway is transformative by practice on progressive priorities of product, process, people and place. In first year, it introduces students to the basic skills of making products, design thinking and literacy, physical and digital methods, professional standards, and essential foundation knowledge of science and mathematics for industrial design. In second year, the program takes students deeper into the profession by working on design process through design management, visualisation, human-computer interaction and sustainable design. In third year, the program brings students to consolidate competencies and expertise by focusing on people, place and socio-cultural context as critical components of the design problem. Students are expected to complete an incremental process of industrial experience by this year. They are also required to undertake a sub-major from different streams within the program to complete the course.
Bachelor of Industrial Design
This program builds on Bachelor of Design and Technology with a fourth year of Honours allowing students to undertake a yearlong design project to be exhibited at the Widevision exhibition. Students will also complete units related to their project to help support development of their final year project.