Experience cutting-edge facilities
Work with the latest prototyping technologies including 3D printers, a 10-tool CNC router, a fully-automated vacuum former and a large-format laser cutter.
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.
1 years full-time.
Face to Face
Industrial designers create links between people and products. They focus on understanding human behaviour to develop products of optimal style and function. Most manufactured products in the world are the work of an industrial designer - from cars, phones, lighting and furniture, to essential medical equipment. Using sustainable materials, energy-efficient manufacturing processes and product life-cycles, industrial designers can have a significant impact on the future of our planet.
As an industrial designer, you will approach problems and opportunities using research to gain a holistic understanding of people's needs, preferences and behaviours. You’ll develop solutions with sketches, models and prototypes to test your ideas. Your decision-making process will be supported by technical drawings, illustrations and computer aided design models. You will then select materials and manufacturing methods and present your product to clients, managers or investors with guidance from technical specialists such as mechanical engineers and electronic designers.
Gain core skills in the design and development of new products. Study specialist courses in furniture, styling, human factors as well as a number of elective courses where you can explore areas of personal interest and undertake projects in partnership with external manufacturers and mentors. Courses on offer include:
Work on the professional project of your choice in the final year of study. From understanding user needs, defining problems, generating new ideas, developing prototypes and testing solutions – you’ll complete the design process from start to finish. The project is designed to help you build your professional portfolio of work.
Get connected to industry. Our industrial design lecturers are practitioners who bring years of industry experience to the classroom. Your major design project can be undertaken in conjunction with an external manufacturer or mentor and you will have the opportunity to showcase your work to employers and industry at a public exhibition.
TAFE + University: the first three years of this qualification are completed at TAFE, where you must have completed one of the following, or an approved equivalent:
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Products are designed all over the world, which means industrial designers are in demand throughout Australia and internationally. Manufacturers of kitchen appliances, electronics, furniture, medical equipment, cars, lighting, sporting goods and toys all employ industrial designers.
As a graduate from this degree, you’re not limited to the job title ‘industrial designer’. Your design thinking skills will be highly sought after in a range of other industries. You could help solve problems or generate innovation in just about any business or not-for-profit organisation. You’ll be ideally placed to explore careers in emerging design fields such as: