ATAR cut-off
N/A (Median ATAR)
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UAC code


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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1 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12020
CRICOS code: 061627D

Program handbook


The program offers a pathway for holders of the TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma of Industrial Design to complete a university qualification. The program's courses are based on project-centred learning strategies where students are able to direct the outcome of their learning.

In addition to lectures, there is the opportunity to work on a professional level project. The project can be undertaken in conjunction with an external manufacturer or a mentor.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Knowledge - an ability to apply a thorough knowledge of design fundamentals, material properties, manufacturing processes and the principles and skills which underpin them
  • Context - an ability to inform their practice through knowledge of historical and cultural precedents, as well as their own experience
  • Process - an ability to apply a range of design theories, research methods and approaches to design propositions, as well as critical and reflective practices
  • Communication - an ability to demonstrate effective communication skills, including verbal, written and visual strategies, to communicate design & technical information both in the process of collaboration and to convey autonomous information
  • Ethics - an ability to demonstrate responsiveness to the societal issues and the needs of the users of their designs, including; application of ethical practices, the role of design decisions within the community and the potential for environmental impacts
  • Practice - a demonstrated ability to inform their designs through an application of one or more of Points 1 to 5 above, with a focus on project management principles, commercial practicalities, project completion and professionalism


Information correct as at24th Aug 2016 4:51pm
Program code12020
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 years full-time.
ATAR (2016)
Callaghan CampusNANA

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Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Contributing schools
  1. School of Creative Arts
  2. School of Humanities and Social Science
  3. School of Architecture and Built Environment
  4. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  5. School of Design, Communication and Info Tech
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CRICOS Code061627D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the program students must have both:

  • A TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma of Industrial Design (or approved equivalent) and
  • an ATAR equivalent consistent with University of Newcastle entry requirements.

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from .  Admission information for international students can be found at .You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma of Industrial Design (Program Code 10221NAT), TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma in Product Design and Development (7555), TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma of Product Design and Innovation (19220) or approved equivalent qualification from a recognised AQF provider.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

The program consists of 240 units. However, students who have completed a TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma of Industrial Design or approved equivalent studies at a university, institute of technology or polytechnic either in Australia or overseas, will receive 160 units of credit, therefore requiring completion of 80 units of study in order to be awarded the degree.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents

Transition arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Additional Information" section (located towards the top of this page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE3520Industrial Design Professional Project
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units
ARBE3521Design for Innovation
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
20 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENVS3006Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHIL3910Ethics, Technology and Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
AART2400Photomedia: Studio to BureauNot currently offered10 units
ARBE2101Construction Ecology 2
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (BCA)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan Distance)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan Distance)
10 units
DESN2004Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE3200History and Theory in the Built Environment 3
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan Distance)
10 units
ARBE3501Computational Design and Modelling
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE3503Form, Function and the Human Interface
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3005Design Contexts 5: Design Research Methodologies
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3006Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN3730Illustration and IdeasNot currently offered10 units
INFT3302Multimedia and Animation
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

The Faculty has appointed School International Student Advisors whose roles are to provide a structured and proactive program of support to the Faculty's on-campus international students. This support is additional to that provided by the University's Student Support Services and the local support offered by teaching staff in one-to-one studio situations.

Special needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.