Design for people in a changing world
Industrial designers shape the way we live through the design of things we use every day. The profession demands imagination, technical capability and a keen awareness of new possibilities. Designers consider the technical aspects of design together with how things are used and experienced by people in diverse settings.
In this degree, you will learn design process, visual communication, technology and materials, market research, ergonomics, research methods and professional practice. This combination of skills ensures you are work ready and highly employable.
As part of this Honours degree, your final year will involve investigating and researching a project of your choice where you will independently manage your own design project. You will have the capacity to lead and manage a highly relevant design project. At the completion of your degree, you will exhibit your skills and a career-ready portfolio which will enable you to be a leader in the industry.
The Bachelor of Industrial Design is a 3-year program consisting of 24 courses (144 Units Of Credit/UOC).
The program includes:
- 8 Design Studio Courses
- 8 Core Courses
- 2 Interdisciplinary Courses (BEIL)
- 2 Open Elective Courses (choose from within UNSW Built Environment or other faculties)
- 2 FBE Elective Courses (choose from within UNSW Built Environment)
- 2 General Education Courses (choose from other faculties)
Key Areas of Study
Industrial Design Studio
Design presentation (Computer aided and manual communication methods)
Technology (Materials and design for manufacture)
Design History and Theory
For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.
Industrial designers shape the way we live through the design of things we use every day in the home, at work and in the public domain.
The profession demands imagination, technical capability and a keen awareness of new possibilities. Designers consider not just the things they design but the way those things are experienced by people in diverse settings.
Industrial design is a career choice for you if you are curious and inventive, able to work with technology, and ready to enlarge your understanding of the social, environmental and commercial contexts of professional design work.
Product designer within a consultancy or in-house team e.g. consumer products, transport, scientific, medical, retail, furniture, telecommunications, not-for-profit sector
Digital multimedia design
Product branding and marketing
Service and strategic design
- Benefit from research-informed teaching
- World class alumni connections
- UNSW Australia ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2016-2017)
- UNSW Graduates are the most hired by LinkedIn's top 30 most in-demand employers in 2015
- UNSW has invested over $1.2 billion in student facilities and accommodation
- Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8)
- Strong industry links and partnerships
- In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.
“UNSW Built Environment appealed to me because of its reputation and also its ability to offer industrial design in a faculty that brought together all disciplines of the built environment. I was attracted to the Bachelor of Industrial Design course because it provided me with the foundations to pursue a career continuing to do what I already enjoyed doing.”
UNSW Built Environment Alumnus, Thomas Marlay