Industrial Design

Bachelor of Industrial Design

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3 years full-time + 1 year honours pathway
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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.

In the Honours year pathway, 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.


Key Information

Program details

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 School of Built Environment or other schools)
  • 2 FBE Elective Courses (choose from within UNSW School of Built Environment)
  • 2 General Education Courses (choose from other schools)

Key Areas of Study
Industrial Design Studio
Design presentation (Computer aided and manual communication methods)
Technology (Materials and design for manufacture)
Design Management
Design History and Theory

For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 



Honours Year

In this intensive, year-long program you will sharpen and integrate all of your previously learned skills to one major design project.

Entry to the Industrial Design Honours year is merit-based and builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the Bachelor of Industrial Design. Completing this intensive special training will prepare you for a better transition to your professional career and provide you with a more thorough and experiential understanding of design practice. This training is also an advantage - or requirement - for potential academic Higher Degree Research studies. 


Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

Career opportunities

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.

Career opportunities

  • 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

  • Packaging design

  • Service and strategic design


Why UNSW School of Built Environment
  • Benefit from research-informed teaching
  • Top 27 in the world and 4th in Australia in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • World class alumni connections
  • We're a global top 50 university. UNSW ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • UNSW has the Most Employable Students (Winner, Australian Financial Review Most Employable Students Award 2020)
  • We're ranked 13th in the world and 2nd in Australia for Employer Reputation in Built Environment
  • Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
  • Strong industry links and partnerships
Students' work

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Our students

“UNSW School of Built Environment appealed to me because of its reputation and also its ability to offer industrial design in a school 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 School of Built Environment Alumnus, Thomas Marlay