Incubator 2020 – Industrial Design Honours Projects

Honours Is Our Industrial Design Incubator

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

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. 

The Industrial Design Incubator is the culmination of superior academic education.

Entry to the Industrial Design Honours year is merit-based. 2021 Honours Projects will be made available in T3 2020. Please register your interest here.



Program Structure

Term Two - Capstone Research

The capstone research course will focus on design research and design research methods and will prepare you for the capstone project in the following term. You will develop and apply research knowledge and skills, as you produce a substantive design research report based upon an agreed research topic. The design research report will cover problem and/or opportunity identification, data gathering, synthesis and analysis of information and research results. It will conclude with a design brief, and proposals to guide your capstone project in term 2. In parallel with the research focus, there will be studio activities offering different problem-solving approaches and providing a means for students to improve and perfect their design process.

Term Two - Capstone Project

This capstone studio course will enable you to combine accumulated Industrial Design skills and knowledge gained during your four years at UNSW. The work produced for this course will represent the culmination of your studies and provide you an opportunity to demonstrate capabilities as an emerging design professional. This course builds upon your research undertaken in the previous term by providing the foundation for your designated design project.

Upon successful completion of this capstone studio course, you will present a well-planned Industrial Design project within the constraints of a ‘real world’ framework of commercial practice.

Honours Structure

Honours Structure 2020


2020 Projects

Circular Design And The National Packaging Targets
Product Lifespans And Repair
Domestic use of urban public space - for food preparation
Inclusive and accessible packaging design
Adaptive And Responsive Domestic Environments
Bio Design application for product designers
Construction sites as theatre
The Changing Landscape of Medical Devices
Multispecies design - city life for more than humans
UNSW Urban Growers Garden Project
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Hybrid Design

2020 Honours Supervisors

Dr Christian Tietz
Director Industrial Design
Gonzalo Portas
Dr Miles Park
Dr Mariano Ramirez
Rina Bernabei
Professor Oya Demirbilek
Professor of Industrial Design