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Start date
February
June

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBPR

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 27,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 28,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
071953G

Key features

  • Gain advanced design and research skills – 97 per cent of our assessed research in visual arts and crafts is at or above world-class1.
  • Learn in world-class facilities in our custom-built on-campus workshops. 
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.  
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with the industrial design industry – locally, nationally and internationally.  
  • Get the opportunity to complete some of your study internationally. 
  • Learn from teachers who are practicing professionals with strong links to industry.
  • Study at a School that has it's degrees ranked in the World Top 100 for Art and Design2.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22017 QS Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

This practical degree will equip you with the skill set needed to design and create products that people use every day, such as electronic devices, domestic appliances and homewares, sports equipment, toys, furniture and more.

Industrial designers need to consider ergonomics, usefulness, appearance, manufacturing technologies, materials and environmental sustainability in their designs, and this comprehensive, practical degree will have you doing just that. During your studies you will develop fundamental practical skills through design studio classes, model making and prototyping.

You will learn in our state-of-the-art workshops that are fitted out with digital fabrication equipment such as laser cutters, CNC routers and 3D printers, as well as industry-standard motion-capture and virtual reality systems. You will then practice skills learned in real-world workplaces when you complete professional placements as part of your study. There is also the opportunity for you to complete some of your studies overseas.

Why Bachelor of Design (Product Design)

Why this Degree

This degree enables you to practice the technical skills needed for a successful career in the innovative industrial design industry. Our world-class design studios and workshops boast digital fabrication equipment such as:

  • laser cutters
  • CNC routers
  • 3D printers
  • industry-standard motion-capture and virtual reality systems

A large portion of your practical learning will take place in these areas, and Design Studio courses make up a large part of the degree’s curriculum. In these courses you will design objects and products such as domestic appliances, musical instruments and furniture. In addition to on-campus practical experience you will also benefit from industry placements and our strong industry links. There may also be the opportunity to participate in international and national study tours, competitions and exhibitions.

Real-world connections

Our teaching staff are highly trained industry professionals who bring with them years of experience. They have strong industry links and many hold professional positions with organisations including the Global Design Network. For students this means links to industry and the opportunity to build important networks. There is the opportunity for you to further build on your industry network when you undertake work placements. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Job prospects in this field are looking good, with strong growth in employment expected nationally through to November 20201. You can increase you employment prospects when you continue your studies with a Master of Design. Careers to consider:

  • computer drafter: convert designs into technical drawings using specialised software
  • furniture designer: develop design concepts, experiment with different materials, liaise with clients and build sample models for either mass produced furniture prototypes or one-off exclusive pieces
  • technical illustrator: design and create visual representations for use in technical publications and manuals 

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this program are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia after three years of professional practice.

What others are saying

I participated in a trip to China to take part in a university workshop as well as two internships at a design consultancy and bicycle company. My involvement with industry has been incredible, giving me opportunities I wouldn’t have had any other way.

Liam Buggy

Bachelor of Design (Product Design)

Liam Buggy

Liam Buggy

Bachelor of Design (Product Design)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

There is a lot of ground to cover in this degree, starting with a fundamental understanding of the elements and principles of design. Much of this study takes place in the purpose-built design studios located on-campus. You will study basic skills and concepts relating to areas such as design history, theory and thinking; human centred design; and creativity. During your second year you will broaden your knowledge, covering topics such as:

  • ergonomics
  • computer aided design and manufacturing
  • sustainable design concepts and methods
  • materials and processes
  • manufacturing and engineering principles

In your third year there will be a focus on design for usability, high volume manufacturing and sustainability, and you will be able to select a range of electives to tailor your study to your individual interests.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). Typically there are 15 contact hours a week, with the expectation of 30 hours a week of self-directed study.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • projects
  • essays and assignments
  • technical drawing exercises
  • journals

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Design Foundation Studio GRAP 1017 9
Physical Prototyping Techniques for Product Design GRAP 1021 4.5
Drawing for Product Design GRAP 1022 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Product Design Studio 2 (Principles) GRAP 1024 9
Computer Graphics and Imaging for Design GRAP 1018 4.5
Introduction to Computer Modelling for Product Design GRAP 1026 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Product Design Studio 3 (Human Factors) GRAP 2032 9
Low Volume Manufacturing for Product Design GRAP 1025 4.5
Advanced Computer Modelling for Product Design GRAP 2029 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Product Design Studio 4 (Materials, Processes and Sustainability) GRAP 2033 9
Human-Centred Design: Research and Analysis GRAP 2031 4.5
Electronics (Theory and Techniques) EEET 2046 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Product Design Studio 5 (Usability) GRAP 3010 9
High Volume Manufacturing for Product Design GRAP 2034 4.5
Design, Culture and Society 2 GRAP 2030 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Product Design Studio 6 (Manufacturing) GRAP 3011 9
Art, Architecture and Design Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Free Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4

Design practice is a rich and challenging process of really getting to understand how and why people do things, and also what technologies exist that could help improve people’s lives.

Dr Peter Schumacher

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

As a design student, you will have access to:

  • state-of-the-art on-campus design studios created specifically for product design students
  • workshops with an extensive range of traditional machines and tools, as well as a digital workshop that includes laser cutters and CNC routers
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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