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Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGSP

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
082774G

Key features

  • Gain advanced design and research skills, as they relate to emerging materials, technologies and sustainability.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art on-campus workshops.
  • Study at a School that has been ranked in the World Top 100 for art and design1.
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with the industrial design industry – locally, nationally and internationally.  
  • Learn from teachers who are practicing professionals with strong links to industry.

1 2017 QS Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

This hands-on postgraduate qualification will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the innovative, changing world of design. You will study emerging trends and technologies, contemporary design issues and sustainability.

As a postgraduate student, you will delve straight into the intricacies of product design, further building on your existing knowledge and skill set. Emerging materials and processing technologies will be covered, as will manufacturing, technical skills and 3D design.

Much of your study will take place 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. In addition to these fundamental practical skills, a key part of your learning will relate to advanced research skills and you will graduate with the cognitive skills needed to review and analyse research.

 

Why Graduate Diploma in Design (Industrial Design)

Why this Degree

This postgraduate qualification will give you a competitive advantage when seeking professional employment – it’s also a pathway to a Master of Design. As a design student you will develop your skills in our world-class design studios and workshops that boast digital fabrication equipment such as: 

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

You will also be involved in on-campus practical projects, where you will benefit from our strong industry links and our experienced teaching staff. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

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 national and international organisations. For students this means links to industry and the opportunity to build important networks.  

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 growth in employment nationally expected in the coming years through to November 20201. Careers to consider: 

  • industrial designer: develop concepts and designs for manufactured products, such as cars
  • 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 
  • product designer: use your design skills to make existing products more effective

It is recommended that to increase employability in this competitive industry students complete the additional year of study required at attain a Master of Design.

1 Australian 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 you'll learn

What you Learn

Emerging materials, processing technologies and sustainability are key focuses of this graduate diploma. You will also develop an advanced understanding of product design and graduate with the ability to develop and design physical products, systems, interfaces, and environments for cultural and economic exchange. You will also develop:

  • high-level technical skills needed for digital prototyping and the development of 3D design
  • the ability to use knowledge of existing and emerging materials and processing technologies for high and low volume manufacturing
  • the ability to work through complex industrial design problems
  • cognitive skills needed to review and analyse research

This graduate diploma comprises design research studio classes, research methods, design theory and a selection of electives.

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. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

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

  • proposals
  • projects
  • literature/artefact reviews
  • research proposals
  • essays and assignments

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)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

I’m passionate about increasing awareness of Indigenous knowledges and providing expansive opportunities for students to engage in the educational process.

Mr Peter Walker

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 and workshops 
  • the University library’s collection of art, craft and design resource material, which is the largest in the state
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. 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.

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.

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