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Start date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMSP

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 31,000 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
071952G

Key features

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

12017 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, design thinking methodologies, qualitative research practices and sustainability.

This degree explores the intricacies of product design, further building on your existing knowledge and skill set. You will develop the tools and techniques to investigate and analyse human centred design problems and develop techniques to manage complex design projects. You will also develop knowledge and skills in design thinking principles and practices as they are applied to industrial design projects. 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.

You may also complete an industry placement as part of your studies.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Honours) degree in a related discipline are eligible to enter the program with 1.0 EFTSL Advanced Standing and complete the program in 1 year of full time study or equivalent part time study. Applicants must also submit a portfolio of work, curriculum vitae and a written statement of intent.

2 years- SATAC CODE 4CM131

1 year- SATAC CODE 4CM208

Why Master of Design (Industrial Design)

Why this Degree

This industry relevant postgraduate qualification will give you with a competitive advantage when seeking professional employment.

As a design student you will practice 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 benefit from:

  • our strong industry links when you embark on industry placements
  • our award-winning teaching staff

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including smart manufacturing. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

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

 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 you'll learn

What you Learn

Human centred research and design thinking processes as applied to industrial design problems is at the core of your experience. It involves using various techniques to investigate design problems, come to a deep understanding of the context, and then develop and implement innovative and appropriate solutions for the problem. Emerging materials, processing technologies and sustainability are also key focuses, and you will develop an advanced understanding of product design and graduate with the ability to develop and design:

  • physical products
  • systems
  • interfaces

You will also acquire:

  • high level design thinking skills using a variety of methods and processes
  • 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 degree comprises design research studio classes, research methods 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
  • physical artefacts
  • video presentations explaining design concepts
  • visual explanations of design proposals
  • 3D computer models
  • oral presentations
  • exhibitions

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 Rule(s): 2
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 2
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 3 GRAP 6001 9
Masters Research Project 1 ARCH 5036 4.5
Masters Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 4 GRAP 6002 9
Masters Research Project 2 ARCH 5037 4.5
Masters 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.

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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

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

This degree is part of a ‘nested’ suite of degrees, which means it may be possible to exit early and graduate with a graduate diploma.  

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