Start Date
February
June

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBPR

SATAC Code
424551 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 65.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,C
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 60.10
TAFE/RTO: Cert IV
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Degree overview

  • Learn in custom-built on-campus workshops. 
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.  
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with the product and industrial design industry – locally, nationally and internationally.  
  • Learn from teachers who are practicing professionals with strong links to industry.
  • Get the opportunity to complete some of your study internationally. 
  • UniSA is the only South Australian university ranked for Art and Design1.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in product design is ranked world class2.
  • Study at a university that developed the first Bachelor of Design degree in the world.

12021 QS Subject
2Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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, medical devices, sports equipment, user interfaces, furniture, and more.

Product designers need to consider human factors, usability, aesthetics, 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, and virtual reality systems. There are opportunities for you to 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.

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 sketching and visualisation techniques; design history and theory; human centred design; computer-aided design; and creativity. During your second year you will broaden your knowledge, covering topics such as:

  • ergonomics and human factors
  • advanced 3D computer modelling 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 user experience, and you will be able to select a range of electives to tailor your study to your individual interests.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree 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
Design, Culture and Society 1 GRAP 1023 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
Transdisciplinary Projects GRAP 3013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Product Design Studio 6 (Manufacturing) GRAP 3011 9
UniSA Creative Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
OR
Electronics (Theory and Techniques) EEET 2046 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3

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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Design (Product Design)

Why this Degree

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

  • laser cutters
  • digital machining including CNC routers and water jet cutters
  • 3D printers
  • 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 Design Institute of Australia, Adelaide Design Network and others. 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.

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Career outcomes

Your career

Job prospects in this field are looking good, with very strong growth in employment expected nationally1. You can increase your employment prospects when you continue your studies with a Master of Design, specialising in Industrial Design. 

Careers to consider:

  • product designer: develop new designs in a broad range of industries including consumer electronics, domestic products, medical products, transportation and app design
  • 3D computer modeller: develop designs into 3D models and technical drawings using specialised software in a broad range of industries
  • 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 and animation: design and create visual representations for use in marketing content, technical publications and manuals 

1Australian Government, Job Outlook 2020.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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

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

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC routers.
Your study spaces

Your program director

Dan McLean is the Program Director of Design, Product Design at the University of South Australia. Dan has worked professionally on Industrial Design projects in fields including consumer electronics, automotive and food and beverage packaging. He has worked in Australia and internationally as a professional Industrial Designer and has extensive design teaching experience, specifically in Design Studio courses, Human Centred Design, Design Drawing and 3D Visualisation.

Dan’s areas of expertise include product styling, branding, human factors, human centred design and design for manufacture.

Mr Dan McLean

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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)