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Create beautiful environments that people want to eat, work, live and play in.

Working in a truly transdisciplinary setting, on industry-briefed projects, you’ll tackle the big challenges of designing for the future: a built environment that addresses human health and wellbeing, future population and climate scenarios, ecological urban futures and digitally integrated, sustainable construction practices. Our Design School sits within our Faculty of Health, Arts and Design meaning you’re in the right place to address global issues of sustainability, liveability, health and wellbeing.

Our blueprint is industry know-how

Learn from staff with future-focused skills and practice experience. By working with industry, robotics, big-data and cutting-edge production facilities and materials, we ensure that every aspect of our course is tuned to what the city, country and the world need – today and far into the future.

Create with the unexpected

When we say we’re transdisciplinary and collaborative, we mean it. Our connections to industry and different design disciplines could see you mixing with engineers, industrial designers, biologists, and even astronomers. Embrace the act of making and see your ideas in action in our multi-million dollar spaces.

Make a global impact

Gain hands-on experience through engaging with our research centres and institutes, including the Smart Cities Research Institute, Centre for Urban Transitions and Centre for Design Innovation. Collaborate with the Design Factory Melbourne and its global network which includes Aalto Design Factory in Helsinki, and Porto Design Factory in Portugal. Beyond developing brilliant designers, we’re cultivating courageous, influential design leaders. So, let’s get started designing the future.

From Swinburne studio to global engineering and design company

Eddy and Amy, both Bachelor of Design (Architecture) students, get outside the Swinburne studios, and into the offices of a global engineering, design and advisory company. Watch how they used all of our latest tech (like KUKA robots and CNC machines) to create the Fab Pod II – a lightweight, acoustically designed meeting room. See how you could be working with industry before you graduate.

I wanted to experience a new way of learning architecture. Swinburne’s emphasis on industry and real life constructing and designing enabled me to learn different ways to build. The multi-million dollar facilities gave me a deeper understanding of materials so I could create complex designs. I was able to design with freedom.

Ram Nayak Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Space to create

Make the most of our unique spaces including our fabrication facilities, Factory of the Future, Smart Structures Lab, Energy Transformation Lab, and Design Factory Melbourne.