Find out how to become an industrial designer with the right skills, real world experience and industrial design degree, including TAFE pathway courses.
Courses and study pathways
8-12 months or part-time equivalent
Successful completion of VCE or relevant study and/or work history.
- junior design assistant
- junior illustrator
* With the opportunity to continue with further study in industrial design
Recommended if you’re already in the workforce and are seeking a stepping stone into our industrial design degree:
Why study industrial design at Swinburne?
Frequently asked questions
Industrial designers are creative thinkers and doers. If there is a gap in need for a more functional, affordable, or user-friendly product, an industrial designer has the expertise to analyse the issue and come up with new of improved solutions. They're involved in conseptualising and manufacturing everything from cars to cutlery for people with physical disabilities, TV's to taps and everything in-between.
An industrial designer ideates, tests and makes objects for large-scale use. To start, an industrial designer consults users, clients and stakeholders to understand the objectives, constraints and opportunities of a design brief.
Next, they come up with new concepts which they demonstrate through sketches and models.
The industrial designer then chooses materials and production methods, making adjustments until the design is finalised. Following that, they document the final design, prepares prototypes, and collaborates with engineers on the manufacturing process.
As a general rule, you'll need a bachelor degree to work as an industrial designer.
A pathway course is also a great starting option. Browse Swinburne's full range of industrial design pathways and courses.
In a nutshell, the level of technical know-how required.
Industrial design creates for mass production. That means the design, material and manufacturing process needs to be easily replicated and cost-efficient. Designers in this space must understand how product engineering, business models and operations work.
Production design focusses on the aesthetics of a product. The outputs of this process are usually small runs of between one to ten items. Product designers don't need to know about manufacturing processes or CAD (computer-assisted design). If you're interested, Swinburne also offers product design engineering courses.