Faculty of Health, Arts and Design

Department of Architectural and Industrial Design


The Department of Architectural and Industrial Design offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in: 

Architectural and Industrial Design are forms of design closely linked to the human context and Swinburne's design students are asked to see any project from the end-users perspective while considering sustainability, cultural and manufacturing issues - this ensures outcomes are well made, commercially desirable, and fit for the intended purpose.

Swinburne's industrial designers develop new products for mass production that meet human needs and expectations. The ability of industrial designers to focus their problem-solving creativity on the needs of the end-user means they may choose to branch out into other design disciplines such as Systems and Service Design.

Swinburne's Interior Architecture designers examine the process of designing for human needs with conviction, courage and creativity, to shape unique spatial experiences.

While both disciplines have an emphasis on commercial projects - as this is where the majority of career opportunities lie - the same skills can be used by students for domestic or bespoke projects.

Being an industrial designer or an interior architectural designer can have international implications - even for graduates who choose to stay in Melbourne. For this reason, Swinburne emphasises the importance of multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary, global projects and study abroad opportunities.

Professional recognition

After completing your course, you may be eligible to become a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).