The Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) provides students with an understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of industrial design and its applications in other specialised fields. Learn how to develop products that meet human needs and expectations, ranging from personal and household items to commercial and industrial equipment.
Develop creative and technological aptitude through a user-centred design program supported by business studies, professional practice, consumer knowledge, sustainability and design ethics.
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Successful completion of the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) requires students to complete units of study to the value of 400 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated. View course rules and special requirements
A co-major is a major in a field of study outside this course. You can choose one in addition to a first major. Co-majors will not be named on your testamur certificate however will be shown on your transcript of results.
Advanced minor (50 credit points)
Advanced minors are a structured set of 4 units or 50 credit points in a field of study which builds upon your first major. Advanced minors can only be taken in conjunction with specific majors - more information will be available soon.
Minors (50 credit points)
Minors are a structured set of 4 units or 50 credit points and may be chosen from any field of study.
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Full-time study: 100 credit points/eight standard units of study per year
Part-time study: 50 credit points/four standard units of study per year
One credit point is equivalent to one hour of study per week per semester (including contact hours and private study)
Graduates of the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge about Industrial Design, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Industrial Design and its applications in other specialised fields as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
This course aims to develop creative and technological aptitude through a user-centred design program supported by business studies, new and emerging manufacturing and material technologies, professional practice, design psychology, consumer knowledge, applied research, sustainability and design ethics.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours), graduates will be able to:
analyse, consolidate, synthesise and evaluate design theories and manufacturing principles with a considerable degree of independence
systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in their chosen area of Industrial Design
critically analyse information to generate creative solutions that solve complex, self-determined, design problems
apply tacit knowledge and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of Industrial Design knowledge with depth in product development, digital CAD, manufacturing knowledge and ideation and manual sketching skills
apply knowledge and cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving Industrial Design problems independently and collaboratively
employ their advanced theoretical and scholarly knowledge to the resolution of diverse design problems
propose a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas about Industrial Design to different audiences and stakeholders
integrate their cognitive and technical skills with principles of sustainability in order to create responsible design solutions
plan and manage their own time and project work effectively by prioritising competing demands and deadlines.
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours), students must complete 400 credit points comprising of:
8 core units of study (100 credit points)
8 Industrial Design major units of study (100 credit points)
Industrial Design Honours Stream (100 credit points), students select one of the following streams for their honours year. - Stream 1 – Industrial Design Capstone - Stream 2 – Design Factory Melbourne Projects - Stream 3 – Design Factory Melbourne Global Projects
8 units of study comprising of two 25 credit points Professional and Industry Experience* (PIE) units, minor and/or electives (100 credit points)
In the fourth year of the degree, students choose between three elective streams.
Stream 1 is offered in Semester 1 only and provides a highly focussed set of research methods and Capstone units in Industrial Design. Streams 2 and 3 offer the opportunity to participate in either local or global projects with Design Factory Melbourne – a multidisciplinary platform for research and development working with industry clients.
Please note that Stream 2 (for local projects) is offered in Semester 1 only and that Stream 3 (for global projects) is offered in Semester 2 only. Design Factory Melbourne (local projects) consists of 25 out of the 100 credit points students earn in their Honours year, while the Design Factory Melbourne (global projects) comprises 87.5 out of the 100 final year credit points earned. Find out more about local and global projects at Design Factory Melbourne.
This course includes an optional placement component for domestic students. Selection processes apply.
Placement is a program in which students are placed in paid, supervised employment, for 24 or 48 weeks, relevant to their studies as part of their degree. It aims to provide experiential, discipline-specific learning in an authentic, real-world environment.
Through observation, enquiry and practice under the supervision and guidance of professional practitioners and an academic mentor, students will engage in professional experiences and test and critically assess their learning to date. The experience contextualises existing design skills within an understanding of the impact of client, customer, team dynamics and direction in the design process. The placement program is part of the Honours stream. Placement gives students practical experience to add to their academic studies, and is a proven advantage in the graduate job market. All placements are subject to availability of places.
Find out more about work placements. Placement is not available to students holding an international student visa.
For students who enter with exempted credits, a minimum of at least 100 credit points of units in this degree (not including electives and placement units) must be completed to be eligible for an award.
* Professional and Industry Experience is not available to students holding an international student visa.
Honours merit calculation
The honours merit calculation will be based on the averaged results of 100 credits points of specified units from a student's last two years of study:
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) with High Distinction for students who achieve greater than or equal to 80
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) with Distinction for students who achieve 70 – 79
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) with Credit for students who achieve 60 – 69
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) for students who achieve less than 60
For students who enter with exempted credits, a minimum of at least 150 credits within the Major is required to be eligible for an award and for an honours merit calculation. At least 75 out of the last 100 credits comply with AQF level 8.
This Honours merit calculation will be based only on units completed at Swinburne. If a student has not completed the specified units, they will graduate with a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) as an award title, but will not be eligible for a merit based honours description.
The following units will be used in the Honours merit calculation:
Stream 1 - Industrial Design DID30002 Socially Responsible Design Studio DPD40004 Professional Design Attributes DDD40001 Methods for Design Research DID40001 Capstone: Industrial Design Major Project 1 DID40002 Capstone: Industrial Design Major Project 2
Stream 2 -Design Factory Melbourne Projects DDD20007 Design Systems and Services DID30002 Socially Responsible Design Studio DPD40004 Professional Design Attributes DDD40001 Methods for Design Research DDD40007 Industry Engagement and the Problem Solving Space DDD40012 DFM Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1 DDD40013 DFM Practice: Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 2
Stream 3 - Design Factory Melbourne Global Projects DDD40004 DFM: Global Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 2 DDD40005 DFM: Design for Science and Technology 1 DDD40006 DFM: Design for Science and Technology 2 DDD40010 DFM Global Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration DDD40011 DFM: Global Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1 DDD40015 Research Methods for Global Design Innovation
Units of Study
Units of study for the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) are listed below. Each unit comprises 12.5 credit points (unless otherwise indicated), students normally undertaking 50 credit points per semester.
Students must complete the following eight units (100 credit points)
Students must complete eight electives units from any Faculty within the university (100 credit points) four of which can be replaced with Work Placement 1 and 2
Work Placement (domestic students only)
Domestic students wishing to undertake Work Placement are required to apply to the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design towards the end of their second year.
The prerequisites for undertaking Work Placement in Year 3 are:
successful completion of 200 credit points or the equivalent
minimum credit average, application, folio and interview
attendance at Work Placement preparation seminar
Please note that Work Placement is not available to students holding an international student visa.
* Outcome units - matched exemptions are generally not granted for higher education outcome units.
Work Integrated Learning
Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning program provides opportunities to gain invaluable skills and confidence in knowing that you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation. You can also earn credit towards your degree. Choose from six- or 12-month professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. Find out more.
Among other possibilities, graduates may find employment undertaking product design for, and within, manufacturing industries or design consultancies, for exhibitions, for environmental and furniture design, or as self-employed designers or manufacturers.
Graduates are also eligible to apply for entry into the Master of Design or a PhD program.
Graduates are eligible to apply to become members of the Design Institute of Australia.
- Fees for 2018.
Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.
Estimated total cost of the course
Estimated cost of the course per year if studying full-time*
Fees are estimates only: The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2018 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester. Students who participate in a six or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.
How do I pay my fees?
HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of the student contribution amount.
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Entry requirements, pathways, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
2019 Guaranteed Entry ATAR: 70
Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
VCE Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); and Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in one of Art, Interactive Digital Media C or VCE VET Creative and Digital Media, Product Design and Technology, Media, Studio Arts, Systems Engineering or Visual Communication Design.
Non-Year 12 entry
Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.
Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.
The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions, in respect of courses, to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides advanced standing to the second.
Progress from these courses to Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)
Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about RPL.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1 for courses listed on the VTAC Guide are generally made through VTAC. Under certain circumstances, some students (e.g. Non-Year 12) may apply directly to Swinburne. Find out more about how to apply.
Applications for all other intakes should be made directly to Swinburne.
View the Course Admission Information, which includes the ATAR and Student profiles for this course. Swinburne’s general admissions information is also available here.