Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)

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Course rules

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