Bachelor of Industrial Design

  • Effective from: 2021
  • Approved Abbreviation: BIndDes
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3730
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041035E

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For commencement year 2020, please refer to: 3730.3 Bachelor of Industrial Design

For commencement year 2018-2019, please refer to: 3730.2 Bachelor of Industrial Design

This degree provides students with the knowledge to create a career as an industrial designer involved in new product development, and collaborative leadership at the forefront of innovation and creativity. Students are engaged in industry-driven curriculum content over four years of study with a focus on the latest advances in sustainable materials, smart manufacturing, sustainability, human factors research, and design innovation in realising breakthrough products and services while improving the quality of life through good design. Specialisations in strategic design management, business model innovation, digital innovation, sustainable futures and design practice, help students who wish to pursue a corporate design role, or build their own start-up business generating new value and driving dynamic careers.

Study Mode

Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Program Advice

Course Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above

Parts of this course may be taught at the Parramatta City - Hassall St campus or at the Parramatta South campus.

Accreditation

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Assumed knowledge: any two units of English plus at least two units of Design, Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Digital Multimedia, Engineering, or Business Studies.

Alternate Entry Pathway
Entry by interview in which personal aptitude, professional experience, and educational qualifications are taken into consideration supported by a portfolio of works. After applicants have applied they are required to book an interview and download a questionnaire at this University's online booking system.

https://admissions.westernsydney.edu.au

Additional information

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Parts of these subjects may be taught at the Parramatta City - Hassall St campus or at the Parramatta South campus.

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
ENGR 1046 Human Centred Design Research Methods 10
ENGR 1039 Designing for Circular Economy 10
ENGR 1043 Co-Designing Change with Local Communities 10
ENGR 1038 Design Graphics: Presenting Innovation 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ENGR 1041 Designing for User Experience (UX) 10
ENGR 1044 Drawing Skills for Design Thinking 10
ENGR 1040 Designing for People: Applied Ergonomics 10
ENGR 2025 Design Graphics: Engineering Documentation 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
ENGR 1042 Sustainable Materials and Smart Manufacturing 10
ENGR 2026 Design Semantics: Exploring Product Form 10
ENGR 2024 Design Graphics: Communication for Manufacture 10
Select one Major/Minor or Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ENGR 3023 Biomechanics in Product Innovation 10
ENGR 3025 Designing for Circular Economy (Advanced) 10
ENGR 3026 Design Thinking for Successful Brands and Products 10
Select one Major/Minor or Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
ENGR 4021 Studio: Interdisciplinary Global 10
Select three Major/Minor or Alternate subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ENGR 4022 Studio: Design Synthesis Capstone 10
Select three Major/Minor or Alternate subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
ENGR 4012 Industrial Design Major Project (Ideation) 10
ENGR 2022 Design Practice: Sustainable Manufacturing 10
ENGR 3024 Design Research Methods (Advanced) 10
Select one Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ENGR 4018 Industrial Design Major Project (Conclusion) 20
Note: ENGR 4018 is a 20 credit point subject  
ENGR 3028 Mentored Practice in Design Innovation 10
ENGR 4016 Design Practice: Sustainable Components 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points320

Autumn Alternate Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
VISU 2003From Ochre to Acrylics to New Technologies (Indigenous content)10
HUMN 1013Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode)10
BUSM 3005Creating Change and Innovation10
BUSM 3036Leadership and Entrepreneurship10
BEHV 1018Psychology: Human Behaviour10
HUMN 3077Sustainable Futures10
BLDG 3007Design Brief Formulation10

Spring Alternate Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
ENGR 4017Design Thinking for Competitive Advantage10
MKTG 2002Incubator 1: Innovation and Creativity for Entrepreneurship10
ENGR 4019Start-Up Product Launch10
BLDG 1009Environmental Building Design10
BUSM 3069Strategic Management10
ENGR 2029Simulation in Virtual and Augmented Realities10
BUSM 3005Creating Change and Innovation10
BLDG 1013Building Science10

Full-time mid-year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
ENGR 1041 Designing for User Experience (UX) 10
ENGR 1044 Drawing Skills for Design Thinking 10
ENGR 1040 Designing for People: Applied Ergonomics 10
ENGR 2025 Design Graphics: Engineering Documentation 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
ENGR 1046 Human Centred Design Research Methods 10
ENGR 1039 Designing for Circular Economy 10
ENGR 1038 Design Graphics: Presenting Innovation 10
ENGR 2025 Design Graphics: Engineering Documentation 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
ENGR 3023 Biomechanics in Product Innovation 10
ENGR 3026 Design Thinking for Successful Brands and Products 10
Select two Major/Minor or Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
ENGR 1043 Co-Designing Change with Local Communities 10
ENGR 1042 Sustainable Materials and Smart Manufacturing 10
ENGR 2026 Design Semantics: Exploring Product Form 10
Select one Major/Minor or Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
ENGR 4022 Studio: Design Synthesis Capstone 10
ENGR 3025 Designing for Circular Economy (Advanced) 10
Select two Major/Minor or Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
ENGR 4021 Studio: Interdisciplinary Global 10
Select three Major/Minor or Alternate subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Spring session
ENGR 4018 Industrial Design Major Project (Conclusion) 20
Note: ENGR 4012 Industrial Design Major Project (Conclusion) is a 20 credit point unit  
ENGR 3028 Mentored Practice in Design Innovation 10
ENGR 4016 Design Practice: Sustainable Components 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
ENGR 4012 Industrial Design Major Project (Ideation) 10
ENGR 2022 Design Practice: Sustainable Manufacturing 10
ENGR 3024 Design Research Methods (Advanced) 10
Select one Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points320

Autumn Alternate Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
VISU 2003From Ochre to Acrylics to New Technologies (Indigenous content)10
HUMN 1013Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode)10
BUSM 3005Creating Change and Innovation10
BUSM 3036Leadership and Entrepreneurship10
BEHV 1018Psychology: Human Behaviour10
HUMN 3077Sustainable Futures10
BLDG 3007Design Brief Formulation10

Spring Alternate Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
ENGR 4017Design Thinking for Competitive Advantage10
MKTG 2002Incubator 1: Innovation and Creativity for Entrepreneurship10
ENGR 4019Start-Up Product Launch10
BLDG 1009Environmental Building Design10
BUSM 3069Strategic Management10
ENGR 2029Simulation in Virtual and Augmented Realities10
BUSM 3005Creating Change and Innovation10
BLDG 1013Building Science10

Majors and Minors

The Bachelor of Industrial Design is offered on Parramatta (Victoria Road) Campus only. Students may be required to travel between campuses in order to complete some subjects within specific majors and minors.