Industrial Design-Bachelor of Design (Honours), Bachelor

Industrial Design-Bachelor of Design (Honours), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
Industrial designers play a part in the creation of the thousands of products people use each day, in all walks of life. This includes hot new consumer devices, more efficient work products, safer industrial tools, even medical equipment. Industrial designers make people’s lives safer, happier, more efficient and fun.


Industrial designers do not just design products, they also think in terms of the context in which products exist and the experience of using them. They understand technology and innovation, people and society, design process and problem solving then bring these things together to create innovative, attractive, sustainable and useful products and systems that are viable to produce and distribute.

Why choose this course?

Graduates of this course have an outstanding record of achievement nationally and globally. The hands-on program has a strong focus on technology and design leadership which is highly valued in the business community. Graduates are equipped with strong, applied design research and product-usability knowledge, and can make an immediate and positive contribution to the industry, community and profession. Students who are passionate about design thrive in this course, finding it engaging and fulfilling.

The course combines the technical aspects of design, design management, computer-aided industrial design (CAID) technology, human factors and ergonomics with innovation, aesthetics, marketing, cultural and social values, and design leadership.

You will develop the capacity to contribute to the design of products and systems for the mutual benefit of users and manufacturers of a diverse range of products.

During your degree you will benefit from a wide range of activities such as study trips and project presentations, as well as QUT’s strong collaborative links with international and national professionals and business communities. Each semester students are involved in hands-on design units focusing on all aspects of the profession.

This course has been assessed as a bachelor honours degree which is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career or future research and study.

Career outcomes

Graduates have a broad range of skills and knowledge which they apply to diverse careers. This includes employment as industrial designers in, or as owners of, industrial design firms, with design departments of product manufacturers, and as entrepreneurs who design and produce their own products.

In addition, graduates have applied their abilities in related fields working as usability experts, interaction designers, interface designers, corporate identity designers, model makers, movie special effects producers, design managers, design researchers, computer-aided design experts, game designers, new product developers, design leadership experts and strategic design experts.

Professional recognitionGraduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia. The course is an educational member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.


Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia. The course is an educational member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • learn about design process, and physical and aesthetic function
  • three foundation units covering design, design history and sustainability
  • explore symbolic function, ergonomics, product usability and the use of digital media and sustainability
Year 2
  • focus on the key aspects of how products are made
  • study CAID systems 
  • understand the social and cultural issues of design
  • commence your second major or first minor units
Year 3
  • bring together your accumulated knowledge to design realistically detailed products suitable for manufacture
  • learn to work with other professionals
  • study how to bring products to the market
  • second major or minor units continue
Year 4
  • apply design research to develop innovative product solutions
  • learn about professional practice 
  • prepare to adopt a leadership role in design
  • conclude your second major or minor studies

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    31900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    31900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 2018: $31900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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