Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
Industrial designers invent, visualise, prototype and ultimately deliver resolved design solutions to complex problems in the form of new products and services.
From the air-powered 'O2 Pursuit' motorcycle to the design of an open-source prosthetic fabrication laboratory, RMIT is at the forefront of contemporary industrial design.
For over 60 years industrial design at RMIT has offered aspiring designers technical, theoretical and applied immersions into the diverse and dynamic fields of industrial design practice. Working on real world problems, in industry and community contexts, with direction and feedback from experts, the program culminates in a year-long honours design research project.
You will explore through design practice:
- commercial and aesthetically oriented approaches to product, transportation and furniture design
- the design of sustainable products, services and systems
- technologically and materially mediated interactions and experiences
- design as a mechanism for enabling social reform and cultural enrichment
- the possibilities of form, process and material in response to rapid technological advances
- the increasingly blurred intersections of our digital and material worlds
- design as a way to address the needs of clients, user groups and communities.
This program has a selection task.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
Through teaching, assessment and feedback industry practitioners will be involved in your development.
Student engagements recently included partnerships in the design and research departments of the following industries:
- automotive (Royal Enfield, Ford, Toyota, and GM Holden)
- technology (Philips, Spatial Architecture Information Laboratory)
- sustainability (Victorian Eco Innovation Lab, RMIT's Centre for Design, Ecoinnovators)
- government (City of Hume and Melbourne City Council)
- not-for-profit and community organizations (CERES, Diabetes Australia (Victoria), The Social Studio)
- cultural (Museum Victoria)
- Industrial Design consultancies (Charlwood Design, Catalyst, Urban Commons, Buro North)
- manufacturers (Crumpler, Knog, Planex).
Graduates work as designers for product and manufacturing companies; in the consultancy, entertainment, education, cultural and services sectors; and for research institutions.
Cross-disciplinary designers work in emerging fields of design practice; others start and run their own design or product-producing businesses.
The program prepares graduates to undertake Masters by research or PhD after successful completion of their bachelor honours program.
Professional recognition and accreditation
- Design Institute of Australia - students are eligible for student membership and graduates are eligible for full membership
- International Interaction Designers Association (IxDA) - students/graduates are eligible for membership
- Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID) - students/graduates are eligible for membership.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Program and course information
Deliver innovative design solutions to real-world problems
Develop products and systems that enhance function and aesthetic, and that benefit user experience.