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.
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This program enables you to build a career out of your passion for design and problem solving. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to bring products from conception to market.
This program has a selection task.
The program looks at all aspects of design including:
You will learn cutting-edge product development techniques, starting from a project brief, and find solutions to design problems using the latest industry tools and practices. You’ll become familiar with new consumer product development processes for a variety of products, resolving practical, manufacturing and sustainability/environmental issues.
You will also be involved in design projects with local and international manufacturing companies. Past students have worked with companies such as Cocoon Republic (Victoria), Gundong ceramic manufacturers and Smiggle. Students may work on projects where design prototypes are manufactured in China and Malaysia.
This program will give you the skills and experience you need to work in small or large design companies or as an independent designer.
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. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The learning and teaching approach of this program emulates how you would work in a commercial design studio.
Through hands-on studio sessions, lectures, workshops, presentation and group discussions, you will learn from experienced staff that will treat you as though you are a junior designer in a design firm.
Over the course of the program, you will interact and undertake work experience with key people from small and large Australian and international companies on live design projects. This models the practice of product designers in industry.
You will work in state-of-the-art studios and teaching facilities, including the furniture and product design studios of the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
You will use industry-standard equipment including 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, ceramic slip casts, as well as metal fabrication and composites. Software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Keyshot.
You will be assessed throughout each semester via topical design projects, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
Over the course of the program you will work with external companies on live projects and competitions, rather than undertaking block work experience. This models the consultancy approach product designers take with clients and stakeholders.
Companies that have worked with the program include:
- Cocoon Republic
- Moose Enterprise (toys)
- Tudor (stationery).
This valuable industry networking has in previous years led to invitations to take part in industry-based committees and boards, such as the AgIdeas student representative board.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
As a product designer, you will work as part of a design or manufacturing team. Many designers also take on freelance work.
Graduates from this program can specialise in diverse areas of product development, including:
- computer-aided design
- product illustration
- CAD drafter
- product styling
- model making
- furniture and lighting
- toy design
- eco design
- special effects for film and television
- as a liaison between engineering and production
- medical equipment design.
Program graduates are currently working for Holden, BMW, Alessi, Cocoon Republic, Schiavello, Tait furniture, Yamaha Japan and many other local and international design companies.
A product designer’s daily activities may include:
- meeting clients and stakeholders to discuss design briefs
- developing free-hand or computer-aided concept drawings of your ideas
- working with local and overseas engineers, designers, prototype makers and marketing staff
- using simple and advanced technology, production methods and various materials like textiles, wood, plastics and metals.
- working with manufacturers to create prototypes and new materials like reconstituted leather, stone or sustainable plastics.
Professional recognition and accreditation
While studying, you can join the Design Institute of Australia as a student member. Graduates can apply for associate membership and full membership once they have obtained their professional experience.
(Please note: eligibility for full membership is based on a points system).
You’ll work with local and international companies on live projects and competitions.
Product Design graduates work across the globe in positions such as:
- head model maker for Porsche Germany
- product designer Barcelona
- aircraft interior designer London
- jewellery designers France and South America
- product design Japan and Jakarta.
Graduates also work a variety of amazing design careers locally across Australia.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Build a career out of your passion for design
Learn cutting-edge product development techniques to find creative solutions to design problems.