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Gain the technical and creative skills to become a technological innovator by combining automotive engineering and industrial design.
This double degree program combines two distinct, yet highly complementary bachelor degrees, and enables you to broaden and contextualise your learning in a way that is possible only by studying these disciplines together.
The engineering component of this program will give you the skills to be an effective automotive engineer in national and international contexts. It is designed to prepare you with a wide range of engineering career possibilities by developing graduate capabilities that will be of ongoing benefit to you, industry and society.
Through the industrial design component, you’ll develop skills that will allow you to practise professionally within industrial design and related industries. You may practise locally or globally, either as an independent design practitioner or as a member of a team within small, medium or large organisational settings. Within these professional contexts, you’ll have the ability to operate effectively and professionally within a team environment and across disciplinary boundaries.
You’ll have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design-and-build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.
It is also expected that you’ll be able to use RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP).
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions, and syndicate work.
You'll 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.
RMIT Program Advisory Committees provide important links to industry. These committees provide feedback on the design and relevance of programs as well as information about the changing needs of industry. Membership of these committees includes senior engineers and other highly experienced people from several major national companies and government and non-government organisations.
Work-integrated learning (WIL) is also a major part of the program. Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.
You’ll work on a capstone project that is either connected with industry or you can simulate the situation of a graduate working in industry reporting to a technical supervisor with whom they meet regularly. It is expected that your project will integrate studies in both engineering and industrial design.
Before graduating from this program you are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum 12 weeks of engineering industry experience that allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. The nature and timing of this engineering experience can take a range of forms.
The industrial design program has a strong set of relationships across a range of industry, research and community entities and works with industry in a variety of ways: through student engagement with academic and professional staff who are practitioners in the field; through the structure and content of courses that are often linked directly to, or taught by, industry partners; and through assessment and feedback where industry practitioners will be involved in appraising and critiquing your design work.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program does not yet have accreditation by Engineers Australia. Accreditation will be sought for this program as soon as it is feasible to do so within the accreditation time lines set by Engineers Australia. Note: the single Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.
Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers.
In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in the area of industrial design. However, graduates of the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) are eligible to become members of the following professional associations:
- Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
Students are eligible for student membership and access to DIA member resources throughout their studies. Graduates are eligible for full membership with the DIA, the peak professional body for designers in Australia.
- International Interaction Designers Association (IxDA)
Students and graduates are eligible to be members of the IxDA that aims to promote and advance the profession of interaction design.
- Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID)
Graduates and current students are eligible for membership with the US-based international Association of Women Industrial Designers that seeks to advance the status and contribution of women in the profession.
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one, and as an engineering student you’ll have a range of global opportunities.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also opportunities for global work, exchange and study experiences.
Program and course information
Gain technical and creative skills through this double degree
Broaden and contextualise your learning in a way that is possible only by studying automotive engineering and industrial design together