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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Build a career out of your passion for design and problem solving. This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to bring products from conception to market.
We are the makers, the sketchers, the inventors, the experimenters, the idea generators, the thinkers and tinkerers. We are product designers.
This is your hands-on pathway to the world of design. This program allows you to imagine, explore and create objects that people will manufacture, buy, use and appreciate. You will gain the skills and experience you need to work in small or large design companies or as an independent designer.
Through your studies you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create designs for consumer products, experiences and systems. You will present your ideas through a combination of skills in visual and verbal communication, 3D models and computer software.
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.
If you have an enquiring mind, are creative and good with your hands and have a passion for design and detail, then this is the program for you.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Hands-on learning with an interactive apprach to design
You’ll study in the product design studios and workshops, which model the best practices of a commercial design studio, and learn from teachers and lecturers who are industry professionals and practising designers.
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.
What you will learn
You will build essential skills in design through the use of advanced modelling, presentation techniques and digital platforms. You will learn to create solutions for consumer product needs and address problems associated with sustainable growth in both urban and international contexts.
Through your studies you’ll develop skills in:
- computer-aided design (CAD)
- 3D design
- design drawing
- design for manufacturing
- design theory
- manufacturing principles
- materials technology
- product design
- product development
- rapid prototyping
You will develop skills using industry standard software including SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Cloud, Rhino and Keyshot.
Work with industry-standard equipment
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.
Study with a team of dedicated industry professionals
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 be assessed throughout each semester via topical design projects, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
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 currently work in design consultancies (both locally and overseas).
They work as part of the design teams for manufacturing organisations In areas including:
- display and exhibition design
- toy design
- set design and special effects
Graduates have also set themselves up as independent designers.
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.