Highlights

  • Create innovative, attractive, sustainable and user-friendly products and systems.
  • Learn the technical aspects of design, design management, CAID (computer-aided industrial design) technology, ergonomics, aesthetics, marketing and design leadership.
  • Graduates work as industrial designers, usability experts, interaction or interface designers, corporate identity designers, new product developers, model makers, special effects producers, design researchers and computer aided design experts.

Highlights

  • Create innovative, attractive, sustainable and user-friendly products and systems.
  • Learn the technical aspects of design, design management, CAID (computer-aided industrial design) technology, ergonomics, aesthetics, marketing and design leadership.
  • Graduates work as industrial designers, usability experts, interaction or interface designers, corporate identity designers, new product developers, model makers, special effects producers, design researchers and computer aided design experts.

Why choose this course?

As emerging materials and technologies develop, industrial designers are discovering more ways to create the products, services and systems that improve people’s everyday lives. Industrial design covers the process of design and the creative act of determining and defining a product's form and features prior to production. So, if you want your designs to have an impact in the real world, this degree could be just what you’re looking for.

Real-world learning

You will be prepared for your career with a range of activities and opportunities such as hands-on design units, project presentations, international study tours, entrepreneurial incubation programs and real-world internships. You’ll also graduate work ready through QUT's strong collaborative links with global companies including BMW, Bombardier, Techtronics Industries, IDEO and many local companies.

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What to expect

Finding a balance between beauty and practicality takes expert knowledge. That’s why this hands-on program gets you involved with the design of realistically detailed products suitable for manufacture with a focus on real-world industry engagement.

Your degree will begin with introductory and shared impact lab units where, working with students from other disciplines, you’ll focus on problems and social issues, and identify potential solutions connected to industry and community. Your introductory studies include learning the creative design process, technical aspects of product design, design management and computer-aided industrial design (CAID) technology.

You will progress to a deeper understanding of systems design including human factors and ergonomics, design research, coupled with innovation, aesthetics, marketing, cultural and social values, and design leadership. Later in your degree you will be able to transfer skills and knowledge to a workplace or professional context and gain practical work experience with work integrated learning.

Double degrees

Combine your degree with a second degree to gain a broader range of skills and knowledge, a competitive advantage and enhanced career flexibility.  Choose a double degree with: 

  • Business to create your future in industrial design management, strategic design, creative business ownership, entrepreneurship and business start-up ventures, across fields such as product, interface or usability design.
  • Engineering to gain skills creating and developing innovative, attractive, sustainable and user-friendly products and systems, you may work in fields such as mechanical engineering, transport, service development or manufacturing.
  • Law to develop skills as an in-house lawyer for industrial designers, corporate identity designers, new product developers, or as an intellectual property lawyer.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates have an outstanding record of achievement nationally and internationally in diverse careers for companies such as British Airways, Boeing, Adidas, Marvel Studios and Doctors Without Borders. Many graduates work as industrial designers in industrial design consultancies or design departments of product manufacturers, or as entrepreneurs.

Graduates qualify for Graduate Membership of Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The course is an educational member of the World Design Council.

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia. The course is an educational member of the World Design Council and is a Design Institute of Australia Recognised Course.

Possible careers

  • Automotive Designer
  • Computer-aided designer
  • Design Researcher
  • Design Strategist
  • Interaction Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Model Designer
  • Movie Concept Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Sustainability Design Consultant
  • Usability Expert
  • Visualisation Expert

Details and units

To meet the course requirements for the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design), you must complete a total of 288 credit points comprising:

  • a design major (144 credit points), including four shared foundation units (48 credit points) and 96 credit points from the industrial design discipline
  • four school-wide impact lab units (48 credit points)
  • complementary studies, made up of both:
    • design specialisation units (minimum 48 credit points)
    • a minor, or a combination of design specialisation units and electives (unit options) (48 credit points).

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

To meet the course requirements for the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design), you must complete a total of 288 credit points comprising:

  • a design major (144 credit points), including four shared foundation units (48 credit points) and 96 credit points from the industrial design discipline
  • four school-wide impact lab units (48 credit points)
  • complementary studies, made up of both:
    • design specialisation units (minimum 48 credit points)
    • a minor, or a combination of design specialisation units and electives (unit options) (48 credit points).

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

Requirements

OP
14
Selection rank
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
DE43
QTAC code
412382
CRICOS code
096565B
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 2
Selection rank 97
OP 2
Selection rank 97
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 10
Selection rank 79
OP 10
Selection rank 79
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 15
Selection rank 12
OP 12
Selection rank 75

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
14
Rank
70
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 87.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $8,400 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $33,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020 CSP $9,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $36,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

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