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Course information set

  • 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.
  • Graduate with an honours level qualification.
  • 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.
QTAC course code412382
QUT course code DE42
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February

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

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 079947G
  • Designer
  • Industrial Designer

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Industrial designers play a part in the creation of the thousands of products people use each day. This includes hot new consumer devices, more efficient work products, safer industrial tools, even medical equipment. Industrial designers make people’s lives safer, happier, more efficient and fun. 

Industrial designers must consider the product’s context and the experience of using them. They understand technology and innovation, people and society, design process and problem solving, then bring these things together to create innovative, attractive, sustainable and useful products and systems that are viable to produce and distribute.

Why choose this course?

This hands-on program has a strong focus on technology and design leadership which is highly valued in the business community. Graduates are equipped with strong, applied design research and product-usability knowledge, and can make an immediate and positive contribution to the industry, community and profession. If design is your passion, you will find this course engaging and fulfilling.

The course combines the technical aspects of design, design management, computer-aided industrial design (CAID) technology, human factors and ergonomics with innovation, aesthetics, marketing, cultural and social values, and design leadership. Learn how to contribute to the design of products and systems for the mutual benefit of users and manufacturers of a diverse range of products.

You will benefit from a wide range of activities such as study trips and project presentations, as well as QUT’s strong collaborative links with international and national professionals and business communities. Each semester students are involved in hands-on design units focusing on all  aspects of the profession.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this course have an outstanding record of achievement nationally and globally, applying a broad range of skills and knowledge to diverse careers. This includes employment as industrial designers in, or as owners of, industrial design firms, with design departments of product manufacturers, and as entrepreneurs who design and produce their own products.

In addition, graduates have applied their abilities in related fields working as usability experts, interaction designers, interface designers, corporate identity designers, model makers, movie special effects producers, design managers, design researchers, computer-aided design experts, game designers, new product developers, design leadership experts and strategic design experts. Organisations include BMW, Bombardier, Dyson, Bugatti, Nokia, Amazon, David Yurman, G-Star Raw, Brisbane Airport Corporation, and Australian Institute For Rail Innovation (ACRI).

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia. The course is an educational member of the International Council of ocieties of Industrial Design.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design)

Customise your degree

Your industrial design course consists of 17 units in your primary major and four units that are common to all six design majors (architectural studies, fashion, industrial design, interactive and visual design, interior design or landscape architecture).

An additional eight units are taken outside your primary major. After studying for a year you can:

  • choose a second major (eight units from any approved QUT degree), or
  • choose two minors (a minor is a specific set of four units drawn from courses throughout QUT), or
  • choose one minor and four electives.

Minors and majors allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations. Minors give you breadth of knowledge from two other areas and a second major provides depth in one area.

This means eight units of your course (one quarter of your degree) are taken from outside your primary major. You’ll work alongside students from other disciplines because that is how it will be when you graduate and work in the real world of design. The possibilities are almost endless. Here are some examples that might inspire ideas:

  • an architecture student could take a minor in interior design and a work integrated learning minor to gain professional industry experience
  • a landscape architecture student could take a language minor such as Italian to help them work overseas
  • an interior design student could take a second major in industrial design to aid their ambition to design and manufacture their own range of office furniture
  • an industrial design student could take a second major in mechanical or electrical engineering to give them a deeper understanding of manufacturing and production
  • a fashion student could take a minor in business and another in interior design to help meet their dream of launching their own concept fashion store
  • an interactive and visual design student could take a second major in advertising or marketing and work as a designer for a leading digital agency.
And remember - your second major or minors could be in film, creative writing, music, visual arts, drama or other disciplines across QUT. #

Your course

Year 1

  • learn about design process, and physical and aesthetic function
  • three foundation units covering design, design history and sustainability
  • explore symbolic function, ergonomics, product usability and the use of digital media and sustainability

Year 2

  • focus on the key aspects of how products are made
  • study CAID systems 
  • understand the social and cultural issues of design
  • commence your second major or first minor units

Year 3

  • bring together your accumulated knowledge to design realistically detailed products suitable for manufacture
  • learn to work with other professionals
  • study how to bring products to the market
  • second major or minor units continue

Year 4

  • apply design research to develop innovative product solutions
  • learn about professional practice 
  • prepare to adopt a leadership role in design
  • conclude your second major or minor studies

Second degree

Undertaking a second major in one of the six design disciplines also gives you the option of obtaining a second degree*.

After graduation, you can return to complete the remaining 12 units (or equivalent) from your second major to obtain a second qualification. This is usually undertaken part time over two years while working.

Note: This is not a double degree because it is not undertaken simultaneously with the first degree.


A student completes a Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design) with a second major in interactive and visual design. 

They can then return to complete units in interactive and visual design and graduate with a second design degree in interactive and visual design.

* To pursue a second design degree, this second major must be an approved set of eight units from within a Bachelor of Design (Honours) primary major.

# The choice of second majors may be limited in some disciplines.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


2018: CSP $9,300 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay 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 and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (412382) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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