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Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) - ARB201

Course Code: ARB201
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 362107
CRICOS Code: 095571A
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Innovate on an industrial scale

Industrial design has its roots in the designing and making of products, and the understanding and application of design in manufacturing. With a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) you’ll apply both traditional and advanced digital techniques to a wide range of products, while gaining a knowledge of both materials and production processes. You’ll explore advanced communication skills, including digital manipulation and fabrication via additive and subtractive technologies, and will develop user-centred approaches to developing products.

The course will allow you to develop in-depth understandings of your specialised area while also expanding your potential as a designer. You’ll graduate as a resilient and adaptive design professional capable of solving a wide array of problems, and able to make significant contributions to any interdisciplinary industrial design team.

Study a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) at UC and you will:

  • identify the different stages of the ‘design for manufacture’ process
  • select appropriate methods, materials and processes for designing and prototyping products
  • learn to apply advanced 2D and 3D digital design technologies
  • utilise a range of intuitive and rational creative design approaches which will allow you to explore relevant and innovative solutions.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embedded in this course, providing you with opportunities for direct industry engagement at every level of your study. You’ll be involved in projects which realise creative design solutions for real-world clients, and industry projects in the past have included work with Breville, Sunbeam, Tiller Design, Blue Sky Design, Belconnen Community Council and Design Resource. Previous student WIL internships have been with furniture, lighting and product design company, SKEEHAN, and transport design firm TransitGraphics.

Career opportunities

  • Design consultant
  • Design strategist
  • Product designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Consumer appliance designer
  • Design researcher
  • 3D modeller
  • Digital manufacturing designer
  • Advanced manufacturing designer

Course-specific information

Signature overseas short-term study options have been tailored specifically to this course so that high-achieving students have an opportunity to work with leading designers and students at prestigious overseas institutions. Students can choose to use their breadth units for their overseas Study Abroad experience.

High-achieving students also have the option to take units in the Masters of Design Strategies in their final year of study.


Prospective International Students:
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
Email or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective Domestic Students:
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) BDes (IndDes)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Identify the different stages of the design for manufacture process and select appropriate methods, materials and processes for designing and prototyping products. 1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Apply advanced 3D digital design technologies and methodologies relevant to industrial design practices. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity; and
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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