Industrial design is the professional practice of designing the products we use every day. Sometimes known as product designers, industrial designers explore solutions to make sure products meet their marketing, manufacturing, and functional requirements.
Industrial design combines design-thinking, knowledge of materials, production technologies, human factors, and sustainability to create products that lead to a better quality of life.
When you study Industrial Design at UNSW, you’ll be inspired and challenged to use insightful and strategic product design for the good of people and the planet.
Through practical studio classes and theoretical courses, you’ll explore design thinking and methodologies. With an ethical and sustainable approach, you’ll develop professional design skills in drawing, ideation, making, and prototyping as you learn about manufacturing technology, materials, sustainability, user interaction and more.
As part of our creative Arts, Design & Architecture community, you’ll be encouraged to collaborate across disciplines, gain professional experience, and take advantage of programs that support entrepreneurship and innovation. Through our strong industry links, you’ll be able to gain real-world professional experience and connect with design leaders. As a graduate of Industrial Design, you’ll also be eligible for membership with the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
Industrial design sets you up for diverse careers that combine innovation and creativity, with technology, manufacturing, and business. Your understanding of and experience across the breadth of the design process will set you up for successful and diverse careers, including:
We offer the below undergraduate courses with a specialisation in industrial design:
We offer the below undergraduate courses with a minor in industrial design:
Honours is an extra year of study that offers you a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers.
You can develop further expertise in design through the following postgraduate programs
Design is a key component in a range of postgraduate programs, including the Master of Architecture, the Master of City Planning, and the Master of Landscape Architecture. For the full list of opportunities, search ‘design’ in our Degree Finder.
Postgraduate research through a PhD or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) will deepen your expertise and help you develop a broad intellectual sophistication, research, and professional skills that are prized by employers. You’ll have access to first-rate facilities and world-class supervisors at the forefront of their fields in fine arts. Find out more.