Bachelor of Design and Technology

Approved Abbreviation: BDes&Tech

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3502.3

CRICOS Code: 041034F

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2008.

Commencement Year 2008 - 3502.3 Bachelor of Design and Technology

Commencement Year 2005 to 2007 - 3502.2 Bachelor of Design and Technology

Commencement Year 2001 to 2006 - 3502.1 Bachelor of Design and Technology

This course prepares students for a career in industrial design and/or industrial graphics. This is achieved by providing a sound knowledge of units in a broad range of design disciplines, including design methodology, design innovation, product design, ergonomics, manufacturing technology and design, aesthetics, management 2D and 3D CAD. Students interested in a teaching career in Design and Technology may take the end-on Bachelor of Teaching degree or Graduate diploma in Education after completing their Design and Technology degree.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Combinations of full-time and part-time study or all part-time study are also permitted under the normal program.

Advanced standing

Where tertiary studies have been undertaken previously, credit transfer may be approved, reducing the overall study time.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).


There are no specific subject prerequisites for entry into the course. Preferably, students should have successfully completed the HSC at the 2U level or better in English and at least two of the following units: Design & Technology, Arts, Physics, and Mathematics. Alternative entry: Certificate, Associate Diploma or Advanced Diploma from TAFE or another recognized teaching institution or equivalent in the discipline area. In some cases, professional experience will be counted towards alternative entry.

Course Structure

Academic Course Advisor

Mr Chris Nash

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

To be eligible to graduate from this course, students are required to complete a sub-major. Refer to the 'note' after the sub-major listing, for further details.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

300461Engineering and Industrial Design Practice
300016Design Science
10943Applied Ergonomics
200191Fundamentals of Mathematics

Spring session

300462Engineering and Design Concepts
300302Industrial Graphics 1: Presentation
300304Sustainable Design: Materials Technology
200083Marketing Principles

Year 2

Autumn session

300305Design Studio 1: Themes and Variations
300309Sustainable Design: Life Cycle Analysis
300282Industrial Graphics 2: Transition

Choose one of

One sub-major alternate unit

Or one elective

Spring session

300308Design Studio 2: The Design Proposal
300306Sustainable Design: Sustainable Futures
300310Industrial Graphics 3: 3D Solids

Choose one of

One sub-major alternate unit

Or one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300311Design Studio 3: Product Realisation
300014Design Management 3: Organisational Skills for Designers

Choose one of

Two sub-major alternate units

Or two electives

Spring session

300313Design Studio 4: Simulate to Innovate
300314Designed Inquiry

Choose one of

Two sub-major alternate units

Or two electives

Industrial Experience

10915Industrial Experience


There are three Majors available, composed of units from the program, however these are not compulsory to complete:

M3503IDMInnovation Design Management
M3503IIG2Interactive Industrial Graphics
M3503INTDMInternational Design Management


There are three sub-majors, composed of units from the program:

S3502DMDesign Management
S3502IGIndustrial Graphics
S3502SDSustainable Design

Note: In addition to the sub-major streams/electives offered from within Industrial Design (as listed above) students may choose other sub-major streams/electives within the School of Engineering and Industrial Design or the University of Western Sydney or other universities (as cross institutional studies).

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points). Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies. Refer to the Unit Set Index.

Handbook Unit Set Index

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR in the Unit Sets section under Enrolment.

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