Bachelor of Design and Technology

Approved Abbreviation: BDes&Tech

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3502.7

AQF Level: 7

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 2015 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2014, please refer to: 3502.6 Bachelor of Design and Technology

For Commencement Year 2010- 2013, please refer to: 3502.5 Bachelor of Design and Technology

For Commencement Year 2009, please refer to: 3502.4 Bachelor of Design and Technology

For Commencement Year 2008, please refer to: 3502.3 Bachelor of Design and Technology

For Commencement Year 2005 to 2007, please refer to: 3502.2 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.

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.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

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

From 2018 the units in the Bachelor of Design and Technology will be offered at Parramatta campus and will no longer be offered at Penrith campus.


Year 1

Autumn session

301030Introduction to Industrial Design Methods
300016Design Science
300776Applied Ergonomics
200191Fundamentals of Mathematics

Spring session

301036Form and Production
300302Industrial Graphics 1: Presentation
300304Sustainable Design: Materials Technology
200083Marketing Principles

Year 2

Autumn session

300305Design Studio 1: Themes and Variations
300282Industrial Graphics 2: Transition
300570Human-Computer Interaction

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

300775Industrial Experience


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

M3087Innovation Design Management
M3076Interactive Industrial Graphics
M3077International Design Management


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

SM3061Design Management
SM3059Industrial Graphics
SM3060Sustainable 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 Computing, Engineering and Mathematics or Western Sydney University, 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).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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