Bachelor of Industrial Design

Approved Abbreviation: BIndDes

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3503.3

CRICOS Code: 041035E

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 2006 to 2007 - 3503.2 Bachelor of Industrial Design

Commencement Year 2001 to 2005 - 3503.1 Bachelor of Industrial Design

The industrial design program prepares students to be flexible and innovative, with the emphasis placed on design, and its place in and effect on society and people. The Bachelor of Industrial Design program takes account of the rapid transformation of communication and industrial technologies, and recognizes the need for designers to resolve increasingly complex issues. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to respond with flexibility to the challenges of industrial design.

Study Mode
Four years full-time. Reduced loads are available with consultation during Years 1 to 3 of the 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).

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 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

And 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

And one sub-major alternate unit or one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

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

And two sub-major alternate units or two electives

Spring session

300313Design Studio 4: Simulate to Innovate
300314Designed Inquiry

And two sub-major alternate units or two electives

Students enrolled in the 3503 - Bachelor of Industrial Design may exit the course with the 3502 - Bachelor of Design and Technology at the completion of Year 3.

Year 4 (Honours stream - H3001)

Honours Stream

An Honours stream is offered - see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated Guidelines for the admission criteria.

Policies Website

Autumn session

85032Industrial Design Project (Commencement)

Co-requisite: One alternate unit - selected based on final year theme/issue in consultation with the Unit Coordinator.

Spring session

85033Industrial Design Project (Completion)

Industrial Experience

10915Industrial Experience

Year 4

Coursework Stream

Pre-requisite: Completed the first three years of the Industrial Design program, including one sub-major.

Autumn session

300459Major Project Commencement


(1) One co-requisite unit - selected based on the final year project in consultation with the Unit Coordinator

(2) Choose one of

300012Design Management 1: Product Design Audit
300312Industrial Graphics 4: Surface

Spring session

300460Major Project Completion


Choose one of

300013Design Management 2: Corporate Image and Identity
300015Design Management 4: Design Process
86301Automated Manufacturing

Industrial Experience

10915Industrial Experience


M3503IIG2Interactive Industrial Graphics
M3503IDMInnovation Design Management
M3503INTDMInternational Design Management


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 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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