Bachelor of Industrial Design

Approved Abbreviation: BIndDes

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3503.6

AQF Level: 7

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 2014 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.

Commencement Year 2010 - 2013 - 3503.5 Bachelor of Industrial Design

Commencement Year 2009 - 3503.4 Bachelor of Industrial Design

Commencement Year 2008 - 3503.3 Bachelor of Industrial Design

Commencement Year 2006 to 2007 - 3503.2 Bachelor of Industrial Design

The industrial design program prepares students to be flexible and innovative, with emphasis on design, its place in and effect on society and people. The Bachelor of Industrial Design takes into account the rapid transformation of communication and industrial technologies, and recognises the need for designers to resolve increasingly complex issues. The course provides students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to respond with flexibility to design challenges within human centred design context. The program is involved with a number of industry partners on research projects. It has also implemented an internship program in line with its commitment to producing industry ready graduates; students are required to undertake a period of industry placement before graduation. The program currently conforms streams in Design Management, Sustainable Design and Industrial Design Graphics (CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping and tooling), which allow students to develop specific areas within the discipline they find professionally most attractive. Sound knowledge of units in a broad range of design disciplines is provided, including design methodology, design innovation, human computer interaction, product design, ergonomics, manufacturing technology and design, aesthetics, management, 2D and 3D CAD, etc. The course culminates in a final year industrial design project leading to industry placement, Masters or PhD research. Common occupations are in technological innovation (i.e. electronic, construction and building, medical and scientific), durable and fast moving consumer goods (i.e. commercial and domestics appliances, white goods, food, tools, packaging), entertainment and games (i.e. games development, model making, film and animation), online and e-learning solutions (i.e. web design, e-commerce, flexible learning), and user centred design (i.e. GUI, HCI, HMI, visualization and simulation). Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

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

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


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.

International Office

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 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

From 2018 the units in the Bachelor of Industrial Design 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

300462Engineering and Design Concepts
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

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

Coursework Stream

Autumn session

300459Major Project Commencement

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

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
300735Automated Manufacturing

Industrial Experience

300775Industrial Experience

Honours Stream

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

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Autumn session

300773Industrial Design Project (Commencement)

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

Spring session

300774Industrial Design Project (Completion)

Industrial Experience

300775Industrial Experience


M3075Innovation Design Management
M3076Interactive Industrial Graphics
M3077International Design Management


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 at 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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