BH104 - Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

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Plan: BH104P15 - Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BIndDes(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Design (370H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040107
CRICOS code: 080225J

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Purpose of the Program

Industrial Design at RMIT has offered technical, theoretical and industry linked immersions into the diverse and dynamic fields of industrial design practice since the mid 1940s. As one of the longest running industrial design programs in the world the program builds on is history of applied design education to enable you to develop independence in learning; to invent, visualise, prototype and deliver innovative design solutions to complex problems in form of new products and services. You will work on real world problems, in industry and community contexts, with direction and feedback from experts, and within the research domains of the academic faculty. The program culminates in a year-long honours design research project where you will independently synthesise and integrate your knowledge of theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes through design.

The program will qualify you to pursue further study and research, and to undertake professional work as an industrial designer, either independently, or as a member of a design or research and development team in small, medium or large organizational settings. Graduates of the program work in a range of specialist sub-disciplinary domains and enterprises in local and global contexts. As well as working for manufacturing companies, design consultancies and enterprises that design services and experiences, many graduates start their own design and product producing businesses in niche and in emerging fields of design practice. Other graduates find employment in cross-disciplinary design, strategy, and research and development roles within the services, innovation, and cultural sectors.

Within these professional and research contexts you will be able to initiate and manage design problem solving from an entrepreneurial, research-led, analytical, reflective and ethical framework. You will be able to confidently deploy specialised industrial design knowledge and skills with technical effectiveness and creativity.  You will articulate your design thinking through a range of communication techniques and technologies to stakeholders within and across disciplinary boundaries.



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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

The following articulation agreements apply for applicants that have completed either:

C5329 Diploma of Product Design


AD007 Associate Degree in Design (Furniture)

Graduates of C5329 Diploma of Product Design with a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be granted automatic entry and credit to a total of 96 credit points (equivalent to one year). Courses in BH104 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) credited under this artciulation agreement are: GRAP 1049, GRAP1050, GRAP1051, GRAP1052, GRAP1031, GRAP1032, one course (12cps) from either GRAP1041, GRAP1042 or GRAP1043, and one course (12cps) from the Industrial Design Program Optional courses.

Graduates of AD007 Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be granted automatic entry and credit to a total of 144 credit points (equivalent to 1.5 years). Courses in BH104 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) credited under this artciulation agreement are: GRAP 1049, GRAP1050, GRAP1051, GRAP1052, GRAP1031, GRAP1032, GRAP 1045, one of either GRAP1033 or GRAP1034, Two (2) courses from either GRAP1041, GRAP1042 or GRAP1043, and One (1) course (12cps) from the Industrial Design Program Optional courses.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook [].

After successfully completing this program, you may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs upon application. Please check with an admissions officer in your program of choice.

Applicants with VET or Undergraduate qualifications from RMIT or other education providers, or significant professional experience in a relevant area may be eligible for recognition of prior learning and may be exempt from elements of the application process.

Students wanting to continue with their study are encouraged to apply for Masters by Research or PhD after successful completion of their bachelor program and enabled to do so via the research preparation encountered in the Bachelor Honours program.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Applicants must complete and submit a selection kit. The selection kit includes a design excercise and the inclusion of a folio of 3-5 projects coveyed through images, with a brief description of each project. 

Note: Some applicants may be exempt from the Industrial Design selection kit if they have successfully completed tertiary study in product design, furniture design, architecture or industrial design.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation:

In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in the area of Industrial Design. However, graduates of the Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) are eligible to become members of the following Professional Associations:

Design Institute of Australia (DIA): Students are eligible for student membership and access to DIA member resources throughout their studies. Graduates are eligible for full membership with the DIA, the peak professional body for designers in Australia.[]

International Interaction Designers Association(IxDA): Students and Graduates are eligible to be members of the IxDA that aims to promote and advance the profession of interaction design.

Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID): Current Students and Graduates are eligible for membership with the US based international Association of Women Industrial Designers that seeks to advance the status and contribution of women in the profession.

Additionally there are numerous local and international professional organizations that promote and support industrial designers in various sub-disciplinary and specialist fields including: lighting design, furniture design, design management and service design.

Industry Links:

The program works with industry in a variety of ways: through student engagement with academic and professional staff who are practitioners in the field; through the structure and content of courses that are often linked directly to, or taught by, industry partners, and through assessment and feedback where industry practitioners will be involved in appraising and critiquing your design work.

Typically these engagements occur through the Design Studio, but are common in all courses, and have included partnerships with:

  • multinational automotive companies such as Ford, Toyota, GMA (Holden) and Royal Enfield
  • product and technology, and manufacturing companies and their design departments such as Philips, Jayco and Oates
  • sustainability and cultural development oriented projects with research groups such as the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab, RMIT's Spatial Architecture Information Laboratory, National Ageing Research Institute and Zoos Victoria
  • government agencies and departments and local governments such as the City of Hume and Melbourne City Council
  • not-for-profit, health and community organizations such as CERES, Diabetes Australia (Victoria), Alziemers Victoria, and major public hospitals
  • cultural institutions such as Museum Victoria
  • Industrial Design consultancies and design oriented product making firms both locally and internationally


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper or materials, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
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Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

School based resources

As a student in the Industrial Design program you have access to workshop resources within the School of Architecture & Design. These workshops provide access to, and technical support in using a wide range of prototyping, fabrication and model making technologies. Additionally, specialised industry standard commercial software and other digital technologies are available for your use within university provided computer laboratories, and in some instances to download for use on personal computers.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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