BH104 - Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

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

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The four year full-time Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) program gives significant scope to explore established and emerging disciplinary domains via four core study streams.

The Design Studies and Professional Practice stream explores the contemporary industrial design landscape, its histories, theories, methods and issues. The Specialist Knowledge and Skills stream provides practical and theoretical learning in methods of design visualization, representation and communication, and the material, manufacturing and technological constructs of Industrial Design practice. The Design Studio stream, which sits as the central and connective element of the curriculum, provides a diverse suite of applied, industry linked and research integrated design project experiences. Through these 'projects' the dimensions of particular needs and problems, in specific situations and contexts, are teased out in order to propose new and better alternatives through design. The Honours year courses provide a space for undertaking a large self-directed design research project and the articulation of the breadth and depth of that project in a variety of the forms. 

The first year provides foundational exposures to the methods and nature of the designed form to the sociocultural factors of design and designing. The second year sees an increase of the technical, technological, and contextual complexity by which design activity and its implications are to be considered and provides avenues of choice in industrial design practice. The third year significantly defines individual design capabilities and interests. The fourth, and final year of the program provides the challenge of defining and demonstrating an area of professional engagement through a year-long, research-led and industry engaged design project.

Here, the many meanings, purposes of, and orientations to design are privileged: as an enabler of social reform and cultural enrichment; as a means of creative response to the issues and opportunities of sustainability; as a way of intervening in the problems of rapid technological advancement and the increasingly blurred intersections of our digital and material worlds, and as a form of play where the generative possibilities and delight of form, process and material are activated. Importantly the act of designing is positioned as a particular way of understanding and addressing the needs of clients, user groups and communities. Combined, these immersions manifest as a highly transferable mode of critically engaged, propositional and practical thinking, which acts as a scaffold for entry into the profession and opens up opportunities to pursue research and further study.

You will learn through a range of formal and informal encounters. These include participation in design studio and project oriented courses, lectures and tutorials, technical tuition in the use of specialist software and prototyping techniques, engaging with online materials and readings, exhibitions, exucrsions and field trips. You will work as an individual and as a member of design project teams, and a significant emphasis is placed on the ability to initiate individual and peer learning activitities and to be self-directed in your approach to study.

You will be assessed throughout the program on how well you meet the learning outcomes of each course, and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice and will receive ongoing formative feedback as you progress. This feedback comes from your lecturers, from industry guests and mentors, and from your peers in view of continuous improvement and greater degrees of reflectivity on your own learning.

If you have a longterm medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

The Industrial Design program has a strong set of relationships across a range of industry, research and community entities and 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, through assessment and feedback where industry practitioners will be involved in appraising and critiquing your design work; and, through specialised work placements via the Design Practicum and Atelier elective courses.

Typically these engagements occur through Design Studio , but are infact common in all courses. Collaborative teaching relationships with other disciplines at RMIT and other universities both locally and abroad extend WIL opportunities so that you will learn to work with people from other fields. In addition the program frequently runs design studios and electives with students and practitioners from other programs at RMIT, inculding Architecure, Fine Art, Landscape Architecture, Interior design, Textiles design, Fashion design, Engineering, and Business programs. These activities often involve external industry or community partners, provide you relevant and collaborative WIL opportunities, and offer you interdisciplinary learning opportunities within the realm of larger projects with other disciplines.

These industry and community connections contribute to the program and the development of your capabilities in the following ways:

  • By situating commercial or speculative projects within the curriculum of design studio and electives courses
  • By releasing practitioners as teaching staff across all courses and year levels in the program
  • By participating in the review, assessment and moderation of your design projects, offering verbal and
    written feedback.
  • By locating students’ design activities and outcomes within real-world professional activities including projects, exhibitions, competitions, and campaigns

 The designated WIL Course is:

GRAP 1040 Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping

This course is the capstone of the Bachelor Honours program and engages in work integrated learning through the inclusion of design industry practicioners and experts in relevant fields in the evaluation and feedback of individual design research projects as they develop. Professional practice in this course involves the communication of design research findings and propositions to industry and community stakeholders in a professional and scholarly manner, and to reflect deeply on the meanings and findings you have discovered in your particular approach to design practice. Additionally external industry specialists will contribute to the assessment of design research project outcomes.

 

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Program Structure

For students who commence their study in this program from 1 January 2016 onwards, please note that some courses listed in this structure will have their course marks count toward your program's weighted average mark. Your weighted average mark will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program. If a course counts toward your weighted average mark, that fact will be stated in its course guide. In Enrolment Online, after you completed your course enrolment, you will be notified which of the enrolled courses will count toward the weighted average mark.
 

For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here

 

To graduate you must complete the following:

 

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Two (2) Design Studio Core Courses: (Note: undertake one (1) course in each semester)

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

User Centred Design Studio12GRAP1031City Campus
Design for Sustainability Studio12GRAP1032City Campus
AND
Complete the following Three (3) Core Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Industrial Design Drawing12GRAP1049City Campus
CAID to CAM12GRAP1050City Campus
Design Prototyping: Materials, Processes and Experimentation12GRAP1052City Campus
AND
Complete One (1) Course from the following:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Interactive Systems Design12ARCH1479City Campus
Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production12GRAP1051City Campus
AND
Complete two (2) courses in the Design Studies course list. Please refer to the list of Design Studies courses at the end of this program structure document. (Note: undertake one (1) Design Studies course in each semester).
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Select and Complete One (1) of the following that you have not taken or passed already:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Interactive Systems Design12ARCH1479City Campus
Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production12GRAP1051City Campus
AND
Complete Two (2) 24 credit point courses in the Design Studio course list. Please refer to the list of Design Studio courses at the end of this program structure document. (Note: undertake one Design Studio course in each semester).
AND
Complete One (1) course in the Design Studies course list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to the list of Design Studies courses at the end of this program structure document.
AND
Complete One (1) course in the Program Option course list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to the list of Program Option courses at the end of this program structure document.
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any: (Note you can elect to undertake an Industrial Design Program Optional Course as a University Elective course)
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Two (2) Core Courses: (Note: undertake one (1) course in each semester).

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

The Contemporary Industrial Design Enterprise: Modes and Practice in Design Business12GRAP1045City Campus
Methods in Design Research and Practice12GRAP2225City Campus
AND
Complete Two (2) 24 credit point courses in the Design Studio course list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to Design Studio courses at the end of this program structure (Note: undertake one Design Studio course in each semester).
AND
Complete One (1) course in the Program Option course list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to the list of Program Option courses at the end of this program structure document.
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any: (Note you can elect to undertake an Industrial Design Program Optional Course as a University Elective course)
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses: (Note: These courses have pre-requisite progression rules)

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Industrial Design Honours Project Part One: Design Research and Development24GRAP2290City Campus
Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping24GRAP1040City Campus
Professional Ethics and Design Strategy12GRAP1046City Campus
Industrial Design Honours: Reflection and Exposition12GRAP2573City Campus
AND
Complete One (1) course in the Program Option course list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to the list of Program Option courses at the end of this program structure document.
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Courses from any: (Note you can elect to undertake an Industrial Design Program Optional Course as a University Elective course).
University Elective
 
AND

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Industrial Design:

Design Studio Course List:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Design Studio: Critical and Creative Concerns24GRAP1033City Campus
Design Studio: Design in Industry24GRAP1034City Campus
Design Studio: Design in the Research Context24GRAP1035City Campus
Design Studio: Digital Practice for Industrial Design24GRAP2221City Campus
AND
Design Studies Course List:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Design in Society: Histories, Politics and Contexts of Application12GRAP1041City Campus
Industrial Design Ecologies: Sustainability, Socio-technical Systems and Change12GRAP1042City Campus
Industrial Design Tactics: Temporal, Perceptual and Experiential Methods12GRAP1043City Campus
AND
Program Option Course List: (Note: Some of these courses have pre-requisite course requirements)

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advanced Industrial Design Engineering12GRAP2575City Campus
Advanced CAID12GRAP2577City Campus
Industrial Design Prototyping and Complex Fabrication12GRAP2578City Campus
Advanced Industrial Design Visualisation12GRAP2576City Campus
Electronic and Interactive Prototyping12GRAP2572City Campus
Atelier12GRAP2570City Campus
Design Practicum12GRAP2571City Campus
Computational Prototyping for Industrial Design12ARCH1477City Campus
Systems and Service Visualisation for Industrial Design12ARCH1478City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

In 2017, BH104 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) will updated its program structure. The previous structure had its last intake in 2016. All students will enrol into the updated program structure effective Semester 1, 2017.

If you are a current student who commenced in BH104 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) before 2017 and require academic advice, you will be provided with a study plan and a transition map of same or equivalent courses based on the tables below. All courses passed or attempted in the old structure will be recognised in the new structure.

If you are undertaking a reduced load or have not satisfactorily completed some of your courses, are on Leave of Absence (LOA), or have deferred studies, you will not be disadvantaged by the change of program structure.

You will not incur any extra costs or be required to complete extra credit points as a result of this change in program structure.

Summary of Changes to the program structure Semester 1, 2017:

"Industrial Design Studies Specialisation" (previously to be taken in semester 2, of the Second Year) has been replaced with a new core couse called "Interactive Systems Design" that can be taken by students in Years One or Two. Students entering their second year in 2017 will be reuired to undertake this course. Students commencing in 2017 can take it in either Year One or in Year Two as per the enrolment program structure.

"Industrial Design Studio Specialisation" (previously to be taken in semester 2, of the Third Year) is to be re-titled "Design Studio: Digital Practice" that can be taken by students in Years Two or Three. Students entering their Third year in 2017 will be reuired to undertake this course. Students commencing, or entering second year in 2017 can take it in either Year Two or in Year Three as per the enrolment program structure.

Two additional Program Optional courses have been added to the program structure. These can be taken in Years Two, Three or Four.

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