C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

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Plan: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design
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: Diploma of Product Design
Qualification national code: 22221VIC
Nominal hours: 1737
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: City
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/architecturedesign
CRICOS code: 080322G

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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Product Design develops your skills and knowledge to have a career as a product designer in Australia or overseas.

Starting from a project brief, you’ll learn traditional product development techniques while using the latest industry tools and practices to develop solutions to design problems.

You’ll be guided through the process of developing new consumer products (such as electrical enclosure, toys or kitchenware) resolving practical, manufacturing and sustainability issues.

Design projects can involve you with local and international companies. Students have recently designed prototypes made in China and Malaysia.

As a graduate you can specialise in many diverse areas of product development. Areas include computer-aided design, product illustration, CAD drafting, product styling, home wares, model making, furniture and lighting, toy design, eco design, special effects for film and television or as a liaison between engineering and production. As a product designer you'll work as part of a design or manufacturing team. Many designers also undertake freelance work.


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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.

If you have completed the Diploma of Product Design and you are applying for
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours) you may be able to claim credit for courses you
have already completed. For the list of courses for which you may claim exemption and other details refer to the program guide for the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)(Honours), BH104 in the RMIT Handbook: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/handbook

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs after successfully completing this program. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

The Certificate IV in Design has a guaranteed pathway for eligible graduates into this diploma program.





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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: 

There are no minimum academic requirements however applicants are required to be proficient in the English language to Level 4 of the Australian Core Skills Framework and basic computer skills.

Selection tasks:

All applicants must attend a folio presentation.

English language requirements for international applicants:

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 5.5, with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements see the English equivalents web page:




    VCE prerequisites: There are no prerequisites

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    External accreditation and industry links

    In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in the product design.

    This program maintains industry links in a variety of ways.

    As students in this program, you will have the opportunity to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA)* as associate members. The DIA has a specific category for Industrial Designers and offers associate members professional recognition and information on all areas of Industrial Design through seminars and forums.

    Please note that assessment in this qualification is not dependent upon membership of the DIA.

    Our teachers bring to the program extensive industry experience and contact networks, and many are practising professionals. Their experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

    A range of design practices are represented on the program's Program Advisory Committee which regularly gives feedback to the school on current trends in the product design industry, as well as the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment.

     *The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) is Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses. http://www.dia.org.au/index.cfm


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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, 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 (www.rmit.edu.au/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.

    You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.

    Online learning tools and content
    You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated
    courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

    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

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander students.
    You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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