C5382 - Diploma of Product Design

Go to Enrolment Program Structures Search

Plan: C5382 - Diploma of Product Design
Campus: Brunswick 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: 22446VIC
Nominal hours: 1631
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Brunswick
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
CRICOS code: 097301G

*Top of page

Purpose of the Program

Through your studies in the Diploma of Product Design you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create designs for consumer products, experiences and systems. You will present your ideas through a combination of skills in visual and verbal communication, 3D models and computer software.

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.


*Top of page

Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of RMIT's Certificate IV in Design guarantees entry into this program.

Successful completion of this program guarantees entry into the Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) with96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).

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.

*Top of page

Entrance requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements.

Selection tasks

All applicants must attend a folio presentation.

International English language requirements

A minimum of 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 requirements web page.

*Top of page

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

*Top of page

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.

*Top of page

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.au/library

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 

*Top of page
[Next: Learning outcomes]