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C09059v2 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Product Design

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Product Design (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 077332K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Product Design prepares students for a career in the global product design industry, from boutique design practice or service design to large-scale industrial production and beyond.

The Honours program allows students to undertake self-determined, critical research and apply this to a specific project.

UTS believes a hands-on approach is fundamental for every aspiring designer. As such, the students' starting point is the individual design and making of an object. Throughout their studies students learn how to design, prototype and test solutions using the latest technologies in the faculty's digital and fabrication workshops.

Course aims

Alongside a strong technical base, the degree applies the creative problem solving required to design experiences that make a difference to everyday life, whether in developing economies or digital cultures. Central to this approach is an understanding of the relationships between objects, culture, economy, technology, business and human behaviour.

This integrated approach makes graduates ready to work both locally and internationally. Students benefit from significant exposure to industry projects and global travel studios. Collaborations with local companies include Glarce Eyewear, Second Road, Kimberley Clarke, Cormack Packaging, Electrolux, Enware and King Furniture. UTS has established international connections with companies and institutions across Asia and Europe.

Students learn in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment thanks to the ability to work alongside other disciplines within the university and externally with industry partners.

Career options

Career opportunities for graduates of the Product Design degree are expanding. Longstanding industrial design roles include working as an in-house designer in a manufacturing company or working as a design consultant. Graduates also work in emerging fields such as service and strategic design or digital interaction design, adapting advanced technologies for new experiences and networked environments. Integrated education also allows graduates to move beyond design and manage production, distribution and marketing of new products. Finally, the degree prepares graduates for further study in specialised fields such as transport design or associated professional disciplines.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Understanding of the designer's role as a global citizen
A.2 Ethical practices in relation to acknowledgement of sources and the work of others
A.3 Awareness of, and concern for, social and cultural diversity
C.1 Professional attitude to clarity and accuracy of communication
C.2 Capacity to make a positive contribution to a team
C.3 Ability to present work appropriately to context
I.1 Ability to work conceptually
I.2 Ability to appraise, develop or redirect design ideas
I.3 Ability to re-imagine human practices through design
P.1 Ability to independently develop new skills and areas of knowledge
P.2 Ability to independently cultivate aesthetic sensibility
P.3 Developing craft skill
R.1 Ability to develop a well-supported argument
R.2 Ability to analyse complex ideas
R.3 Ability to critically reflect on work by self and others

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

UTS students: criteria for a guaranteed offer

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Product Design or UTS equivalent who have completed the course within the last three years and attained an overall minimum WAM of 72.5 or above will be made a threshold offer.

UTS students: course completed within the last three years

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Product Design or UTS equivalent who have completed the course within the last three years and attained an overall WAM between 65 and 72.49 must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Product Design:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a 200–300 word project proposal outline that includes a project description, identification of research context, description of specific research focus and set of design methods, techniques, materials and approaches to be employed
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

UTS students: course completed four or more years ago

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Product Design or UTS equivalent who have completed the course four or more years ago and have demonstrated relevant work experience within the product design industry must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Product Design:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a 200–300 word project proposal outline that includes a project description, identification of research context, description of specific research focus and set of design methods, techniques, materials and approaches to be employed
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience, accompanied by supporting reference(s) from related industry employer(s).
  • a copy of their academic transcript.

Non-UTS applicants

Applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Product Design and who have attained an overall minimum WAM of 65 or above must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Product Design:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a 200–300 word project proposal outline that includes a project description, identification of research context, description of specific research focus and set of design methods, techniques, materials and approaches to be employed
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

International applicants must also attend an interview (via Skype) with the program director. Digital copies of both the academic transcripts and portfolio must be sent to the program director prior to the interview.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time or part-time equivalent basis.

Course structure

This course totals 48 credit points made up of four 12-credit-point subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91168 Core subjects (Honours) 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The typical course program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
84905 Product Design Honours Project Conceptualisation   12cp
84908 Product Design Honours Project Research and Development A   12cp
Spring session
84906 Product Design Honours Project Realisation   12cp
84907 Product Design Honours Project Research and Development B   12cp

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building