University of Technology Sydney

C10305v4 Bachelor of Design in Product Design Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Product Design (BDesign)
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)

UAC code: 609270 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 077333J
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

This course version is for students commencing in 2022 and onwards.


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

Overview

The Bachelor of Design 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.

Combined wiith the Bachelor of International Studies, the course provides students with additional practical skills, in particular those that raise their awareness of the international contexts of design, by providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of a language other than English and another culture.

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.

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.

A further two years of study introduce and consolidate the learning of a language and culture other than English.

Course aims

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.

The international studies enhances career options, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Demonstrated engagement with ideas and learning
A.2 Commitment to ethical practices
A.3 Value for alternative points of view
A.4 Value for richly diverse and sustainable human cultures and environmental ecologies
C.1 Effective written and oral communication skills
C.2 Effective visual communication skills
C.3 Effective tangible 3D representation
C.4 Ability to work in teams and in multi-disciplinary contexts
I.1 Demonstrated ability for problem setting and problem solving
I.2 Demonstration of versatility, curiosity and imagination
I.3 Demonstration of aesthetic sensibility
I.4 Ability to propose, develop and rethink ideas
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.
P.1 Industry specific practical and digital skills
P.2 Accuracy, rigour and care
P.3 Ability to self-manage, including task initiation, allocation of time and realisation of outcomes
P.4 Understanding of the global context of established and emergent industry practices
R.1 Identify and execute research methods appropriate to the project
R.2 Analyse complex contexts for design
R.3 Develop reasoned arguments supported by research
R.4 Reflective critical analysis

Key

INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and for the Bachelor of International Studies offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Non-current school leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Students must refer to the portfolio eligibility for the faculty’s consideration in order to get a place.

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

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.

Applications

International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

The applicants must submit the following material:

  • a six-page digital portfolio in PDF format (landscape) of their work; this may include images, animation or video (max. size 5MB)
  • one of the PDFs must be a 150–200 word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, addresses what was the aim of the work and why it succeeded (to enable this PDF to be easily viewed, text must be supplied in 16-point Helvetica, with 1.5 line spacing).

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students will complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points comprising 108 credit points of core subjects, a 24-credit-point of design studies, 12 credit points of electives in product design, and 96 credit points of international studies subjects.

In the International Studies component students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and the Professional World pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

Overseas study

In the International studies component students have the following options:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Course completion requirements

STM91425 Core Subjects (Product Design) 108cp
STM91424 Design Studies 24cp
CBK91878 Electives 12cp
CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course with German Language and Culture major, and completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World pathway or the International Honours pathway.

It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.

Year 1
Autumn session
84610 Inside Design   6cp
84111 Understanding Three-dimensional Form   6cp
84116 Product Design Communication A   6cp
85502 Researching Design Histories   6cp
Spring session
84611 Integrated Product Design   6cp
84117 Product Design Communication B   6cp
84118 Informing Product Design   6cp
85503 Thinking Through Design   6cp
Summer session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
84909 Product Design and Sustainability   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
84711 User-centred Design   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
85202 Design Futuring 6cp  
85001 The Bio Kitchen 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
84712 Product Engineering   12cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
85302 Social Media Cultures 6cp  
85840 Biodesign 6cp  
Spring session
84910 Analogue and Digital UX   6cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
84911 Advanced Manufacturing Technology   6cp
84811 Smart Design   12cp
Spring session
84813 Product Design Professional Communication   6cp
84812 Product Design Major Studio   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
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