(NEW) Bachelor of Design Technology

Course summary for international students

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Award granted Bachelor of Design Technology
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake


Indicative annual fee 2015$28,970* AUD
CRICOS course code083994K
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S307
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

There will be no intake into this course in 2015. This course is currently under review for 2016.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Design Technology is designed to develop students with design skills that can be applied in a technological setting as well as using technology to enhance the design process and design artefact.

The course is designed to develop technology-focused professionals capable of creating creative, engineering and technology based solutions to industrial design, sport or medical related problems and the ability to plan and design for example consumer products, medical and physiological instrumentation, prosthetics, and other sport related devices.

The subjects are mostly prescribed, with design technology subjects studied at each level.

Students may specialise in one of the areas listed below:

  • Industrial Design
  • Sports Technology
  • Medical Technology

Graduating students have the opportunity to undertake further studies in honours (research) and PhD programs.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

This course will have involvement from industry at all levels, students will have the ability to interact and work on real-world problems almost from day one. 

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in a wide range of industries, such as industrial and product design firms, equipment manufacturers, professional sports associations and research institutions, medical research, medical instrumentation, prosthetics and health organisations.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • Eleven credit points of core Bachelor of Design Technology units
  • SEE010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • At least one major study from:
    • Industrial Design (9 credit points)
    • Sports Technology (9 credit points)
    • Medical Technology (9 credit points)
  • The remaining 4 credit points (units) can be undertaken as elective units chosen from any units across the University, provided unit rules (including prerequisites and campus restrictions) have been met, and noting the following:
    • No more than 10 credit points at level 1, and
    • At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Industrial Design
Medical Technology
Sport Technology

Course structure

Core Units:

SED102Engineering Graphics and CAD

SED103Design Thinking Fundamentals

SED203Design Linguistics

SEJ100Project 1 - Design Proposals (2 cp)

SEJ201Project 2 - Detailed Design Solutions (2 cp)

SEJ301Project 3 - Design Research (2 cp)

SEP101Engineering Physics

Choose one from:

SIT190Introductory Mathematical Methods *


SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling *

*Students who have not completed Year 12 maths are encouraged to enrol in SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods in Trimester 1 and SEP101 Engineering Physics in Tri 2. Students who have completed Yr 12 mathematical methods (3,4) may choose to do SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling in Trimester 2 and SEP101 Engineering Physics in Tri 1.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au