(NEW) Bachelor of Design Technology

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Design Technology
CampusWaurn Ponds (Geelong)
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake


Indicative annual fee 2015$8,218* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts
CRICOS course code083994K
VTAC Codes1400315701 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S307

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

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s 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

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.