Design technology

The most successful people in the world are those that have the unique insight and creative ability to adapt to their changing environment. These innovative individuals are professionally focused, versatile and possess a unique understanding of what makes us tick. They have the design acumen and entrepreneurial skills to give realisation to original ideas, and are highly valued by employers operating in increasingly agile and competitive industries.

* There will be no intake into the Bachelor of Design Technology in 2016.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
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Postgraduate degrees
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The industrial designer

If you're interested in being the next great mind behind the technological innovations of the future, then consider studying Industrial Design within the Bachelor of Design Technology at Deakin.

Industrial Designers creatively blend the fundamentals of physics and engineering, with the art and skill of the craftsman. They have a wide ranging knowledge of technology, engineering and the design process, but more importantly a good understanding of people and the complex ways in which we interact with the world around us. Combining these skills with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, Industrial Designers create original solutions to everyday problems. They are at the forefront of invention and lead the rest of the world by shaping the environment in which we live.

Why study design technology at Deakin?

Focus on industrial design

Deakin's Bachelor of Design Technology focuses on Industrial Design and provides you with the opportunity to work independently and in teams to make your imagination a reality. Experience the creative process, develop your technical understanding and use a Project-Oriented Design Based Learning (PODBL) approach to identify, innovate and create real-world solutions to industry-related problems.

Design based learning

Project-Oriented Design Based Learning (PODBL) in collaboration with industry is a key feature of this course. Beginning in the first trimester of study and continuing throughout your degree, you will have opportunities to work independently and in groups, to actively develop ideas and design products that satisfy industry client needs.

Industry linked projects

Industry-linked projects that challenge and encourage student-led learning, enable you to think critically and analytically, demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in fundamental units, manage yourself and others in a team environment, collaborate with peers and communicate effectively with industry professionals.

Snowboard binding CAD render (left) and 3D printed finished product (right)
Above: Snowboard binding CAD render (left) and 3D printed finished product (right) – designed by student, Robert Leen.


The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) provides some of the best future-focussed engineering facilities in the Australian university sector. It houses virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to concept and reality in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, fuel efficient vehicles or robotic aids, CADET provides the key elements to imagineer the ultimate solution.

Industry informed teaching

Interaction with industry is an integral part of the program and is embedded throughout this three-year degree. This focus on industry interaction not only provides you with the opportunity to learn from industry guests, but also enables you to gain valuable real-world experience.

Practical experiences and internships

Enhance your experiential learning by participating in optional work-integrated learning (WIL) placements and internships in design studios and manufacturing companies. These optional industry placements are a highly-encouraged component of the course, as they enable you to experience a professional work environment, develop professional networks and explore career opportunities before you graduate.

The 3D printed snowboard bindings in action.
Above: The 3D printed snowboard bindings in action.

Want to study overseas as part of your degree?

Maybe you should apply for the Global Science and Technology Program. The program enables students to achieve their dreams of a truly global education and includes a $3000 scholarship. Visit the Global Science and Technology Program website to find out more about the program, how it works and where our students are studying overseas. You will also find information about how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Design Technology will have the knowledge, skills and competency to pursue a range of career options creating and designing consumer, sports, medical and technological products, making models and prototypes of these designs for mass or customised production.

As a graduate, you will be professionally focused, versatile and possess the innovative and creative skills that are highly sought-after by employers seeking competitive advantage in the increasingly agile industries in which they operate.

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