Design technology

There is a worldwide trend towards increasingly agile and adaptable industries, where manufacturing companies are becoming smaller and adopting more diverse interests and product lines. Most notably, is the shift away from the mass manufacturing approaches of the past towards increased customisation in product development and delivery. As a result, industry needs versatile, technologically-minded professionals with the design, project management and entrepreneurial skills to drive the product innovations of the future.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Design TechnologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

What can I study?

Medical Technology

Focused on the medical device and diagnostics industry, which facilitates new innovations in biomedical and health care systems, this major sequence provides students with the theoretical foundation, technical skills and expertise needed to design and create technical solutions to medical problems. This may include medical and physiological instrumentation, prosthetics and other health care devices.

Sports Technology

Product development and innovation are important drivers for the Australian sports industry. Tailored to industry needs, this major sequence brings together studies in engineering, physiology, and exercise and sport science with a focus on human performance to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the expertise needed to design and develop sports equipment, instrumentation and other sports-related products.

Industrial Design

Industrial designers visualise, conceptualise and design solutions to complex industry problems. This major sequence brings together studies in materials, design methodologies and manufacturing technologies to enable students to design the sustainable products, services and systems of the future.

Doctor looking at heart scans on holographic screen

Compression garment design

Students working together on a computer in a studio

Why study design technology at Deakin?

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.

Practical experiences and internships 

In addition to practical experiential learning in our campus-based facilities, students will have the opportunity to participate in optional work-integrated learning (WIL) placements by undertaking internships in design studios and manufacturing companies. These optional industry placements are a highly-encouraged component of the course, as they enable students to experience a professional work environment, develop professional networks and explore career opportunities before they graduate.


Our forthcoming Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) will provide some of the best future-focussed engineering facilities in the university sector. It will house virtual and real prototyping facilities allowing creative design solutions to be moved almost seamlessly from imagination to reality and then to manufacture in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, alternative vehicles or robotic aids, CADET will provide the key elements to 'imagineer the ultimate solution'.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Design Technology, you will have the knowledge, skills and competency to pursue a range of career options depending on the major sequence you choose.

Graduates typically create and design consumer, sports, medical and industrial products, and make models and prototypes of these designs for mass or customised production.

Graduates with a Medical Technology major sequence may find employment in the medical device and diagnostics industry working in hospitals, government and private organisations to design and develop medical and physiological instrumentation, prosthetics and other health care devices.

Graduates with a Sport Technology major sequence will be suited to roles requiring the design and development of sports equipment, instrumentation and other sports related products with a focus on human performance.

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