Course Description

This honours degree is where aspiring designers develop the skills to invent, visualise and prototype design solutions to solve complex problems.

From the air-powered 'O2 Pursuit' motorcycle to the design of an open-source prosthetic fabrication laboratory, RMIT is at the forefront of contemporary industrial design.

Throughout your studies you’ll explore the contemporary industrial design practice and undertake practical learning in design visualisation and communication design thinking, and the material and technological constructs of industrial design.

For over 60 years industrial design at RMIT has offered aspiring designers technical, theoretical and applied immersions into the diverse and dynamic fields of industrial design practice. Working on real-world problems, in industry and community contexts, with direction and feedback from experts, the program culminates in a year-long honours design research project.

You will explore through design practice:

  • commercial and aesthetically-focused approaches to product, transportation and furniture design
  • the design of sustainable products, services and systems
  • technologically and materially mediated interactions and experiences
  • design as a mechanism for enabling social reform and cultural enrichment
  • the possibilities of form, process and material in response to rapid technological advances
  • the increasingly blurred intersections of our digital and material worlds
  • design as a way to address the needs of clients, user groups and communities

Your studies are centred around learning through design studios. Design studios provide a unique way of exploring ideas by challenging future designers and modelling the best practice of local and global design firms.

You'll learn from local and international design practitioners and build your industry networks throughout your studies.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
International Students: $36,480 per year full-time


4 years full time,

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 57.6% (national average 48.3%)
Improved skills: 83.2% (national average 83.1%)
Overall satisfaction: 77.2% (national average 74.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 70.5% (national average 76.8%)
Studying full time: 22.9% (national average 13.7%)
Median full time salary: $60,000 (national average $63,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 080225J
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH104

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (