Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code2132
Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBID
CRICOS code083679K
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT

Full-time study only

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Selby Coxon


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The course offers a program of education in the discipline and professional practice of industrial design. It is intended for students who wish to seek professional or executive employment in the field of industrial design and related areas of design or industry and commerce. Industrial design is concerned with the research and development of design in consumer and industrial products used by people. These range from industrial equipment to motor vehicles and from medical equipment to domestic appliances. The industrial designer works as a part of a team involving engineering, production and marketing.

The major industrial design units are supported by a cluster of relevant unit modules that include drawing, ergonomics, materials and manufacturing, digital imaging and technology. A range of elective units allows students to extend their education into specialist industrial activities or other art and design disciplines.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • situate and differentiate the role of the disciplines of industrial design, the ethical responsibilities of its practice and personal positions with regard to these
  • independently develop design strategies, form concepts, refine, detail and communicate design proposals
  • interpret, represent and respond to the socio-economic and cultural contexts of industrial design and the ethical responsibilities of the professional designer
  • resolve and communicate technical and manufacturing facets of industrial design projects using the conventions of the discipline
  • contextualise, generate and apply aesthetic aspects of industrial design
  • recognise and contribute to professional practice relevant to industrial design.


The course consists of the following components:

(a.) Design studios (72 points)

This is the main study of the course. There are design studios at each level of the course.

(b.) Supporting studio disciplines (42 points)

General area of study for the acquisition of additional skills in mathematics, mechanics, modelling and ergonomics, electronics, materials and manufacturing related to industrial design to aid the student's main industrial design studio practice.

(c.) Theory of art and design (18 points)

Students undertake a minimum of 18 points on the study of the theory, context and cultural aspects of art and design.

(d.) Drawing and visual structures (12 points)

Students take both a common drawing and a specialist drawing unit in the first year.

(e.) Digital imaging (18 points)

All students are required to take digital imaging units for a total of 18 points. In addition, a range of electives is available to extend knowledge and skills in this area.

(f.) Research/professional strands (12 points)

Students select units in one of the following two strands in the final year:

  • preparation for higher degree
  • professional practice.

(g.) Electives (18 points)

Elective studies are selected in consultation with the course coordinator. Units will generally be taken from those available within the Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture (, but units offered elsewhere in the University are also available.

Suitable units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning faculty. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.

(h.) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

A compulsory health and safety unit which deals with issues relevant to art and design.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year

Semester one

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art design and architecture
  • DGN1001 Design studio 1
  • DIS1103 Digital processes for art and design 1
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)

Semester two

Second year

Semester one

Semester two

Third year

Semester one

  • IDE3115 Industrial design studio 5
  • IDE3814 Materials and manufacturing 2
  • TAD3214 Contemporary discourse in design
  • elective

Semester two

  • DIS1911 3D design and visualisation
  • IDE3116 Industrial design studio 6
  • elective

Fourth year

Semester two

  • IDE4117 Industrial design studio 7 (12 points)
  • AHT4503 Advanced art theory* or TAD4523 Design research methods and seminar
  • elective**

Semester two

  • IDE4118 Industrial design studio 8 (18 points)
  • AHT4504 Art theory research seminar* or PPR4102 Professional practice and business planning for design**

* Higher degree strand unit.

** Professional practice strand unit.


Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)