Master of Design - Industrial Design

University of South Australia

The Master of Design (Industrial Design) is hands-on postgraduate qualification that equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the innovative, changing world of design. Students study emerging trends and technologies, contemporary design issues, design thinking methodologies, qualitative research practices and sustainability. Students develop the tools and techniques to investigate and analyse human centred design problems and develop techniques to manage complex design projects. They also develop knowledge and skills in design thinking principles and practices as they are applied to industrial design projects. A key part of learning relates to advanced research skills and students graduate with the cognitive skills needed to review and analyse research. Students may also complete an industry placement as part of their studies.

Course Fee:

International: $59,000

Entry Requirements:

Completion of a Bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution, or equivalent, in a related discipline; and a portfolio of work, curriculum vitae and a written statement of intent. Applicants who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Design from the University of South Australia are eligible to enter and are not required to submit a portfolio of work and statement of intent. International students who speak English as a foreign language must have obtained the required standards within the last two years.


72 units; 18 units of research studio; 18 units of project; 9 units of project report; 4.5 units of research methods; 4.5 units of business practices; 4.5 units of sustainability; 13.5 units of electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Design; Industrial Design

Study Pathways:

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Honours) degree in a related discipline are eligible to enter the program with 1.0 EFTSL Advanced Standing and complete the program in 1 year of full time study or equivalent part time study.


Graduates of this program are eligible for Graduate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia after two years of professional practice.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00121B

Related Careers:

Industrial Designer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City West No info Yes Part time
City West No info Yes Full time 2 years
The University of South Australia (UniSA) is the largest university in South Australia with over 36,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students on four urban and two regional campuses. As a prominent provider of international education in the state, the university has close working links with industry, the professions, business and government and offers more professional education programs than any university in South Australia. More than 140 undergraduate and 200 coursework and research postgraduate programs in fields including law, education, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, podiatry, medical radiation, human movement, commerce, business, management, computer and information science, engineering, construction management, urban and regional planning, visual arts, psychology, civil aviation, journalism, and more are offered. An integral part of a UniSA student's study program includes work in clinical and field placements, assisting with industry-based projects, and working alongside people from industry and the professions.

The Graduate Careers' Council of Australia's annual survey has consistently shown UniSA graduates recording the highest success rate in the State for employment after graduation.

Provider CRICOS: 00121B

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