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Industrial Design

Industrial designers shape the way we live in by designing the products in which we use every day, from items as simple as a toothbrush, through to things as intricate as an aeroplane. The role of the industrial designer is in the designing of products that are durable, effective in purpose, and beautiful in appearance.

The University of Waikato's new Industrial Design major will equip graduates with the knowledge and experience required to design and develop industrially-produced objects. The graduates will be prepared to develop a design career in manufacturing industries. The goal of the major in Industrial Design is to provide Bachelor of Design students with graduate attributes that are recognised as appropriate by professional designers working within the broad subject areas of Industrial Design, and that are well suited to related employment opportunities within their chosen discipline subjects. It is also intended that students will be well prepared for graduate study if they choose to continue study towards a higher qualification.

Therefore, in addition to the attributes expected of all Bachelor of Design graduates (any major), a student who completes a BDes with a major in Industrial Design is expected to be able to demonstrate: .

  1. The ability to determine the function and purpose, the formal qualities, and the aesthetic dimensions of industrially produced objects
  2. The ability to apply industrial design knowledge and skills at a range of scales in an authentic place of practice (e.g., workplace)
  3. Deliver professional presentations to relevant stakeholders
  4. The ability to be self-reflective of their professional practice, and articulate their skills and skill-limitations

Computing facilities at Waikato

The University of Waikato offers students 24-hour computer lab access with all the latest computer software, and several labs fully equipped with Mac computers, commonly used in professional design environments. Graduate students have a dedicated lab space and access to all undergraduate facilities.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton

Study Industrial Design in these qualifications

Study Industrial Design as a specialisation of

Career opportunities

  • Design Researcher
  • Strategic Designer
  • Experience Designer

Prescriptions for the GradCert(IndusDes) and GradDip(IndusDes)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Industrial Design at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN126Introduction to Industrial Design Production20B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on Computer Aided Design (CAD) / 3D modelling software packages, CNC routing and 3D digital printing, required in the process of prototyping and production of Industrial Design projects.
DSIGN141Design 120A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper develops the student's ability to recognise and utilise the basic elements and principles of design both two and three dimensionally. It explores topics related to 'thinking' and creativity with an emphasis on raising a student's creativity consciousness and attitude. The work will primarily be abstract in nature and wil...
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGME280Design and Manufacturing 120B (Hamilton)
The paper focuses on the principles of fundamental manufacturing processes and engineering design methods. Practical aspects of selected major manufacturing processes via workshop and practical sessions give students the opportunities to build up their practical skills and apply their theoretical knowledge to solving practical prob...
ENGMP211Materials 120A (Hamilton)
This paper will provide a foundation for understanding the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSIGN360Capstone Project20B (Hamilton)
In this paper students plan, develop and execute a small scale design project with relative independence alongside the guidance of a supervisor.
ENGME380Design and Manufacturing 220B (Hamilton)
This paper uses problem and project based learning methods to help students gain knowledge and skills in design and manufacturing. Students will be taught how to apply dirty prototyping to a design project, and use modern manufacturing methods to design and produce a complex machine.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Closed

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Open

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 25 and 26 October 2019.
Closing Date: 20 Sep 2019

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In addition to the practical experience gained throughout the Bachelor of Design degree, you have the opportunity to undertake a real-world design project in the 300 level paper DSIGN350. In this project, you work relatively independently and collaborate with your peers and with members of the professional design industry.

The final semester 300 level paper DSIGN360 involves a self-directed brief which culminates each year in a Degree Show. The Degree Show projects cover a wide range of media including web design and production, mobile design, interactive design, brand development, visual identity work, interactive installation, motion graphics, 3D animation and more.