Diploma of Product Design




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
Build a career out of your passion for design and problem solving. This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to bring products from conception to market.

We are the makers, the sketchers, the inventors, the experimenters, the idea generators, the thinkers and tinkerers. We are product designers.

This is your hands-on pathway to the world of design. This program allows you to imagine, explore and create objects that people will manufacture, buy, use and appreciate. You will gain the skills and experience you need to work in small or large design companies or as an independent designer.

Through your studies you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create designs for consumer products, experiences and systems. You will present your ideas through a combination of skills in visual and verbal communication, 3D models and computer software.
The program looks at all aspects of design including:
You will learn cutting-edge product development techniques, starting from a project brief, and find solutions to design problems using the latest industry tools and practices. You ill become familiar with new consumer product development processes for a variety of products, resolving practical, manufacturing and sustainability/environmental issues.
You will also be involved in design projects with local and international manufacturing companies. Past students have worked with companies such as Cocoon Republic (Victoria), Gundong ceramic manufacturers and Smiggle. Students may work on projects where design prototypes are manufactured in China and Malaysia.
If you have an enquiring mind, are creative and good with your hands and have a passion for design and detail, then this is the program for you.
Career outlook
As a product designer, you will work as part of a design or manufacturing team. Many designers also take on freelance work.
Graduates currently work in design consultancies (both locally and overseas).
They work as part of the design teams for manufacturing organisations In areas including:
display and exhibition design
toy design
set design and special effects
Graduates have also set themselves up as independent designers.
Program graduates are currently working for Holden, BMW, Alessi, Cocoon Republic, Schiavello, Tait furniture, Yamaha Japan and many other local and international design companies.
A product designer is daily activities may include:
meeting clients and stakeholders to discuss design briefs
developing free-hand or computer-aided concept drawings of your ideas
working with local and overseas engineers, designers, prototype makers and marketing staff
using simple and advanced technology, production methods and various materials like textiles, wood, plastics and metals.
working with manufacturers to create prototypes and new materials like reconstituted leather, stone or sustainable plastics.
Further study
When you successfully complete the Diploma of Product Design and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5, you are guaranteed entry in the Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) with 2 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points).
If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to submit a folio. You will be assessed on a case by case basis and credit is not guaranteed.

You may be eligible for entry to other RMIT vocational study or undergraduate programs.


Which department am I in? School of Architecture and Urban Design

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

The basic qualification for admission to the Ph. D. programme is Master's degree in Engineering, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences respectively or allied area(s). However, the applicants with Bachelor's degree in Engineering may also be considered for admission based on their performance and attainments. In addition to the basic educational qualifications prescribed in the appropriate area, one is required to have qualified GATE/UGC/CSIR examination for entry to Ph. D. programmes in Science and Humanities & Social Sciences. On the basis of an interview that assesses the candidate's aptitude, proficiency and potential in the area of his/her choice, a candidate is finally chosen. Admission for the sponsored candidates from the industries as well as research organisations is also available in the Ph. D. programme.

Entry Requirement For International Student

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average.
English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 71 (with minimum of 17 in all sections)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Georgian College

Full Time (2 years)

A$39,250.00 (US$ 30,701) per year

2 July 2018

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University) Melbourne City campus, 124 La Trobe Street, MELBOURNE, Victoria, 3000, MELBOURNE, Australia