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Design Innovation and Fabrication

Undergraduate major

Design and produce prototypes of the things that people want, from mobile phones and furniture to children’s toys and self-driving cars.

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    Design Innovation and Fabrication Major
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Why study Design Innovation and Fabrication at Curtin?

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Design Innovation and Fabrication



The rapid emergence and expansion of smart products is increasing the demand for a new wave of designers and product manufacturers.

In this major, you will develop the creative and technical skills needed to transform your ideas into cutting-edge creations, and learn to design concepts through user engagement and collaboration.

You’ll study your craft in our design studio and progress your digital modelling and fabrication skills in our new School of Design and Built Environment’s makerspace, where your design can come to life.

The course offers industry expertise and practical, hands-on learning, and you’ll be encouraged to exhibit an innovative approach to your work.

When you graduate, you will be well placed to work in emerging fields of contemporary industrial design such as inclusive design, the internet of things, smart living applications and broader smart product design.

Design Innovation and Fabrication is offered as part of the Bachelor of Design. You will be able to enhance your degree by selecting to study either two additional minors or one minor and four elective units to support your career goals.

What jobs can the Design Innovation and Fabrication Major lead to?


  • Industrial designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Project technician
  • Design consultant
  • 3D digital modeller and fabricator
  • Biomedical technology designer
  • Usability expert.


  • Consumer appliances and electronics
  • Manufacturing
  • Textiles
  • Biomedical technology
  • Automotive.

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to critically review, analyse, consolidate and contribute to evidence-based practice in product design
  • demonstrate interdisciplinary cognitive and technical skills in both a broad understanding and depth in product design
  • use and discern between a range of digital modelling technologies and media platforms in the production of innovative solutions based on user-centred experience
  • demonstrate effective visual, oral, written and technical communication appropriate to the product design discipline and apply effective self-directed learning skills
  • demonstrate personal awareness of a product design specific practice and sustain an engagement with contemporary design practices, production technologies, user experience, and the creative industries
  • develop a predictive overview of future trends that will influence product design and digital modelling and fabrication practices
  • recognise the importance of social, ethical, sustainability and cultural diversity and consider local and international perspectives in product design activities, including both the studio practice and production techniques
  • demonstrate how intercultural awareness and understanding impacts on personal and professional skills and on the ability to lead
  • work independently and collaboratively on product design projects and respond to project demands

Professional recognition

Professional membership is available with the Design Institute of Australia.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Please view the Bachelor of Design degree for indicative fees.

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