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Design Innovation and Fabrication

Undergraduate Major


Design Innovation and Fabrication 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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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

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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.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Professional membership is available with the Design Institute of Australia.

Career information


  • 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

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Design degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-DINFB
  • Last updated on: 05/08/2022