Industrial Design (2021)

The Industrial Design major will equip graduates with the knowledge and experience required to design and develop industrially-produced objects. Graduates will be prepared to develop a design career in manufacturing industries. The different industries in the Waikato region and in the rest of the country will have the possibility of employing a number of graduates with a professional profile that will contribute to the development of products designed in New Zealand, with the added economical value that this implies.

Industrial Design is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Design (BDes). Industrial Design may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Industrial Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Industrial Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, ENGEN112, DSIGN281, ENGME280, ENGMP211, DSIGN360, DSIGN381, DSIGN382 and ENGME380.

To complete Industrial Design as a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Industrial Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, ENGEN112, DSIGN281, ENGME280, ENGMP211, DSIGN360, DSIGN381 and DSIGN382.

To complete Industrial Design as a minor, students must gain 60 points from papers listed for Industrial Design, including 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, ENGEN112, DSIGN281 and DSIGN381.

Note: Industrial Design will be introduced as a major for the BDes in 2020. The compulsory paper for this major DSIGN281 will be offered for the first time in 2021, and DSIGN381 and DSIGN382 will be offered for the first time in 2022.


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  • 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 Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN126Introduction to Industrial Design Production15.021B (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.
    DSIGN141Principles of Form and Design15.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (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...
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
    Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN281Industrial Design Studio 115.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper presents students with the challenge of designing different types of simple industrially manufactured projects. The students are challenged to experiment beyond their previously acquired knowledge, designing and prototyping for small scale manufacturing.
    ENGME280Design and Manufacturing 115.021B (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 115.021A (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 Points Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN360Capstone Project15.021B (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 215.021B (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.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 23 October 2020 11:20am

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