Industrial Design Major - Bachelor of Design

Industrial design is an exciting and rapidly evolving profession. AUT design graduates are award-winning and well-prepared for a changing future.

Products can be tangible, three-dimensional manufactured objects like consumer products, furniture, packaging, medical and sports equipment or they can be systems, services and interfaces. Many products are solutions to real-life problems. The Industrial Design major helps you develop key research, critical and creative thinking, design thinking, ideation, prototyping and communication skills.

Ethical practices, along with environmental and social responsibility underpin all aspects of the Industrial Design major. You work in open plan design studios and individual student work areas with wireless networking, and have access to world-class laboratories and workshops.

This is part of the Bachelor of Design.

Start date: 2022

If you're a full-time student, you normally complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you study core compulsory courses within your major and selected minor.

List of minors

Year 1

You're introduced to the design process and design thinking, and learn fundamental design skills, theories, methods and processes through a range of projects.

You study the following courses

You also study one course from your chosen minor.

Year 2

You undertake more sophisticated creative product design projects. You become familiar with computer aided design (CAD), production technology and theory.

You study the following courses

You also study two courses from your chosen minor.

Year 3

You study the following courses

You also study one course from your chosen minor.

Industrial design project

Many of our students' projects are professionally focused, and undertaken in partnership with industry-based clients. The projects usually involve a design brief developed in conjunction with the partner business or organisation, visits, as well as a final presentation.

Industry partners include

  • Medicine Mondiale
  • pHd 3
  • Essenze
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Zespri
  • Trade Aid
  • Return to Sender Coffins
  • Consortium
  • Zephyr Technologies
  • Kathmandu
  • Freedom Camping
  • Snow Planet
  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Blender Design
  • Adept
  • Auckland Transport
  • Auckland Council

More details about courses in this programme

Detailed programme structure and course outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a course (Arion)


Enrolment in courses is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of courses.

  • Product and industrial designer
  • Furniture or packaging designer
  • Ergonomic medical equipment, sport or performance wear designer
  • Service and experience designer

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Industrial Product Design Careers

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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