Engineering and Design - E3006

Engineering and Design

Bachelor degree (honours)/Bachelor degree

Have an eye for form and function? Like to build things? Consider combining mechanical engineering with industrial design to become a product design engineer.

Product design engineers design and develop manufactured products that are functional, ergonomic, beautiful, and well-engineered.

This double degree integrates the technical and project management skills of an engineer with the creativity and manufacturing know-how of an industrial designer.
A major design project in your final year lets you showcase your newly-acquired skills.

This course leads to two degrees:

  • the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), and
  • the Bachelor of Industrial Design.

You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Design) and be fully equipped to pursue a career based on either separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.

As a product design engineer, you might design cars, hi-tech appliances, furniture, tools, industrial equipment, prosthetics or robots. Whatever your specialty, your goal is the same: to make well-designed and well-engineered products.

The product design engineer boasts a wide range of practical, creative and problem-solving skills. Graduates can apply these skills to specialist areas such as display design, consumer product design, packaging design and ergonomics.

Product design engineers can choose from a variety of industries including: aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, petrochemical, robotics or electronic.

This course requires students to complete a total of 420 hours of continuous professional development, in order to graduate. This professional development may be in the form of 12 weeks of relevant vacation employment or an equivalent combination of approved professional development and/or engineering employment, taken throughout the duration of the course. Students are required to submit a series of reflections on their experience, with particular reference to development of each of the key Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.

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ATAR

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90.1 Note 2017 lowest ATAR offer RC1

^Entry to this course is based on a range of criteria so there is no Clearly-in ATAR.

*Conditions apply for the Monash Guarantee.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration
  • 5 years (full time)
  • 10 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry or Physics
IB At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 3 in Mathematics HL At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL or 4 in Physics SL or 3 in Physics HL.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

All domestic applicants must

1. Apply via VTAC

2. Complete an on-line registration form for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

3. Attend an interview

4. Present a folio and supply a digital copy at the interview

Important dates and requirements

The online registration form will be available from 8 August 2016.

Each applicant's final ranking is based on a range of criteria – their interview score (where applicable), folio, and ATAR or GPA.

Folio

Your folio should include 10 to 15 major examples of your best creative works and additional minor pieces. A well-presented folio demonstrates that you value your work and tells us we should value your work too.

Presentation

Please present examples of your work in a folio no bigger than A1 in size (A3 or A4 sized folios are acceptable). Don't worry about mounting them. Plastic leaved folios are ok but loose leaf is also fine. Include original works instead of photos where possible – if 3-dimensional works are easily carried bring them along.

You must also supply us with a digital copy of your folio for our record. You can provide this to us on the day of your interview on USB or CD-ROM. We prefer individual images be saved as JPEG, PNG, or TIFF and videos as H.264 MOV or MP4. Alternately, your folio can be saved as a single PDF or DOCX file.

If you are attending multiple interviews, you can choose to submit only one copy or multiple copies if you are presenting significantly different folios.

What should I include in my folio?

Your folio should reflect you: your interests, your practice and your ambitions. You can include many different types of work in your folio depending on your discipline of choice. It can include some of (but not necessarily all of):

  • 3D or sculptural objects
  • Art pieces
  • Colour and pattern
  • Demonstrate good quality line work and shading
  • Development pages and initial plans
  • Drawings (2D, 3D, and in perspective)
  • Image making
  • Layout and typography
  • Narratives and story-telling
  • Paintings
  • Photography, illustration, collage, digital works
  • Videos and animations

Journal
The journal is very important. This should contain your exploration of ideas, and document works or exhibitions you have seen. It is a portable laboratory of your search and experiments. Interviewers always look carefully at the journals you bring in as they reveal your thinking, capacity for curiosity and experimentation.

Interview

Duration: 15-20 minutes

The interview will be as informal as possible. There is no need to rehearse - just be yourself. Demonstrate that you have the ability to commit yourself to an intensive program of study and the potential to utilise what Monash offers for your personal, intellectual, professional and artistic development.

We're looking for your enthusiasm for your chosen discipline. We hope you've begun to explore your ambitions at school and outside of the school curriculum as well. We want to see experimentation and curiosity in your attitudes and work and that you can express form and ideas through both drawing and making. We hope you have an enthusiasm for particular artists or designers.

Typically there will be two interviewers present who will direct the interview, often studying through your folio while asking you questions at the same time.

Explain your work and why you made certain decisions about how it turned out. For the Bachelor of Architectural Design you'll have an opportunity to tell us about the ideas you explored in the pre-selection activity. The interview also allows you to demonstrate your communication skills while discussing your background, enthusiasm, and motivations.

You'll have the opportunity to tell us about a product, designer, artist or architect that has inspired you, promote your achievements, awards, prizes and let us know about your interests beyond your discipline of choice.

At the end you will be asked if you have any questions. Have some prepared. Interview the interviewers. Ask questions about aspects of the degree and demonstrate you've researched Monash and the course.

View our MADA Design Interview video for interview tips.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash with the course code E3006

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$6349

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Scholarships

We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a specialist course that develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: Fundamentals and foundational skills, Design, Knowledge and applications, and Professional Practice.

A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills

These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.

B. Engineering design

This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.

C. Engineering knowledge and application

This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.

D. Professional practice

This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.

The Bachelor of Design is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in History and theory, Drawing foundation, and Design studios specific to each of the specialisations. These will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.

A. History and theory studies

History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research design issues, and enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, you will begin to situate the place of design in society by referencing pivotal art, design and architecture movements. Later units address issues of culture, society and specific design themes.

B. Drawing foundation

This will assist you to develop the practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.

C. Design studios

This is the component of the course through which you will develop key skills and concepts particular to your design discipline.

In the communication design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of a range of media and elements including typography, image, layout, two and three-dimensional design, interactivity, sound and motion as core components to their communication design solutions. Studio-based projects across both print and digital media platforms will develop skills in narrative structure, typography, image construction and manipulation, interactive communication processes, production methods and technologies, and the planning and management of design outcomes.

In the industrial design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of the range of issues, skills and techniques vital to the realisation of user-centred design. Through industrial design projects, you will learn about topics such as visualisation techniques, ergonomics, materials, production methods and technologies.