Here’s some excellent news for students looking to study Industrial Design in Newcastle, Australia.
Using the far superior workshop facilities at Newcastle TAFE, students spend the first 3 years at TAFE, where they gain an Advanced Diploma. The final fourth year is spent at the University of Newcastle where students complete a Bachelor of Industrial Design.
There are 2 stages:
- Student first complete the Advanced Diploma of Product Design and Development from the Hunter Institute of Technology, located in Newcastle, Australia.
- Students then complete the Bachelor of Industrial Design at the University of Newcastle. This is a new course to be first offered in 2009.
The TAFE has excellent facilities and staff. In addition to the existing University workshop facilities, the TAFE offers a rapid prototyper, laser cutter and a complete workshop with bandsaws, drills, lathes and milling machines.
This is a win - win situation. The facilities are improved. The qualifications are easily transferrable. The COST to the student is also a lot less. Students can save thousands of dollars with this unique course structure.
Many of the University staff have transferred to the TAFE college campus and bring with them their knowledge and experience.
With a focus on drawing and rendering, 3D computer modeling, workshop skills and innovation, this is an excellent course for a student wanting to be an excellent industrial designer.