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Product, Furniture and Jewellery Design

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-THRDE Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This degree covers the design and production of three dimensional items. You can select an area of specialisation from industrial and product design, jewellery design, furniture design or object design.

Industrial and product design, furniture design and object design combine the understanding and application of design principles with expanded knowledge of technology, professional communication skills and the application of creative rationale. Jewellery design develops a professional level of practice in the design and manufacture of contemporary jewellery and associated products.

You will develop the creative and technical skills needed to produce innovative pieces. You will also have the opportunity to work with a range of materials. In all areas of specialisation you will learn on industry-standard 3D modelling and design software.

This major allows you to express your ingenuity, creativity, intellectual abilities and skills. You will use project-based activities to develop design processes that are used in industry. Third year components involve self-directed learning and lead to exhibition and publication of work.

Curtin can connect you to industry and exhibitions and showcases during your studies will give you a platform to build career networks.

This major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Other requirements

If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and attend an interview. *

* Portfolio entry is only available for entry into Semester One for this course. 

Find out more about portfolio entry.

It is also recommended you attend a group advisory session if you register this major as one of your preferences. 

Find out more about Humanities' Design Advisory Sessions.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Upon graduating you can apply for professional membership of various design institutes including the internationally renowned Design Institute of Australia (DIA). 

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Industrial Designer
  • Jeweller
  • Product Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • In-house Creative Consultant
  • Furniture Design Consultant
  • 3D Digital modeler 
  • Furniture/Cabinet Maker
  • Stylist
  • Retailer
  • Merchandiser
  • Jewellery Manufacturer
  • Gallery Director
  • Entrepreneur

Possible careers

Industrial Designer

Industrial designers are product or furniture designers working for a manufacturer or design consultant.

Electives chosen from the following majors will provide supportive abilities required to practice in consultancy or manufacturing:

Jewellery Designer

Elective units chosen from the following majors will provide supportive abilities required to practice in jewellery and object design:

Lecturer/Teacher in secondary, tertiary and vocational sectors

Elective units chosen from the following majors will provide supportive abilities required for further study and specialisation in education:

NOTE: To become a qualified high school teacher, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) must be completed post-graduation from the Bachelor of Arts.

Why Product, Furniture and Jewellery Design?

  • You will discover and develop your creative spirit and learn the process to transform your ideas into tangible new designs 
  • You will develop 3D computer skills and use high technology rapid prototyping resources to produce 3D objects within a creative learning program.
  • If you love creating, drawing, making and solving problems, you can turn this into a career with diverse graduate opportunities.