UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Sascha Dal Santo

1 04 2009

Hi there!

My name is Sascha, and I am a 3rd year Industrial Design student at UNSW.

I thought I’d start off by telling you a bit about my course, how I got into the whole design craze, and what Industrial Design students actually get up to whilst at Uni!

When I was in Yr.12 at school, I really enjoyed Design and Technology and Business Studies. With undertaking both subjects for my HSC, when the time came to consider university preferences I looked into a course which would combine both of these subject areas. And along came the lovely degree of Industrial Design.

In all honesty, before going to the open day, I had never actually heard of industrial design. But after talking with some current students and the lecturers, I basically decided then and there this was the course for me.

Industrial Design is a real hands-on, creative flowing course, mixed with business and marketing studies, primarily focused on the design and production of industry products – anything from hairdryers to sofas to food packaging.

We undertake a lot of hands-on design work, starting with the brief and initial concept sketches, to the actual making of mock up models and presentation work. Most of this is carried out in our studio classes. Studio is where you let your entire creativity run wild, and really get to express yourself through design. So instead of sitting in a lecture room, copying out sheets and sheets of lecture notes, we get to go into the work shop, use machinery and make models and projects!

We also undertake a number of other subjects related to product design, such as marketing subjects on consumer behaviour and marketing research, and also other design subjects such as ergonomics and sketching classes.

As you can see, Industrial Design is quite diverse in what it offers to students – you get to experience a wide range of different subjects, and most importantly, enjoy it all at the same time.

Through the course, I hope to achieve a wide range of design skills that will (hopefully!) land me in an awesome profession within the world of design. Just like design itself, my actual preference on where I see myself in 10-15 years always changes!

But through the wide range of numerous skills that I have gained – and am still gaining – there are many opportunities that are accessible through the course of Industrial Design.

UNSW Built Environment Master of Architecture: Mark David Roach

30 03 2009

Hi my name is Mark and I’m currently doing my Master of Architecture, having graduated from a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from UNSW in 2007. I chose to study at UNSW mainly because of the balanced nature of the architecture degree, the excellent reputation of UNSW and the exciting atmosphere and culture of the campus and its surroundings.

One of the most rewarding courses that I completed was during my third year: a design studio run by Pritzker Prize winning architect Glenn Murcutt, that focused on a site in Walcha about 500km north-west of Sydney. He was a great inspiration for all of us. The History and Theory electives on offer at the FBE also had quite a profound affect on my way of thinking about architecture and equipped me with the skills to understand many of the subtle qualities of architecture and the way architects approach design. The General Education courses on offer at UNSW were also quite useful as they offered opportunities to study courses from other faculties such as Design: Models as a Tool, Using the Media, Religion and Terror, Witches, Quacks and Lunatics.

At the moment I’m doing a research studio in preparation for my graduation project in Semester 2 and have been experimenting with some awesome new laser cutters at UNSW’s Squarehouse Workshop. I’m also doing a course called Professional Practice, which offers a fascinating insight into the legal and business aspects of architectural practice. On top of that, I’m working on my portfolio, which I hope to complete by the second half of the year.