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What we do


Renowned for its creativity, research, international focus, industry engagement and state-of-the-art facilities, the UTS School of Design forms a dynamic community of students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners, incorporating six disciplines:


Integrated Product Design student, Nick Sadowsky, with his farmer protection helmet

Central to our philosophy is the understanding that design has a major influence on the way we live. Our students are exposed to the contemporary world of design practice and thinking, which allows them to create ethical and practical solutions to improve systems, spaces, materials, networks and objects.

An interdisciplinary, studio-based approach to learning


What sets us apart from other design schools is the practice-based, studio-led approach to our degrees, which are supported by interdisciplinary collaboration between the specialty areas, fosters an engaged and flexible design culture.

Interior and Spatial Design exhibition

The UTS School of Design encourages its students to immerse themselves in industry projects and international competitions to enhance their technical and critical thinking skills. This practical, real-world approach provides our graduates with a seamless transition to professional practice.

Many of our staff are recognised design leaders with strong networks and partnerships around the world. Through these connections, our students are provided with unique opportunities to travel to partner design institutions in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Barcelona and Istanbul, through our Global Studios program.

Fashion and Textiles ‘Embroidery’ Global Studio tour to India

Our research

Our research is focused on practical outcomes engaging with industry, government and the community, including:

  • emerging fields critical to the future of design such as interactivity and the compatibility of products and spaces with the environment
  • practice-based, practice-led and practice-integrated methodologies for designers
  • creative use of digital technologies in the design and production of products and interior spaces
  • the historical, cultural and philosophical impact of design on human communities
  • Animation students showcase annually at VIVID Sydney.

Current research strengths include: design thinking, spatial design, memory and technology, and design as material culture.

Research centres

UTS School of Design research centres include:

The Designing Out Crime Research Centre (opens an external site)
The Centre for Design Thinking and Innovation

Award-winning Visual Communication project