The School of Design and the Built Environment prides itself on its extensive facilities ensuring students receive a modern and well-equipped educational experience. Our facilities include the Curtin Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE), 3D printers, an etching press, photographic darkrooms, a wood and metal workshop, and a large variety of industry-standard software.

fashion design studio with mannequins and textiles

3D printers

Two Makerbot 3D printing machines are located at the Resource Centre (Building 201, Level 3). Students are encouraged to print projects where the focus is towards explorative modelling where more precise cuts and measurements, like building facades, skins and components (gears, joints, etc.) are required. The machines are operated under the supervision of our technical staff to assist as needed.

Curtin HIVE

Curtin HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) is an advanced facility established by Curtin University to serve the growing demands of researchers and industry for visualisation, virtualisation and simulation capabilities in Western Australia. The HIVE is available to students who are completing their thesis or dissertation.

Digital labs

A lab of high end computers is equipped with virtual reality headsets and the latest game development software packages to enable students to develop skills in using current software and industry practices. These labs can be used by students of our Digital Design and Animation and Game Design majors as a production environment for digital technologies, including websites and interactive and experience design projects. Software is available to develop virtual environments, animations, games and visual effects and motion capture software includes Maya; ZBrush; Unreal Engine and Unity.

Fashion studios

Large studio facilities are used by our Fashion students for creative exploration of textile manipulation, garment design and construction. The studios are fully equipped with industrial machines for construction and equipment to support specialist investigation into areas such as digital machine embroidery and digital pattern making and grading. Technical staff are available to provide additional support in the use of equipment and facilities.

Illustration computer lab

A dedicated computer lab in the Photography/Illustration wing in Building 201 is fitted with Wacom Cintiqs which utilise the Adobe Suite and the facility provides technical support for students.

Professional photographic studios

Two photographic studios are fully equipped with portable lighting systems, digital single-lens reflex cameras, digital medium format cameras, specialist lenses, analogue darkroom facilities and digital printers.


Fort computers within the School of Design and the Built Environment Building on the Perth campus are equipped with industry-standard software to help you with your studies and graduate ready for the workforce. The software available of these computers are:

  • Sketch Art
  • Auto Cad
  • Revit
  • Rhino
  • Grasshopper
  • Archicad
  • Artlantis
  • V-Ray
  • The full Adobe creative suite

Wood and metal workshop

These spacious workshops are well-equipped with with extensive woodworking and metal fabrication machinery and tools to provide a wide range of technical possibilities in the production of student projects. Technical support staff are available for advice and help.