Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria and the second-most populous city inAustralia and Oceania. The name "Melbourne" covers an urban agglomeration spanning 9,992.5 sq km (3,858.1 sq mi), which comprises the broader metropolitan area, as well as being the common name for its city centre. The metropolis is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedonmountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Melbourne consists of 31 municipalities. It has a population of 4,725,316 as of 2016, and its inhabitants are called Melburnians.
Swinburne University of Technology has total of 20,000+ students from a broad range of disciplines.
In November 2011, Design Factory Melbourne (DFM) was established as part of the Design Factory Global Network, bringing to Swinburne a platform supporting a culture for interdisciplinary innovation, driven by hands-on learning and research. Positioned as a pillar of the Swinburne Innovation Precinct, DFM has a strong focus on driving innovation and industry impact. As part of the School of Design, DFM attracts students from disciplines such as industrial design, interior architecture, and digital design, as well as across all faculties of the university.
DFM operates at the intersection of university and industry, uniting students, academics, industry, researchers and community. On every project we bring together an interdisciplinary team from across our network to lend their knowledge, skills and insights to diverse innovation challenges.
Co-creation is fundamental to our practice: it influences how we work and think; it enables us to facilitate innovation through understanding different opinions and points of view.
Swinburne offers the ME310 SUGAR program for graduated design students that are continuing their studies at Honours or Masters level. The program is one of the key international programs running in DFM and at Swinburne and it attracts a vast number of extremely talented design students.