Digital + Material
Innovation + Engagement
Combine cutting-edge digital practices with internationally-renowned art and craft studio disciplines in the Bachelor of Design.
Design students will benefit from deep immersion in digital, manual and theoretical studies and a wide overview of creative practices. From coding, to making, to manufacture, students apply hands-on design to digital and physical materials. Students delve into web design, data visualisation, and interaction design, and experiment in studios to develop expertise in the latest digital form and fabrication processes.
This degree prepares students with transferable knowledge and skills required to make their mark on a rapidly changing world.
Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.
The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.
This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2017
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials and technologies in their relevant discipline.
2. Research, develop and evaluate design concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively.
3. Apply skills and knowledge to the creation, visualisation and production of design projects.
4. Work independently and collaboratively on design projects and respond to project demands.
5. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences.
6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural technological, environmental and ethical issues of creative practice and design considering local and international perspectives.
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:
• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.
Entry into the Bachelor of Visual Arts is based on ACT or NSW HSC equivalent and interview and portfolio. Once an application has been lodged through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC), applicants are required to fill out a Request for Interview Form on the ANU website at
International applicants lodge an application directly with ANU and include their portfolio with their application.
The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.
Domestic applicant entry requirements
Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.
International applicant entry requirements
International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants
The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.
The National Access Scheme 2014
ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.
Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.
Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.
Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.
How to apply
Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.
Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/ for more information.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Bachelor of Design requires completion of 144 units, of which:
A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses
The 144 units must consist of:
24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
DESN1001 Making Online: Context and Presence
DESN1002 Visual Communication: Design and Production
DESN3010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship
12 units from completion of foundation courses from the following list:
ARTV1020 Figure & Life
ARTV1021 Image and Object
ARTV1033 Hold Everything: Studio Foundation
DESA1021 Precise Drawing and Model Making
6 units from completion of an introductory art and design history course from the following list:
ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space
ARTH1007 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning
A minimum of 6 units from completion of art and design theory courses from the following list:
ARTH2043 Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design: 1850-2000
ARTV2030 Theories of the Object
ARTV2031 Theories of the Image
ARTV2035 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design
ARTV2055 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture
ARTV2056 City Sites: studies in art and urbanity
A minimum of 12 units from completion of design courses from the following list:
DESN2002 Foundations of Creative Code
DESN2003 Creative Data Visualisation: representing data in visual and material form
DESN2004 Dynamic Design and Generative Systems
DESN2011 Your Practice / Your Brand
DESN2006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience
DESN2001 Digital Form and Fabrication
DESN2005 Form and Fabrication in Context
DESN2007 Design Fiction: Speculative and Critical Design
DESN2008 Design Thinking: Human-Centred Design Methodologies
DESN2009 Typography in Context: digital typographic design
A minimum of 18 units from completion of studio-based courses listed in the Visual Arts Practice minor
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
|Year 1 48 units||DESN1001 Making Online: Context & Presence 6 units||ARTH1006 Art and Design Histories: Form and Space 6 units||6 units from Foundation List||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|DESN1002 Visual Communication: Design and Production 6 units||Studio-based List 6 units from||6 units from Foundation List||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||Design List 6 units from||Studio-based List 6 units from||Art and Design Theory List 2000 level course 6 units from||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|Design List 6 units from||Studio-based List 6 units from||Design List or Studio-based List or<b/>Art and Design Theory List 6 units from||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|Year 3 48 units||DESN3010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship 6 units||Design List or Studio-based List or<b/>Art and Design Theory List 6 units from||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
|DESN3010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship 6 units||Design List or Studio-based List or<b/>Art and Design Theory List 6 units from||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|