single degree

Bachelor of Design

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BDES
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic and Design Studies
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic and Design Studies

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.
 

Career Options

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.

<p>This program is available for applications to commence from</p> First Semester, 2017

Learning Outcomes

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 Requirements

Entry into the Bachelor of Design is based on ACT or NSW HSC or equivalent, and interview and portfolio.

Once an application has been lodged through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC), applicants are required to register for an interview and upload a portfolio on the ANU School of Art and Design website.

International applicants lodge an application directly with ANU. Once an application has been lodged, applicants are required to register for an interview and upload a portfolio on the ANU School of Art and Design website.

Bonus Points

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
$32,640.00

Scholarships

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.

Program Requirements

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

ARTV2018 Cyberculture

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.

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

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
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