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Bachelor of Design Arts

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

BDESA
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Do you have artistic vision? Do you want to polish your creative skills into a specialised profession?

The ANU Bachelor of Design Arts prepares you for a career as a professional designer-maker. You can choose to major in ceramics, furniture, glass, gold and silversmithing, textiles or sculpture. You will also be trained in the use of current digital technology for design development, fabrication and promotion.

Our flexible degree allows you to choose subjects from a rich menu of design related elective courses offered by the School of Art.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work as independent designers, art teachers, in galleries or museums, commercial enterprise and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the degree graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials and technologies in their relevant discipline.
  • Develop and evaluate design concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively.
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the design, visualisation and making of creative works.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on design projects and respond to project demands.
  • Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences.
  • Recognise and reflect on social, cultural technological, environmental and ethical issues of creative practice and design considering local and international perspectives.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis, taking into account all relevant academic qualifications. If you hold more than one qualification, admission will be based on your overall record. Tertiary qualifications are generally weighted more heavily than secondary. If you have completed an approved tertiary preparation course or alternative entry scheme, you will be assessed on the results of that scheme alone, unless you have undertaken subsequent study.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.

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

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/atar/ for further information.

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.

Prerequisites

Entry into the Bachelor of Design 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 
http://soa.anu.edu.au/how-apply/undergraduate-applications.

 

Interviews will be held on Thursday 5 December, Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December 2013.

 

International applicants lodge an application directly with ANU and include their portfolio with their application.

Adjustment Factors

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.  Please note that Bonus Points do not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.

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 www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/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
$25,984.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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 Arts requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

48 units from the completion of one of the following design arts majors:

Ceramics Design Arts

Furniture Design Arts

Glass Design Arts

Gold & Silversmithing Design Arts

Sculpture Design Arts

Textiles Design Arts

24 units from completion of the Design minor

24 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARTV1009 Introduction to Art and Design Theory A

ARTV1010 Introduction to Art and Design Theory B

DESA1020 Figure & Life

DESA1022 Vision and Perception

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see the School of Art honours website.

Majors

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 Design Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units ARTV1009 Introduction to Art and Design Theory A 6 units Design Minor 1000 level Course 6 units DESA1020 Figure and Life 6 units
Design Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units ARTV1010 Introduction to Art and Design Theory B 6 units Design Minor 1000 level Course 6 units DESA1022 Vision and Perception 6 units
Year 2 48 units Design Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Design Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Design Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000/2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Design Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Design Arts Major 2000 level Course 6 units Design Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000/2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Design Arts Major 3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Design Arts Major 3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective 2000/3000 level Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full-time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A Design Arts Major in chosen discipline (48 units)
A  Design Minor (24 units)
Four Compulsory courses (24 units)
•    ARTV1009 – Introduction to Art and Design Theory A (6 units)
•    ARTV1010 – Introduction to Art and Design Theory B  (6 units)
•    DESA1020 – Figure & Life (6 units)
•    DESA1022 – Vision and Perception (6 units)
Eight electives (48 units) from across the ANU

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
A Design Arts Major in chosen discipline (48 units)
A  Design Minor (24 units)
Four Compulsory courses (24 units)
•    ARTV1009 – Introduction to Art and Design Theory A (6 units)
•    ARTV1010 – Introduction to Art and Design Theory B (6 units)
•    DESA1020 – Figure & Life (6 units)
•    DESA1022 – Vision and Perception (6 units)

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Design Art program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.

You'll need to take in one major from Ceramics Design, Furniture Design, Glass Design, Gold and Silversmithing Design, Sculpture Design or Textiles Design (8 courses), the Design minor, and the four compulsory courses ARTV1009, ARTV1010, DESA1020 and DESA1022. You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree

In a Bachelor of Design Art degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Design Arts degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.

You'll need to take one major from Ceramics Design, Furniture Design, Glass Design, Gold and Silversmithing Design, Sculpture Design or Textiles Design (8 courses), the Design minor, and the four compulsory courses ARTV1009, ARTV1010, DESA1020 and DESA1022.

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
•    You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Design Arts major
•    You need to enrol in courses for the Design minor
•    You need to enrol in the compulsory courses
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Design Arts half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as DESA1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You need to enrol in the following 1000-level courses:

For your chosen major:
•    One 1000-level course (6 units) (First Semester)
•    One 1000-level course (6 units) (Second Semester)

For the Design minor:
•    DESA1021 – Precise Drawing/Model Making and Object (First Semester)
•    ARTV1032 – Foundation Computer Studies (Second Semester) OR COMP1720 - Art and Interaction in New Media (Second Semester)

For the compulsory courses:

•    ARTV1009 – Introduction to Art and Design Theory A (First Semester)
•    ARTV1010 – Introduction to Art and Design Theory B (Second Semester)
•    DESA1020 – Figure & Life (First Semester)
•    DESA1022 – Vision and Perception (Second Semester)

Electives

Single Degree
You will not have room to enrol in electives in your first year. While you only need to enrol in the compulsory and area courses, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Study Options

Bachelor of Design Arts - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Design Arts.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTV1009 Introduction to Art and Design Theory A 6 units DESA1020 Figure and Life 6 units Design Major 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
ARTV1010 Introduction to Art and Design Theory B 6 units DESA1022 Vision and Perception 6 units Design Major 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Bachelor of Design Arts - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTV1009 Introduction to Art and Design Theory A 6 units DESA1020 Figure and Life 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ARTV1010 Introduction to Art and Design Theory B 6 units DESA1022 Vision and Perception 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact students.CASS@anu.edu.au

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