single degree

Bachelor of Design

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

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

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:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DESN1001 Making Online: Context & Presence
DESN1002 Visual Communication: Design and Production

12 units from completion of DESN3010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship, which must be completed twice with a different topic each time

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
ARTH2162 Cyberculture
ARTH2164 Theories of the Object
ARTH2165 Theories of the Image
ARTH2167 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design
ARTH2172 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture

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 courses from the following list:

ARTV1020 Figure & Life
ARTV1021 Image and Object
ARTV1033 Hold Everything: Studio Foundation
ARTV1101 Ceramics: Materials & Technology
ARTV1102 Ceramics: Throwing & Surface Decoration
ARTV1103 Animation and Video: The Digital Workspace
ARTV1104 Animation and Video: Digital Equipment and Studios
ARTV1201 Furniture: Shape/Structure
ARTV1202 Furniture: Elevate/Surface
ARTV1301 Glass Introduction
ARTV1302 Glass: Processes and Methods
ARTV1401 Gold and Silversmithing: Introduction to Precise Miniature Construction
ARTV1402 Gold and Silversmithing: Movement and Articulated Form
ARTV1501 Painting: Introducing Painting
ARTV1502 Painting: Composition and Space
ARTV1601 Photomedia: Black and White Photography and Camera Skills
ARTV1602 Photomedia: Colour Photography and Digital Skills
ARTV1701 Printmedia and Drawing 1: Introduction to Drawing
ARTV1702 Printmedia and Drawing 2: Relief Printing
ARTV1801 Sculpture: Constructed Form and Space , Through Investigations with Wood and Metal
ARTV1802 Sculpture: Plasticity, Observation and Abstraction Through Figure Modeling and Waste Moulding
ARTV1901 Textiles: Dye and Surface Manipulation
ARTV1902 Textiles: Print and Surface Design
ARTV2038 Workshop Atelier
ARTV2039 Craft and Design Practice-led Research
ARTV2057 Hands On: Material Language
ARTV2117 Ceramics: Glaze & Colour Development
ARTV2118 Ceramics: Kilns & Firing
ARTV2119 Ceramics: Working Large
ARTV2120 Ceramics: Public & Private Commissioning
ARTV2121 Ceramic Making and Surfacing
ARTV2122 Ceramics Exploration of a Thrown Form.
ARTV2124 Ceramics: Surface Decorating & Application
ARTV2125 Ceramics: Design, Process & Mould Making
ARTV2206 Furniture: Bend/Curve
ARTV2207 Furniture: Support/Body
ARTV2208 Furniture: Hold / Contain
ARTV2209 Furniture: Collect/Display
ARTV2313 Glass: Kiln Casting
ARTV2314 Glass: Blowing and Finishing Techniques in context
ARTV2315 Glass: Kiln Forming
ARTV2316 Glass: Advanced Hot and Cold Glass Working Process
ARTV2406 Gold and Silversmithing: Forging Flatware
ARTV2407 Gold and Silversmithing: Utility as Context
ARTV2408 Gold and Silversmithing: Vessel Construction
ARTV2409 Gold and Silversmithing: Experimenting with Process
ARTV2505 Painting: Focus on the Figure
ARTV2506 Painting: Approaches to Abstraction
ARTV2507 Painting: Painting in the Photo Digital Age
ARTV2508 Painting: Taking Your Own Direction
ARTV2509 Painting: Approaches to Composition and Colour
ARTV2511 Painting: Concepts, Materials, Processes
ARTV2605 Photomedia: Medium Format Photography and the Fine Print
ARTV2606 Photomedia: Digital Photography and Studio Lighting
ARTV2607 Photomedia: Large Format Photography
ARTV2608 Photomedia: Experimental Processes
ARTV2609 Animation and Video: Video Camera and Storyboarding
ARTV2610 Animation and Video: 3D Animation and Character Development
ARTV2611 Photography: Creative Possibilities
ARTV2613 Animation and Video: Video Production
ARTV2614 Animation and Video: 3D and 2D Animation
ARTV2615 Animation: Creative Possibilities
ARTV2617 Video: Creative Possibilities
ARTV2705 Printmedia and Drawing: Introduction to Etching
ARTV2706 Printmedia and Drawing: Experimental Drawing
ARTV2707 Printmedia and Drawing: Advanced Etching/Relief
ARTV2708 Printmedia and Drawing: Project Drawing
ARTV2715 Printmedia and Drawing: Typography
ARTV2717 Printmedia and Drawing: Book Design
ARTV2721 Printmedia and Drawing: Drawing (General)
ARTV2723 Printmedia and Drawing: Screen Printing
ARTV2725 Printmedia and Drawing: Etching
ARTV2727 Printmedia and Drawing: Lithography
ARTV2729 Printmedia and Drawing: Life Drawing
ARTV2806 Sculpture: Bricolage Through Collecting, Collating and Construction with Found Materials
ARTV2807 Sculpture: Space and Reproduction Through Mould Making and Surface Replication
ARTV2808 Sculpture: Space and Shape Investigations with Soft Sculpture, Pattern Making and Armature
ARTV2809 Sculpture: Material Integration and Context Through Mixed Media and Advanced Processes
ARTV2813 Sculpture Reproduction and Simulacra Through Casting and Finishing Bronze
ARTV2814 Sculpture Advanced Methods Through Installation and Site Considerations
ARTV2815 Sculpture: Temporal Studies, making time in space
ARTV2818 Sculpture Advanced Construction
ARTV2819 Vision and Perception
ARTV2906 Textiles: Approaches to Drawing for Craft and Design
ARTV2907 Textiles: Embroidery and Hand Stitch
ARTV2908 Textiles: Constructed Textiles
ARTV2909 Textiles: Maker to Market
ARTV2911 Textiles: Experimental Practices
ARTV2921 Environment Studio 1
ARTV2922 Environment Studio 2
DESA1021 Precise Drawing and Model Making
DESA2017 Multiples and Production: The Unique Offering
DESA2018 Multiples and Production: Entrepreneurship for Designers


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.

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 Foundation List Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
DESN1002 Visual Communication: Design and Production 6 units Studio List Course 6 units Foundation List Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Design List Course 6 units Studio List Course 6 units Art and Design Theory List Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Design List 6 units from Studio List Course 6 units Design List, Studio list or Art and Design Theory List Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units DESN3010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship 6 units Design List, Studio list or Art and Design Theory List Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
DESN3010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship 6 units Design List, Studio list or Art and Design Theory List Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

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.

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.


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Entry into the Bachelor of Design is based on ACT or NSW HSC equivalent and interview and portfolio. Australian and New Zealand applicants apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and 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 & Design website at:

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

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.

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.

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