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Diploma of Creative Design

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic and Design Studies
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic and Design Studies

Program Requirements

The Diploma of Creative Design requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANUC1101 Professional Communication

ANUC1113 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age

ANUC1120 Art and Design Histories: Making and Meaning

ANUC1121 Visual Communication

ANUC1122 Precise Drawing and Model Making

ANUC1710 Web Development and Design


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANUC1123 Figure and Life

ANUC1124 Image and Object


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANUC1100 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms

ANUC1104 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology

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

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Diploma of Design is based on meeting the ATAR requirement of 70 or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

  • An Australian Year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
  • An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken; OR
  • Relevant work experience may be considered in determining eligibility.


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Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors do not apply to this program.

Domestic students who have experienced significant difficulty accessing education leading to an ATAR (or an ATAR at 70 or above) may be eligible for alternative entry pathways and should contact ANU Admissions directly. For further details see

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.

The Diploma of Creative Design is an exciting new pathway into the Bachelor of Design. Your transcript and testamur will be issued by the Australian National University.

The Diploma of Design is available to students with an ATAR of 70 or above. No portfolio submission is required.

Students successfully completing the Diploma with no more than one fail or incomplete grade and a GPA of 5.0 will receive 48 units of credit status if they progress into the Bachelor of Design. This will potentially allow students to complete their degree after only two additional years of study.

Students successfully completing the Diploma with no more than one fail or incomplete grade and a GPA below 5.0, or who produce a separate portfolio of work to a suitable standard, may progress to the Bachelor of Design without credit, but without limiting the right of students to make use of the ANU Credit Policy.

Note that enrolment in the flexible double degree is not available. 

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.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2020

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate applied foundational knowledge of practices, languages, forms, materials and technologies in design;
  2. Demonstrate ability to creatively and critically investigate design concepts and processes;
  3. Demonstrate initiative, adaptability and respond to project demands;
  4. Communicate ideas and arguments in a variety of modes;
  5. Prepare academic texts that demonstrate appropriate academic practice in attribution and referencing.

Further Information

Contact: Rebecca Cross

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