single degree

Bachelor of Design (Honours)

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HDESN
  • CRICOS code 097617J
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HDESN
  • CRICOS code 097617J

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DESN4011 Design and Research: Theory and Methods
DESN4012 Exegesis
THES4105 Thesis


12 units from completion of DESN4010 Design Practice: Impact and Engagement


12 units from completion of DESN4013 Studio Inquiry: Application of Research

 HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero.

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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Design degree from the ANU, or equivalent from another institution, completed within the last two years:

with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units of courses with the highest marks, excluding 1000-level courses, from the following subject areas:

ARTV Visual Arts
DESA Design Arts
DESN Design

and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4105 Thesis.


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.

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Design, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of design, and through the creation and implementation of a research project, typically the formation and installation/exhibition of a coherent, imaginative, focused and speculative design project by integrating studio and contextual investigation/research, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

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 to commence from First Semester, 2019

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Pose a significant research question relating to design;
2. Investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to design, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
3.Communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Further Information

If a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.


The Delegated Authority for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) plan HDESN is the CASS Associate Dean (Student Experience). All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.


 Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline‚Äôs Honours convenor; names and contact details are at:
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