• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Naomi Hay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course provides a platform for transdisciplinary problem solving and engagement with clients, industry, and the general public. It involves a range of different engagement opportunities which may include real world projects spanning the Not-for-Profit sector, government organisations, university research institutes, StartUp enterprises and/or private organisations. The course provides students with a grounding in professional design practice. It requires students to extend their design knowledge and skills through projects requiring demonstration and application of critical thinking, collaboration, adaptability, ethical practice, and professional conduct. Students also collate a professional portfolio of design and related works demonstrating projects completed throughout their studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. engage collaboratively with clients, industry, the public, and peers as an informed and ethical practitioner;
  2. employ design knowledge in transdisciplinary problem solving across authentic industry projects;
  3. demonstrate and apply critical thinking through design methodologies, theories, and processes;
  4. articulate design problems and develop innovative design solutions through creative practice;
  5. conduct research into design artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production; and
  6. document and critically reflect on design processes and outcomes.

Work Integrated Learning


Students develop work for industry partners based on a brief they develop in consultation. Partners consult with students through the development to the conclusion of the work.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Design Research & Creative Direction (inc. 1500 word research) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Portfolio (30) [LO 3,4,6]
  3. Design Project: Industry Engagement (inc. 2000 word rationale) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.

b) 82 hours of independent study consisting of a combination of research, reading and writing, and/or internship attendance.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (BDESN) and have completed 96 units of courses towards your degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN6011

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have attained the relevant domain experience required to engage with industry and public.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8852 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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