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Bachelor of Design Arts (Honours)

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

BDESA
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HDESA
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 085360F
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic Arts and Design Studie
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HDESA
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 085360F
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic Arts and Design Studie
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DESA4001 Research Principles and Methods 1

DESA4002 Research Principles and Methods 2

THES4105 Thesis

HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S 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.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units DESA4001 Research Principles and Methods 1 12 units THES4105 12 units - -
DESA4002 Research Principles and Methods 2 12 units THES4105 12 units - -

Admission Requirements

An AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Design Arts degree from the ANU, completed within the last two years:
1.    with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, calculated from courses with highest final marks, excluding 1000-level courses, from the workshop major; and
2.    with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis.


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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)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$38,304.00

Scholarships

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 Arts (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Design Arts, 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 arts, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically the creation and installation/exhibition of a coherent, imaginative, focused and speculative body of artworks 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is not currently avaialble for this program.

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 Arts (Honours) plan HDESA is the CASS Associate Dean (Education). All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.


Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s Honours convenor; names and contact details are at: http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/honours/honours-convenors.

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