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Bachelor of Design

Overview

Good design is essential. It starts with identifying a problem and ends with an outcome, driven by the desire to meet the needs of the user.

The Bachelor of Design is a multidisciplinary program that incorporates elements of business, IT, architecture and the humanities. You'll develop a flexible range of skills to succeed in almost any industry – from digital communication or industrial design to spatial and human-centred design.

The program offers a new take on design – where you’ll challenge conventional thinking and bring a different mindset to business and societal problems. You’ll graduate with the creativity and knowledge necessary to generate and design ideas for a better, more sustainable world.

This is the ideal program for those who are looking to cultivate specialist capabilities in problem identification, critical thinking and designing for purpose. Through practical studio-based projects, you'll work in teams to collaborate, challenge assumptions, prototype innovative and sustainable solutions, and systematically solve problems in creative and novel ways.

You can specialise in 1 or 2 majors that align with your preferred career pathway. Choose from Anthropology, Buildings and Environment, Environment and Society, Information Environments, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Media and Digital Cultures.

You'll join a new breed of designers who possess the expertise and creativity to respond to the complex needs of a contemporary world.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
711203
Program Code
2454
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41040 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
711203
Program Code
2454
CRICOS Code
102785B
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Discover how you can design creative solutions for people and a better world.
  • Learn the core principles of design across 6 hands-on design studio-based projects.
  • With 6 diverse majors to choose from, you can deep dive into your area of interest.

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Anthropology
  • Buildings and Environments
  • Environment and Society
  • Information Environments

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Fieldwork
  • Studios

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Design for a Better World
  • Design: Environment
  • Design: Interaction
  • Design: Experience

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Business entrepreneur
  • Environmental graphic designer
  • Wayfinding designer
  • Product designer
  • Design manager
  • Furniture designer
  • Change manager
  • Magazine editor

Mid-career salary

Product Designer

$54K–$152K

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C)

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C)

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
86.0031

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Design are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Design for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest96.9596.95
Median89.2590.2
Lowest81.2586.25

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

<5<5

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
538.46%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

646.15%

Total

13100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Anthropology

Designing anything is a social process and anthropology is the study of humans, our societies and cultures in all their complexities.

Good design requires us to think about how people will engage with and relate to the envisioned product, service or practice. This major will provide you with the skills and methods necessary to understand the people you're designing for, and to draw on this research to develop design ideas that fit our future needs.

Design anthropologists typically find work wherever a human interface or an understanding of human needs is required. You'll develop skills that transfer across industries and may find work in large engineering or architecture companies or apply your anthropological skills in policymaking or development applications across a broad range of industries.

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Buildings and Environments

The Buildings and Environments major places particular emphasis on the role designers play in shaping how the world works.

You will explore both building and planning including sustainability and conservation, transport and infrastructure, architecture and built environment, and the economic and social aspects of development.

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Environment and Society

Develop a deeper understanding of the interconnections between people and the environment.

You will also explore how human-led processes and design outcomes shape our ability to respond to pressing environmental problems, including climate change, bushfires, food insecurity, waste and biodiversity loss.

Drawing from many disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, planning, philosophy and economics, this major covers global issues including social and environmental injustice, environmental racism and violence, the politics of conflict, and activism and social change.

With broad applications across many career paths, including the diverse field of design, you’ll be prepared to address the environmental challenges of the future. This major will be particularly relevant if you want to address environmental and social challenges through government policymaking, environmental communication and advocacy, and international development.

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Information Environments

Learn how to use code and data to design human-centred technology that is fit for purpose.

You’ll explore the design and construction of the technologies and systems that society depends on for crucial functions such as commerce, entertainment and communications, and develop a deeper understanding of the interconnected systems and devices that make worldwide communication possible.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn how to take a new idea to market by building a new business from the ground up. 

You'll first be introduced to basic principles of innovation and entrepreneurship, including the entrepreneurial mindset and process. Then you'll apply this knowledge in practical courses on digital innovation, social entrepreneurship and growth strategies, as well as technology and innovation management.

Through leadership development, you'll become a resourceful, creative and resilient innovation leader who delivers sustainable commercial and social value. Further extending your skill set, you’ll engage directly in a short placement or consulting project in a startup or commercial partner project.

You’ll also have the option to develop and grow your own business in an incubator or accelerator within the UQ entrepreneurship ecosystem or beyond. These deep immersion experiences will move you closer to commercially viable business solutions while establishing valuable networks with potential partners, investors, entrepreneurs and mentors.

Career paths include starting your own for-profit or social venture as an entrepreneur, driving innovation within established organisations as a business manager or innovation leader, and supporting other businesses to manage and commercialise innovation as a consultant.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Examine the cultural aspects of digital technologies and how they influence the design, use and impact of contemporary media in our everyday lives.

You'll engage with course components that examine culture as art, popular culture, social media and the cultural diversity of digital media in Australia and across the world.

This major is particularly suitable for students pursuing professional ambitions in the digital media industries and user-centred digital design.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Anthropology

Designing anything is a social process and anthropology is the study of humans, our societies and cultures in all their complexities.

Good design requires us to think about how people will engage with and relate to the envisioned product, service or practice. This major will provide you with the skills and methods necessary to understand the people you're designing for, and to draw on this research to develop design ideas that fit our future needs.

Design anthropologists typically find work wherever a human interface or an understanding of human needs is required. You'll develop skills that transfer across industries and may find work in large engineering or architecture companies or apply your anthropological skills in policymaking or development applications across a broad range of industries.

View

Buildings and Environments

The Buildings and Environments major places particular emphasis on the role designers play in shaping how the world works.

You will explore both building and planning including sustainability and conservation, transport and infrastructure, architecture and built environment, and the economic and social aspects of development.

View

Environment and Society

Develop a deeper understanding of the interconnections between people and the environment.

You will also explore how human-led processes and design outcomes shape our ability to respond to pressing environmental problems, including climate change, bushfires, food insecurity, waste and biodiversity loss.

Drawing from many disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, planning, philosophy and economics, this major covers global issues including social and environmental injustice, environmental racism and violence, the politics of conflict, and activism and social change.

With broad applications across many career paths, including the diverse field of design, you’ll be prepared to address the environmental challenges of the future. This major will be particularly relevant if you want to address environmental and social challenges through government policymaking, environmental communication and advocacy, and international development.

View

Information Environments

Learn how to use code and data to design human-centred technology that is fit for purpose.

You’ll explore the design and construction of the technologies and systems that society depends on for crucial functions such as commerce, entertainment and communications, and develop a deeper understanding of the interconnected systems and devices that make worldwide communication possible.

View

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn how to take a new idea to market by building a new business from the ground up. 

You'll first be introduced to basic principles of innovation and entrepreneurship, including the entrepreneurial mindset and process. Then you'll apply this knowledge in practical courses on digital innovation, social entrepreneurship and growth strategies, as well as technology and innovation management.

Through leadership development, you'll become a resourceful, creative and resilient innovation leader who delivers sustainable commercial and social value. Further extending your skill set, you’ll engage directly in a short placement or consulting project in a startup or commercial partner project.

You’ll also have the option to develop and grow your own business in an incubator or accelerator within the UQ entrepreneurship ecosystem or beyond. These deep immersion experiences will move you closer to commercially viable business solutions while establishing valuable networks with potential partners, investors, entrepreneurs and mentors.

Career paths include starting your own for-profit or social venture as an entrepreneur, driving innovation within established organisations as a business manager or innovation leader, and supporting other businesses to manage and commercialise innovation as a consultant.

View

Media and Digital Cultures

Examine the cultural aspects of digital technologies and how they influence the design, use and impact of contemporary media in our everyday lives.

You'll engage with course components that examine culture as art, popular culture, social media and the cultural diversity of digital media in Australia and across the world.

This major is particularly suitable for students pursuing professional ambitions in the digital media industries and user-centred digital design.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,040

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Design for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $7,950

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Design for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Design are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Design is 2454.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Design is 711203.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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