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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.

When we open our eyes to what users truly want, we create products and services that provide exceptional value. Discover how you can design creative solutions for people and a better world.

This program gives you a flexible range of skills to explore different career options. From communication or industrial design, to spatial and human-centred design, you will develop expertise in the area that interests you most.

You will learn the core principles of design across 6 design studio courses and explore processes including problem identification, critical thinking, communication and representation skills and iterative approaches relevant to your discipline.

The studio-based projects are practical where you will work in teams to collaborate, challenge assumptions, prototype innovative and sustainable solutions, and systematically solve problems in creative and novel ways.

As a designer, you’ll possess the expertise and creativity to respond and lead the complex needs of a contemporary world. There are industries opening up that require a new breed of specifically trained designers to challenge conventional thinking and bring a different mindset to business problems.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
2454
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
2454
CRICOS Code
PENDING
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 4 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 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

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

  • Anthropology
  • Buildings and Environments
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Media and Digital Cultures

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

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:

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

Mid-career salary

Product Designer

$56K–$112K

payscale.com

Entry requirements

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

Additional application information

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

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

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 it.

Anthropology will provide you with unique insights into cultures, human and non-human interactions and how we may design a better, more sustainable and peaceful future.

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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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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major caters for those seeking knowledge and practical experience in establishing a business from the ground up.

You’ll develop your entrepreneurial mindset across commercial, social and corporate contexts before creating your own venture.

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Media and Digital Cultures

The Media and Digital Cultures major covers a distinctive critical engagement with the role of media like television and news, digital media industries and technologies, and their role in society.

The major places particular emphasis on cultural practices characterised by the ubiquity of digital media technologies in society.

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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 it.

Anthropology will provide you with unique insights into cultures, human and non-human interactions and how we may design a better, more sustainable and peaceful future.

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

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major caters for those seeking knowledge and practical experience in establishing a business from the ground up.

You’ll develop your entrepreneurial mindset across commercial, social and corporate contexts before creating your own venture.

View

Media and Digital Cultures

The Media and Digital Cultures major covers a distinctive critical engagement with the role of media like television and news, digital media industries and technologies, and their role in society.

The major places particular emphasis on cultural practices characterised by the ubiquity of digital media technologies in society.

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Fees and Scholarships

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

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Design is .

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. 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

Apply now to UQ

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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