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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.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for anthropology

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for anthropology

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • User experience designer
  • Customer and user experience researcher
  • Content writer
  • Digital media product manager

How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Studios

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Ritual, Religion and Performance
  • Applied Anthropology and Indigenous Territories
  • Being Human: Cultural Diversity and Experience
  • Development Practice and Social Impact

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