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A Most Versatile Degree

The Bachelor of Design introduces you to the study of design, and develops your mastery of its core skills and processes. It considers the aesthetic, functional, economic and sociopolitical dimensions of design, and offers majors in Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture.

The course is characterised by project based design studio learning integrated with technical studies, research led teaching, history and theory themes related to landscape design, product design and interior design.

You will have the unique advantage of learning from and contributing to Canberra, Australia's National Capital and an internationally recognized model of a designed - landscape city. The broad spectrum of skills and knowledge acquired by our graduates makes them very popular with employers.

The Bachelor of Design develops your knowledge and skills in creative thinking, visual communication, technology, 2D and 3D design. Through your chosen major, you gain specialised discipline knowledge plus the broader problem solving and thinking skills needed in every field of design. By adding an elective minor in another discipline, you broaden the range of design fields, such as retail or visual merchandising, in which you can work.

Choose Another Campus

The Bachelor of Design is also offered at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank campus (2nd year entry only, with 1 year approved credit).

Course Information

Open Minors 

The following Design Minors are open to all UC students:

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Simply put: because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion and keen eye for Design. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in the field of Design.

What Should I Include in my Design Portfolio?

There is no application form as such, but for your information, you might like to include the following with your portfolio: 

Design - Majoring in Interior Architecture or Landscape Design

  1. Education/experience background: Can you show us that you've done well in relevant subjects at school?  It is advised that you include any academic transcripts or certificates you have from your other studies.
  2. Interest in the field: Knowledge of the field, why are you interested in landscape/interior/design, what is some of your favourite work and why? 
  3. Reasons for Applying: What inspired you to join the course and the profession?
  4. Your Portfolio: The assessor will be looking at the originality of your work and the quality of your presentation.  In general, applicants should submit 6-10 pieces of their best and most recent work. Your work might include:
  • Drawings, illustrations and visual art, 
  • Photography, Film or Animation
  • Design or Multimedia project work
  • Creative writing examples

Design - Majoring in Industrial Design

  1. Education/experience background: Can you show us that you've done well in relevant subjects at school?  It is advised that you include any academic transcripts or certificates you have from your other studies.
  2. Interest in Industrial Design: Knowledge of the field, why are you interested in industrial design, what is some of your favourite work and why?
  3. Reasons for Applying: What inspired you to join the course and the profession?
  4. Your portfolio: The assessor will be looking at the originality of your work and the quality of your presentation. In general, applicants should submit 6-10 pieces of their best and most recent work. Your work might include:
  • Drawings, illustrations and visual art, 
  • Photography, Film or Animation
  • Design or Multimedia project work
  • Creative writing examples

More specifically, the Course Convenor has advised that he is interested in seeing sketches, drawing, photography, any work that shows some creativity and artistic talent. Preferably (but not necessarily), he would like to see 3D items (sculpture, product design from Design and technology courses, etc

Where applicants are not offered a place in their nominated course of B. Design, they are often referred to the UCC diploma program, which provides an alternate pathway into it. Information regarding the Diploma can be found on the UC College website. In particular, the Diploma of Design develops students' knowledge and skills in creative thinking, visual communication, technology, 2D and 3D design and will focus on the investigation and development of design projects in a supportive studio environment. This one year diploma enables students to study a generic design program which provides a clear pathway to a variety of bachelor degrees in the field of design.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to portfolio@canberra.edu.au.

You can also watch the following video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

Work Integrated Learning

While studying the Bachelor of Design there is significant industry involvement and visits to relevant design firms. Our students may travel locally or abroad on study trips, visits to industries or manufacturers, museums, etc.

Study Abroad

The University of Canberra (UC) has a robust international student exchange program which many Design students will take advantage of to add an international edge to their degree. Students can travel for short courses or six month exchanges to educational institutions throughout Europe, South America and Asia. More information on UC's Study Abroad and Exchange program can be found here.

Career Options

As a graduate you will have the ability to perform at a level of professional expertise that allows you to confidently enter and contribute to the design industry as an assistant designer in the architecture, landscape, interior, graphic and industrial design fields.

Graduates will be able to fulfill a variety of roles within the design industry, including:

  • Industrial designer
  • Interior architect/designer
  • Landscape architect/designer
  • Retail designer
  • Visual merchandiser

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Interior Architecture

Landscape Architecture