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Diploma of Design (Extended) - 346JA

Course Code: 346JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
CRICOS Code: 090015C
English Language Requirements:

An overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 5.5. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.


Graduating students will have the ability to perform at a level of professional expertise that allows them to confidently enter and contribute to the design industry as assistant designers within the architecture, landscape, interior, graphic and industrial design fields leading to a career as a contributing team member in design studios or in retail, visual merchandising, etc.
International students, with an academic IELTS or equivalent of 5.5 will be attracted to this program which, under the University of Canberra College banner, has a superior supervisory and guiding environment.
Graduates will have direct entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, the Bachelor of Graphic Design, the Bachelor of Industrial Design, the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and the Bachelor of Landscape at the University of Canberra.


Current and Commencing Students
Please contact University of Canberra College, Phone +61 2 6201 2961 or Email
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

This course is designed for international students, who are required to meet English Language requirements and general admission requirements to the University of Canberra College.

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce UCC Trimester 1
UCC Trimester 2
UCC Trimester 3
2022 UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce UCC Trimester 1
UCC Trimester 2
UCC Trimester 3
2023 UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce UCC Trimester 1
UCC Trimester 2
UCC Trimester 3

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Diploma of Design Dip Des

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Creative design, including:
Generating abstract design ideas after gathering information and analysing sources and concepts.
Integrating a significantly developed knowledge base required to successfully address client briefs.
Developing as a junior designer maintaining currency with past, present and future trends.
Gaining cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthetise and act on information from a range of sources.

Technology, including:
Seeking to achieve efficient use of materials, resources and energy for design projects.
Creating effective and safe design solutions.
Gaining specialist digital technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives.

Research, including:
Accessing and reviewing resources (historical, theoretical, physical, personal and cultural) that influence and support the design solutions.
Justifying own work in terms of design theory and innovative practice.
Gaining cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements.

Communication, including:
The development of effective communication skills with clients, colleagues and consultants.
Working as a professional member of a project team.
The development of communication strategies enabling the articulation of gained knowledge and specialised skills and to effectively demonstrate the understanding of that knowledge.
The development of clear presentation skills leading to an individual portfolio of work for self-promotion.
1. UC graduates are professional.
UC graduates can:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

2. UC graduates are global citizens.
UC graduates can:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

Standard three terms full-time or equivalent. Maximum nine terms.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce-Internal

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