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Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) - ARB202

Course Code: ARB202
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 362108
CRICOS Code: 095572M
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Interact with industry and get ahead of the curve

Interaction Design (also known as IxD) is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, services and products for use by people. By studying at UC you’ll explore the capabilities of humans in terms of emotion, perception and cognitive ability, and use this knowledge to conceive, design and build human-centric interaction systems.

You’ll investigate key theories, concepts, tools and contemporary interaction design techniques and learn how people engage with different digital technologies based on screen, mobile and virtual platforms. The course includes a variety of projects which lead to an impressive body of work demonstrating your creativity, problem-solving skills and technological know-how. You’ll graduate as a well-rounded interaction designer and future leader who specialises in finding novel ways to help people access and seamlessly interact with technology.

Study a Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) at UC and you will:

  • understand the different stages involved in software development
  • know how to select appropriate methods in designing and prototyping interactive artefacts as applicable to industry practices
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of usability and accessibility
  • select appropriate tools to build and manage both screen-based and physical interactive artefacts
  • gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch your own interaction design business or seek employment within global markets across all industries.

Work Integrated Learning

The course includes opportunities for direct industry engagement at every level of your study. You’ll learn about interaction design from real-world industry practitioners and will undertake live industry briefs with the opportunity to progress your designs into production. You’ll work collaboratively with fellow Bachelor of Design students on projects for clients like Questacon, website companies and exhibition organisers. You’ll also undertake an internship with a company of your choice, such as a private organisation, government department, advertising agency or design firm.

Career opportunities

  • Interaction designer
  • UX (user experience) designer
  • UI (user interface) designer
  • Visual designer
  • Digital designer
  • Usability researcher
  • Information architect
  • UI artist
  • UX/UI developer
  • Content strategist
  • Web designer/developer
  • Web/mobile designer
  • Front-end web developer/designer
  • Back-end web developer

Course-specific information

Signature overseas short-term study options have been tailored specifically to this course so that high-achieving students have an opportunity to work with leading designers and students at prestigious overseas institutions. Students can choose to use their breadth units for their overseas Study Abroad experience.

High-achieving students also have the option to take units in the Master of Design Strategies in their final year of study.


Prospective Domestic Students:
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) BDes (InteractionDes)

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
Identify the different stages involved in software development and select appropriate methods in designing and prototyping interactive artefacts as applicable to industry practices. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge of usability, accessibility and select appropriate tools to build and manage both screen based and physical interactive artefacts. 1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity; and
2.6 UC graduates are global citizens: behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


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

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