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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Design - SCAR04

Course Code: SCAR04
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 361498
CRICOS Code: 099020M
Selection Rank: 65
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Let our amazing – and political – world inspire you

Combine your love of the beautiful, functional and intuitive with your passion for politics and international relations and open a world of employment possibilities with UC’s Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Design double degree.

You’ll critically examine the principles, concepts and issues facing regional politics in the Asia Pacific in an international context while immersing yourself in our design specialisations and multidisciplinary approach to innovative thinking in design practice.

Whichever pathway you choose, your major and combination of electives will help you develop critical analytical skills and a comprehensive understanding of how to creatively engage, influence and increase the enjoyment of an audience, while considering new technologies and issues such as sustainability, globalization and social consciousness.

UC’s work placements and short-term overseas study options will give you plenty of experience and help you find inspiration to boot. High achieving students can also begin a Master of Design Strategies in their final year. Now, that’s inspirational!

Study a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor Design at UC and you will:

 study theories, institutions, policies and practices in the disciplines of politics and international relations in both a contemporary and historical context
• apply in-depth knowledge of political science and international relations in a rapidly changing geo-political environment
• evaluate and apply a range of research methods and analytical techniques to enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities in an Australian and international context
• be able to choose from a range of electives across disciplines, such as sociology, economics and business
• explore and develop innovative creative strategies
• build an enviable network of industry and government contacts.
• gain the specialised knowledge and broader problem solving and creative thinking skills needed to be a designer today
• learn the aesthetic, functional, economic and socio-political dimensions of design
• discover traditional and contemporary design theory
• develop your design practice and gain personal inspiration through an exciting range of subjects exploring visual communication design, industrial design and interaction design.

Career opportunities

Diplomat, analyst, landscape architect, product designer, set designer or even urban planner… you can find work just about anywhere (and earn a healthy salary) with UC’s Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Design.

Graduates will have the technical and theoretical knowledge and insights required to explore creative, political and international careers around the world, in:

  • diplomacy, including strategic analysis, trade relations and foreign affairs
  • intelligence, including security analysis
  • international business and aid
  • landscape and interior architecture firms
  • film and television industry and the theatre
  • urban planning or industrial design practice
  • digital teams or agencies
  • furniture design companies and product manufacturers
  • private practice, including consultancy and freelance work
  • education and research.


Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

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
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

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 Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) BDes (IndDes)
Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) BDes (InteractionDes)
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) BDes (VisCommDes)

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Politics and International Relations Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)

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

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

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.

Professional Accreditation

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Course Learning Outcomes

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Course Duration

Standard 4 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


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Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

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

Enrolment Numbers

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