Designing degrees for dynamic times


UC’s Faculty of Arts and Design is perfect for creative students seeking to develop core skills and master their craft.

Our dynamic courses let you put core learning into practice with specialisation majors taught by world-leading academics, empowering you to build your dream degree while adapting to industry changes and future-proofing your career.

Through our Work Integrated Learning program, you’ll gain hands-on experience and build invaluable networks of contacts to set you on the path to success.

Armed with real-world experience and a future-proof degree, you’ll graduate with a vital advantage in a competitive national and global job market. UC graduates enjoy the highest starting salaries in the ACT and an 89% graduate employment rate.

Our flexible degrees give you the power explore your passions and bust your world wide open.

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Changing Degrees for Changing Times

Bachelor of the Built Environment

Learn about how we design, build and inhabit our cities within the setting of Australia’s national capital – an internationally recognised model design city.

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Bachelor of Design

Ignite your creativity with the University of Canberra and be immersed in the study of design, production and creative thinking while developing your mastery of core skills and processes.

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Bachelor of Arts

Explore your passion for creative writing, digital media, film production, culture and heritage or global studies through our fully flexible Arts courses.

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Bachelor of Communication and Media

With a number one ranking for Communication postgraduates in employment and a number one ranking for student satisfaction and generic skills development, UC's communication and media students will be among the most highly sought-after graduates in the country.

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Bachelor of Building and Construction Management

Learn management and supervision techniques while developing detailed knowledge of building processes and materials.

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Master of Design Strategies & Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures

The Master of Design Strategies delves into the theory and methodologies of applied design across products, interfaces and services via a practice-led approach. The Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Futures will prepare you to be a leader in the rapidly changing cultural sector.

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Creative thinker? Check! Full of big ideas? Check! Ready for fantastic real-world experiences? Check! Congratulations, UC’s Faculty of Arts and Design is the place for you.

Hands-on creativity is at the core of all our dynamic degrees. Whether you’re swinging a hammer on a construction site, assisting a film crew, or breaking news in the press gallery, you’ll gain rare insider insight and professional knowledge before you’ve even graduated.

If you’re a Year 12 school leaver ready to realise your dreams, make UC your first UAC preference today.

International Students

UC's flexible degrees are a launching pad for global careers in a huge range of industries. UC ranks in the top 2% of universities worldwide, and amongst the top 100 young universities worldwide. Our community is friendly, diverse and engaged, making UC the perfect place to put your passions into practice and start your international education.

Why Choose UC

We’re on the rise

Ranked in the world’s top 100 young universities.

The University of Canberra has been named among the world’s top 100 young universities in the prestigious 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.

The University is also ranked as 30th in the world for Generation Y universities, or those founded between 1986 and 2000.

Be in demand

UC graduates have higher starting salaries and an 89% graduate employment rate.

Our highly-qualified teachers, and courses with a strong emphasis on work-integrated learning, means our students gain valuable experiences and develop key workplace skills.

That’s why UC graduates have an 89% graduate employment rate and higher starting salaries than the top-performing universities in Australia. (QILT 2018)

Best courses

UC courses are ranked as the best, awarded the top ‘5-star’ ranking from the Good Universities Guide.

According to the Good Universities Guide 2019:

  • UC’s Creative Arts study areas are rated 5-stars for graduate starting salaries and graduate employment.
  • UC’s Communications study areas are rated 5-stars for overall experience and graduate starting salaries.
  • UC’s Surveying study areas are rated 5-stars for student support.
  • Overall, UC is rated 5-stars for staff qualifications, ranked #1 in the ACT for full-time employment and graduate starting salaries and #1 in the ACT for student support, skills development and learning resources.

Get practical

Practical work-based projects in every course.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Be flexible

Flexible study options that fit your life.

We deliver our courses through a range of modes – online, on campus, flexible, intensive, self-paced - as well as through our Australian and international partners. You choose the place, time and intensity of study to fit your life.

Earn more

Employees in the ACT earn the highest average salaries in Australia.

In an Australian Bureau of Statistics report released in November 2016, ordinary employees in the ACT were found to have the highest average earnings in Australia. With Canberra also being ranked as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide, this makes the ACT an outstanding choice for Australian and international students looking to get ahead in their careers.

See the world

Study a semester abroad or take an international field trip as part of your course.

At the University of Canberra you have the chance to study overseas as part of your degree. Whether it’s through a Study Abroad, exchange or a short term program, we offer many different opportunities to suit your interests and the length of time you wish to spend away.

Accommodation guarantee

Guaranteed on campus accommodation for all first year students and all new or continuing international students.

Moving to Canberra? We’ve got your accommodation covered. The University of Canberra and its Bruce campus accommodation providers are pleased to offer guaranteed accommodation to all new and continuing international students and all first-year domestic students.

Canberra is officially the best

Canberra has been ranked as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide.

Canberra's modest population has proven yet again that bigger is not always better, being ranked as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide. This is the 5th time Canberra has scooped the prestigious top place and reinforces the OECD’s 2014 report which found Canberra is the best place to live in the world.


Choosing the right accommodation sets the tone for your university life.

And our on-campus accommodation guarantee to all first-year students and all new and continuing international students makes the decision easy.

Book a campus tour

Don’t take our word for it!

Book a campus tour to get a feel for campus life and see the University of Canberra for yourself.


Sometimes you just need a little help.

Our wide range of scholarships can help you focus on your studies so you get the most from your time at the University of Canberra.

Are you eligible?

You may also be eligible for one of the many government and non-government financial assistance schemes or loan options available.

Key Dates


On time application closing date for Semester 1

January 4

On time application closing date for Semester 1

It’s always best to get your application in earlier rather than later to avoid missing out.


Sem 1 Orientation Week begins

February 4

Sem 1 Orientation Week begins

Meet other students in your course, find your way around the campus, and get all the information you need for a flying start to the semester.

Important Dates for Applications & Enrolments

Important Dates for Applications & Enrolments

Click below for more important administrative dates relating to applications and enrolments.

Semester, Winter Term, Principle Dates

Semester, Winter Term, Principle Dates

Click below for more important academic calendar dates.

Your future looks great from here.

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