Bachelor of Design (P3I)

Overview  2019

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Projects by Visual Communications students become a key element of Panopticon, part of the DARK MOFO festival.

Become an agent of change

Designers shape the world we live in; creating the products, environments, services and experiences that tackle a wide range of global challenges.

This exciting new degree offers you the skills, knowledge and experience to meet these challenges head on, through a wide variety of design mediums. A foundation of design thinking teaches you the language and processes of design; the conceptual, experimental and critical skills vital for any design career.

This is combined with extensive design studio and design practice experiences throughout your degree. Each design studio focuses on a unique real-world problem where you develop, test, refine and apply your design skills using a range of technologies and techniques in collaboration with internationally renowned designers and local community and industry partners.

The highly flexible degree also allows you to customise your learning with a choice of specialised skills across Visual Communication, Spatial Design, Object Design, Creative Technology, and Business and Entrepreneurship.

These experiences will lead to you to become a flexible, adaptive designer, ready to meet the challenges of the ever-evolving design industry, in whatever direction your passion takes you

The multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Design enables you to develop a diverse and adaptable design skill set, and become a design leader in framing and tackling global challenges in a wide range of contexts. Graduates of the Bachelor of Design have the skills, knowledge and experience to step into roles in both established and emerging creative industries, or pursue their own entrepreneurial activities.

This core knowledge crosses industries and technical skillsets, and enables you to adapt to the ever-evolving design industry. Combined with the significant industry experience, networking opportunities, and range of technical skills you can choose from, you can be prepared to apply your design skills and creative knowledge wherever your interests take you.

Industry leading facilities and technology

Our buildings are part of your creative journey, with award-winning and inspiring environments located in the heart of Tasmania’s cultural precincts at Hobart’s former IXL jam factory in Hunter Street, and Launceston’s historic Western Railway Yard at Inveresk.

Flexible studios and teaching spaces offer creative environments for interactive learning, while state-of the-art workshops are equipped with a full spectrum of manufacturing technologies ranging from traditional fabrication equipment, kilns and printing presses to Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm.

Our computer labs comprise dedicated Mac and Windows PCs, and include a wide range of industry standard software for graphic design, digital fabrication and Augmented and Virtual Reality, including Rhino 6 3D, Fologram, ArchiCAD, Revit, and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students are supported to fast track their digital design skills at their own pace with hundreds of online, e-learning tutorials provided through our Institute of Digital Design Australia subscription .

Inspiring environments for learning and practice

Your learning environment extends well beyond the classroom, and encompasses the wonderful state of Tasmania itself. Environmental and social sustainability is at the core of everything we do, and so you can draw on and be inspired by our World Heritage landscapes, and unique, multi-skilled and accessible creative industry sector that embraces our island state. All facilitated by our collective teaching expertise across the disciplines of Architecture, Design, Fine Art, ICT, and Business.

Overseas study experiences

Our international exchange programs offers you the chance to gain amazing global experiences while you study, with opportunities ranging from two-week study tours, to semester exchanges at partner universities around the world.

We’re here to help you every step of the way, including offering a range of scholarships and financial assistance options. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more by visiting the Student Mobility website.

Work-integrated learning is embedded throughout your studies

From engaging directly with leading designers, industry and communities in the design studio, to placements in a wide range of industries on the ‘Design Island’ of Tasmania. Some of our existing and recent partnerships include MOFO and Dark MOFO festivals, Junction Festival, and Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, as well as local governments, education departments and not-for-profit organisations.

Our staff are heavily integrated throughout the vibrant and dynamic Tasmanian creative sector and beyond, offering you opportunities to gain exposure to a diversity of genuine work integrated learning opportunities.

Career outcomes

The world is constantly evolving, with designers always pushing the boundaries of what is known, and finding creative solutions to complex problems across a range of industries and contexts.

The Bachelor of Design prepares you a wide range of future careers in this ever-changing work environment. This means your career opportunities are vast, including within industries that didn’t exist when you started your degree!

When you graduate, you will be able to launch your career in both established and emerging creative industries such as:

  • exhibition design and event design
  • graphic and interpretation design
  • furniture, industrial and wearables design,
  • digital media design, interaction design and user experience design
  • co-design, service design, and design management.

In addition to a world of design industries, the degree also offers opportunities for diverse career paths in future industries such as design for health, food innovation, eco-tourism, social enterprise, and future trend forecasting (design futurist).

Apply today, and chart your own adventure as an agent of change!

Course structure

Core units focus on the development of transferable design skills in complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity and their application in design studios addressing real-world challenges and opportunities (50% of the course in first and second year and 75% of the course in third year).

You can select one or two design minors from the following:

Business and Entrepreneurship (Hobart and Launceston)

Make an early start on developing your professional knowledge and skills and applying your creativity to key areas of business: management, people and organisations, marketing and innovation. Business and Entrepreneurship offers opportunities of future careers as an embedded creative in multiple organisations and industries by applying your creativity to key areas of business including management, people and organisations, marketing and innovation.

Visual Communication (Hobart only)

Engage your creativity in the multi-disciplinary practice of visual communication and develop a repertoire of visual skills and approaches. Visual Communication provides you with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in traditional fields such as graphic design, as well as emerging areas of interpretation design and creative direction.

Spatial design (Launceston only)

Focus on an exciting range of spatial design practices encompassing knowledge and skills from the fields of architecture, interior, landscape and urban design. Spatial Design provides you with knowledge and skills to pursue careers in areas like exhibition design, event design, and work in emerging areas like the design and fabrication of pop-ups.

Object design (Hobart and Launceston)

Pursue your passion for hands-on making and material exploration while developing skills and knowledge in craft and digital fabrication processes. Object Design draws on the expertise of the University in the craft of making, including both traditional and digital fabrication, to pursue careers in areas such as furniture design, industrial design and the design of wearable objects

Creative Technology (Hobart and Launceston)

Combine your creativity and your interests in gaming, coding and technologies that enhance human experience, through design. Creative Technology offers the opportunity for you to pursue careers in web design, game design and new fields such as interaction design through combining creative thinking with knowledge of coding and advanced technologies.

You may also choose to continue your studies with an Honours year (offered based on academic performance), to further develop specialised skills in key areas of interest related to the research strengths of the University, or as a pathway into Higher Degree Research.

Core Components

Design studios form the core of the Bachelor of Design degree where you develop, refine and apply your skills as a designer in real-world contexts. Studios are paired with related Design Thinking units which provide broad theoretical context and essential…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Design studios form the core of the Bachelor of Design degree where you develop, refine and apply your skills as a designer in real-world contexts. Studios are paired with related Design Thinking units which provide broad theoretical context and essential…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Design studios form the core of the Bachelor of Design degree where you develop, refine and apply your skills as a designer in real-world contexts. Studios are paired with related Design Thinking units which provide broad theoretical context and essential…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Design studios form the core of the Bachelor of Design degree where you develop, refine and apply your skills as a designer in real-world contexts. Studios are paired with related Design Thinking units which provide broad theoretical context and essential…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Design studios form the core of the Bachelor of Design degree where you develop, refine and apply your skills as a designer in real-world contexts. Design Studio: Lab A is one of two capstone units where you will demonstrate knowledge…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Design studios form the core of the Bachelor of Design degree where you develop, refine and apply your skills as a designer in real-world contexts. Design Studio: Lab B is one of two capstone units where you will demonstrate knowledge…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

What is design? How does design thinking conceptualise the world, and produce with it new insights? This unit introduces you to the organisational capacity and transformative potential of design thinking as it relates to Islands – environments understood through their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

What complexities can design address? How can design thinking expand our understanding of the world and its interconnections? This unit introduces you to the organisational capacity and transformative potential of design thinking as it relates to Clouds – systems understood…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

How can design thinking extend our understanding of ecological systems? And how can ecological knowledge be used to extend design thinking? This unit introduces you to key concepts in ecology and explores how design thinking can be employed to gain…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

How can design embrace diversity and difference? Who are we designing for and how can we do design differently to foster greater inclusion? This unit introduces you to participatory frameworks for design. It explores how methodological approaches from social sciences…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

1 Breadth Unit (100, 200 or 300 level)

Design Practices units provide a foundation for you to develop your confidence as practitioners both now and into the future. They provide both a business-based perspective and look to the future direction of the profession and your role in it.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Design Practices units provide a foundation for you to develop your confidence as practitioners both now and into the future. They provide both a business-based perspective and look to the future direction of the profession and your role in it.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

1 Breadth Unit (200 or 300 level)
2 Student Electives at 100-level
1 Student Elective at 100, 200 or 300 level
1 student Elective at 200 or 300 level

Choice of Minor

The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to foundational principles in the management of people in organisations. You will begin to build your skills and knowledge in teamwork, management and leadership, and develop an understanding of the relationship…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with an introduction to management concepts, functions and strategies. The unit outlines the key functions of management and then explores the context surrounding management functioning, including an analysis of the broad environment in which organisations operate,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In undertaking this unit you will be provided with a theory base for Marketing and develop:the ability to describe the key concepts and principles of marketing;an understanding of the marketplace;an understanding of the components of the marketing mix; andthe ability…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entrepreneurship is a way of looking at business that is focused on opportunities, creativity and innovation. It is also about having a passion for doing the things that are important to you, be they related to business or not. It…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to digital layout software tools and processes used by print designers for laying out documents. Common commercial software tools such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign are introduced through this unit, but the emphasis of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This studio introduces the multi-disciplinary practice of Visual Communication.Emphasis is placed on the development and acquisition of a repertoire of visual skills, and approaches. Students are encouraged to explore different mediums and methods while integrating theoretical knowledge through research. Projects…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The emphasis of this unit is on conceptual development and experimentation with type and image. This unit encourages you to explore visual communication through a range of media, processes and applications. Study of this unit will involve responding to two…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The emphasis for this unit is on research, conceptual development, and an exploration of different aspects of visual communication using animation and campaign strategies. Study of this unit will involve responding to two project briefs, which focus on the use…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Study of this unit will develop your critical, analytical, creative and technical skills, enabling you to produce design solutions at an advanced level. The emphasis for this unit is on research, conceptual development and professional practice. You will continue to…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

The focus of this unit is on a self-directed project. This is an opportunity to refine and focus your creative interests into a single project. During this unit you will be encouraged to explore research methodologies, design as author, advanced…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Visualisation and Fabrication is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Materials and Tectonics is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Histories and Theories of Built Environments is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Light, Sound, Surface is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Select two from the following list:

INTRO TO 3D FABRICATION emphasises hands-on experience, and guides you through a suite of technical skills specific to the wood, metal and sculpture workshops.Set projects and demonstrations will introduce you to a range of wood, metal and sculpture techniques including:…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

3D Design 1 focuses on developing students' analytical, conceptual and technical skills, enabling them to investigate and produce effective design solutions for a range of directed design problems.Directed by staff and technicians, in the context of a studio/workshop/tutorial curriculum, you…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the complex relationships between objects and people including individual user experience and the interactions between objects and broader social relations. Through detailed precedent studies of seminal and contemporary exemplars you will investigate how objects are designed…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to concept, form and technique in object design with an emphasis on hands-on experimentation and thinking through making. You will test, transform and connect different materials using a variety of processes and joining techniques. You will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Select two from the following list:

3D Design 2A will diversify and broaden your capacity to understand and engage with diverse materials, methodologies and processes associated with contemporary design practice. Through group and individual tasks you will develop your ability to collaborate and experiment with materials,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In undertaking this unit you will build on your acquired skills to explore contemporary design practice through a range of materials and processes, whilst further developing your design approach.You will be guided through more in-depth approaches to observation and reflection,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to designing 3D objects for batch or multiple production with an emphasis on artisanal and digital fabrication techniques. You will investigate a range of manufacturing processes and production systems and gain insights shared by industry guests.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will provide students with an overview of programming and its role in problem solving and strategies for designing solutions to programming problems with reference to the Java programming language. Beginning with the fundamental characteristics of computers and how…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Games (whether they be video games, console games, computer games, mobile games, or web games) differ from other media as they elevate the viewer to the level of a participant. Games are an ever-growing cultural phenomenon, which has increasing relevance…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the nature of systems design, implementation and testing as phases within the systems development process. The unit develops practical skills in designing, implementing and testing desktop computer programs, focusing on ones having graphical user interfaces that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will explore the exciting field of virtual reality, mixed reality and the advanced concepts and technologies for interfacing humans to complex machines. We will discuss their potential impact on the way we think about computers and the way…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Design, you'll need to meet the general entrance requirements of the University.

School leavers

An ATAR score of 65 or higher.

While there are no additional prerequisites for this degree. HSC/TCE subjects preferably should not be restricted to a narrow discipline, but rather span two or more areas (e.g. art and science).

Mature age students/non-school leavers

You will need to meet University General Entry Requirements through alternative qualifications or experience.

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Bachelor of Design requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5.

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the international future students website.

Credit for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted, including the Associate Degree in Applied Design offered through the University College and collaboration with the Foundry.

You can apply for advanced standing as part of the application process, or it can be assessed independently via a separate application.

Please contact us for further information

As a school leaver, if you do not meet the minimum ATAR you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies as a pathway to the Bachelor of Design.

As a mature age student, if you do not meet the General Entry Requirements (GER), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, you can contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including: those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 8676 7017
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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