Bachelor of Design - Creative Innovators Program (P3I1)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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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

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

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Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.

Are you a high-achiever with a passion for design, creation and innovation?

The Bachelor of Design – Creative Innovators’ Program combines a Bachelor of Design with extra experiences, activities and opportunities. It is created for outstanding students, just like you.

In addition to the Bachelor of Design units, you can apply for the Overseas Exchange Program and spend a semester learning at one of our international partner institutions. If you're accepted to the program, you'll be automatically supported by a $2,500 scholarship.

You will receive a guaranteed internship placement within Tasmania's thriving design industry, getting genuine hands-on work experience, building valuable professional networks, and ensuring that you are work ready when you graduate.

You can even graduate with a custom built, multidisciplinary second degree, the high achiever academic extension Bachelor of Philosophy at no extra cost, by studying just a few additional units.

There is a $7,500 relocation scholarship available for domestic interstate students moving to Tasmania, and a $3,000 bursary for Tasmanian students to support the start of University studies.

If you want to get the most out of your University experience, set yourself apart in your chosen field, and give yourself an edge for future employment, the Creative Innovators’ Program is for you.

New in 2020! This program is now available for international students, please see the entry requirements for more information.

The Creative Innovators’ Program gives you a world-class design education, including hands-on project and research experience, genuine work experience, and an enriching overseas study exchange.

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

Your core design 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.

Prepare for your future career with our internship program

Creative Innovators’ students participate in an internship placement as part of their studies. Our close connections with the thriving Tasmanian creative industry and architecture and design professions deliver you genuine work experience prior to graduation, allowing you to get a taste of what it’s like to work in your future career, build valuable professional networks, and test your skills and knowledge in the real world.

Study overseas as part of your current degree

Never mind a gap year when you can travel and study overseas and have it count towards your degree! The University exchange program provides students with the opportunity to gain an international experience as part of their current degree, with 150 partner institutes globally across 30+ countries, there is a program type for everyone offering programs from semester length to just 2 week international stints.

The exchange is typically undertaken in your second year, and you'll be fully supported by our dedicated Student Mobility team all the way. Upon successful application to the semester exchange, Catalyst students automatically receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs. Other financial assistance is available for both domestic and international students.

Find out more by visiting the Student Mobility website.

Summer research project

Regardless if you choose to pursue a career in research, the Summer Research Project is a great way to set yourself apart for your future career. You apply to conduct a six to eight week research program on a topic of your choice during the summer, typically between your second and third year. If your is successful, Creative Innovators students receive a guaranteed $3,000 to assist with costs!

You have the advantage of working in some of Australia's best facilities, with access to leading researchers in whatever field of study you're interested in. This may become a pre-cursor to an honours year, or a great experience to add to your CV, either way it's putting you ahead when it comes to starting your career.

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 the MONA FOMA festival, 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.

Prepare for your future career with a specialist internship program

Creative Innovators’ students participate in an internship placement as part of their studies. Our close connections with the thriving Tasmanian creative industry and design professionals deliver you genuine work experience prior to graduation. Get a taste of what it’s like to work in your future career, build valuable professional networks, and test your skills and knowledge in the real world.

Career outcomes

The Creative Innovators’ Program offers outstanding career advantages, giving you an edge over your peers and giving you skills, knowledge and experiences to shine in your future career.

Through our extensive practical opportunities and hands-on projects, you also graduate with a portfolio of your own work that has been created in consultation with real clients, giving you an edge for your future career.

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.

This program 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).

Plus, the exclusive, academic extension Bachelor of Philosophy degree is offered for no additional cost to high achieving students who want to broaden the scope of their education. You can add to your degree knowledge with highly sought after and transferable employment skills across research, leadership, multidisciplinary perspectives, and cultural understanding

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

Postgraduate study

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

Course structure

2021 details are currently being updated.

The Bachelor of Design has a single major with five specialisations—Business, Communication Design, Digital Design, Object Design, and Spatial Design.

Bachelor of Philosophy

The Bachelor of Design and Summer Research Program all contribute to the requirements for the Bachelor of Philosophy. This means that by successfully completing the Creative Innovators’ Program you will be only a few units away from attaining a second, custom-built academic extension degree for no additional cost.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic applicants
Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2019, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 90.00. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

It is recommended that school leavers also include the Bachelor of Design (P3i) in your preferences when applying.

All other domestic applicants

This course is only available to students who have recently completed secondary education. Students from other educational backgrounds can apply for the Bachelor of Design (P3i).

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you aren’t eligible for an offer to this course you should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Design (P3i).

In addition, if you wish to explore extracurricular study opportunities, the overseas exchange and Summer Research Program can be applied for independently, should you wish to undertake them.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $93,031 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $29,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

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

Creative Innovators Program scholarships
Interstate relocation scholarship (domestic students only)

There is a guaranteed $7,500 relocation scholarship available to domestic students who are relocating from interstate to Tasmania, and are commencing the Creative Innovators Program for the first time.

The scholarship will be delivered as $2,500 per semester for your first three semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Creative Innovators Program at census date, have successfully passed all your units in each semester.

Tasmanian Creative Innovators scholarship (domestic students only)

There is a $3,000 bursary available to domestic students from Tasmania to support the commencement of their university studies. The scholarship will be delivered as $1,500 per semester for your first two semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Creative Innovators Program at census date and have successfully passed all your units in each semester

Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) (international students only)

The Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) provides commencing international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained).

Overseas Exchange Scholarship

The College of Sciences and Engineering will give you a guaranteed $2,500 to assist with costs upon successfully applying for a semester overseas exchange. Note that other sources of funding are also available, including additional scholarships, funds through the Commonwealth OS Help Program and (if eligible) Domestic students can still claim Centrelink payments.

Dean's Summer Research Program

Typically taken in the summer of your third year, you have the opportunity to participate in a six to eight week research program working on a topic of your choice. You will work alongside your supervisor and graduate research students to gain experience in identifying and solving research programs. If your project is accepted for the program. You will need to apply to the program, and if successful, will receive a guaranteed $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs.

Additional scholarships

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.

Although you receive guaranteed scholarships as part of the Creative Innovators Program, you can still apply for others. 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.

Important eligibility information

Program participants will be required to fulfil all the Bachelor of Design and, if applicable, Bachelor of Philosophy requirements.

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 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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