Associate Degree in Applied Design (Z2E)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 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
Term 1, Term 3
Launceston
Term 1, Term 3

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Associate Degree in Applied Design has been developed exclusively in partnership with Foundry to give students a unique experience within creative industry education, right here in Tasmania.

Working to industry-standard briefs, students assume the role of paraprofessionals from day one, studying in studio environments and learning from industry experts, both local and national.

Through application of the four core areas of theory, practice, application and context, students quickly gain abilities to sort through real world problems with a design mindset, enabling them to approach any problem, big or small, with a clear process and desired outcome.

Throughout the program, subjects are matched with key skill workshops that give students hands-on experience with the latest industry practices and software.

For graduates new to design, this qualification could assist you to gain roles which could include graphic designer, freelance designer, copywriter, various marketing roles. For those already working in the industry, this course could help you to progress or diversity your career.

Study Streams available

The Associate Degree in Applied Design is perfect for students wanting a broad understanding of design thinking, processes and foundational skills.

Students who are set upon a specific design area will be able to apply their interest through specialised assessments and workshops allowing them to build a comprehensive portfolio in their chosen field. Areas Include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Media & UX
  • Film & Photography
  • Interior Design
  • Content Writing

On completion of the Associate Degree in Applied Design, graduates will be able to:

1. Apply and communicate practical skills and theoretical knowledge of applied design within the
contemporary workplace.

2. Demonstrate adaptability, innovation and appreciation of design in built environments, cultural artefacts
and emerging digital landscapes through cognitive, technical and creative ideation techniques.

3. Illustrate design thinking skills, exploration and expression of human centred design in a wide range of
disciplines.

4. Model the principles of creative design that encourages sustainability and resource management
through ethical and professional conduct within a collaborative framework.

5. Identify, analyse, and evaluate personal goals and pathways for practice, employment and further
learning.

6. Articulate evidence and value of learned academic and practice knowledge and skill to a range of
audiences.

Experiential education and work integrated learning approaches are central to the Associate Degree in Applied Design. Students will therefore learn through project and problem-based learning activities such as field work, case studies (local and international), action learning, design thinking, simulated environments, placements, data for decision making, wicked problems and more. These approaches ensure practical experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment and that students have the opportunity to develop work-related skills, knowledge and behaviours.

In the first year of an associate degree, students are introduced to learning through practice and exposed to authentic experiences that develop skills and understandings related to industry, community or global needs. Students engage with (i) a range of methods and approaches to practice, (ii) principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios, (iii) reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations, and (iv) ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.

A key component of the course, which is established in the first year, is a Practice Manual. The Practice Manual contains all portfolio requirements for the course, including the Professional Development Plan (PDP) and is a collection of evidence that highlights personal, academic and professional development. Dedicated teachers are in coaching roles to support you to continuously develop your Practice Manual over the duration of the course. This involves working with you to determine what evidence best highlights your ability to apply theory in practice, and what activities and experiences showcase your achievement in terms of transferable skills, professional attributes, technical skills and knowledge, and so forth.

The second year of an associate degree builds on the concept of learning through practice by introducing students to more complex learning experiences. Students are therefore introduced to (i) discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations, (ii) concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others, (iii) the development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice, and (iv) the nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills, and creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice. In addition, students are expected to exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage themselves and professional relationships effectively. On completion of the two years, students are expected to have a fully developed Practice Manual that highlights all their achievements, including the development of transferable skills and professional attributes, so they leave with a tangible asset that showcases what industry are looking for.

Course structure

For assistance with enrolment, please email U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call 1300 361 928.

Year 1

Please enrol in two units per term if you are studying full time. If you are enrolling part time, enrol in one unit per term only.

Your first term may be either Term 1 or Term 3, depending on when you commence the course.

‘Design thinking’ draws on creative, iterative and collaborative approaches to problem-solving, including exploration of potential solutions though idea generation, rapid prototyping and testing. While conventional approaches to problem-solving often rely on the application of highly structured methodologies and process controls,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

In this unit, you will investigate elements and principles of visual language in art and design, to understand the importance of aesthetics in design and its application to real world projects. You will also be introduced to the nature of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

UX design seeks to improve the usability, accessibility, and pleasure a product or service provides by identifying the specific points of interaction. By adjusting these points, data can be captured and improvements measured and replicated. Once you learn the basics…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

The best thing about working in the creative industries is you can always create work for yourself. This module introduces you to entrepreneurial opportunities and gives you the theory behind pricing, promoting and pitching your goods and services. We feel…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

This unit introduces digital design applications for image making in both vector and raster formats. It explores the diverse nature of digital media tools available and the specific areas of the creative industries they service. Although the output may be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

The need for creatives to have a basic grasp of web-based code is paramount in today’s industry as HTML, CSS and Java underpin all our online interactions. You will learn the fundamentals of web languages, their history and how they…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

Creatives communicate through a range of mediums but unfortunately writing often gets forgotten. The fact is, a poorly worded email, design pitch or social media posts can cost you clients. This module focuses on investigating broad writing techniques to suit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

In this unit, you will learn about ‘circular design’ - a system of design that explicitly focuses on enabling the continuous re-use of resources, including waste and by-products, so that they are fed back into the design loop and used…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

Year 2

Self-evaluation, peer feedback and formal industry critique contribute to continuous improvement of design practices and development of designers’ expertise. In this unit, you will be introduced to various forms of critique, and develop the ability to question assumptions and apply…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

In this unit, you will be introduced to historical influences on the development of contemporary design practices. You will examine the key features of art history in the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century periods, as well as specific…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

In this unit, you will examine the role of design industries and practices as enablers of social justice, and political and social movements. The concept of ‘social design,’ and the responsibilities of designers as social actors and agents of social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

In this unit, you will investigate the design process as applied to the development of physical and digital products. You will also investigate how these products are developed using methodologies such as Sprint, Lean and ‘hackathons.’ You will learn how…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

In this unit, you will consider a range of ethical problems that are commonly encountered by design practitioners. This can include questions relating to borrowing and acknowledging the ideas and intellectual property of other designers, the impact of design activities…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

In this unit, you will examine branding and visual identity – the use of conceptual and visual signs to embody, evoke and represent the qualities, meaning or ‘narrative’ of a product or service to a particular group of people, customers…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3

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

In this unit, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the course to define, develop and deliver a personal design project. While you will be provided with support, feedback and supervision to help plan, develop, deliver…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

In this unit, you will explore differences and intersections between virtual/conceptual and physical/experiential fields of design. Through practical fieldwork, you will consider human interactions with public and private spaces, objects, and buildings and architecture in the physical world, and compare…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 4

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

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

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • An ATAR of 40 or above. This is the minimum ATAR needed for your application to be considered; or
  • Completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (or equivalent) with a minimum of Satisfactory Achievement (SA) in five Level 2 subjects (or higher)
Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed at least two units (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) of Bachelor level study or four units (equivalent to 50 UTAS credit points) of Associate Degree level study. If you have failed any units, your application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; or
  • Completed the UTAS Diploma of University Studies or University Preparation Program (UPP); or
  • Completed four or more units in the UTAS Diploma of University Studies or UPP with no fail results

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed a Certificate III or higher in a related field of study; or
  • Completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any field of study
Domestic applicants with work and life experience

If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer you have sustained employment background or work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

If you apply based on your previous work and life experience and your application is not successful, we will work with you to find an alternative pathway into your chosen course of study.

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 for special consideration, including economic hardship, a 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.

Further information

We recommend that you submit supporting documentation (e.g. certificates, qualifications, resume etc.) as part of your application. We will attempt to access certain documents on your behalf (e.g. Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records). Otherwise, you may be contacted to provide additional documentation when your application is reviewed.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course is not available for international students.

Articulation into the Associate Degree in Applied Design course from other courses will be done in line with the University's standard application for credit process.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Associate Degree in Applied Design course.

Students wishing to articulate from the Associate Degree in Applied Design into a Bachelor course will gain credit subject to the receiving College's discretion.

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

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships 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.

There are a number of scholarships available to those students studying an Associate Degree in Applied Business.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

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
Online
Online enquiries

Next steps