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Design

Designers shape our world by creating products, environments, services and experiences that tackle a wide range of global challenges.

Your study experience includes extensive design studio and design practice experiences throughout your degree. Design studios focus 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.

You’ll get extensive design experience and graduate with the vital skills you need. Tasmania’s extraordinary environment and incredible creative scene, filled with art, festivals and innovation will give you the inspiration and opportunity to kick-start your design career.

Course Options

Bachelor of Design

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 098158A

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Bachelor of Environmental Design (Honours)

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years
Launceston CRICOS 039205K

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Associate Degree in Applied Design

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 00586B

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Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Design

Min. 6 months, up to a max. 2 years.
Fully Online

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Experience genuine work-integrated learning co-developing briefs and projects with industry.

Practice in inspiring environments with world-class workshops that fuel your creativity.

Customise your degree with a choice of specialisations and units from across the University.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Business Design

Gain the professional knowledge and skills to work with teams or create your own business. Combine your creativity with key areas of business: project and event design, communications, and marketing.

Available in the Bachelor of Design.
Available in the Associate Degree of Applied Design.

Digital Design

Create new virtual worlds and possibilities through learning about web and user experience design, interactive design, and combining your creativity with technology to enhance human experience and design possibilities.

Available in the Bachelor of Design.
Available in the Associate Degree of Applied Design.

Object Design

Pursue your passion for hands-on making and materials, while developing skills and knowledge in craft and digital fabrication processes and manufacturing. Perfect for a career in furniture and product design, and the design of wearable objects.

Available in the Bachelor of Design.

Spatial Design

Combine knowledge and skills from the fields of architecture, interior, landscape and urban design to pursue careers in areas like exhibition and event design, or fabrication of pop-ups across a range of industries.

Available in the Bachelor of Design.

Communication Design

Engage your creativity in the multidisciplinary practice of visual communication and pursue a career in traditional fields such as graphic design, or explore new horizons in contemporary spaces, galleries and interpretation sites.

Available in the Bachelor of Design.
Available in the Associate Degree of Applied Design.

Course breakdown

What is the difference between the Associate Degree of Applied Design and the Bachelor of Design?

The Associate Degree of Applied Design will give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts as you develop technical skills and theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. You can choose to graduate after 2-years of full-time study, or continue your studies with a credited pathway directly into the Bachelor of Design.

The Bachelor of Design will give you a deeper understanding of conceptual design and offer you the opportunity to push your ideas and creativity further. This course places you at the centre of your design journey and gives you the ability to apply your learning in projects targeting global challenges, personal interests and career aspirations.

Bachelor of Design

Design Practices Major (100 credit points)

You’ll undertake four units (two in first year, two in second year), choosing from Communication, Business, Digital, Object, or Spatial Design. In third year, you’ll undertake capstone units that apply skills from your stream of choice in applied design projects.

Design Core Learning (100 credit points)

Eight units that develop transferable knowledge and skills in design thinking, processes, methods, and tools, preparing you for a rewarding design-related career.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units broaden your learning with discipline-specific studies from anywhere in the University. You may use this to complement your design skills towards a wide range of specialist areas from game design to ecotourism.

Associate Degree in Applied Design

Stream Units (50 credit points)  

You’ll undertake four units (two in first year, two in second year), choosing between Communication, Business, or Digital Design.

Design Core Learning (100 credit points)  

Eight units that develop transferable knowledge and skills in design thinking, processes, methods, and tools, preparing you for a rewarding design-related career.

Elective Units (50 credit points) 

You will complete four Elective Units in the Associate Degree in Applied Design. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Business, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies . Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field.

Students completing the Associate Degree in Applied Design will be able to articulate into the Bachelor with full credit.

Career outcomes

Turning a passion for design into a physical reality

Thom Port switches things up from graphic design to crafting bespoke furniture.

Read more about Thom's story

Creative Technologist

As a creative technologist, you will combine your passion for design and technology to create ideas and solutions that improve the user experience in the digital space.

Graphic Designer

Learn how to communicate ideas and inspire consumers by designing visual concepts created using computer software or by hand.

Event Designer

Consider the themes, intentions, locations, audiences and resources of events. Create immersive, atmospheric and enjoyable experiences.

Design Futurist

Gain knowledge, skills and experience for diverse career paths in future industries such as design for health, food innovation, ecotourism, social enterprise, and future trend forecasting.

Study Experiences

Your study experience includes extensive studio and design practice, preparing you for the practical realities of being a designer no matter where your career takes you.

Regardless of how you customise your degree, you’ll have opportunities to focus on real-world problems. You’ll develop, test, refine and apply your design skills using a range of technologies and techniques, in collaboration with internationally renowned designers.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. 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, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language 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. For more information, please visit International Future Students.