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Edith Cowan University (ECU)

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Bachelor of Design 2024

  • Bachelor

Design is an ability to question assumptions. Designers are trained to ask, 'why?' because this can lead to exciting changes in the way things are done. Design is also the ability to think through doing.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Course Code
W64, 0100519
Domestic Fees
$12,650 per year / $37,950 total
International Fees
$35,300 per year / $105,900 total

About this course

Design is an ability to question assumptions. Designers are trained to ask, 'why?' because this can lead to exciting changes in the way things are done.

Design is also the ability to think through doing. Like sketching and drawing, making models or quick prototypes to test your ideas through materials. It's satisfying work. And if you're not having fun making, you're doing it wrong!
In our Bachelor of Design course, you can explore design through a specialisation in Visual and Spatial Design or Games and Interactive Design.
You'll develop transferable visual and spatial problem identification, ideation, and prototyping skills to establish your own place in the world, with a personal style, as well as career opportunities and entrepreneurial skills.
And because we have real clients that need our ideas, by the end of your course you'll have real work to show to launch your design career. Or you can go on to further study, such as our Master of Design course.


Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level

This course has been accredited by ECU as an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree Award.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Don't have an ATAR?

Some of the majors in this course don't require an ATAR for entry. Find out how to apply using our Creative Humanities Portfolio Entry pathway.

How to apply

Study locations

Mount Lawley

What you will learn

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and technical/practical Design situations
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise/synthesise complex Design knowledge/problems
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate Design specific solutions/responses
  4. Use digital technologies and Design related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources
  5. Communicate Design knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate Design methods
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and scholarship and/or professional practice
  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and technical/practical Design situations
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise/synthesise complex Design knowledge/problems
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate Design specific solutions/responses
  4. Use digital technologies and Design related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources
  5. Communicate Design knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate Design methods
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and scholarship and/or professional practice

Career pathways

Employment is available in Service Design, Graphic Design, Spatial Design, Healthcare Design, Strategic Design, UX (User Experience Design), Web Design, Game Design. Increasingly, Design is a valued skill in a range of ancillary industries and students can work in transdisciplinary areas such as designing games for education and training, working with architectural design companies to create visualisations, and plan and manage public space, work with information industries such as libraries, archives and museums. The course equips students in managing projects, clients, and their roles in teams as well as the generic skills required to adapt to a rapidly evolving industry.

Possible future job titles

Graphic Designer, Spatial Designer, Service Designer, Web Designer, Game Designer, Interior Designer, Conceptual Artist, Illustrator, Sketch-noter, Graphic Facilitator