Going to university is not just about attending lectures and tutorials and completing assignments. Enrich your academic experience by exploring your opportunities and abilities to ensure that you get the most out of university.

Clubs and societies

Clubs are an integral part of many students’ university experience. Clubs are one of the easiest ways to get involved and meet new people.

There are currently over 200 clubs affiliated to UMSU, with a combined membership of over 25,000. Clubs range from areas such as spiritual, cultural, and musical, through to political and specific special interests. The Design and Environments Student Society (DESS) helps Bachelor of Design students get to know people from within their course.

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Peer assisted study sessions

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are free weekly study sessions led by a student who has successfully completed the subject in a previous year.

PASS is designed for students who want to maximise engagement and enjoyment of their subjects. It is for students who want to do better. Students who attend PASS are consistently shown to produce higher results than those who do not attend.

More information about PASS

Concurrent diploma

Concurrent diplomas offer you another way to follow your passion and earn an additional qualification alongside your degree. You can apply for one of the following Diplomas once you have been accepted into the Bachelor of Design:

  • Diploma in Informatics
  • Diploma in Languages
  • Diploma in Mathematical Sciences
  • Diploma in Music
Learn more about Concurrent Diplomas

Global opportunities

The Melbourne School of Design recognises the importance of internationalising each student’s experience. Going abroad helps you explore the world, expand your cultural horizons, and increase your experience by studying Design in an international context amongst students and academics from around the world.

  • Exchange

    The Melbourne Global Mobility Exchange program enables you to trade places with a student from a partner university for a semester or two. The University of Melbourne has 171 exchange partners in 39 countries around the world.

  • Study abroad

    Study Abroad allows you to study at an overseas institution that does not have an exchange agreement with The University of Melbourne. The overseas subjects must approved by the Faculty before you go.

  • Stuttgart Exchange Program

    Melbourne School of Design has a special arrangement with the University of Stuttgart in Germany that allows students to complete a 25 point Architecture Design Studio for 6-weeks in January/February.

  • Humanitarian Design Internship

    The Humanitarian Design Internship subject provides an opportunity for Bachelor of Design students to develop a deeper understanding of the role design can play in creating positive change within communities. Students will travel to India for 2 weeks where they will have first-hand experience working in culturally different and high-pressure situations. It allows you to see first-hand how what you are learning in your degree translates into practice, as well as how ‘real world’ practice relates to what you are learning at University.


AA Visiting School 

The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, commonly referred to as the AA, is the oldest independent school of architecture in the UK and one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world.

Design Methods is a two week intensive design studio run by visiting staff from the AA as well as teaching staff from MSD. The subject introduces Bachelor of Design students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolset and workflow and innovation in design resolution. The studio is supported by a public program of seminars, lectures, design reviews and exhibition of outcome.

Public events & exhibitions

We welcome the world’s leading design and built environment experts to the University of Melbourne each year to deliver an exciting series of exhibitions and talks. Our gallery spaces are programmed year-round and our student exhibitions are featured in high-profile cultural events such as Melbourne Design Week. As a Bachelor of Design student, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural life of Melbourne.

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