The new Bachelor of Design offers unique flexibility with the option of completing majors, minors, double majors and specialisations. You can combine in-depth study in a particular area with subjects from a wide range of disciplines within the field of design.

Key information

Minimum ATAR 2020*85.00
Clearly-in ATAR 2019**86.20(Guide only)
3 years full-time

Part-time study is available to domestic students only

Parkville and Southbank
Semester 1 (March)
Semester 2 (July)
Contact Hours
16 hours per week

Approximate amount of hours + independent study time

*Indicated ATAR is the required ATAR for domestic students for consideration to enter and the minimum ATAR for international students for an offer to be guaranteed.

**Clearly-in rank refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made.

Course Description

Design applies to a whole range of contexts, with applications in the creation and improvement of cities, buildings, transport, furniture, websites, processes, bridges, landscapes and the environment.

As a student in the new Bachelor of Design, you’ll use innovative processes to solve problems creatively and determine solutions for a better future.

You will develop knowledge and skills, and study real projects within the built environment, engineering, performing and visual arts, and technology disciplines. You can focus on one or two majors, or complete a major and a minor. 

You will work with internationally recognised scholars and industry professionals. Design studios, site visits, field trips and interaction with industry practitioners will take you into ‘real life’ situations with industry briefs.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Design course structure results in a flexible degree that allows students to explore different fields of study. You can choose your major immediately or make a decision before the beginning of second year.

Year 1

In the first year of the Bachelor of Design, you will be immersed in a world of design and discovering new concepts and skills. You might be performing on a stage, writing code in a computer lab, contemplating design theory and putting it in to practice, or making 3D models.

The subjects you complete in your first year provide the basis for your knowledge of design that will carry through for the rest of your degree.

Year 2

By your second year you will deepen your understanding of your chosen design disciplines and be able to finalise your selection of majors, minors and specialisations.

Year 3

In third year you will complete your major requirements. You will also be required to undertake a capstone subject. Capstones are designed to draw together the various theoretical strands. On the completion of third year graduates will possess strong written, oral and visual communication techniques, and will develop practical skills and apply these to problem-solving.

Credit points

The Bachelor of Design requires the successful completion of 300 credit points. As a full-time student, 300 credit points can be completed in three years. Subjects are usually worth 12.5 points each. However there are subjects worth 25 credit points.

  • More about credit points

    Loads, points and subjects

    Load type Standard points Standard number of subjects
    Single subject 12.5 points 1 subject
    Double subject 25 points 1 subject
    Single semester 50 points 4 subject
    Full year 100 points 8 subject
    Full degree 300 points 23-24 subjects

Majors, Minors & Specialisations


Your major is the area of study you will focus on during your degree. A major is made up of 50 points of credit (3-4 subjects) at third-year level. Before enrolling in major subjects, you are required to complete a sequence first-year level and second-year level subjects, these are called compulsory subjects or subjects leading to a major.

There are 12 Bachelor of Design majors available to choose from.

Double majors

It is possible to complete a double major in some areas of study within the Bachelor of Design. Undertaking a double major can provide you with more career options at the end of your degree as well as greater flexibility should you choose to go on to graduate study.

A Bachelor of Design degree with a double major does not require the completion of additional subjects beyond 300 points – 3 years (full-time). 

Select a major below to see which double major combinations are likely to be possible: 

Second major
Architecture Civil Systems Computing Construction Digital Technologies Graphic Design Landscape Architecture Mechanical Systems Performance Design Property Spatial Systems Urban Planning


Minors are a shortened sequence of subjects taken from the range of existing majors in the degree. They provide a complementary course of study to your major and, in some circumstances, may offer a pathway to a shortened Masters degree.


Specialisations are a short sequence of subjects that focus on particular themes relevant across multiple disciplines within the Bachelor of Design. Subjects in specialisations do not form part of any existing major but are distinctive and are complementary to your major. Completions of specialisations may support a research pathway, lead to accreditation with industry bodies, or increase your employment opportunities. 


An elective is a non-compulsory subject that is taught by one of the Faculties teaching into the Bachelor of Design. Usually, students will choose a subject that complements their major area of study.

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Each year, you will complete subjects that contrast your core study area. We call this the ‘breadth’ component of your degree. Breadth subjects allow you to gain knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines, enabling you to develop insight, experience and new ways of thinking in areas distinct from design. Your breadth selection can be as broad or targeted as you like.

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